The Positive Impact of Dress Codes

By L. Cole and K. Gonzalez

“Wearing the correct dress for any occasion is a matter of good manners.” (Loretta Young). Having the appropriate attire is more important than you think; it not only prepares students for the future, but it also protects us from dangerous encounters and offensive attire.

Safety is one of the main reasons why dress code is enforced. Unfortunately, when it comes to uniforms, some students can’t afford the latest style of clothes which can lead to other students bullying them; this may also lead to other unhealthy or unsafe actions such as suicide. Another reason as to why dress codes are beneficial to students’ safety is because some schools are located in areas where gang affiliation occurs. Gang members usually claim/wear colors to represent themselves, and if you are caught wearing a color that represents their rival, a dangerous encounter could take place.

Since sometimes young women tend to wear inappropriate clothing that could possibly trigger sexual predators, dress codes could help prevent unwanted attention. According to nsopw.gov, about 1.8 million children in the United States have been victims of sexual assault, and it is doubtful that they will be the last. Multiple studies show how external cues such as appearance and attire could play an important role in encouraging objectification, dehumanization, and the denial of agency, states ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Dress codes provide an opportunity for this amount to decrease.

Dress codes are generally put into place in order to prepare students to enter the adult world and can improve the learning environment and promote better student behavior. Dress codes allow students to receive training on how to dress in the business world and help people differentiate themselves. According to Careebuilder.com, “Financial Services is one of the industries that place the most emphasis on professional dress, as 55 percent of them state that people who dress more professionally tend to be promoted more often than others in the organization.” Therefore, dressing professionally is important and could be a key factor to your first impression.

Dress codes are important for various reasons and can even teach us the ways of professionalism. Although it may be true that caring what others say about you isn’t always going to be beneficial, you get only one chance at a first impression and you may as well take advantage of it.

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