Why is the Yellow Shirt so Unpopular?

Article by: Lauren Z.

Edited by: Carmel L.

Visual by: Patrick P.

Unlike many other schools, ISM has an objectively more lenient uniform policy: students are given the option to choose from 4 shirt colors, including green, yellow, white or black, and between 2 shorts– black or khaki. Ironically, the shirt color which should captivate the most attention receives the least: the yellow one. The social death of the yellow shirt in ISM prompted us to investigate the reason for its unpopularity.

Interestingly, Author and Psychologist Kendra Cherry writes that “the color yellow is fatiguing to the eye due to the high amount of light that is reflected.” Science has also proven time and time again that yellow is the most striking color out of all, and because of this, students who wear the color stick out like a sore thumb. But why is standing out and attracting attention a bad thing? Well, according to a study conducted by the National Institute of Health, adolescents are the most likely to conform to the masses, lacking strong resistance to peer-pressure. This would explain why in the Bearcat community, the color yellow seems to depreciate in popularity from elementary school to high school– just when students enter adolescence.

However, there are still some students who occasionally wear the yellow uniform. Junior Sandro L., a fan of the yellow uniform, claims, “I wear yellow when I want to feel special or when I need a mood-booster, so I try and save it for special days.” A fellow yellow-wearer, Jawan P., says, “ I wear yellow because it looks good on me; it’s a good way to stand out from the crowd and I think it’s a color that is underrated.” However, students such as Sandro and Jawan who wear yellow are scarce.

When asked about why the yellow uniform is rarely worn, junior Martin V. replied, “yellow doesn’t match with any of the shorts because it’s too bright. I don’t think that the people who wear it are serious.” When asked about if it had anything to do with conforming to the student body, Martin V. claimed, “I don’t think it has anything to do with that; it’s just an ugly color.”

Junior Aldrin. A says, “I’d wear the yellow shirt, but it draws too much attention, especially since no one else really wears it.” Sophomore Yejin J. disagrees with Aldrin A., claiming, “it’s not about the fact that no one wears yellow; it’s more about the brightness of the uniform; the specific hue isn’t my favorite.”

While the uniform can be a mood-booster or a way to stand out from the crowd, some students simply dislike the color and the attention they receive from wearing it. However, we should always encourage diversity in ISM, even among uniform colors.