Most teens think it’s not such a big a deal to wear the right clothes. The question in point is whether teens can dress modestly and still look stylish and cool.
Of course that is possible because there is nothing wrong with wearing something cool and looking nice.
We just have to stay responsible and be honest when we get ready to go out.
Keith Muhoracyeye, a senior six student at Kagarama Secondary School says teens are reluctant to speak about modesty.
“Most teens will shrug off the dress-code issue and are unable to define what modesty is. More guys are into being in shape and looking good, that what they wear,” he says.
Juliet Kayitesi, a senior four student at Nyagatare Secondary School, Eastern Province explains that many girls tend to be a bit two faced when it comes to modesty.
“At church they dress appropriately with regards to the standards put in place but on other occasions like when at home, they have a different approach to the way they dress,” she says.
Kayitesi said that sometimes girls dress indecently because they receive the attention they are looking for when they do so.
“They love being seen but often can’t articulate why,” she adds.
Sharman Kiconco, mother of two and resident of Kibagabaga said parents need to be involved in their children’s dress-code until they are old enough to make their choices.
“I think we’re trying to remind our kids that certain outfits are appropriate at certain times and inappropriate at others,” Kiconco said.
“I think that teen girls need to examine their intentions when they’re getting dressed. Getting dressed with the intention to be pure is different from getting dressed with the intention to lure. Out in public, people will create an impression about them, and they need to be aware that their clothing sends a message about them,” she adds.
While what is acceptable in culture differs significantly from modern fashion, the plain truth is that individuals will always set their standards of modesty.
Kiconco concludes by saying that having a great attitude in dress-code is important.
“I don’t want to “come down” on them. They are good girls who try hard to make the right choices. I don’t want to tell them what modesty choices to make because when I was a teenager, I hated being told what to do,” she said.