How to Dress at a School with a Relaxed Dress Code
Some independent schools have 'relaxed' dress codes, or dress codes that aren't quite as drab as -- let's say -- Catholic schools. These are just some tips on how to dress without stepping outside the bounds of your liberal dress code.
Find a copy of the dress code. Read it thoroughly. Highlight parts that include the word 'no', if you want.
Follow this dress code carefully. If it says no studded belts, then don't wear studded belts! If it says no open-back shoes, then buy shoes with closed backs!
Set out on a Fabulous Shopping Adventure. Go to places like Abercrombie, Ralph Lauren, or any local stores that might carry the basics. Usually this includes collared polos, oxfords, turtlenecks, chinos, cords, knit sweaters, and all that good stuff. Find a few of everything in colors that flatter you, then buy them.
Accessorize with ribbons, headbands, belts, jewelry, shoes, etc. Make your own ribbon belts! Neither are these studded, nor against most dress codes. Also, they are cute.
Find out what everyone is getting away with. If a teacher looks straight at the contraband clothing, and issues no reprimand, then you know you are in the clear, and those items are safe.
Don't just wear basics that everyone else is wearing. Pick one awesome necklace you see when you go to Europe or New York. Buy some hot pink shoes or a cool retro jacket. Get something that people will remember and wear i once every 2 weeks or so. They will remember it and say "I remember that cute shirt!" But remember not to wear it too often.
When going to a dance or party will school friends do not I repeat do not wear the same things you wear to school. Wear a skirt instead of jeans or a dress instead of t-shirt. Otherwise people will think you have no clothes except school clothes.
Buy at least 8 shirts for each season that you can wear to school. Get different colors and styles. If your a girl buy at least 2 pairs of jeans, 2 skirts and a few dance or party outfits. If your a boy get jeans as well as athletic style pants.
Remember to mix and match! !
- All you need is a good pair of jean that will go with anything
- If you are new to the school, make sure you read and follow the dress code painstakingly for the first few weeks. After that, you will have settled into the rhythm of the school, and can relax your look a little bit.
- Don't try and get away with something unless you're SURE it's acceptable by authority figures.