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Dress code unlocked: new uniform options encourage self-expression

Julia Orue ’24
Audrey de Groot ‘24, Brynn Napierala ‘24, & Eliana Ventura’s ’27 express their personal style with new uniform options while still following the dress code.

This fall, for the first time in 12 years, Flintridge Sacred Heart added new uniform pieces to the official wardrobe. These new options include a black polo, mandatory white socks and loafers, and pants and shorts with the FSH logo.

Mrs. Rebecca Bostic, school principal, expressed that the uniforms represent much more than just a wardrobe addition.

“With the day-to-day leadership of the Dominican mission sisters leaving the Hill, it’s our homage to their work and leadership,” Mrs. Bostic said. 

Though Sister Celeste has been promoted to a new position in the mission and Sister Carolyn’s tenure as school president concludes next summer, their enduring spirit will always remain. The black and white polos, symbolizing the Dominican colors, will serve as a constant reminder of their connection to our community.

Audrey de Groot ‘24 loves the new uniform options – not just for their style but for the significance they carry.

“I love the idea of having the Dominican colors be part of the uniform,” de Groot said.

Freshman Eliana Ventura ‘27 has picked out her favorite uniform combo, following the dress code while also incorporating pieces from her mother, an alumna from the class of 1996. 

“I normally wear … my black polo and my mom’s varsity jacket,” Ventura said.

Because it is not affiliated with the Dominican colors, the blue polo has been replaced with a black polo option. While de Groot is happy with having the Dominican color representation, she also misses the blue polo. 

“As a blue-eyed person, that looks best with my eyes,” de Groot said. 

De Groot is not the only one feeling this way. 

“[I’m] extremely mad about the blue polos being taken off,” Brynn Napierala ‘24 said. 

 Any uniform combo offers enough flexibility to be paired with a variety of footwear options, except for UGGs and flip-flops. UGGS, known for their cuteness and comfort, may be a favorite among many Tologs, but according the student handbook they are not to be worn with the school uniform.

Given its hillside location, Flintridge Sacred Heart often experiences unanticipated chilly weather, so Tologs are allowed to incorporate rain boots, black leggings and black tights in their attire.

“I love wearing cute long sleeves under my polos and also wearing different stockings and tights,” de Groot said. 

Some Tologs prefer to wear Flintridge Sacred Heart’s apparel to stay warm. 

“I will wear the FSHA hoodies the whole day,” Napierala said. 

On cold weather days, Ventura adds her own unique touch to the uniform to brighten things up. 

“I love making buttons in the library and putting them on my blazer and my jackets’ collar,” Ventura said. 

Napierala is grateful for being able to express her personal style, regardless of the dress code.

“I like how they don’t have anything against our nails and our jewelry and like our shoes… it doesn’t really set limitations on me,” Naperiela said.

Ventura agrees and is glad she is able to demonstrate her individuality at Flintridge Sacred Heart. 

“I [came] from a public school to a private school, and I find ways to represent what I like and express myself while following the dress code,” Ventura said.

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Julia Orue, Staff Writer
Julia Orue is currently a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart and a staff writer for the Veritas Shield. She is also a member of the FSHA Senior Class Board. Although this is her first year with the paper, she has always enjoyed creative writing and making Youtube videos. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and binging “Desperate Housewives.”

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