Style doesn’t matter in a school enviornment

October 15, 2021


Katie Sullivan ('25)

A student showing off their individual and unique style.

High school students have a lot on their plates—tests, homework, friends, and … style …? I wouldn’t be the first to say that a person’s style should affect anything about them. With everything students have to juggle, style does not matter in a school environment.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that fashion and style have always been on people’s minds, now more so than ever with the insertion of TikTok trends and different aesthetics. However, style really does not matter in a school environment. A school is a place for students to learn and bond with fellow classmates, but that’s really about it. School is not a fashion show.

For those students who are really into fashion, I think they should be able to express themselves in every and any way they want, but that is not to say style matters at school. Honestly, I think if someone were to ask a person who was really into style, they would most likely agree with me. Style, for those who are not interested in it, can sometimes be a distraction during school. So, to say that style matters in a school environment is putting a lot of pressure on those who don’t care about it to care. Why not just let everyone do what they want and not judge people based on their appearances?

Building off of my previous thought, we should want to be a part of a school environment that allows people to be comfortable while learning. Now that’s not to say jeans are not comfortable. But, for those of us who just want to show up to school in pajamas and let that be socially acceptable, please let us and take into consideration the different clubs and assignments we are each juggling.

I understand that creating an environment where style is important would be beneficial for students because it would prepare them for the real world, where casual wear is not appropriate in many places. However, just like the time we start our day will change, so will a lot of other lifestyle choices. So, I don’t think it’s really necessary for students to prepare for how they will have to dress in five years now.

Also, many students may not have the time, energy, or money to buy these trendy clothes. For them to walk into a school environment where clothes matter, would be like walking on eggshells every day. Making the executive decision that style matters in a school environment would be making a lot of people feel uncomfortable when they could really just be content in their own clothes. It’s not necessary to alienate certain students just because a portion of the student body likes a certain art form (fashion).

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