My parents came into town the other day and we went shopping yesterday, erev shabbas, which got me to actually travel all the way to midtown today. We went to Macy's, which was really huge and reminded me of Harrod's, which we also went to as a family, though Harrod's is clearly bigger. After looking at some of the prices for clothing, my dad and I left my mom and sis there to shop and we went outside. We saw Old Navy, though we stopped at H&M first. While shopping, a question that time over and time again keeps popping up into my head, "How should I attire myself as a rabbinical student?"
As "Chovevei" isn't a penguin/oreo type of yeshiva, it behooves every individual to make conscious decisions regarding their own dress. Obviously, on a quotidian level, the thought may not arise, but certainly it will occur occasionally. We're in a weird position: we're not in college - we're past that, we're not rabbis yet - so dressing up that much would be too fancy (maybe too haughty?), we're not exactly in grad school, per se - so we can't just dress as we please. The only formally heretofore stated policy of the school has been that shorts are not permitted. So that leaves A LOT of leeway as to what sort of garment choices we could be making for ourselves. Granted, people generally dress nicely, with Fridays somehow being a little more casual.
So that works for the כלל (the general populace at the yeshiva (I've been asked to translate Hebrew and Aramaic on my blog)), but what about me, what about how Drew Kaplan should dress?? Okay, so I've mainly just been dressing as I did in HS and in college, so 'there ain't nothin' fancy goin' on here' with me as to my threads. That's where I'm at now, but I have these tendencies to want to dress slickly, y'know, to pimp it out. Nevertheless, I still maintain my humble and modest raiments and think I will stick with it for now. However, when I approach my latter two years at YCT, I will probably start turning up the niceness level of my getups, as I get closer to having to dress nicely, etc. :)