What message does your apparel send: classy or trashy?


Will Hebert

Editor's commentary

Susann Robbins

News Editor

Students' clothes leave nothing to the imagination

Sometimes, I just wonder what people think when they dress in the morning. Honestly, I was a little surprised and somewhat shocked on my first day of college.

One young woman was dressed in a micro-mini skirt (a really wide belt at best) and about six-inch heels (For the guys: These are commonly referred to as “hooker-heels.”). Now, even I as a woman can appreciate a nice pair of legs, but the more significant question for me was this: If you drop something, how do you pick it up? Do you wait for a knight in shining armor, which I think is an overrated cliché, or do you somehow find an elegant way to pick up whatever you dropped?

I am pretty sure some people out there would just pick it up, flashing everybody.

Another question comes to mind: Who would like to be referred to as size-small, hot-pink-panties? Maybe age or the fact I am the mother of a little girl, who eventually will be a teenager and hopefully college student, is getting to me, but I believe there are times and places for the shortest skirt and lowest cut shirt in your closet, and school or work isn’t one of them.

In my years as a bartender, an unspoken rule always worked: the lower—aka “friendlier”—your shirt and the shorter your pants or skirt, the higher your tips, or more commonly phrased as, “If you got it, flaunt it!”

Situation dictates where the line exist

Now, a fine line always exists between classy or trashy. There is no sense in taking all the “mystery” out of something because where do you go from there? Also depending on the club or bar, you should dress differently, too. I worked in a downtown club, and really short skirts worked (but no cheeks hanging out…that would be trashy). Now, when working for a club on the Air Force base, just above the knee is about as short as you should go.

Let me talk about going to a grocery store in your hoochie-mama outfit with your kids. Who in the world ever thought that was OK? What behavior are you modeling for your children, especially your girls? What will you say to your teenage daughter who wants to wear the exact same outfit to school? What is the thought process behind that outfit while you’re out grocery shopping? Are you trying to pick up a man? Do you really think it is attractive to walk around like a cheap streetwalker with your kids in tow? What does that say about your character?

The real question is: What message are you trying to send?

Let’s hope that young woman in the short skirt refrains from wearing it when reaching for a bottom-shelf book at the library and saves it for reaching for the bottom-shelf bottles at the liquor store.