What not to wear at THS

By Rebecca Ramirez, staff writer

As the weather gets hotter the clothes  are getting skimpier, and today Tigard students were shown a Powerpoint addressing the school dress code. Fashion trends and the dress code are clashing as much as ever this year, and the school is making it clear that revealing trends should stay at home.

Entitled “What Not to Wear,” the Powerpoint gave examples on what is considered inappropriate to wear to school. The presentation stated that although students have the right to dress according to their choice, they also have the to responsibility to dress so that the learning process is not disrupted. To demonstrate what is not tolerated the acronym ASTOUND was used. ASTOUND stands for: Advertising, Sag, Tattered, Overly tight, Undergarments, Navel, and Display of gang affiliation.

The top trend of the season seems to be crop tops, which blatantly disobey the “no navel” rule. Although some crop tops are admittedly too short for anywhere other than the beach, many crop tops barely show more than a few centimeters of stomach.

“Tattered” pants and shirts are also a trend that are going against the dress code. This includes shirts with fringed bottoms or sleeves, or jeans with rips or holes.

“It’s kind of understandable, school isn’t necessarily the place to have a fashion show,” said freshman Rachel Haning.

Although the dress code prohibits popular trends, some of them are completely irrelevant to most high school students. An example of irrelevant is the rule against “sagging” your pants. Sagging? That is so 90’s. It has been made clear that teenage girls are not attracted to a guy who purposely shows his underwear, but to a guy who can properly dress himself in the morning.

Also- who comes to school with “gang affiliated” clothing? The student handbook states that students are not allowed to wear bandanas to school or put rubber bands around their ankles while wearing jeans. The rubber band rule is somewhat understandable, but the majority of people who wear bandanas are teenage girls who want to accessorize their updo.

“I don’t use a bandana as a gang affiliation, obviously. I use it to contain my hair as a headband. It’s just cute,” said junior Zoe Ripplinger.

The results of this presentation will soon be present, but for now students and staff agree to disagree on what is acceptable to wear to school.