Dress codes for teens?

United States
November 23, 2007 3:11pm CST
Should there be a dress code for students at a public high school?What should happen if a student wears the wrong thing to school? Should they be sent home? I think as long as the jeans aren't to long or the mini skirts aren't too short, teens should be allowed to wear what they want.Back in the day when I was in school, there wasn't a dress code. We could and did wear t-shirts with some wild sayings. and baseball caps with symbols. But the girls didn't wear mini skirts. But if all I had to do is wear the wrong thing and I would get to go home or was sent out of class and put into a study hall, I would have purposely worn the wrong thing to science class everyday.Do you think a dress code would work?
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@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
23 Nov 07
I really doubt it would work but I am all for a dress code. Hey, I'm so old that girls weren't allowed to wear slacks to school and back then mini skirts weren't even heard of yet!
• United States
23 Nov 07
I did literally thank my mom for having me when she did because of when I went to school, I wasn't forced to wear uniforms.If I was forced to wear a skirt, I wouldn't have graduated.I wouldn't been comfortable and I would have done everything to get out of school and out of that skirt.And knowing me, I would have been expelled after a while.
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@raychill (6571)
• United States
23 Nov 07
When I was in high school (I went to a public magent high school) we had a dress code. No Shorts. No spaghetti straps. Skirts had to be a specific length. Certain things like that. It worked. I never had a problem with it and neither did most of my classmates. I don't see a problem with that. But so many kids hate it. I don't like uniforms, but specifics of dress work because you have to do the same in a lot of work places, so why not in school.
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• United States
24 Nov 07
But that is changing these days. There are many companies that have a more causal dress code.It all depends on the uniform.I know if it were too conservative, I wouldn't have liked it. And I don't know if I would have done as well in school if my clothes weren't comfortable.
@raychill (6571)
• United States
24 Nov 07
yeah, but unless you work at a bar or some super casual company most companies aren't going to allow you to wear pajama's to work... or spaghetti straps and short mini skirts. My job is casual and we are allowed jeans, but no holes... no spaghetti straps, basically it's work casual. Work casual is fine and there's nothing wrong with that. it's not like students would have to wear suits and dresses, just work casual. that's basically the dress code my school had. I mean we can wear t-shirts and jeans but t-shirts still can't be offensive even at my job. and uniforms lack individuality. I think kids should be allowed to individually express themselves through clothing PLUS parents send their kids to Public school, they shouldn't have to pay for uniforms.
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• United States
24 Nov 07
But at least you do get to wear jeans to work.So do I.I didn't think about the cost of buying the uniforms.That really means that the poorer kids would come to school without the uniforms.Maybe it is a way of the school not to teach the poorer students. No uniforms, no school.
• United States
24 Nov 07
I think that a dress code would be an ok idea. I have taken my son to school and wondered how on earth the parents let their children out of the house dressed like they are. In our town it seems to be dressing very flashy and the least amount of clothing and the most amount of flesh showing that is in style right now. I am glad that my son is still into wearing tshirts and jeans, and not into all the sayings and groups and all that. I think that there are a lot of cute clothes for children out there, but sometimes it seems that the manufacturers are making more adult clothing for teens and young children than what it should. Just my thoughts!
• United States
24 Nov 07
Unfortunately, it is the pre teens and the teens that are showing the manufacturers what they are going to buy.they want to wear what the older teens and some adults are wearing.And the pop stars are showing more skin, so the kids want to wear the same thing.
@ar2sun (123)
• India
24 Nov 07
No I think there shouldn't be a dress code as such but for that to exist the students are also required to assist the management by wearing clothes that don't seem obscene.
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• United States
24 Nov 07
You would still have to have a dress code, no uniforms but a dress code because you would have to describe what is obscene and what is not.
@diane52 (33)
• Jamaica
24 Nov 07
I live in Jamaica and when I went to school I had to wear uniform, we all did not have a problem with this the uniforms were boring plus we did not need to get extra clothes for school, the uniforms did not allow any form of competition we all looked the same, but we all looked forward to week-ends when we dress up we all look so different Dress codes are good for us all it teaches us some forms of values ans attitudes and self respect.
• United States
24 Nov 07
I am too much an American because I would exchange a dress code where everyone looks the same for self-expression for students.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
23 Nov 07
When I went to school in Vancouver, B.C., the girls wore skirts, blouses, sweaters,etc. and the boys wore shirts, t-shirts, pullovers, and either slacks or jeans. The skirts were full and had crinolines underneath them, and we also wore bobby socks and saddle shoes . They were trying to keep us as young as possible and no one was considered grown up until they left high school and were either in the work place or in college. I think that was a bad idea because if you are dressed like a kid, you act like a kid. I did not wear nylons until I was seventeen, so I had about half a year to grow up. The girls at the Christian school near our house in Winnipeg were slacks to school, but that is because the weather here is quite cool. I have not seen any wearing tops with their midriffs showing because they seem to dress in layers, a long t=-shirt underneath, and a top over it. It looks cool, but would only work on teenage girls. The boys were the usual tops or shirts and either jeans or slacks, but nothing baggy. So they are dressed all right. The kids in the public school are a bit more daring. We have a sort of dress code, no showing midriff skin, have the skirts long enough so no one sees your underwear but that is about all.
• United States
24 Nov 07
That sounds okay. Up in Vancouver gets cold so you shouldn't have a bare midriff or wear a mini skirt, you would freeze.
@anniepa (26621)
• United States
23 Nov 07
Now, WAY back in the day when I was in school girls had to wear dresses or skirts - even cullottes were prohibited - and skirts weren't allowed to be too short. No shirts with vulgar sayings were allowed, but then again most kids in high school weren't allowed by their parents to OWN shirts with wild sayings. Caps were not allowed inside the school. We never questioned it because back then kids accepted the fact that there were rules that had to be followed and if we got in trouble in school we'd be in worse trouble at home. Things have really changed today. Annie
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• United States
24 Nov 07
I am so glad I went to school when I did.In my day parents did dictate what you could and couldn't wear but there was a way around it. All you had to do was wear the clothes that they wanted you to wear to your friends house and change into the clothes you wanted to wear.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
24 Nov 07
I think a dress code is a good thing. It teaches you how to dress to respect yourself. I remember being sent home for wearing a skirt too short....one problem. My parents wouldn't let me go with short skirts so when we got to school we would roll them up by the waistband. But I think having a dress code says something about respecting school..respecting the surroundings and respecting yourself to be the best you can be...
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• United States
25 Nov 07
The teens that wear what they want to wear respect themselves.and if you are a student that won't respect your school, a uniform won't make you respect it.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
25 Nov 07
Uniforms take away some of the peer pressures to have to conform to a certain way to dress too...like having to be "in" with what others are wearing. Maybe they can concentrate more on studies if they are not worried they are dressed not in a certain way and also for the parents it takes some of the pressure off to have to buy certain brands. Kids for some reason are harder on each other than adults. They haven't learned yet what it is to accept someone for who they are and not the way they are dressed.
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• United States
25 Nov 07
Back in the dark ages when I went to school, we didn't have a dress code but most of us wore the same thing, t-shirts and jeans.And kids were still divided into groups.Uniforms will make all the kids dress the same but it won't make them all the same. I think there still be a "in" crowd and outsiders.And clothes won't make a student that doesn't want to study suddenly want to study.Inspiration has to come from some other place.
@violeta_va (4842)
• Australia
24 Nov 07
I loved beeng in uniform absolutly loved it. Everyone dressed the same you could not tell who is rich who is poor. No thinking over what to wear next day. Less money spend on clothes, washing, cleaning. And everyone looked presentable. If we didnt have any part of the uniform and went to get a pass if we didnt have it than the teachers could give us detention.
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• United States
24 Nov 07
I would gladly go to detention than my science class. So I would purposely "lose" a part of the uniform right before science class.Question. Did kids get bullied at your school?
• Australia
25 Nov 07
The detention is during brake or after school not during the lesson. Why would the kids be bullied because of the uniform??? Everyone in Victoria (australia) wear uniform so its not like we were the only school. I find that at school we didnt have many reasons to bully other kids and outside the school if we saw someone wearing our uniform and that person was in trouble we defended them.
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• United States
25 Nov 07
No, I didn't mean were kids bullied because of the uniform. I was asking were kids bullied in spite of everyone wearing uniforms.
• India
23 Dec 07
ya dude ....i think dat dress codes are ok ......it should be there otherwise children will wear whatever they want in order to be looking better then their mates.....a uniform creates a sense of equality whether they are rich or poor they seem similar......but this applies in schools and colleges..... but i dont think about the dress codes in offices
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• United States
23 Dec 07
I believe the complete opposite. In the office, you need a dress code. But in school there should be some items deemed too revealing but other than that, kids should wear what is comfortable.Even if the kids are in uniforms, rich kids can still demean poorer kids.
• India
26 Nov 07
I think there must be a dress code for teens at public high school.I was just goin through an article regarding and really like many of the points that were put forth.I think guys should be wearing full sleeve shirt and pants whereas girls can go for long skirts.i dont think any sort of funky tshirts or jeans must be entertained.
• United States
26 Nov 07
What would you do with a student like me. I would refuse to wear a skirt of any length.Do I get to go home until I wear the right thing? Do I get put in detention? Or am I just expelled. I would pick any of these instead of wearing a skirt to school.
@nengs10 (3189)
• Philippines
25 Nov 07
In our country, most of the public high schools really have uniform to wear. And their uniforms are based on the standards set by the Education Department of the government. Well, this thing differs from culture to culture. It depends on the country you belong to or the society you are living in.
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• United States
25 Nov 07
I bet in your country teenagers would respect their elders regardless of a dress code.
@ThulsZ (784)
• India
24 Nov 07
if you create a public poll for this discussions... most of the parents will be voting that they need dress codes for their children....no,parent is ready to allow a child like that.... but,they are not in a position to control...... Twenty states now experiment with uniform policies. The idea: Uniforms create a sense of school unity and elicit a range of positive changes, from improved student behavior to higher test scores.
• United States
24 Nov 07
I wonder if the higher tests scores are because they make the students that either won't or can't wear the uniforms leave the school?
@Gemmygirl1 (2871)
• Australia
24 Nov 07
I live in Australia & went to a public High School but we still had a uniform there. It wasn't a strict one but it required all t-shirts had collars & had to be either grey, navy blue or white. We weren't allowed to have brand names overly visible but if the symbol was the same colour as the top/jumper then you could get away with it. We could wear grey or blue pants which included jeans - as long as they weren't too baggy & skirts had to be grey, navy blue or there was a school grey tartan design but very few actually wore it. I think with school uniforms it makes everyone more equal, you don't have the rich kids showing off that they have money or the poorer kids being bullied because they don't have the best of everything.
• United States
24 Nov 07
Poor kids and kids that are different will still be picked on regardless what they wear.Your uniform doesn't sound too bad. I lived and still live in jeans so all i would have to do is wear t-shirts with a collar.Simple. That beats dresses for the girls and suits for the boys. I would have lasted only one week in that type of school uniform.I would have been expelled.
@ajithlal (14564)
• India
28 Dec 07
We have dress codes in the schools and colleges. There is uniform for studens at schools and dress code to some extend for college students. College students are not allowed wear microminis and sleeveless low cut blouses etc. I think there should to be dress codes to some extend. I do not like children at schools and teenagers wearing micro minis or sleeveless low cut blouses at schools and college. Teenage is one of the difficult time in a person's life and most of the teenagers are confused and sometimes rebel to some extend. One of the rebelling is the dress codes. I have seen lots of teenagers wearing micro minis and low cut blouses thinking it is cool. One of the think I heard a teenage girl wearing a mirco min and telling her father that what is problem with him and the world has changed and her boyfriend likes her in these dresses.
• United States
24 Nov 07
Where we live we just started to have a dress code in the grade schools and I think it is working really good. Everyone has to wear the same clothes. They have different color shirts that they can wear but only a few. I think that is helping the kids that might be able to afford buying the name brands. In the High school it is the same and I think it is working there. I know that in the grade school it is becase thats where my kids go.
@wiccania (3362)
• United States
24 Nov 07
When I was in school we had a dress code. Basically nothing too revealing. Pants couldn't hang too low on the hips, skirts and shorts had to be a certain length, no bare shoulders or midriffs. Other than that it was pretty open. If you came in wearing something that violated the dress code, either your parent had to bring you something else to wear or take you home.
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