Since declaring a fashion merchandising major I have been subject to constant text messages from my friends and family needing advice on what to wear and how to wear it. And as a lover for all pieces of fabric with a price tag, I am always happy to help them out.
Recently I received such a text from one of my closest friends, Kelsey, who is a freshman at Xavier this fall.
As I slyly checked my phone between grabbing ketchup and napkins at my summer waitressing job, I read: “Manda, I need you to help me find a scandalous dress for college.”
My first thought: “Oh, honey, you’re going to need more than just one dress.”
But then I had to take a step back because how do the people dress at Xavier?
Although we have all escaped the plaid uniforms and strict finger-tip-length-shorts dress codes of high school, it would be crazy to say that each university doesn’t have some form of a “dress code.”
When you think Miami University, visions of Sperry Top-Siders, button up shirts and khakis immediately pops into anyone’s head. At Bowling Green, a night out wouldn’t be complete without an ensemble straight from the racks of Charlotte Rousse and Wet Seal, neon leopard print skirts and all.
And at Ohio State —my least favorite dress code of them all —“OSU Casual” comes to mind, as anything besides a t-shirt covered in Buckeye slogans paired with jeans is considered dressed up.
So with this, I thought, what is Kent’s dress code?
After some consideration I came to this conclusion – we don’t have one. But why would we? As a university that prides itself on a globally acclaimed fashion program, individuality is what Kent students thrive for. Any outfit is fit for any occasion at Kent, and our students can pull it off with in our campus’ fashion-savvy environment.
So Kent students, proudly display your dress code slashing outfits this school year, and continue to be un-stereotypical. As for Kelsey, I’m sure I will be able to figure out something for her to wear.
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