Middle School Editorial: Dress Code Dilemma

Campbell Helling

One of the things that makes Bishop Seabury unique is its dress code. The khaki bottoms and polo shirt can be both a relief and a hassle. Most students want to change a few things, but others absolutely dislike wearing a uniform on a daily basis. Eighth-grader Phoebe Ulbrick, for example, feels this way. “I hate having it so strict,” says Ulbrick. “I also think we should be able to wear non-polo shirts.” Out of all the dress code rules, this seems to be one of the least popular. Collared shirts can be a hassle to find, and according to some, they are not as visually appealing. 

As of now, student senate is working to allow non-polo Seabury shirts to be accepted as part of the uniform. This would allow for a larger range of clothing choices and appeal more to many students, but would also take away the simplicity of getting ready in the morning with no thought. 

Khakis are also unpopular. On this matter, Ulbrick says, “I cannot express my style and wear comfortable clothing with them.” The beige pants are often uncomfortable or hard to find, and the fact that they come in a limited array of styles can be frustrating. However, wearing the same colored pants daily can make the hectic morning a little bit easier. “It makes it easier in the morning to get dressed,” Ulbrick says. 

Dress code has its pros and cons. Although the dress code is a hassle, it is also beneficial in some ways. One thing is for certain: we are probably not going to get rid of it anytime soon.