Clothes come and go in a matter of months. But what if your fashion style revolved around a dress code? What if you were forced to wear the same Christian Brothers shirt you saw on the opposite sex wearing just yesterday? The senior class at CB has mastered the craft of dressing around these restrictions. […]
Clothes come and go in a matter of months. But what if your fashion style revolved around a dress code? What if you were forced to wear the same Christian Brothers shirt you saw on the opposite sex wearing just yesterday? The senior class at CB has mastered the craft of dressing around these restrictions.
Wearing a typically blue, white, grey or black CB shirt doesn’t make for much variety in outfit choices. Not being able to wear jeans, athletic shorts, skirts or anything with rips strays away from fashionable bottoms to pair with the not so fashionable tops. Hats, beanies, colorful hair, and anything people use to express themselves is outlawed. So how do you dress around it?
Many students find ways to work around the dress code. Colorful, baggy and textured pants, bold, statement making shoes, flashy accessories and intriguing hair styles help students — particularly seniors — shine. Though the dress code is strict, creativity finds a way to show through.
One fashion icon who can be seen playing his guitar and promoting his band/concert tickets is Kaveh Khajavi (’20). Kaveh is known for wearing some of the most statement making pieces around campus, whether it be with his colorful and patterned pants, to a fun jacket or flannel that goes on top of his CB dress code approved shirt.
“I get most of my clothes from the thrift store, or just things lying around my house,” he says. “Whatever I think looks unique, I’ll put on.”
Kaveh takes a typical style of CB shirt and can find ways to add items to express himself and his fashion sense. Not many guys at CB can do what Kaveh does, making him very unique and noticeable around campus.
Another student found wearing a variety of different styles is Isa Warford (’20). She might not be the first person you think of for wearing “out there” clothes, but pay attention, because Isa knows how to get around the restrictions of the dress code.
“It doesn’t really bother me too much,” she says. “With all the restrictions you can really find a way to express your style.”
Isa mentioned she finds the fashionable clothes in unique places.
“I get most of my clothes from the thrift store or the clothes closet,” the senior says. “It’s hard to find cute and in dress code items, but when you do, you can already see the outfit you’d put with it.”
Though Isa does not necessarily dislike the dress code, she did add that “leggings should be allowed. They’re very comfortable and easy to wear with almost anything. Half the time leggings can look just like the pants we wear to school anyways.”
Ryan Bruce (’20) can be seen in some baggy pants and random CB shirts around campus. Though it might not sound like much to some, Ryan’s style is definitely different from most guys around campus. Ryan says the skate culture influences his style.
“[Skateboarder] Alex Olson is someone I look to for inspiration. I’m into the plain style I guess, any plain CB shirts and baggy, plain colored pants it’s what I usually gravitate to.”
Ryan’s skater street style is definitely coming into play around campus, and we should credit him for being the trendsetter.
Marissa Galvez (’20) is known around campus for her unique and trendy outfits. You’ve probably even complimented her for sweatshirts, pants or shoes. Known for pushing the limits, Marissa finds ways to get around the strict dress code with her colorful sweatshirts and striking pants that truly allow her to express her fashion sense.
“I’d say my style is more of a retro, street style,” she says. Knowing how hard it is to get around the restrictions, Marissa says that “you do what you can to get around it. You can be out of dress code pretty easily if you’re not careful.”
The Christian Brothers dress code might not be the easiest to work around, and with its limitations, there is always a debate on what should be allowed or not. But one thing is certain: being creative in fashion sense can give you a new perspective on the dress code and even for styling your outfits outside of school.