• Wed, Dec 7 2011

Brigham Young University Bans Skinny Jeans, Then Relents

As if it’s not hard enough to figure out how to express yourself eloquently through your clothing in college, Mormon college Brigham Young University-Idaho recently put the smack down on a woman wearing a pair of skinny jeans, then quickly reneged.

The incident began when the young woman who is a student at the school went to take a test in the university testing center. She was told upon her arrival that she couldn’t go in, because her pants were too tight. According to BYU-I’s student paper, The Student Review:

“I got in line and the guy said that I couldn’t take a test because my pants were too tight,” senior Rachel Vermillion told the Scroll. “I thought he was joking at first.”

The testing center employee wasn’t joking.

Vermillion told him she lived twenty minutes away from school, and another employee even tried persuading him to let her take the test. He still didn’t budge.

Vermillion goes on to explain that she wasn’t given a warning by the test center employee, as is the school’s usual policy, but instead found herself simply turned away.

The story spread like wildfire in student newspapers, with some students saying that they supported the ban since it upheld the school’s standards of modesty — called the “honor code” — and others saying that banning skinny jeans took modesty too far.

The next day, the school responded, saying that university officials hadn’t sanctioned the condemnation of skinny jeans, and that as far as they were concerned skinny jeans are A-OK. On Facebook, they posted:

“Wondering if skinny jeans are allowed on campus? They are. BYU-Idaho’s longstanding dress & grooming standards promote principles of modesty and restrict formfitting clothing, but skinny jeans are not singled out or prohibited. In addition, the Testing Center issue reported in Scroll has been corrected and is no longer in force.”

The page is blowing up with comments, mimicking the back and forth reported in school papers. Some ask why students would go to BYU-I if they aren’t prepared to adhere by the dress code, and others say that the test center employee overreacted.

Regardless, the testing center is apparently going to be allowed to leave up a flier that delivers a righteous dose of shame to would-be wearers of the offending garment:

“If your pants are tight enough for us to see the shape of your leg, your pants are too tight…If you don’t understand the Dress and Grooming standards, we invite you to go to the Lord ‘and ask in faith, nothing wavering’ for approval of the clothing you wear. The Spirit will tell you whether what you are wearing is appropriate or not.”

[via Jezebel]

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  • Kerry

    Saviour, lord and now fashion advisor! Is there anything jesus can’t do?

  • Andy Cargal

    As a public relations manager at BYU-Idaho, I’d like to clarify some information presented in this article:

    The headline indicates that the university banned skinny jeans and then changed its mind. The university, as a whole, has never banned skinny jeans. One department on campus — the Testing Center — took the longstanding dress & grooming standard already in place and added a small adaptation of its own. When university officials found out about it, they quickly educated the Testing Center employees and their policy was changed.

    In addition, the flier mentioned in the last paragraph was taken down last week. The university had already taken care of the situation prior to the student newspaper printing an article about it.