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Cover Up Those Yoga Pants! Ottawa Catholic School Defends Dress Code

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Meaning that, students have been able to wear yoga pants without long shirts, sweaters, etc. and have not been disciplined, so it seems that St. Joseph High School has some explaining to do about its recent change in the enforcement of its policy.

I went to public school but, years ago, taught at a private school in the Midwest that had a very particular dress code. Girls had to wear skirts of a certain length or they had to put on a long “granny skirt” provided by the history teacher. Boys in the middle and upper school had to wear blue blazers of the sort you get at a place like Brooks Brothers. There’s a girl’s Catholic high school down the street from the Jesuit college where I teach in Jersey City; the students have uniforms and, based on where some of their skirts’  hemlines are, I would think there are ongoing “skirt length wars.”

At my college, there is no dress code and guess what the number one favorite fashion choice is among the female students? Yes, indeed, yoga pants or sweat pants that are not exactly “floppy. ” It’s really not an issue unlike, of course, getting reading assignments down, writing papers using tools of critical analysis and secondary sources, learning vocabulary for the next Latin quiz, completing lab reports, etc., etc.. As Clouthier, the parent of a St. Joseph High School student, wrote, “It seems to me that schools seem to concentrate more on ‘appearances’ rather than what they are actually there for — to teach our children.”

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6:20AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

I strictly support uniforms in school actually I think every school should have strict uniform codes.... it is one less distraction and every child will feel equal no one will know whose parents can afford name brands clothes versus the kids whose parents just thinks education not clothes is more important and the boys can somewhat concentrate if not being distracted by all the parts of a young lady be shoved down their throats.

5:12PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Why doesn't the school just go with a uniform?

11:46AM PST on Dec 10, 2011

google "tight yoga pants" 80% of the photos are of women showing off their rear like a money "in season"

10:18AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

i have to support this! i don't think some woman look at themselves in the mirror or tilt a little backward to see their front when wearing these pants. i feel ashamed for them! you may as well be naked!

4:28AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Why would anyone support this? They're not JUST
"a little bit too tight and a little bit too revealing"
And boys don't wear anything like that.
The student just want's an excuse.

12:23AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:15PM PST on Dec 3, 2011

I do not see any problem with a school enforcing uniform rules, or why this would even be an issue.

I agree with school uniforms, they have a lot of benefits.

7:50PM PST on Dec 3, 2011

I do understand that yoga pants can be a bit unattractive on occasion (read: camel toe) depending on the wearer, bit I agree with the parents quoted in this article. This school should focus more on educating the students, whether they're wearing a poor-barrel, a potato sack, or exercise clothes, rather than making them feel unwanted and uncomfortable.

Though, I also have been present to see girls wear entirely inappropriate, low-cut, micro-mini-styled outfits before to school. I got secondhand embarrassment, and the girl was suspended. But yoga pants are definitely a far cry from THAT revealing.

6:39PM PST on Dec 3, 2011

I agree completely with the parent in the article.

6:23PM PST on Dec 3, 2011

The school needs to work on behavior issues as well as clothing choices. Creating a fair and sober working environment is not easy. I wish my town's high school would tell the cheerleaders that they can't wear their mini-skirt uniforms (since mini skirts are not allowed for anyone else or on other days).

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