Skinny Jeans Ban at BYU Is Reason for Revolt


awesome dude in skinny jeansBrigham Young University, the Idaho campus of the Mormon college, has forbidden their students from wearing skinny jeans. In fact, the college is so against the form-fitting pants that one student was actually denied entrance to a testing center because she was wearing them. As the student tells it: “I got in line and the guy said that I couldn’t take a test because my pants were too tight. I thought he was joking at first. I’d never gotten a warning."

The new policy hasn't come as a shock to BYU students (the university also has a strict no shorts or flip-flops rule), but they're miffed by it nonetheless. One student commented to the school newspaper, "This school is crazy."

This school is crazy. I think if I went to a college that banned skinny jeans, I'd just drop out and live the rest of my life degree-less. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Perhaps I'm being a tad hyperbolic, but you will find no bigger advocate of skinny jeans than me. I'm obsessed. And contrary to what some think, they're much more slimming than boxy, bulky "regular jeans." Also, they look good on everyone. Seriously. All it takes is finding the right brand. But we're not talking about how awesome skinny jeans are right now, we're talking about how insane BYU is to ban them.

That's pretty much all that's sold these days. At least in the stores where college students shop. Not to mention, they're really affordable -- much cheaper than jean jeans. Telling students they're not allowed to wear them is both inconvenient and expensive.

And let's get real for a minute here. Are skinny jeans, pants, jeggings, whatever really all that sexy? I mean, yes, I know they're tight, but they're not revealing anything. A thin white, button-down shirt could technically be more revealing than them.

I hope the kiddies at BYU revolt. Do the right thing. Fight the good fight. Get skinny jeans back into the university! They may be able to take away their shorts and flip-flops, but they can't take away their freedom!

What do you think of this policy?


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TC00 TC00

It's a private college so they can inact and enforce any rules they wish.  Isn't this the same school that bans sex and homosexuality? 

bills... billsfan1104

Its their school, their rules, and their religion. Their religion teaches modesty, and tight jeans is not being modest, no matter if you put a long bulky sweater over it. If the kids dont like the rules, they can choose another school.

Stacey. Stacey.

i loathe skinny jeans so this would be a welcome ban

Amanda Johnson Hull

As a BYU graduate, I'd like to make some clarifying comments (not that the blog was bad, I just feel like someone needs to explain the situation a little better): This rule is at the Idaho campus, NOT the big Provo campus.  The Idaho campus tends to be a little stricter when it comes to the dress code, at BYU-Provo there's isn't a ban on skinny jeans, flip flops or shorts.  Generally, students who attend BYU-Idaho enjoy the stricter dress codes, and if they don't they can transfer to BYU-Provo, where the rules are a little less... um, intense.  BYU-Provo does have a dress code that includes no skirts above the knee, being clean shaven for the guys, no low cut shirts, etc.  Students all are aware of the rules, and sign the honor code EVERY YEAR saying they will abide by the rules.

ashjo85 ashjo85

Right, the student testing center interpreted the modesty rule and put up that sign. It was taken down after the school clarified that they were ok.

And it IS a private, religious school. If part of their creed is to dress modestly, there's no reason for anyone to judge that. Students who don't like it can transfer elsewhere, or to the Provo campus, as stated above. There are state-run, public high schools with stricter dress codes that this. I know, I went to one.

Courtney Paige Neale

Did she ask whether the school had the right to do this? No, she asked what you think of the policy. I think the policy is ridiculous.

madam... madamekatekate

I'm going to have to disagree on the point that skinny jeans look good on everyone. They don't. Lol. They look terrible on me.

I'm 5 foot and 1/2 inch, my inseam is 28 inches. I'm pretty big and it's all in my stomach so there's overhang. Lol, skinny jeans do nothing but show off how short and fat I am. Even if I were skinny (working on it!), I think they'd just make me look danky. No balance.

I mean, maybe others have had more luck. =)

bills... billsfan1104

Courtney, then dont go there. 

Brittany Foulger

I attend school and BYU-Idaho and there is no banned on skinny jeans. There were a few employees at the testing center who decided to implement their own rules. The article in the school newspaper has been retracted because it is not correct. We aren't forced to attend the university and we sign an honor code saying that we will obey the rules. It is a wonderful school to attend.

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