I've worn skinny jeans many a time on Clothed Much.
According to The Student Review, an independent paper written by Brigham Young University students, BYU-Idaho's Testing Center recently put up a sign prohibiting anyone wearing skinny jeans to be admitted for both men and women. Advancement Vice President Henry J. Eyring was asked whether skinny jeans are in violation of the university’s honor code, which states that clothing should not be form-fitting. “It’s useful for us to realize that fashions will come and go,” Eyring answered. “There will always be some tempting new style.”
Gawker was able to get a statement from Eyring and his colleague Kevin Miyasaki. Miyasaki stated the following in an email correspondence with the author:
We have not identified "skinny jeans" as a specific violation of the dress and grooming standard. We are aware of the incident and the Student Honor Office is working with the Testing Center to address the issue.
The wording in the BYU-Idaho dress and grooming standard regarding formfitting clothing is as follows:
"Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing. It should not have slits above the knee or be formfitting."
The foundation of this standard comes from "For the Strength of Youth" which states, "Immodest clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and other revealing attire. Young women should wear clothing that covers the shoulder and avoid clothing that is low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner."
The Testing Center has not made any new standard, nor has there been a ban of a particular piece of clothing. The effort of the Testing Center as well as with other employees and students is to encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code.I had been a student at BYU-I for three years and had to follow a few of its stricter dress codes such as no flip flops, no overalls (psh, easy), no shorts, no leggings, and no holey jeans. It wasn't as bad as you'd think. I did break the holey jeans rule a few times but that's because I had come from working at American Eagle where they're all about holey jeans and that's all I had.
I've been thinking about this issue for a while now. Are skinny jeans immodest? I think it depends on who you ask, how tight they are, and how much of you we're seeing.
I personally like skinny jeans and don't see myself not wearing them anytime soon. I've seen plenty of Mormon girls who wear skinny jeans tastefully. I've also seen plenty of Mormon girls who wear them not so tastefully. That can also be said about a lot of other clothing items and fashion trends.
But doesn't this fall under the Mormon clothing standard of not wearing form-fitting clothing? There are many other clothing items that Mormon women wear that could fall under this category such as fitted tops, most flared jeans (the thigh and butt area), and a lot of dresses. This may be one of the cases where since everyone else is doing it, it must be okay. Also, personal definitions of form-fitting clothing can vary from person to person; similarly with modesty.
What do you think? Was the BYU-I Testing Center in the right for banning skinny jeans? Are skinny jeans immodest?
Side note: I've also heard of rumors that BYU-I was trying to ban messenger bags on girls because it accentuated the woman's chest when worn across the body. Can anyone confirm/disclaim that?
UPDATE 9:44 AM PST: BYU-I made the following announcement on their Facebook page:
Wondering if skinny jeans are allowed on campus? They are. BYU-Idaho's longstanding dress & grooming standards promote principles of modesty and restrict formfitting clothing, but skinny jeans are not singled out or prohibited. In addition, the Testing Center issue reported in Scroll has been corrected and is no longer in force.