Real Life Fashion Police: Richmond Community Schools introduce super-strict dress code

stripe-shirtSo, you’re probably wondering what the deal is with the striped top. Sure, stripes aren’t for everyone, but banning them seems a little extreme, even for The Fashion Police, no?

Well, yeah, it does. It’s not too extreme for the school district in Richmond, Indiana, though, who’ve just introduced a new dress code which bans… well, just about everything really. Under this code, students are only allowed to wear totally plain clothes: no patterns, no logos, no stripes.  And if you think that’s easy, try telling it to the almost 200 kids who’ve been suspended for wearing “inappropriate dress”, which includes clothes that have even the tiniest emblem or pattern on them somewhere. Showing your collarbone will also get you suspended, as will wearing anything too tight – so the Dorothy Perkins top above is a one-way ticket to suspension, apparently. Buh-bye, college dreams!

Teachers and staff aren’t excluded from the new policy either: a member of the canteen staff was fired for wearing jeans, and parents and students have been holding protests outside the school buildings.

Fashion Policing gone mad, we think. Kinda makes you want to dress in stripes, doesn’t it?

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25 Comments

  • August 27, 2009

    Katie R

    Sounds like “dress-down” day at Catholic school. haha I don’t know how I ever tolerated it.
    .-= Katie R´s last blog ..Commissions? =-.

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  • August 27, 2009

    Emily

    As someone who lives in the US, I have to say that I am NOT suprised.

    Never figured that showing a collarbone was such risky business. I wonder if visitors to the school have to adhere as well…I live near Indiana, maybe I’ll show up one day and dare to bare my shoulder!

    Apparently the school does not allow any kind of “headgear”, so those who are Muslim are NOT allowed to cover their hair at school. I’d sure hope that allowances are made for that kind of thing!!!

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  • August 27, 2009

    gokarm

    Creepy. You know, one would prefer an actual uniform than restrictions so rigid you can’t possibly live up to them. This school sounds insane though. I mean, whats next? Identical haircuts, identical glasses, identical shoes and socks and undergarments? And that whole “too tight” thing? What could that mean? I mean, sometimes the thing that merely fits could be viewed by some prude as “too tight” and then bam, suspended. ick, I’m all bothered now.
    .-= gokarm´s last blog ..Two for Tuesday: SEQUINS!!! =-.

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  • August 27, 2009

    Steph

    I agree completely with gokarm – if you’re going to have such a restrictive dress code you may as well simply install uniforms at your school and have done with it.

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  • August 27, 2009

    Emily

    Apparently the school does not want uniforms…they say they are too restrictive and don’t allow the same “freedoms” that their policies provide.

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  • August 27, 2009

    Cheryl Warren

    it’s all about control, combined with a large dose of stupidity.

    back in 1966 my school banned granny dresses, and a more modest garment could not be found–they covered you from collar bone to ankle. the school said they were “distracting”

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  • August 27, 2009

    Kellyg

    Just like Emily said, I am not surprised either. My school codes were strict, but thankfully not too strict. Tank tops weren’t allowed as long as the sleeves were at least two inches. But this is going to the extreme. Thank you once more, USA schools, for ruining our freedoms.

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  • August 27, 2009

    Katie

    So, guess what? I live about a half hour away from this town, and on the announcements at my school a few days ago they used this as a warning to tell us to follow the dress code.

    I’m surprised they did this, since no school in my area really fully enforces the dress code (aka I have friends who wear pants to school that say ‘cunt’ on the side and don’t get caught). I would be protesting, too, if I was in Richmond. Really, the way our schools are, the very least important thing is the way kids are dressing.

    And yes, the Indiana school districts are crazy.

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  • August 27, 2009

    Vivi Skye

    Wow, this is worse than our schools! In our school, we wear solid polos [logos ok though], and khaki, navy, brown, black, or gray pants. And sometimes, we’re allowed to have free dress days. Last year, the last 10 days of school were free dress because we did well on this state test thing!

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  • August 28, 2009

    Andara

    Gah! More Zero Tolerance crap.

    Let’s make rules that require absolutely zero thought to police, and then hit everybody with excessive penalties any time they get broken.

    I’m glad to hear that the students and their parents are protesting this stuff. It’s rules like this that are a ridiculous distraction to learning, not some kid who happens to be wearing a striped shirt.

    ^-.-^

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  • August 28, 2009

    Anna

    How exactly are stripes going to be disruptive to learning? Taking kids out of school to punish them for something this stupid is what’s going to hurt the learning process.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Annoying thing. =-.

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  • August 28, 2009

    Nikki G

    Wow, and I thought corporate dress codes were strict. That is just unreal.

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  • August 28, 2009

    Serinde

    I had a pretty strict uniform at high school (not that anybody really conformed properly [except me *angel*]), but the principle tried to impose a dress code on teachers – no low cut tops and no loud prints: the Drama (seriously, who else?) teachers responded in kind – bosoms bouncing all over the place under BRIGHT tops. he stopped.
    Do any american schools have a uniform – my american education comes from movies and Tv shoes: they all just seem to wear what they want

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    • August 28, 2009

      Emily I.

      Sure, many of the private schools in America have uniforms, often something like khaki trousers or skirts with polo or oxford shirts in conservative colors, I don’t think any but the poshest ones require uniform jackets like I’ve seen in other countries.

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  • August 28, 2009

    Becca

    Wow.. what would you wear in that dress code? Why don’t they just go the whole way with a uniform.. I would prefer that rather than conforming my own clothes to a weird dress code!

    I don’t mind wearing a uniform. This year for sixth form we don’t have uniform but have to wear suits. Its quite restrictive but its clear.. matching suit and blouse. Thats it. And it makes sense.

    Not showing collar bones and no stripes. Thats just weird!

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  • August 28, 2009

    OU812

    That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Why don’t they just put them all in prison jumpsuits and be done with it?

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  • August 28, 2009

    kevie

    And this improves the students’ education how? As an old woman, I can appreciate wanting to discourage 16-year-olds from dressing like lap dancers, but still. The administration must have been very bored (and worried about their jobs) to create such an enforcement nightmare for themselves.

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  • August 29, 2009

    Frankie

    In Australia, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a single school without a uniform. Really, if you’re going to come down this strict on clothes, why not just put everyone in the same thing with the school logo on it? That way you get the same lack of distraction and the abolition of divisions based on fashion expense and still not weird everyone out with arbitrary rules.

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  • August 29, 2009

    k

    With rules like that you’d have to wonder about the people who are in charge of the school (and whether they went through some kind of fashion trauma..)

    Wearings school uniform can be a great thing for some schools. I don’t know if it would help with this one, but at least it would stop them from acting like idiotic dictators.

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  • August 30, 2009

    Zoe

    My old high school wouldn’t let girls wear pants or skirts that showed even the slightest bit of knee (even when you were sitting your knees had to be covered). Our collarbones had to be covered at all times and our sleeves had to be at least halfway between our shoulder and elbow. And no logos or words on your clothes bigger then a fist.

    I never thought I’d see a school with a worse dress code.

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  • September 11, 2009

    leah

    yessssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i mean sorry i know its mean but at least we’re not the worst!

    you see, in my school we can also be suspended for showing colorbone, elbows,most jewlry,hair not pulled back,anything of denim,sweatshirtrs,nailpolish, or wearing the uniform skirt anything but 4 inchs above the ankle (not any longer OR shorter)
    but its 100% understandble b/c we’re a ultra orthodox jewish school
    i wouldnt try it in a public school…its not the same

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  • September 11, 2009

    kjx

    I am swimming in a puddle of my own tears!
    How incredibly cruel!!!!!!
    POLKA DOTS ARE MY LIFE!!!!
    Sort of….
    T_T

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  • November 19, 2009

    shanzyy

    i would CLEARLY get suspended b/c i don’t have any plain shirts, i NEED colors, and stuff like that, and most of my clothes is pree tight so i don thin that would work for me :S and thats SOOOOOO sad and dumb!!!!!

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  • January 22, 2010

    Whatsername

    i think its ridiculas, rules that strict. and for what?!?! i used to go to private school with uniforms, i got kicked out for not following it, the strict dress codes made kids so bland and depresed, do teachers not see they are killing the self expression of the youth?
    i have sympathy for any one wearing theese rules……its sad

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  • September 23, 2010

    Stef

    Ouch! But at least they don’t have uniforms like in England. One school near where I live is super strict about skirts being knee length and this girl of supermodel height with a 34 inch inside leg could only find a skirt that came an inch or 2 above the knee and she (plus some other students who’d violated) got threatened with being forced to change schools.

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