Friday, September 03, 2010

Coded Clothes Does Nothing For Uniformity

While in AC, this had been a long debated issue among students and college councils for the past few (and many more to come) years now. Some would say that there certainly should be a dress code because students tend to wear clothes that would better suit the ramp (or midnight nightcrawler infested streets) and cannot differentiate between normalcy and extremity. Others would say that these are kids who are in their late teens, soon to be reaching majority and should therefore be wise enough to make their own choices. It is still the choice of the college to declare a dress code and if they wish to do so it will always be in the best interest for the college and students as well. Here's how I see it...

In AC, so called fashion is what dominated the campus. The only things not allowed there are capris, obscene T-shirts, low-neck/back, sleeveless, skirts above ankle, etc. (the last one mentioned is for real).
But the problem is that everyone wore the same thing once they saw someone "cool" wearing it regardless of whether it fits their physique or personality even. So the next thing you know, if one chick wears a particular type of t-shirt/ flip-flops/hair band/(your pick) you'll find everyone else wearing the same within three weeks time, or less. Apparently, I am told this is "fashion". And soon enough everyone's wearing the same thing except in a different shade. And that's uniformity for you.

At DC though, they actually make us wear specific uniforms...notice the 's' in 'uniforms', it means we wear multiple uniforms. Everything is tailored for us and fits us just fine. And the best part is that we would all look so neat provided clothes are ironed, clean, fitted and worn properly. Shame we look like shit otherwise.  But wait, this is comparison of a college without uniforms and one with uniforms? There shouldn't be any point. Wrong!

I noticed something when I had a group meeting with ex and current college-mates. Those from AC wore shit they saw off Hill Road (Bandra) and the likes of it. While those from DC wore clothes that somehow defined each of their personalities as being individual without being in the least bit tacky. And it wasn't just the clothes that put them apart, mannerisms and speech (and it's content) too.

So now, I believe that colleges which enforce uniformity in attire and students who follow them tend to subconsciously build a very intriguing and individualistic personality. And colleges which have poor control over students' attire produce mindless-drone grads.

p.s.: The author is spreading cancer with anti-AC topics. Its true!