Why Fashion is Important at Schools
Fashion plays an important role in high school. Both with students and teachers. With what you put on, you tell something about yourself.
Andrea Zieleman, the English teacher, likes to work on fashion. “I like to be a bit extreme. I love color, that makes me happy. My hair has already had all the colors of the rainbow.”
For her, fashion means more than just walking around with beautiful Cottagecore clothes. She thinks it is especially important to show students that you can show who you are and that you can be who you want. She often gets reactions from students about her appearance. Positive, but also surprised.
Passion for fashion
Colleague Renske van Vliet also has a great passion for fashion. “I shop every week.”
According to her, being busy with clothing fits in well with the profession of visual education that she teaches. “We sometimes talk about fashion there and then I like to show what is in.”
With her hip appearance, she is also an example for students. “I remember that two girls once asked where I had bought a certain sweater. Two weeks later I saw them walking around in the same sweater.”
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Just like teachers, students also carefully put together an outfit every morning. “You can tell from someone’s clothing style how someone is,” says student Youri Lours. He tries to show that he wants to be separate.
Ruben van Westerop, who is sitting next to Youri, nods in agreement. “I look at what people are wearing and then I try to put my spin on it.”
Being creative is important among students. Not original, the boys find the many tracksuits from Nike and Adidas that many students walk in. “During the break, you can count seventeen different colors,” says Youri with a laugh. That it is not cool to love shopping as a boy is a thing of the past.
Djamier van der Brink loves clothes. “When I see beautiful things, I want them to be right. I have an expensive taste, so unfortunately that is not always possible.”
He likes clothing from the brands Kenzo, Diesel, and Balenciaga the most, although he also sometimes looks at the Primark to see if there is a nice shirt. “With Mohammed Ali, for example.”
Among girls, black jeans are the most popular. , Preferably with sneakers underneath”, says Jayanti Mohan. “And preferably Adidas Superstar.”
Amber Blummink prefers to wear blouses with stripes. “With clothes you carry out who you are and I like to radiate that I am neat.”
Backpacks are hardly seen in girls. “In the first or second, yes, and then they switch to shoulder bags. Often (fake) bags from Michael Kors, or anything that looks like that.”
Student Ruya Nazligul has twice been asked to turn her sweater inside out because according to the school management there was a shocking text on both sweaters. So there are certain regulations when it comes to clothing at Het Streek. For example, in the Services and Commerce department I,t is not allowed to wear sweatpants. “What you radiate here, you must also be able to radiate in business, then you cannot arrive in your tracksuit,” explains Van Vliet.
There are also rules for teachers. Especially in the summer months. “You can’t wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, and flip flops. You also have to make sure that you walk neatly, without too much being visible,” adds the English teacher.
Students don’t care so much about how a teacher dresses. , I mainly think that you should be able to decide for yourself what you want to wear”, says Ruben. “As far as I’m concerned, teachers can wear the same as students.”