Last week I spent the week visiting my family and taking a break from real life. I only had a week off between the end of the semester and the beginning of summer school and my internship. I decided to take all my summer school classes online so that frees up a lot of time, thank god! Anyways, last week while I was home I decided to stop by my high school to visit my favorite teacher (what up Boggsy!) This is what I wore…
top: Volcom (borrowed from mom)
skirt: Forever 21 (thrifted $6.00)
One of my favorite things about not being in high school anymore is the fact that I no longer have to abide by a dress code. I don’t think I dress inappropriately and I always hated the silly dress code rules (such as, no spaghetti straps allowed). Having said that, I have a little anecdote about my visit…
As I was being escorted to my old teacher’s classroom, I heard a woman shouting “Young Lady!! YOUNG LADY!!”. I turned around and realized it was the vice principal. She and her family are friends with my family (I’ve even vacationed with them in the past) and so she immediately recognized me. I laughed and said something like “you were going to dress code me, weren’t you?” and she admitted that she thought I was a student. We exchanged pleasantries then she turned the topic back to my outfit. She told me that I really couldn’t be wearing what I was wearing and asked if I had anything to put on over my spaghetti straps. I calmed explained that I wasn’t a student and that I didn’t have anything else to put on.
As we were talking, the principal walked up and got involved in the conversation (she is also a family friend). She began to tell me that what I had on was inappropriate and asked if I had anything else to put on. Again, I told her that I WAS NOT a student and that my outfit wasn’t inappropriate. We went back and forth a few times–her telling me I was scantily clad, me explaining that I wasn’t a student and did not need to abide by the dress code. The conversation ended with the principle telling me she “couldn’t have me on her campus looking like that”. She told me I could either change clothes or come back another day in a more appropriate outfit. So, she had me escorted to the nurses office so I could change clothes before I was allowed to go upstairs. I had driven my mom’s car so I asked the nurse if I could see if maybe my mom had a sweatshirt or something in the car–luckily she did so I threw it on and was allowed back on campus.
Honestly, I left the campus feeling extremely offended. As silly as it is, I felt like I was in high school again and was kind of humiliated. As I walked to the nurses office, I definitely had to take some deep breaths and tell myself not to cry (silly, I know, but I’m a crier). I was shocked that they made me change my clothing and I wonder if I had been a parent if I would have been treated the same way. It’s been almost a week since the incident and thinking about it now I’m still sort of embarrassed. So here’s my question to you, wonderful readers. Do you think that my outfit was so scandalous that I should have been asked to change or to leave campus? Did you have dress codes at your high school? How do you feel about dress codes in general? I’d love to hear your take on it.
I always love when you all leave me comments and every time I get a comment I try to add another blog to my reader. Sadly, I don’t have time to read hundreds of blogs every day so I had to find a new way to connect with all of you fabulous readers! So… I’ve gone back to replying to your comments…in the comments. I used to do this when I first started my blog, but for some reason I stopped. I’m bringing it back!!