By: Miranda Rester, Editor
”If I can sleep in your outfit, you’re doing something wrong.“
Every day as I walk down the hallway, I am amazed at the polished girls with hair perfectly straightened, makeup expertly applied, and skirts neatly pressed. They look like they have stepped out of a Tommy Hilfiger ad, and I admire them for that. At the same time, however, I wonder how these girls find the time to primp and polish while I can barely roll out of bed, grab breakfast, and bolt into the classroom proclaiming, “I AM NOT TARDY!” I tend to get comments from certain teachers like, “Maybe you could run a brush through your hair,” or “Wearing that sweatshirt for the third time this week?” I always respond with the phrase, “It’s comfortable.”
Have you ever been sitting in class, in a skirt, and wondering if you should cross your ankles? Every time I wear a skirt, I am faced with this continuing problem. If you cross your legs, someone might see more than they need to, but crossing at the ankles is extremely uncomfortable. I try to fix this problem by wearing shorts underneath my skirt because they are a more comfortable solution. They’re great for those random moments when someone says they don’t know how to do a cartwheel, and you know that you are the only person who can tumble in your history class. Those are the little moments that require being comfortable, unless you want to take a trip to see Mrs. Sandifer.
As you age and high school becomes very repetitive and feels more like a prison than a learning center, it seems that you start caring about important things like sleep over decency. Math homework exceeds 100 problems, and sleep ceases to exist. You get to a point where you fall out of bed and put on the same outfit you wore yesterday and maybe even the day before that. My advice to the underclassmen: get comfortable, don’t waste your time picking out a cute outfit and styling your hair. Save your adorable selves for another day, but not a rainy day. When you make yourself look gorgeous once in a blue moon, people will notice and be amazed. For now, however, start rocking the sweatshirt and put the flat iron down.
By: Lauren English, Staff Reporter
Style is one of the most basic forms of self-expression. With uniforms, it’s even more important to dress in a way that expresses who you are. If Oak Grove didn’t have uniforms, or even a dress code, most girls walking down the halls would still be wearing the same outfit. We Oak Grove girls love our Nike shorts and tank tops. It’s a comfortable and cute outfit, but it doesn’t say much about the person wearing it. When you switch it up every now and then, you can tell people a lot about yourself without ever saying a word. Purple shorts say, “I’m fun and spunky.” Crop tops say, “I’m young, wild, and free.” Sweatshirts say, “I just woke up, and I don’t really remember if I brushed my teeth this morning.”
So which would you rather hear while you’re out: “You look so cute and stylish,” or “You look really comfortable?” Whenever someone tells me I look “comfortable,” I become slightly offended. It’s basically a universal way of saying, “Your outfit looks like something I would sleep in.” We all have our days when we simply need to wear a sweatshirt and shorts to class and just try to make it through the day or, in my case, the week. The past few weeks, I wore a gray sweatshirt and black shorts every single day. I was sick and didn’t feel like bothering with my usual morning routine. When I started to feel well again, however, I took down my sock bun and traded in my sweatshirt for a polo.
Whenever you start a career and enter the real world, you usually can’t decide to just be lazy and throw on a sweatshirt to go to work, so why make a habit of it now? Take a break from sleeping the morning away and tossing your hair into a messy bun. Set your alarm an hour earlier, fix your hair exactly how you like it, put on your make-up until you feel like a super model, tuck your polo into your favorite uniform skirt, put on some cute accessories, and walk down Oak Grove High School’s hallways like it’s your own personal runway.