GCA Formal Dress

Please see below for a description as well as guidelines for appropriate attire for both Ladies and Young Men. We regret that students dressed outside these guidelines will not be admitted to the Formal.  Attire should be both formal and modest.



  • Long gowns are encouraged, but not required
  • No body hugging gowns
  • no trousers of any kind
  • Short dresses must be at the top to the knee
  • Slits in long gowns must stop at the knee
  • Spaghetti straps are acceptable
  • No strapless tops
  • No plunging necklines allowed
  • No visible cleavage
  • No cutout in the front, sides or back of the dress. High keyhole cutouts may be allowed
  • Undergarments should be present but not visible

Because our culture cultivates and promotes immodesty in young women by marketing clothing that could be inappropriate, we request that you send a picture of you in your dress to Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Rolfe for approval. This may be done in the dressing room before you purchase your dress. The GCA Staff Ladies will be happy to consult with you to ensure that your attire meets the expected guidelines.  Feel free to bring in your dress or ask one of the ladies on staff should you have any concerns about your dress!


  • Dressy shoes or sandals are appropriate
  • Dress boots are acceptable.  Please leave your farm boots at home
  • You may bring nice, comfortable shoes to change into for dancing (change after dinner)


Gentlemen should wear a suit and tie and dress shoes


  • Tuxedos or dress suits (coordinating jacket and slacks)
  • Neck ties, bow ties are required as well as collared,button up shirt
  • Dress shoes

Not Acceptable

  • T-shirts
  • Denim or Jeans of any style or color
  • Tennis Shoes (including "formal" sports shoes of the type offered with some tuxedo rentals)
Sample Woman's Gown

Sample Woman's Gown

Sample Men's suit

Sample Men's suit

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