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Yay or Nay to Black and Khaki

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Yay or Nay to Black and Khaki

Newspaper staff, Kamryn Mattison, Emily Fleming, and Mallory Smith, rocking out in their Brashier uniform 
(Photo courtesy of Maureen Shuler).

Newspaper staff, Kamryn Mattison, Emily Fleming, and Mallory Smith, rocking out in their Brashier uniform (Photo courtesy of Maureen Shuler).

Maureen Shuler

Newspaper staff, Kamryn Mattison, Emily Fleming, and Mallory Smith, rocking out in their Brashier uniform (Photo courtesy of Maureen Shuler).

Maureen Shuler

Maureen Shuler

Newspaper staff, Kamryn Mattison, Emily Fleming, and Mallory Smith, rocking out in their Brashier uniform (Photo courtesy of Maureen Shuler).

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Here at Brashier, a distinguishable factor of our school is the dress code. Every student is required to wear a black polo shirt and khaki bottoms. It’s existed since the establishment of  Brashier Middle College Charter High School.

“It was originally established from when our students went down the college that the instructor could immediately pick out our students,” said attendance and student services Kathy Forbes.

Other than providing a way for students to stand out at Greenville Technical College, it reduces conflict between students at Brashier. This conflict is mostly sparked from things like brands and price. Most students from other high schools tend to worry about where they bought their clothes and whether they wore it last week or not. However, with Brashier students, they don’t have to stress over their outfits weekly; they wear the same outfit every week.

“To me, it doesn’t seem like a problem, it makes it a lot easier for my kids to get dressed,” said Brashier parent Eric Hammersmith.

In the student handbook, the following is essential for dress code: “solid black golf-shirt style shirt and khaki pants or shorts that fit at the waist with belt loops that properly fit.” Despite the strictness, the dress code also saves time for students. Brashier students can wake up and get dressed without thinking about what they need to wear, they already know.

“I think that having a dress code will stop some stress of finding clothes for school,” said sophomore Ethan Reid.

Even though it saves time when getting dressed, a lot of students dislike the dress code, possibly because the firm guidelines take away from the student’s individuality. The dress code doesn’t allow various polo shirt colors, students can only wear black sweatshirts, and limits Brashier apparel to Friday.

“[The dress code] removes originality and creativity,” said junior Joseph Gibson.

Even though the dress code takes away from a student’s creativity when getting dressed, it adds a certain neatness and uniformity among the student body. It also gives Brashier a clean appearance to the public eye. Even though the dress code seems restricting because of its uniformity, it cuts down on anything that’s not deemed school appropriate.   

“I think that the school wants to cut down on inappropriate clothing and they can do that easily through a dress code,” said Reid.

Many students has a strong dislike for the dress code, so they’ve suggested alternatives like green polos instead of black and the ability to wear Brashier apparel everyday.  

“I think that they should let us wear any Brashier attire any day of the week,” said Gibson.

For better or worse, the dress code will most likely live on. It’s best to move on from the challenges of dress code and enjoy the experience at Brashier.

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One Response to “Yay or Nay to Black and Khaki”

  1. Aleigha Swift on November 22nd, 2018 1:16 pm

    Very well put Alaina… Keep up the GOOD WORK!

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