The next battleground in modesty: yoga pants

The next battleground in modesty: yoga pants December 1, 2011

It’s happening at a Catholic school in Canada:

First it was playground balls, and then it was kilts.

Now another Ontario school has joined the bandwagon of proposed bans by saying no to tight-fitting Lululemon yoga pants.

Some students at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ottawa have kept wearing the yoga pants, even after the school told them this week they do not meet its dress code.

Students turned to Facebook in their campaign, urging classmates to keep wearing the pants, and told the mediathey have collected more than 250 signatures on their “Save Lulus” petition.

One student told CTV anyone who keeps wearing the yoga pants to school will get a detention the first time, a suspension the second, and expelled the third.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board is quick to say they are not actually banning the yoga pants, just reinforcing its dress code.

“There’s a misconception out there that we’ve banned a specific brand,” Mardi De Kemp, communications officer, told the Star.

All “form-fitting clothing” is not allowed at the school, and the dress code notice to students and parents was part of a regular weekly announcement — there was no one incident that sparked it, she said.

There have been no clothes-related detentions, suspensions or expulsions at St. Joseph’s this week, she added.

“Any form of defiant behaviour in school would have consequences,” De Kemp said. “It would be very rare for a detention or suspension to happen because of dress code.”

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3 responses to “The next battleground in modesty: yoga pants”

  1. When I was a kid wearing the plaid jumper that was our Catholic school uniform, I hated it with a passion. My mother loved it; said it saved her money and hassles. I can see a uniform saving this kind of hassle. Either you are wearing a uniform or you are not, where a dress code is open to interpretation (define “form fitting”).

  2. The Catholic School I taught in wouldn’t have allowed the Yoga pants..which in that school would have had to be worn under their uniform skirts. So, you attend the school, you conform to the dress code. The 8th grade girls tried rolling their skirts up at the waist to make them shorter—that didn’t work either. Part of Catholic school—uniforms worn properly. Does this school have a uniform? It doesn’t sound like they do—-just a dress code.

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