In almost every Associated Student Body election speech this morning, the candidates spoke of working with the school administration to allow t-shirts into the dress code.
While we don't wear uniforms, we have a dress code that forbids t-shirts, too-short skirts, and skimpy tops -- sandals aren't even allowed unless they're dressy. Blue jeans were only allowed about two years ago. Personally, I love our school dress code -- it compels many students to dress up for school, from wearing platform heels on a regular basis to wearing a silk tie on top of a slightly tucked-in Oxford shirt.
Thus, I'm against the addition of t-shirts to our dress code. I enjoy the creative ways that our student body has learned to work around the no-tees rule, and I feel that the rigorous academic ambiance is reduced when one is wearing a band tee instead of a cashmere v-neck sweater. We're allowed to wear t-shirts underneath a dress or button-up shirt -- it's not like we don't have the chance to enjoy the comfort of a James Perse tee. I have not worn a t-shirt by itself for three years so far, and don't plan to any time soon.That said, Gap's recent Design Editions white shirts (in collaboration with the 2007 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund) are the perfect alternatives to t-shirts for me. No, I can't work out in the Bell-sleeve shirt by Phillip Lim -- but it's easy to toss on underneath a dress or over a pair of jeans.
I like my soft cotton James Perse v-neck tees -- but I still prefer to dress up in crisp shirts and fitted blouses at school.