With the arrival of May, it seems that more and more of us are coming down with “spring fever”. Urban dictionary defines spring fever as “the want to be outside every day all day rather than doing anything else.” As most of us have noticed, it is becoming a challenge to dress comfortably for the weather, while also following the regulations of the FA dress code. Although we are advised to keep our Quaker morals in mind while getting dressed every morning, it is a daily challenge to dress in clothes that satisfy both the code and the heat. Whether it be for comfort, for fashion, or for anything else, it is very hard to stay in code. After asking a number of my fellow classmates I discovered that 4 out of 10 junior girls do not even thinking about dress code while getting dressed in the morning. One female student explains, “It’s hard enough getting up everyday knowing all the work I have ahead of me, trying to pick out a cute outfit that is in code just isn’t at the top of my to do list for everyday”.
But what about abiding to the Quaker morals? 7 our of 10 of those same junior girls confess that at this point of the year, they don’t even care about getting in trouble anymore, what is important is their studies and that one DP won’t make or break their scholastic career. So the question at hand is, how can we make out dress code simple enough to follow, while still remaining within the Quaker definition of modesty? Boys are having a particularly hard time this spring sticking to code. Many agree that the code is biased to girls, since they have a lot more flexibility and can seemingly get away with a greater deviation from the code. One sophomore boy said, “How is it fair that a girl can get away with wearing a t-shirt, jeans and a sweater but if I forget to wear a belt, I get in trouble?”
In my opinion, we need to focus on creating a dress code that is fair for both girls and boys while still respecting Quaker values. This is easier said then done. Similar to what the sophomore boy stated earlier, it seems unfair that a girl can wear a skirt or dress but a boy must wear pants during the harsh heat of June. As a concerned student, I constantly question how to reinforce dress code or how to make it fairer. The answer, I can’t seem to find. It is a hard issue to take on alone.
A teacher, who has requested to keep their name private, admitted to not even knowing what dress code is anymore. They were asked to elaborate on this statement and responded by saying, “I’m not sure why the girls have decided that the collared shirt rule does not apply to them anymore, I can’t say that I necessarily agree that a collard shirt is more modest then a t-shirt, but I don’t know what happened and why it is now somehow ok for girls to wear whatever they want”. An important point made in this quote is modesty. Is it more modest to wear a t-shirt rather than a button down? For many the answer is yes, but is this even in code?
For the past school year there have been many questions from students and faculty alike about the code- many of which have been stated above. T Although confusion over what exactly the dress code allows is a major problem students are facing, its not the only one surrounding dress code. For this dress code to thrive in this community, students need to respect what is allowed- but they also need to be able to be comfortable in what they are wearing everyday. My advice, ask! The best way to avoid confusion is to get an answer, clarify what is ok and what is not, and let your voice be heard. Stand up for what you think is right regarding this issue, the worst thing that can happen is someone disagrees with you. So, enjoy the weather, enjoy May and enjoy dress code and make the best out of it.