It’s a high school fashion minefield that’s vexed schools in Charlotte, and is now making splashy national headlines in another North Carolina district: Are booty-showing skinny jeans and leggings fit for school?
The New Hanover County (in Wilmington) district unveiled a proposed new dress code late last month that would require students wearing skinny jeans or leggings to pair the bottoms with a top that “shall cover the posterior area in its entirety.”
School board members asked the community for feedback on the proposal, and tidal waves of response crashed in on social media, with some Twitter users calling the proposed change sexist and others questioning what they’ll wear if their skinny jeans or leggings are restricted.
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New Hanover school board members say they came up with the proposed change because skinny jeans and leggings invite distractions, unwanted attention, and bullying (to which one Twitter user replied the following:)
At Charlotte’s Providence High School, leggings have caused the headaches this year, with school rules requiring that students pair them with tops that are at least “fist length.”
(That rule had actually been relaxed from the previous year’s dress code, which ruled that tops be “fingertip length” over leggings, tights or yoga pants. CMS schools are allowed to set their own dress codes.)
Back in February, some Providence students planned to protest over that rule, complaining about periodic crack-down enforcement of the rule and arguing that it unfairly targets female students.
On Tuesday, the New Hanover school board tweeted a thank-you for community members’ feedback on the proposed changes and pledged to take “responsible comments” into consideration.
What do you think? Are skinny jeans and leggings – major wardrobe staples in most teen girls’ closets – OK to wear unbridled in high school?