Should colleges have dress code?

There is really an unresolved debated topic regarding the enforcement of dress code within the college campus. In this very well-groomed and fashionable world, where everybody wants to look smart and stylish; this is certainly an unsettled problem. In the past years, we normally wear formal shirts, pants and tie or salwar-suits. Now-a-days, college students are not behind from sleeveless T-shirts, exclusive tops and skirts, jeans and bermudas etc. and I am myself confused, which side to choose as the dress code system has advantages as well as disadvantages.

On this topic, there has been pro-longed discussion on whether it is essential or not. Talking about the gains, the most distinctive feature of the dress code system is the backdrop of homogeneity in the colleges. If there is a particular dress code in the college, then every student will look identical. We may find an essential element of unity among students where they wear uniform and there will be no discrimination on the basis of looks. In this addition, the students, who come from the various backgrounds, cultures and traditions, will learn to live together. Eventually, uniforms may inculcate feelings of patriotism and attachment for their respective colleges as it adds integrity to every student. One may even say that being inside the premises, college students should look like students. Dress code should be defined as decent dresses; off campus, any dresses not to mind. Girls wearing minis revealing skin inside campus is like insulting the institution’s discipline where students come to learn not to for a dance in a disco. Ufff! A lot of things… Aren’t they? However, I feel a little less about the thing that uniform in colleges may get an approval for it develops the spirit of belongingness.

Where as, turning another aspect; if the dress code will not get enforced in the college, then students will obviously be more interested in showing off. In this case, they will wear most expensive, antique or funny dresses for looking different in the college. In the classroom, funky dresses are always distracting the students and sometimes teachers may find difficulty in teaching.  But, thinking of the old times, we spend 12 years of our school wearing boring uniforms every day and we all look forward to going to colleges and wearing our favourite clothes, and after college one has to follow dress code in office as well! So why not let students wear whatever they want to wear? Who needs moral policing for the whole life? Thus, somewhat down the line this dress code system may seem to be an unfair call. Also, it’s not like if we have a dress code we just stick to it, we make sure to go out of our way to go against at, and bend the rules as far as they go.

In conclusion, I’d say that enforcing dress code is a big controversy. The university or government must not intervene. It should be left to the individual colleges to decide if a ban is to be implemented or not. It should also be given

freedom to decide which type of apparel is acceptable and which are not. The social conditioning of the student body has to be given due respect.  It would be great if the Student Council gets in on the act and gets into discussion with the governing board about this. It will be unfair if dress codes in colleges are imposed solely on the basis of the heads of the college without consulting the students.  Still, one should have the privilege to choose what they want to wear, but common sense should help everyone realise they should appear to class in a decent dress. And college students must be sensible in this regard with what to wear in college. At the same time, it is advisable to look decent, modest and not
cross the boundaries with whatever you wear. The only thing to remember is to avoid wearing revealing clothes. Fashion is good, but please never forget that certain dresses are for parties and some are for college-wear. Dress for the occasion.

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One Response to Should colleges have dress code?

  1. very lovelly speech.

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