Students schoolwide are upset by the current policy, and feel that it goes against Pace’s accepting nature. Girls everywhere are fighting for the ripped jeans cause. Photo: Sloan Wyatt

Students Ripping Demerits Up Over Ripped Jeans

While strolling the halls of Pace Academy, one can spot students modeling a collection of styles down the “runways” of the Upper School. Whether it’s the latest Free People or an exclusive buy from a local boutique, the girls have no trouble expressing themselves through their wardrobes as well as pushing the limits of dress code. But as administrators begin doling out demerits faster than they can write them, students are left questioning if the dress code limitations are reasonable. “This year we are enforcing these [policies] in a way that this office did not in previous years,” said Dean of Students Gus Whyte.

As the first semester comes to a close, the number of dress code demerits has reached a staggering height. Notifications have bombarded FirstClass specifically targeting girls for their selection of chic ripped jeans or minimalistic leggings. With the growing trend of destroyed denim causing quite the uproar among faculty members, the student body has chosen to take a stand, defending their rights both verbally and physically. Joining the fight for justice is sophomore Kate Snyder who confidently stated, “It’s unnecessary for them to put a ban on something that doesn’t affect the way that we learn.”

Students feel that the dress code lacks a level of leniency for minor violations. Ensembles such as ripped jeans and tights are banned for lacking “the appropriate nature and presence that students should strive for,” said Mr. Whyte. Nevertheless, these guidelines have not prevented girls from continuing to blatantly ignore the policy. Their passionate defiance to uphold fashion standards has resulted in a rise in detentions, and a patrol of staff monitoring girls’ everyday wear.

When questioned on how he felt about the matter, Mr. Whyte silently shook his head, smiling to himself, and replied, “If this is the most pressing issue at the moment among the students, then that means I’m doing my job pretty well.” He went on to reiterate that the dress code has been in place for years, and if anything it has been recently loosened with the new acceptance of leggings. “We have a more lenient dress code than our neighboring schools, and we should be thankful for that,” he said.

This level of “leniency” seems to be bringing more satisfaction to the faculty than the student body. One student comments, “I should be able to express myself through my clothing. Whether I dress this way because it is fashionable or I feel that it defines me is my choice, and I believe that my school should accept, and support my decision.”

Students feel that the current policy goes against Pace's accepting nature. Photo: Sloan Wyatt

Students feel that the current policy goes against Pace’s accepting nature. Photo: Sloan Wyatt