To Wear, or Not to Wear?: Students from AACo schools give their perspectives on dress codes

Ms. Sofi Sowden

Journalist, Staff writer

Students across the globe are familiar with the dress codes at their own schools, but how much–or little–does one know about another school’s rules? I asked students from private schools in the Annapolis area about their views on their schools’ wardrobe policies, and the results were eye opening.

From Severn School, I asked Susanna Hresko and Quante Redd to share their opinions on the dress code:
SH: “I think the boys’ uniforms are more strict at Severn. The girls have so many options for what they can wear, but the boys are told to wear a button down with a tie. I believe the uniform is unfair; boys and girls should have the same options so that the dress code does its job and unifies the community.”
QR: “I feel like no one should have to wear bucks, but maybe Sperry’s. Also, I think boys should be allowed to wear polos and girls should be able to wear shorts. Basically everybody should be able to wear the same thing.”

From The Key School, I spoke with Augie Irving and Sydney Huckaby about their views on dress code:
AI: “At Key we don’t have a uniform or a specific dress code, but there is definitely a clear stigma around girls’ clothing, specifically. It’s definitely not fair, and it’s really sad that this is the environment surrounding the dress code at our school.
SH: “Well I go to The Key School, so it’s much more laid back than other schools. There have been some instances, though, in which friends of mine have been asked to change for showing too much skin, when in reality, they aren’t showing anything at all. The reason that teachers say to ‘cover up’ is because it is distracting to the male teachers…not even the male students. On the other side of it all, I have witnessed boys wearing those see through ‘wife beaters’ or shirts that show lots of their skin, yet no one has approached them or said anything.”

From Archbishop Spalding High School, Chet Irechukwu and Elsa Kraft shared their thoughts on the matter:
EK: “Going to a private preparatory catholic school I completely understand the strict uniform policy. Throughout my life I have attended both public and private schools, and honestly I prefer the uniform because it’s cheaper and easier.”
CI: “It’s stricter for girls because they are always told to wear their uniforms a certain way and boys don’t have that much of a problem. More often than boys, girls are sexualized because of something like the length of their skirt.”

And finally, from St. Mary’s High School, Amanda Trieschman shared her views:
AT: “Well I think uniforms are a good idea, that way no one judges others for what they are wearing. Schools are big on unity and being one big community, so the uniform shows that too… St Mary’s doesn’t really have a problem with the girls rolling their skirts to make them as short or long as they want, as far as I am aware…”

Dress code is a common conversation starter in schools. Students have debated that dress codes should exist for the sole purpose of preventing offensive clothing from being worn on school property. As long as a style does not harm others, it is argued that students should be given the chance to express their individuality without repercussions. In the past, dress codes have been implemented to prevent distraction. If that is the case, the rules should apply to all distractions. Tattoos and body piercings are much more distracting than short skirts and sagging pants, but they are allowed.

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  1. Love the article! Very well written!

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