OPINION: Make School Dress Code Apply to All

By: Ayanna Warren
OwlFeed Journalist

Dress code is something students hate to talk about or hate to follow. Maybe they wouldn’t have a problem with it if it was fair and applied the same for everyone.

Photo Credits:  Student Handbook (screenshot)

I’m sure everyone knows what dress code is. Rules to follow for what you wear.

In summer, it’s normally time to show a little skin. For example, with girls they show their midriff or their shoulders, and for guys they show their shoulders or their thighs with their short shorts.

School makes it almost impossible to do these things with their harsh policies. In the handbook, it says “Shirts and tops may not expose bare midriffs.” For teenage girls, that’s almost impossible. Yes, some clothes are still normal t-shirts that cover everything, which is some girl’s style. For others, they like to be more on the stylish side.

What schools fail to realize is that the companies that make women’s clothing are all about showing skin. Some may be a fan, some may not. The majority of clothes to choose from will be cropped, ripped or tied of some sort.

When asked if she’s ever been dress coded, sophomore Jaden Sifuentes said, “Yes, for showing my shoulders.” I asked her what kind of shirt she was wearing and she said, “It was a spaghetti strap but I had a jacket on. [The teacher] told me to change.”

Another reason why the dress code sucks is because it’s supposed to apply to girls AND boys, but do they really pay attention to guys? No, they don’t.

“Shirts and tops may not expose… bare shoulders,” said the school handbook.

Girls get dress coded for showing shoulders, but when guys want to wear muscle shirts, nothing happens to them.

“This one girl was wearing these really small shorts, but I can understand that because nobody wants to see that,” said sophomore Aislenn Bolas. “The thing that annoyed me… was this other dude wearing some shorts, you could literally see his boxers. He was wearing them so high up but nobody dress codes him.”

My point explained. If teachers want to dress code us, make sure you’re paying attention to everyone.

“No hats may be worn inside any campus buildings at any time,” says the student handbook. Some students are too lazy to do their hair in the morning to get those extra minutes of sleep. When they come to school, they have some beanie or hat on to cover up their bed head and they expect to wear it the full day.

Come class time, they get asked to take off their hat, exposing their flat or messy hair as everyone is teasing them about their hair.

I once was dress coded for wearing a shirt that was just below my belly button by a teacher who wasn’t following the guidelines either. The book says not to show your shoulders but she was.

Staff, we understand you don’t want any distractions with clothing, but at least when you do dress code, make sure it’s fair.