Dress to Impress

The dress code debate

Lily Cordes, Fall 2015 J1 Student

You’re at the store with your friends. You find this seemingly perfect dress, shirt or even just a simple pair of shorts. You feel so pretty in this piece of clothing, and you can’t wait to show it to all your classmates at school. However, the staff feels a bit different about your outfit choice. You’re confident walking into your 6th hour, because dang, you look good. However, receive a slip of paper from your teacher telling you to change your clothes, go home, or find a sweatshirt. Now, don’t get me wrong — I understand how the administrators don’t want us walking around with our rear ends hanging out. But, honestly, how is it hurting them? Is seeing the occasional mid-thigh, or, god forbid, a shoulder, harming anyone? The answer, not surprisingly, is no. The school then argues that shorts just a bit too short and straps just a bit too thin are distracting students from their learning experience. I decided to test this theory. Upon my research, 20 out of 20 students, both boys and girls, said they are not distracted by spaghetti straps or shorts. Most of the time, we wear the clothes we wear because they either make us feel good, or they’re comfortable. So, why restrict that? They say they want us to feel comfortable at school, but how are we to feel comfortable when we’re afraid of getting “dress coded” for wearing that gorgeous dress we just bought? High school is prime time to express ourselves through our clothes. So, why dwindle our clothing requirements down? Chances are good that if kids got to wear what they wanted to wear, they would be more comfortable and confident at school.