What not to wear on the first day of school is just as important as what to wear. Students of all ages have been choosing new clothing, shoes and accessories and planning their back to school wardrobes during the past few weeks. They’ve been in every department store seeking out sales and specials on the newest trends and latest looks, choosing their favorite character and graphic tees and trying on the season’s newest denim and shoes. They’ve found the backpacks they want and have put together their best looks for the first day of class. Some students, primarily girls in middle and secondary school, have tried on their new skinny jeans and cool new boots again and again. Everyone wants to make a good impression and start the year with style and self-confidence.
As outfits are selected, parents and students must remember that the schools’ primary focus is on education and on creating an environment that is conducive to learning. This can be difficult if students wear clothing that is in any way distracting, dangerous or disrespectful of others. Provocative looks, overly suggestive clothing, gang related items and accessories that pose a risk of being disruptive are poor choices and generally are not allowed. As we begin the new school year, follow a few simple suggestions to put together your best looks without interfering with school policy.
Clothing that is revealing or suggestive is not allowed in most schools. Girls’ tank tops, tops with spaghetti straps, cropped tops and see-through blouses are never good choices. If you really want to wear them, layer your tank or top with an open front shirt or wear a coordinating tank under a sheer blouse. This will give you new looks that are on-trend with myriad possibilities for mixing, matching and layering. Check the neckline to make sure it does not reveal any cleavage. If it does, layer it with a bright cami or tank for a stylish look that’s appropriate for the classroom. Sleeveless blouses are generally permitted, but undergarments should not be seen. If your bra can be seen through the armhole, the blouse is probably too revealing.
Boys need to remember to wear shirts that are tucked in so that belts or waistbands are clearly visible on their pants. Not only does this create a neater look, but also raises a safety issue. Open front plaid shirts over tees are very popular, but be prepared to remove the shirt if requested to do so. Pants and jeans should always be worn at the natural waistline and not touch the floor. Baggy, sagging or dragging pants are a poor choice, both for style and for school policy. If you like to wear a bandana or do rag, leave it at home when you come to class. While these are often serviceable and popular, they can also be related to gang affiliation or activity.
Both boys and girls need to wear proper shoes while they are in school. Open back shoes such as sandals and clogs are fine but bedroom slippers and shower shoes are not. Choose your favorite styles with an eye toward fashion, comfort and self-confidence. Leave beach sandals and water shoes at home with your swimwear and bedroom slippers beside the bed. Boots are good choices for both girls and boys, as are deck shoes and sneakers. Enjoy the brightest new prints and patterns, chic new wedges and stacked heels, and popular western and combat boots. Start the new academic year off on the right foot, both literally and figuratively.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~