By Meghan Chayka
The way a person dresses can define who they are. It’s the first thing that someone notices when they greet a new person for the first time. It’s the way people get to express who they are without ever having to speak. But what happens when that is all taken away and replaced with a dress code? At Cheshire Academy the dress code for girls may not be the same outfit for every day of the week, but making girls wear a collared shirt and dress pants to school, limits students to where they shop. Clothes that are made for teenagers are generally sold for the purpose of fashion, comfort, and special occasions not work and business because most teens go to school and don’t have high paying jobs where they need to dress for the occasion everyday. Even though I think that the dress code at Cheshire Academy limits girls to the stores they can shop in and makes it hard to dress in a flattering way, I think that the dress code for Monday through Friday makes us come to school, with the mindset of being successful. However, who ever said that jeans and a blouse that did not have a collar did not make someone look ready for success?
Imagine going to school on Wednesday, being able to wake up and put on a pair of jeans and a non-collared shirt. In my opinion, that’s the way the dress code should be. I know that in past years at Cheshire Academy the dress code had allowed students to have casual dress on Wednesday. However over the years the dress code for Wednesday has gotten stricter going from casual, being able to wear a CA polo, to now only allowing collard shirts and dress pants. I know that on a daily basis girls are always saying how much they hate the dress code, how they wish they could dress differently and how hard it is to find clothes. I think that a good compromise for everyone would be to have academic dress Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, casual dress on Wednesday and, of course, formal Fridays. I know that other surrounding private schools such as Kent, Xavier, and Sacred Heart, have at least one school casual day a week. Why can’t Cheshire Academy do the same? As well as pleasing the current students, it would draw in more perspective students who come from public schools because they will know that they do not have to get rid of all their old clothes.
As well as the jean problem, shoes are a big issue. I know that when I give tours and I explain the dress code, I always make sure to tell the girl that no Uggs are allowed unless its inclement weather. As soon as I say no Uggs are allowed most girls give a huge sigh or pretend to fake cry because everyone wears Uggs. Uggs do not look any more unprofessional then rain boots. And besides how many times a week are people who don’t attend the academy really walking around campus and saying “wow these students look awful with their Ugg boots and non collard shirts.” When there is a big event such as an open house where the school knows people will be on campus that they have to impress, the dress code should be formal with no Uggs. However, students would be happier if Uggs were allowed during the winter even when it’s not snowing.
Overall, the dress code for Cheshire Academy girls is an everyday struggle. Of course, there are the girls who are in constant dress code, girls who never get in trouble, and then there are the girls who are never in dress code. Even though Cheshire Academy is a place of business where the students’ jobs are to go to school, the dress code should allow some more room for both guys and girls to dress a little less formal, and still impress.