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Sussex school alters uniform to stop skinny trouser trend
A school has introduced a more formal style of dress because girls have been flouting the current uniform rules to make super-skinny trousers.
Pupils at Chailey Secondary School are so desperate to wear skinny-style trousers they are making home-made adjustments to their uniform.
Headteacher of the school in Mill Lane, South Chailey, near Lewes, Lesley Young said pupils were sewing the inner seams of their navy blue trousers so they appeared “skin tight”.
She added the trend for skinny trousers had “multiplied” so “rapidly” that the school is introducing a standard pair.
Mrs Young said this was so pupils could not ‘improve’ them.
They will be introduced in September 2013.
In a letter, she wrote: “The school has a specific uniform for female students but to date we have left the choice of navy blue trousers to parents and their daughters to purchase from any retail outlet – provided they take account of our requirement that the trousers are not excessively wide or of the ‘skinny’ type which is currently the fashion.
Difficult for parents
“Regrettably, despite the best efforts of parents and staff, ‘skinny’ trousers have multiplied – with girls sewing in the trousers their parents have bought for them to make them really skin tight.
“I also appreciate it is very difficult for parents whose daughters are telling them ‘Everyone has them like this’, and for staff to enforce a school uniform requirement where a fashion trend increases so rapidly.”
She added that from the new autumn term “No other trousers will be acceptable.”
Previously pupils at the school came under fire for wearing onesies when it was cold and staff said they could wear something warmer to school – meaning woollen jumpers and scarves.
No one at the school wanted to comment.
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