When we asked about your weird school dress codes, many of you wrote in with surprising rules about colors. Forget short skirts or untucked shirt-tails. What’s really distracting today’s students are “patterned shoelaces,” according to one reader who attended a public school in Texas.
For some of you, school administrators were fashion police, issuing prohibitions on “clashing” or mis-matched clothes:
The junior high I attended decreed that clothing must match. For example, we could not wear plaids and stripes together, and colors must not clash.
Another reader, Cathy Lehman, said she was reprimanded for what she thought was a nice-looking outfit:
Once I was written up for wearing a very nice shell sweater top and long skirt to school chapel because the sweater had wide stripes in two shades of light brown and the skirt was cream with flowers on it, in matching shades of light brown. I couldn’t believe how arbitrarily that rule could be interpreted, based on any one person’s definition of color or style, or what “clashing” even means. I had truly thought my outfit looked nice.
This reader’s school invented an unusual 11th commandment: