We don’t need dress code

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SNEHA KALRA
Published Apr 29, 2016, 1:34 am IST
Updated Apr 29, 2016, 1:34 am IST
Several colleges like St. Josephs, Jain and even Mount Carmel College have introduced dress codes. Students express their views.
Sleeveless clothes have been banned in colleges today, which leaves the college goers wondering when they will be allowed to wear what they want, if not at 18.
 Sleeveless clothes have been banned in colleges today, which leaves the college goers wondering when they will be allowed to wear what they want, if not at 18.

Gone are the days when you used to see girls wearing short skirts and shorts outside colleges. A number of co-ed colleges like St. Josephs and Jain College have implemented the dress code rule over the past few years. Most recently, Mount Carmel College, known for their leniency when it came to dressing, has also implemented the rule.

Sleeveless clothes have been banned in colleges today, which leaves the college goers wondering when they will be allowed to wear what they want, if not at 18.
“My seniors keep talking about how they were allowed to wear anything they wanted to college, many many years back and I wonder why we’re being restricted now, and how we can call ourselves ‘modern’ when we aren’t even allowed to wear sleeveless shirts. It’s utterly ridiculous. If we aren’t allowed to dress in shorts when we’re young, when else can we wear them?” questions Juhi Kishore, a commerce student.

 

Another annoyed student expresses her opinion on the matter and says it’s not only girls who suffer, but boys too! “We aren’t allowed to wear tees that have quotes on them or sleeveless clothes or shirts  that end above our hips. I find that utterly ridiculous. How does what we wear matter?

Boys aren’t allowed to wear t-shirt that have quotes on them, baggy pants or slippers. The teachers themselves don’t follow all these rules but we are expected to? We might as well be in school all over again,” says Shivangi, a science student.

The initial point of college was that students could dress anyway they wanted. There were no uniforms and absolutely no restrictions. “Having a dress code is absolutely unnecessary. Every girl wants to dress up and make a fashion statement and college is the only place we can do it. When we enter college, they call us adults, but still treat us like children by making us dress ‘decently’ or ‘appropriately’. What about dresses and skirts is indecent or inappropriate? We have just got out of school where we were surrounded by rules and given a whole new impression of how wonderful and free college is and then we aren’t allowed to do something as simple as wear what we want? It’s the most frustrating thing,” concludes Rhea Sharma, another science student.

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