Let's get real: This year was THE year of ridiculous dress code violations.

Between policing female students' collarbones and shoulder blades, to telling teens what body types can and can't pull off leggings, there were few stories that actually celebrated the bodies of their female students — or, at the very least, left them alone.


A girl was pulled out of class for wearing a crew neck shirt.

A Tennessee high school senior was removed from class on two occasions for wearing a crew neck shirt — a shirt that was actually detailed to be OK in her school's dress code.


A student was dress coded for wearing a sweatshirt.

Emily LaCerra, a student in California, was told she was showing excessive midriff and cleavage while wearing a cropped yellow sweatshirt and high-waisted jeans.


A student was coded for wearing a Zendaya-inspired outfit.

Hannah Whitely, a high school senior, was told she was violating the dress code when she wore a wide-strap tank top and paperbag-waist pants. 


Female students at a South Carolina high school were told they couldn't wear leggings if they were over a size two.

The comment was made by the school principal during an assembly to kick off the school year. Wearing leggings if you're over a size two can apparently make students "look fat."


A school told parents to measure the lengths of skirts of female students before leaving the house.

A UK school told parents to measure girls' skirts while the students are kneeling down, to ensure they're not "too short." 



A school also requested female students submit their dresses for approval before dances.

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Female students at a school in Wisconsin were told their dresses had to be approved prior to wearing them to a dance.

"It's really out of a sensitivity to our students," the superintendent said. "We want [school dances] to be a positive experience. We don't want anyone to show up and have to be sent home because of a dress-code violation."


A student was also humiliated for being "busty" and "plus-size."

A Missouri student was told by a teacher that the peasant top she was wearing was inappropriate, stating: "Bustier women need to wear clothing that cover their cleavage."


College students weren't safe, either: A school gym kicked out a female student for wearing a crop top.

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The College of Charleston kicked out a female student from their on-campus gym for wearing a top that showed her midriff. The school cited "sanitary concerns," though they never made those clear. Additionally, the gym allowed men to wear muscle tops and even featured women in sports bras in a video tour of their facilities.


Girls at a Maryland school are given hideous mustard tees to cover their dress code "violations."

The middle school's extensive list of dress code violations includes showing shoulders, midriff and cleavage.

To protest the dress code, several middle school girls wore the mustard shirts with the words "I am not a distraction" written in marker on the front.


A school also dress coded two girls for coming in with box braids.

It's not just clothes that land female students in hot water: it's Black hairstyles, too.

A Massachusetts high school banned "hair more than two inch[es] in thickness or height," and suspended the girls on the account that their box braids violated that rule.


This practice of shaming female students has to stop.

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Pulling students out of class and teaching them to be ashamed of their bodies and that they need to be hidden because otherwise they'll be "distracting" is sexist, perverted, and disgusting. 

One school's dress code did do a good job of embracing bodies: Evanston Township High School, who reminded that all bodies are to be treated with respect, regardless of what they're wearing.

Dress codes need a major do-over, STAT.