At Mormon University, a Battle Over Skinny Jeans

Do the pants violate BYU-Idaho honor code?
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2011 11:53 AM CST
At Mormon University, a Battle Over Skinny Jeans
Jeans like these are too revealing for BYU.   (Shutterstock)

Sorry, hipsters, your style may be too risqué for Brigham Young University's Idaho affiliate. That location of the Mormon school is tussling over skinny jeans, after the school's Student Review reported Monday that the university's testing center had begun a campaign against them, complete with a flier posted in the center reading, "The 'Skinny Jeans' style is NOT appropriate attire." That article implied that the jeans had been banned from the school, but a BYU-Idaho VP says that isn't the case. The honor code already bans form-fitting clothing, but "we have not identified 'skinny jeans' as a specific violation of the dress and grooming standard," he said in an email to Gawker.

"We are aware of the incident and the Student Honor Office is working with the Testing Center to address the issue." And it's apparently really an issue: One student tells BYU-Idaho's campus paper, the Scroll, that the testing center wouldn't let her take a test there last month. "I got in line and the guy said that I couldn’t take a test because my pants were too tight,” says the senior. "I thought he was joking at first." (The center has apparently since loosened its policy.) The skinny jeans issue has occupied a gray area for a while—when asked about them in September, another university VP said, "It's useful for us to realize that fashions will come and go. There will always be some tempting new style." (More Brigham Young University stories.)

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