Living: What The Kids Are Wearing

From blazers to biker shorts, school days mean smarting up

"I think dress guidelines are stupid," Lisa Bequette was saying just the other day, before beginning 8th grade at Maryland's Mount Airy Middle School, northwest of Washington. "I would wear a cropped T shirt to school. Why should they tell me not to show my belly button?" Good thing she is a little too young to meet Brendan McReady at a mixer. McReady, a junior at Bethesda- Chevy Chase High School, has some sentimental regard for the school uniforms at an alma mater: "Everyone wore the same thing every day, so perhaps it was easier. You'd get up, throw on the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!