Volume 4, Number 4 - October 29, 2013

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Don’t Judge My Clothes

By Iliana Torres

Every night before I go to sleep, I take a couple of minutes to plan out what I will wear the next day.

Although I don’t care what people think about me, I still like to look presentable for school.  

I define fashion as a style of different dynamics that come together to form one feeling: comfort.

For example, one day I came to school with tan cowboy boots, black leggings, and an oversized lime green T-shirt. I felt it was a nice, decent, and comfortable outfit to wear to school.

However, when I walked onto campus I noticed everyone was staring at me. Several times, I looked down at my clothes, wondering what the problem was.

Crossing between building four and building six at the Kendall Campus, I come across a group of girls who were staring down at me as if I had something nasty stuck to one of my boots.

I didn’t think anything of it until our point of passing came and I heard one of the girls say “it’s too hot for boots” in Spanish with a mocking expression.

Moments like these make me realize that we live in a judgmental society that many times doesn’t respect other peoples fashion. 

People assume that whatever is in style or personally to their liking is what is considered “appropriate” for school. 

Later that same day, I even read a couple of tweets saying “#iammdcfashionpolice” and stating rules as to what people can or cannot wear to school. 

If we overdress, it’s bad; if we underdress, it’s bad. There is no winning. 

Living in Miami makes it difficult to dress for seasons; people here don’t really notice the change (assuming there even is one) like those living up north do. As long as someone feels comfortable in their outfit then who are we to judge? 

I’m not saying students need to like everyone’s outfit, just be open-minded before you start a rampage on Twitter about what’s fashionable and what’s not. 

If you don’t like what someone is wearing, that’s fine. At the end of the day everyone has different tastes and styles, but don’t go around like some hall monitor with a look of complete distaste if you don’t like what someone else is wearing.

Wear what you want, when you want, and don’t let people who think they know better stop you from confidently walking down the halls of Miami Dade College.

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