Last week, as I stood outside of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, I watched dress code violators walk by wearing sagging pants, sexually suggestive graphic tee shirts and liquid leopard tights to class. This led me to believe there was some sort of policy against professional dress code.
After trying to research Florida A&M University’s dress code policy—discovering there isn’t one—it became clear that one should be implemented.
The dress attire on campus is reminiscent of a high school. Collegiate students should prepare their wardrobe accordingly as they matriculate through school.
At an establishment of higher learning, one would expect students to be a model image of the career path they are pursuing. Students are finding it more acceptable to wear nightclub attire and flimsy materials to school, without thinking twice about how their appearance effects their future.
What happened to the “good ole’ days” when college educated individuals stood out, not because of their ridiculous clothing, but because of their professional attire that reflected the knowledge within.
Today it seems as if female students have traded this for shiny stiletto pumps and tights versus a skirt suit with a moderate heel or flat.
On the other hand, males sag their pants and expect to be looked at as a grown men.
When did it become cute to have your underwear showing like a toddler on a playground?
Coming from a woman’s perspective, it’s not.
For the most part other students understand the benefits of dressing appropriately and abiding by their respective colleges or schools dress code.
For instance, the School of Business and Industry is particular about the way their students look. It isn’t uncommon to see SBIans strutting around in black or blue suits on their way to class. This appearance sets a professional standard and attracts prospective students to the university. Not all students are required to wear a suit everyday, but they could instill professionalism into daily life by adding simple pieces to their wardrobe.
As far as the SJGC goes, the atmosphere is business casual and many students wear jeans, khaki’s, dresses or appropriate length skirts to class without sacrificing comfort.
My message to students is to reach outside of the box and take their appearance into consideration as they make the journey through college, towards their future careers.
Practice while you are still in school and save the inappropriate dress for functions like the club.
Brittany Roberson is a senior public relations student from Tallahassee. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.