The Brief (But Wonderful) Era of the Scarf

This is our first story from Lyl. 

A school uniform is supposed to make students look, well, uniform. Teenagers, on the other hand, struggle to express their individuality.

Our uniform consisted of a skirt and shirt, while a dress code governed our socks, shoes, and sweaters. That didn’t leave a lot of space for self-expression.

Then, one winter, someone left her brightly colored scarf on in class.

Maybe she was actually cold. But it caught on. Soon more and more students were wearing scarves all day long.

When winter was over, it didn’t end. We all went out and bought light, fashion scarves for summer wear. By the time I was in 11th grade I had about 15 “school scarves” to accessorize my uniform, and so did most girls.

I guess this was a bad thing, because one day, at davening, the principal made an announcement that the scarves were “becoming too much of a garment” and they would no longer be permitted, as part of the uniform and dress code.

They enforced it too. If you were caught wearing a scarf, a teacher would take it away, and tell you that you could have it back at the end of the year.

We were all pretty dejected to have that last bit of self-expression taken away.

The Brief (But Wonderful) Era of the Scarf

One thought on “The Brief (But Wonderful) Era of the Scarf

  1. Dana Friedman says:

    This isn’t directly on point, but I’ve been told by various Chabadniks that since there are SO many kids named after the Rebbe and Rebbitzen, that each kid who is so-named sticks FIERCELY to whatever variant of the name the parents assign. For example, there might be ten Menachem Mendels in a class. One will be Mendy, one will be Nachi, one will be Mindy (Okay, probably not)…But if a teacher was to refer to a Mendy as Mendel, the kid might likely get REALLY upset, and insist on that one little bit of individuality. It’s a shame it’s come to that. There are schools in which uniforms are used to hide the income differences between families. The rich kid won’t have the latest stuff with a poor kid wearing relatively-raggy stuff. SO, it’s good for that. Uniforms can be a good thing, but the idea of taking away even that tiny little bit of individuality at that age is just sad. BUT, it was a really good blog post. Thanks.


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