Attending school dances and having the opportunity to interact with one another outside the classroom has always been a valued aspect within the Jesuit tradition. However, dress code for dances has been a debated topic for quite some time now: we are too strict, we aren’t strict enough.
“I think the biggest reason we actually have a dress code is so that the boys don’t come completely sloppy because they don’t want to dress up, and we don’t want the girls revealing too much because we are a Catholic school and we have some standards of modesty,” Mrs. Forde said.
When discussing what will be appropriate, the deans and student government team up to find a median in which students, parents, and administrators feel comfortable with what the dress code guidelines consist of.
“Part of what we look at is what are current fashions and what do we need to address,” Ms. Asp said. “And after we decide on a theme we look at that with our main dress code here.”
Compromise is key when establishing a reasonable code for dancewear.
“If we talk to Mrs. Forde and Mr. Maxie about dress code for a certain dance and they say something that we don’t like, for example no yoga pants for the senior dance,” senior Connor Gaffney said. “Then we go back and try and come up with a compromise; and then that’s when they said ‘okay but as long as your butt is covered.’”
Talking about dress code continues to be an open-ended discussion.
“The reason why we’ve tried to keep some dances formal is because we like them to be dressy,” Forde said. “But actually after Homecoming this year, Mr. Maxie and I started to discuss letting everyone wear Converse or tennis shoes because it’s too uncomfortable and everybody’s taking their shoes off and going barefoot which is more dangerous than wearing a pair of Converse, but I think shoes at Prom will probably remain dressy.”
Ms. Asp reminds students that this is a safe place to vocalize your opinion regarding issues like these.
“Encourage kids to come talk to a student government officer and see what they say about it. I think the more conversations we have in person, the better because that way you can see where each other is coming from,” Ms. Asp said. “Come and have a conversation so we’re not just spinning on something for a long time and not looking like we can have a solution. I would rather have that discussion than have anyone make assumptions.”
At this year’s senior dance, leggings were allowed as long as your behind was covered. This raised questions within the student body wondering the intention behind the rule.
“I understand if they’re trying to make school more of a formal place,” Gaffney said. But I think outside of school, for extracurricular events it should be allowed because there should be enough trust to let people dress how they want. So for people who feel most comfortable in leggings I think it should be allowed at games and dances.”
Mrs. Forde explains that a main concern with leggings is not knowing what students are going to pair them with.
“For the dance we just didn’t want somebody coming in with a really short crop top, so it was better to say cover your bum. And some leggings are more see through than others,” Mrs. Forde said. “It’s the tightness for leggings, if you can see a young woman’s undergarments, that’s when it’s over the top for the school.”
Being able to pick what you want to wear without as many restrictions comes with a sense of comfort.
“I feel like when the school regulates how you can wear leggings, for example at dances, I’m more conscious of what I’m wearing rather than if I would just wear what I want to wear,” junior Liv Strickland said.
With that said, Forde speculates that soon the leggings discussion will not be as prominent.
“Woman my age and older are walking around wearing leggings and it’s not the best style on a lot of people. Whenever I see a style come into older folks then the teenagers quit wearing it,” Forde said. “So I perceive in a little bit that the leggings will not be in style as much as they are right now.”