School uniforms

August 27, 2009
By , Kalamazoo, MI
Parents always talk about how If schools had uniforms, everything would be so much eisier. You wouldn't get caught up on looks and would learn the skills you need. I disagree with this, I think that school uniforms would put a restriction on our creativity. We dress the way we do for a certain reason.
Clothes give us expression and the ability to use color and patterns. The first impression we get of people is usually clothes, facial expression and language. If we all wear the same thing we don't get to really see what people are like on the inside. Usually girly girls wear pink and frilly things. Skaters wear baggy pants and goth usually wear black. Clothes don't distract us form learning the studies we need to, it simply lets us inspire our imaginations and lights up our worlds.
putting school uniforms into order would probably make us rebell against it and we would only be able to express our creativity in things like art and music. Because of the current economic situation most art and music programs are being cut from schools because there is simply not eneough money to support them.

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Corlupa said...
Mar. 30, 2011 at 9:22 am
I wear a uniform and even with it we all find perfectly adequate ways to express ourselves, from make-up to socks to belts to ties. The possibilties are endless. I think it's a creative challenge to wear a uniform.
OneBlackGirl replied...
Apr. 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm
At my school, that wouldn't work. Socks have to be completely white (which I learned the hard way by getting suspended for having a colored heel on my sock), belts have to be solid black or brown, and you can't have ties unless you're performing something special that day. The only thing you can do is have a tiny emblem on your shirt or pants that shows that it is designer. It looks like a pink or green horse. And anyone who doesn't wear it gets picked on, and I refuse to wear it because I'm not... (more »)
SandyLee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm
That's harsh! Suspended for socks? My God!
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Sept. 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm


I don't personally have a uniform at my school. Just a dress code that a lot of people break. But I do have friends who went to a private school with uniforms, and they said the uniforms weren't too bad. But I'd still like the freedom of figuring out what acessories to wear with my outfit.

AcrossTheUniverse replied...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 8:55 am
I wear uniforms at my school and most people hassle over what accessories to wear and make-up to apply. I have found in my personal experience that wearing a uniform does not limit one's personal selection of accesssories or any other embellishments.
HisPurePrincess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm
If I went to school, I wouldn't really want uniforms, but it makes me think.  I mean, I also would not want to be around guys with their pants falling off, girls who's miniskirts are mini!  and have all the pressure of "why are you wearing wal-mart?  you gotta get american eagle and aeropostale!"  I dunno, my friends that do go to public school tell me both sides.
LyssaNicole said...
Mar. 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm
sure uniforms suck, they do limit creativity. i wish i could walk around school in my favorite bands shirts and wear hats make up that represents Black Veil Brides, But i've lived with them since i was four, you do learn ways around letting it stop you.
mnt87 said...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm
I think my opinion is the minority among everyone else's because I personally like uniforms. I went to a non-uniform school for a year and I found it to be frustrating because I didn't have clothes like all the other kids (I didn't really have a lot of clothes anyway) and I wanted to fit in, but then again no one really cared that much. My uniformed school makes life so much easier because I don't have to waste time every morning thinking of what I should wear etc. I throw on my... (more »)
OneBlackGirl replied...
Apr. 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm
With me, it's not that easy because everything can get you suspended. We're not even allowed to wear weave or die our hair certain colors (we're only allowed to die it black or blond). Your socks have to be solid white. We're not allowed to wear certain frabrics. Buttons are prohibited. And tennis (or athletic) shoes are prohibited, but you're required to have them on in the gym. If you get caught with them on you or in your locker, you're getting suspended (which is like, WHAT?).
mnt87 replied...
Apr. 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm
Woaah. That's crazy. Compared to your school, my school is so RELAXED about uniforms. I can usually get away with wearing dark wash jeans and coloured hoodies and stuff most of the time. Ugh, strict schools are just too much. Lol, how do people do it! I'd go crazy. 
yourock124 said...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm
im doing a project in schoool, & this really helped thank yoU!
annilovescheese said...
Mar. 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm
there are lots of good points on this website, but seriously think about it. people say uniforms are bad because they stop people being creative, but heres what i think, uniforms are good because they stop stressful mornings of finding clothes that are suitable and 'cool'. i dont know about you but i have to get up a 6 in the morning and i like to SLEEP!!!! and you can still be creative and wear a uniform, like girls at my school can were there skirt high waisted or out, and were their hair up o... (more »)
OneBlackGirl replied...
Apr. 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm
I disagree. Maybe because our rules are different. At my school all shirts must be tucked in (which is wuite unflattering on fat people), you can't die your hair certain colors, or wear weave. Your socks have to be solid white. No buttons. Solid black or brown belt. Your clothes still have to be suitable because there are designer uniform clothes and they are the only thing that stands out that's allowed.
Cheerleaderr12 said...
Mar. 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm
I have never personally gone to a school where uniforms were required. I don't think that school uniforms would cause more problems, but instead would resolve them. If everyone is dressed the same the focus from what your wearing is shifted to what you should be paying attention to. Other problems do come up though like name brand and hairstyles as well as make-up. I don't think eliminating one problem is going to solve everything but would certainly make high school a lot less stressful.
idkkk said...
Feb. 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm
I dont think uniforms are that bad of an idea except for the fact that they hide the time for our personality to once your an adult when do people restrict you on what you wear???
Juliannacaffs said...
Feb. 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm
Honestly, I don't see why people make such a big deal out of uniforms. I go to a private school and therefore, I wear a uniform. I love my uniform, not because it's attractive (because I promise you it's not), but because it makes my life easier. I can sleep later in the morning and not have to worry about picking out clothes for school. As far as self-expression goes, the uniforms are ONLY for school, which is a pretty bad place for "expressing" yourself since you're required to ... (more »)
OneBlackGirl replied...
Apr. 5, 2011 at 11:28 pm
Well, I think you're talking about a real "uniform" where everyone gets the EXACT same outfit and it's usually at a discount if you REALLY REALLY need one. What I'm (and I suspect others) are talking about is a really, really strict dress code. I think a real uniform is an awesome idea, but a strict dresscode is terrible.
SeerKnowsBest said...
Feb. 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm
uniforms don't make things better. mean people are still mean no matter how they are dressed
dairishman said...
Jan. 25, 2011 at 7:52 am
uniforms can blow me!
creationmaker23 said...
Jan. 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm
yes that is true. any one who dares to put out "the clothing does not affect what you bring out" is completely blind. They dont know and we dont know how someone is if we dont see their style/personality.
Thalia_Carson_I replied...
May 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm
You can try talking to them. Just a theory I have, but then again, I wear a uniform to school.
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