Brigham Young University-Idaho long has had the reputation of extra strictness when it comes to the Mormon school’s dress and grooming requirements.
This week allegedly produced fresh evidence: a sign on the school’s testing center announced a prohibition on “skinny jeans” and at least one girl was turned away for wearing them, according to a story in BYU’s Student Review.
“Are skinny jeans the gateway style to more scandalous attire,” wonders Review writer Stephanie Grimes, “or a legitimate clothing option with a bad rap?”
Turns out, it was the LDS Church college that got a “bad rap.”
The school’s standards do require clothing not to be too form-fitting and current fashions such as the popular “jeggings” — that’s jean/leggings — can be pretty tight.
“Skinny jeans are really form-fitting, like jeggings, which are technically leggings,” BYU-Idaho student Rachel Taylor told the Review. “They show a lot of curves.”
But the school has no policy against these popular pants, BYU-Idaho spokesman Andy Cargal said Wednesday.
“The testing center had chosen to make their own adaptation of the policy,” Cargal said. “The sign was up for about a week. When the university found out, that policy was discontinued.”
The school expects students to dress modestly, he said, but “we leave it up to them to use their own agency to figure out what's modest and what isn't.”
Shorts and flip-flops are forbidden, though, he said. “But that's not about modesty. It's because we want to promote a more professional, less casual attire."
At the main BYU campus in Provo, the dress code forbids women to wear clothing that is ”sleeveless, strapless, backless or revealing; has slits above the knee; or is form fitting. Dresses, skirts and shorts must be knee-length or longer."
"Skinny jeans and jeggings are allowed at our school," BYU-Provo spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said Wednesday. "So are shorts to the knee and flip-flops."
Peggy Fletcher Stack