Why We Should be Allowed to Wear Jeans at School

Catie Ellis

Blue jeans have been around for decades and are often the greatest reflection of the trends of the times. They come in countless styles and are usually made of cotton, as opposed to leggings, which are made of synthetic fabrics, and plastics that flood our halls. I love blue jeans because they are versatile; they can be worn at any time of the year with anything, you can dress them up or down, and they can be ridiculously comfortable (once you’ve worn them in). When we sent out the google form asking what should be a new fashion trend at school, I was surprised to see that 25% of people want jeans at our school, and just under half want to stop “only wearing sweatpants.” While many people love sweatpants and the “minimal effort” look (myself included), it’s been proven by many studies at universities such as Northwestern that when you dress up you feel more put together and can do better in school as a result. This year, I’ve experienced first hand how dressing nicely can help you focus more, however dressing nicely is harder to do when blue jeans are banned.

For me, finding pants to wear to school is very hard because the main options are colored jeans, leggings, or sweatpants; sweatpants are out, and leggings have the potential to be dressed up, but I personally don’t like how tight they are and get self-conscious wearing them. So that leaves colored jeans. I own a pair of black jeans and a pair of brown ones, but they don’t go with all my tops, and stop me from wearing some of the shirts I love because they just don’t work together. There is also a restriction on styles available for colored jeans because many places that sell pants are not thinking about the schools that have a ban on blue jeans, and therefore sell very few colored jeans. 

Many people that I’ve talked to about this issue, both teachers and students, have strong opinions on why we should be able to wear jeans, and while some people personally wouldn’t wear jeans to school, they’re not opposed. 

After writing this article, I decided to read the hand book for the exact wording on the jeans policy and found it read “No denim and tee-shirts with inappropriate mottoes and images are permitted.”  At first I was confused when I read this, because I had been told that only blue jeans were not allowed, and as stated above I own colored jeans and wear them quite often, so I went to a trusted teacher for clarification and he said that the loophole was that colored jeans are not “true denim.” This was helpful for me to understand why we are able to wear colored jeans, but when I was reading the hand book I noticed it could be read as “No — denim or tee-shirts — with inappropriate mottoes and images are permitted,” meaning that as long as you don’t have “inappropriate mottoes and images” on your blue jeans you can wear them. I hope that we can soon have a jeans policy that allows us to wear denim more often, or even better, all the time