A Connecticut school district is considering revisions to the dress code that could put the squeeze on skinny jeans.
The Meriden Board of Education decided to take action on form-fitting clothing at the request of principals at the high schools and middle schools. They had serious concerns about students wearing clothing that revealed undergarments and private body parts.
“There’s a place for everything in life, and those pants don’t belong in school,” said Maloney High School principal Ann Hushin in an interview with Patch.com. “You don’t go in front of a judge with pants hanging down, to church with pants hanging down.”
The proposed changes would ban skinny jeans, leotards, jeggings, spandex as well as tight or revealing clothing. The rules would also ban skirts, shorts, dresses and pants from allowing undergarments and private body areas to be “evident or visible.”
Not only are a number of students opposed to the ban – but so is the Meriden Teachers Union.
“There’s an unbelievable amount of time going into enforcing the dress code,” union representative Geoffrey Kenyon told the Record-Journal newspaper. He said the proposed ban has created an “us versus them mentality.”
Pop culture expert Garrett Albanesius said the school board needs to rethink the issue.
“Skinny jeans are harmless,” Albanesius told Fox News. “They’re about as risky as a tight t-shirt or a sweater that’s a size too small. Fashion is about expressing yourself – and skinny jeans are a much more innocuous way of doing it than pink hair or a tattoo.”
But board members argue that students are expected to wear clothing that doesn’t disrupt the education process.
Still Albanesius said even professionals are wearing slim-fitted suits and tight jackets.
“It’s 2012,” he said. “Society has to adapt to a change in culture – including fashion.”
He said educators should not fear new fashion trends.
“Educators don’t necessarily have to dress fashionably,” he said. “But they shouldn’t prevent others from doing so if they wish – as long as it’s appropriate, of course.”
The board could vote on revising the dress code rules next month.