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As students are tackling the beginning of the school year, many feel a desperate need to “dress to impress,” seeking to make a good first impression on campus. Though students have achieved the goal of standing out among their peers, the question remains as to whether there is too much shock value in the garments students are wearing in their classrooms.
Even after three years attending this school, senior members of the MavLife editorial board were surprised to discover that a dress code is in place, as often students are unaware of the policy and are also not held accountable for following it.
Among our Maverick population, there seems to be a range of diverse apparel between upper and lower classmen. With the styles changing year to year, it appears that young adults are getting more inappropriate with what they choose to cover, or not to cover, themselves with.
The school dress code has remained the same since the current seniors entered high school. However, it is the defiance against the school policy that is a growing trend. It has become the norm for girls to have unconcealed body parts and undergarments, and for boys to sag their pants and wear shirts displaying profanity.
Elementary and junior high schools more strictly enforce dress code standards. Members of the editorial board recall that at Diegueño Middle School, when girls wore outfits revealing a bra strap, for example, they were granted the wonderful opportunity of wearing a vibrant Cougar Pride P.E. shirt for the remainder of the school day. But on our campus, the enforcement of dress code standards is not only lacking–it is virtually non-existent.
Girls are rarely approached by the administration. We wonder if it is due to the lack of female administrators monitoring females’ apparel. In fact, we see that male students are targeted more often by administrators and are forced to flip shirts inside-out that violate the dress code.
What many students often don’t take into consideration is that their clothing choices greatly influence how they are seen as individuals. Students interacting with teachers and administrators should dress in a manner that reveals their values and displays a high level of self-respect. Outfits made up of crop tops, sheer blouses, cheeky shorts, sagging jeans and vulgar t-shirts create an image of a student desperately striving to impress the opposite gender in a way that is neither flattering nor mature.
With ninth graders integrating into the high school culture, it is understandable that they would desire to make that stylish first impression and define themselves through appearance. By the time students reach their junior or senior years, they have already had the time to establish themselves and appear to be more comfortable with their projection of themselves, regardless of their clothing choice.
With the integrity of our school in mind, we challenge our fellow Mavericks to strive for an appearance that correctly represents the intelligent and talented individuals who make up our campus. There is no need for curse words on shirts, or belly-buttons sneaking a peek through crop tops. As we encourage a more respectable environment, we chose to put an emphasis on students being satisfied with the knowledge that their performance, both in the classroom and throughout the community, should be the basis of their identity, rather than a provocative ensemble.

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La Costa Canyon High School's News Source
Online Negativity Has No Place In Our Community