My school did not give a shit about dress code. There was a dress code but they would not do anything about the students breaking it. So there were girls walking around with booty shorts, and mini dresses. And guys walking around with naked women or guns on their shirts. They never got a single person in trouble for it.
But in middle school they were super strict about it. I remember Halloween in 8th grade my friend came in with cat ears and whiskers painted on and she got in trouble for it because "costumes weren't allowed"
it was BARLEY a costume but okay. Plus it was Halloween, let the kids have fun like wtf.
Most Helpful Girl
It wasn't so bad, then one year we had the dollar bill rule, a dollar bill placed over the knee, anything higher than that was against dress code. Personally, I thought it was terrible. And I had a super devout science teacher who wore skirts down to her ankles and once she got me for wearing a skirt that wasn't too short, she was just a prude.
Anyways, it was followed depending on who you were and who saw you. Regularly, (as a cheerleader and as a bystander) cheerleaders broke that rule ALL the time with our short skirts. And also, some girls wore really short shorts and never got written up.
Also, my middle school had a rule on sleeves, ok, I get spaghetti straps can be bad, but we HAD to have sleeves, you couldn't wear a top like this
Now excuse me, but if my shoulders are distracting boys, I think those guys are future perverts of America.1
Most Helpful Guy
High schools in my country Switzerland are quite different from US high schools because they treat their students like young adults who can take care of themselves and who have the right to be treated as mature beings, rather than being treated like little kids. Hence, there are no dress codes in Swiss high schools. The teachers and principles rely on the mental maturity of the teenagers to know what's okay and what's too much. Like... you might walk around in public with a lot of cleavage but nobody needs a law to understand that showing up at a funeral in the nude is inappropriate. 99% of people possess common sense and they will use that common sense if you only let them.
Plus, some of the things that are considered very inappropriate for teenagers to even know about in America aren't really a big deal in Switzerland. For example when I was in America as an exchange student, my American high school was really uptight about showing affection. One time I gave my girlfriend a peck on the lips in the hallway while a teacher passed by and she (the teacher) immediately yelled at me, saying that's very inappropriate. I was really stunned and surprised. In Switzerland, you can French kiss right in front of the principle and he won't really give rat's ass. If he's a nice person, he might just think "oh that's cute.. mmmh I wish I was young again".1