Meriden Schools Consider Ban on Skinny Jeans

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MERIDEN, Conn. — Throw away the fashion magazines, kids. One school is considering a ban on hip and trendy clothes — tight-fitting clothes, more specifically.

When the Board of Education in Meriden, Connecticut first considered revising its dress code policy to eliminate skinny jeans, jeggings and other popular fashion trends, a subcommittee thought maybe, just maybe, they should reconsider. So they went back to the drawing board and revised their dress code policy again.

The new policy states:
“Skirts/Shorts/Dresses/Pants should not be form fitting by fabric, cut and/or design. This will mean that undergarments and private body areas must not be evident or visible through clothing.”

But form fitting clothes still includes those popular fashion trends like jeggings, leggings and skinny jeans. So are they in or out?

Board President Mark Hughes attempted to clarify the new policy. He told the Record Journal there is an appropriate way to wear skinny jeans and other form-fitting clothes.

“If they are appropriately wearing skinny jeans, they are fine,” he said. “If a student is wearing skinny jeans and exposing undergarments or private body parts are visible, it’s not acceptable.”

It’s unclear what students were wearing in Meriden schools to propel a change in dress code, but students aren’t happy about the possible change in dress code.

“If they’re just going to ban it, they should just give us uniforms,” said 15-year-old Jaslyn Quiles. “They’ve already banned everything else.”

One of her classmates also chimed in.

“Do they want us wearing sweatpants?” asked 16-year-old Lissette Gonzalez. Sarcastically she added, “I think sweatpants are banned.”

The board will address the new policy at its next meeting on March 20.

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