One way that our school is set apart from other private schools is that rather than having a uniform we have a dress code.
Still I think I speak for most students when I say I kind of dread the date of Oct. 1 because that is the start of winter dress code, which means dress shoes, button-down shirts, pants, and ties.
But not this year. With the administration being content that students are wearing their masks the proper way, they chose to reward us by not requiring ties until Nov. 1, and this is a gift from God.
The worst part of winter dress for me is the tie. Having to get up extra early just to make a tie that will eventually be covered with a quarter zip or a sweater is a pain. I try my best to make it look presentable, but I never seem to get it right.
I will have teacher after teacher telling me to fix my tie, just for it to be ruined by the time I get to my next class. It also causes me distractions during class if I have to completely re-tie it or just adjust it.
Trust me, I have tried everything. I looked up how to tie them, and I just couldn’t get it. I also tried having my dad tie it on Sunday and just loosen it before wearing it, but it just looks worse and worse everyday. By Friday, it is once again not presentable.
And as the icing on the cake, we can now wear polos also until Nov 1.
Though this isn’t as much of a blessing as no ties, it is still nice to be able to choose between polos and button-downs. Each morning I can now look into my closet and have more of a selection.
Despite the fact that this is a weird combination of clothing items you can or can’t wear, I still believe it will be appreciated by both staff and students.
There are no downsides to this new dress code because everything is optional. If you want to go back to normalcy in a time of anything but that, you can. If you want to wear a polo instead of a button-down, you can. If you want to wear a tie some days and not others, you can.
Although some students might prefer summer dress code to continue the whole year, I am going to enjoy this thoughtful gift from administration.
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