As a kid, I hated my school uniform. White shirt with a blue pleated skirt was way too boring for me. I hated it wen the teachers would check my nails in the morning or tell me that I should always tie my hair in a neat pony tail. I remember altering my school uniform as soon as I got into seventh grade. I started wearing blue trousers with a white shirt raising a lot of eye brows, even getting punished for altering the uniform. But, it was not very difficult to convince everyone that I could not wear knee length pleated skirts (oh, sentiments 😛 ). Next year I had a long, flared skirt. And in the tenth grade, I even remember wearing a complete white shalwar kameez with a blue dupatta!
The University was a big relief. There was no uniform and I spent my whole University life in the simplest possible clothes while all the girls of my class spent at least 2 hours every day in the morning in front of the mirror just to make sure they looked drop-dead gorgeous in georgette and banarsi suits with perfectly matching chappals.
But no matter what all of us girls wore, we all knew our limits. We all knew how short or how transparent or how tight our clothes could get. Things have changed drastically over the past few years. If you havent been to Pakistan for the past 3-4 years, you would actually get a culture shock. The clothes have suddenly become skimpier (inflation?) and public display of affection is now prevalent everywhere in Pakistan. There is a much greater number of girls flaunting their abayas, but most of the girls wear theirs abayas in such a way that they actually become more seductive than the girls not wearing abayas.
I, as always, am still very against having uniforms in Universities and am one of those few people opposing this idea which is under discussion at our University these days. I dont want to see all boys in grey trousers and a white shirt and all the girls in plain white shalwar kameez with grey dupattas. I want to see THEM as individuals and I just dont think that a uniform helps bring out their personalities. What we need to do is somehow tell them how to dress modestly, rather than imprisoning them in a dull, boring uniform.