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A young teenager was told she had to change her outfit because it would “distract” boys at her school.

However, when her father sent her back to school with a new outfit, this was also deemed “inappropriate”.

Demetra Alarcon, 13, was told by a teacher at Fisher Middle School in Los Gatos, California that the playsuit she was wearing was too short and would be “distracting” to boys on August 28.

Dad Tony picked up a new outfit for his daughter, which consisted of denim shorts and a tank top as the weather was very hot.

Unfortunately, Demetra found herself being dress-coded once more as teachers deemed her second outfit to be “inappropriate” also.

School officials said the teen’s shorts were shorter than the four-inch inseam that the dress code required.

Demetra’s dad Tony said: “I was told the shorts weren't appropriate.I had to go back into the car, where I luckily had a pair of leggings as a backup.”

He told CBS News that the school’s dress code isn’t compliant with the hot weather and girls at the school are being targeted unfairly.

He explained: “I mean, today it’s 90 degrees outside and she’s wearing leggings because she doesn’t want to be dress-coded for wearing shorts.

“And it’s not OK. It needs to change.

He added:”We have to have dress codes that are fair and reasonable, and don’t cause them emotional issues – cause them to question their bodies or feel like they’re sex symbols at 13 years old. Because they’re not. They’re just kids”.

He added that it was harder to find longer shorts for a girl of Demetra’s age and that most of the dress code rules applied to clothing girls wear such as halter tops or spaghetti straps.

He and his wife rely on their own method of checking whether their children’s clothing is appropriate, saying: “That's that they cover their 'front and rear' in any position—sitting or touching toes.

Demetra said that male pupils at her school are a lot less likely to be pulled up on dress code infractions than the girls are.

Diana G Abbati, Los Gatos Union School Superintendent said that the school will soon decide whether or not they will amend their dress code.


Wearing high heels to work should never be a prerequisite. We'll keep our work uniform of boots and a breton top, thank you very much. 

However for some women, the inclusion of high heels in their work dress code is a reality. 

Obviously, this makes daily blisters, aching arches and strained calves a regular part of working life. 


Calls were made to the UK government back in April to ban the requirement from women's work contracts, but these were rejected. 

One woman who was sent home from work for wearing flat shoes started a petition to have the requirement disbanded, sparking global media attention. 

In 2011, Theresa May even said: 'I have not found that traditional gender-based workplace dress codes have held me back.'

'I indeed believe that they encourage a sense of professionalism in the workplace.'

The University of Aberdeen has conducted further research into the area, and found that there is a risk of injury attached to the persistent wearing of heels. 

The review found that wearing high heels led to an increased risk of bunions, pain and injury.

It failed to find a link between high heel wear and osteoarthritis.

'From our review it is clear that despite the huge amount of evidence showing heels are bad for individuals’ health, there are complex social and cultural reasons that make high heel wearing attractive,' said lead researcher Dr Max Barnish, according to Breaking News.

“We feel the UK Government should follow the lead of other authorities who have introduced specific laws to tackle this practice rather than simply relying on existing legislation which has left the situation in this country uncertain and open to misinterpretation.'

We'll be keeping our runners firmly on our feet, thanks. 



A Belgian university has been forced to apologise after asking it's female students to wear ''low-cut'' tops to their graduation ceremony.

The medical faculty of the Free University of Brussels sent an email to graduates suggesting what they should wear to the event.

“From an aesthetic point of view it’s preferable for the young women to wear a dress or a skirt along with a nice low-cut neckline, and the men a suit.”

They added, “of course, ladies, this advice is not compulsory”. – Gee, thanks.

A screen shot of the email was posted on an unofficial university Facebook page called ULB Confessions, where it was immediately inundated with comments from anger students.

One user wrote, ''is this a joke? They are graduates of medicine and everything that we're asking them is to show their chest?'', while another added,  “Imagine if the ULB suggested that the male graduates wore a low-cut shirt. Preposterous.”

The university later responded saying, ''Hello, the Dean of medicine has noted yesterday of this message moved who enters in contradiction with the values and habits of the ulb. He immediately sent an email of apology, on behalf of the faculty, to all the students who received these instructions.''



One teenage disco in Kilkenny has been getting a lot of heat this week, since they posted a decree to Facebook telling girls that they were not welcome at the disco if they chose to wear "deplorable dresses."

The Fusion Ball is a long-standing teenage event in Kilkenny town, and the popular venue has recently banned short dresses and cleavage after "too many broke the rules," and said that all they want is for "girls to be discreet."

They completed the Facebook post with screen grabs of popular dress styles from online stores, using the garments as examples of what will "NOT be accepted" on the night. 

However, it was the comment section which caught our eye, as people responded in the best possible ways to the dress code.

Most commentators weren't happy with the attempt to police their wardrobe choices, and responded to that effect. 

"What does discreet even mean in clothing? No shape? No outline? No indication of female anatomy or boobs? What are you even asking for… just say knee length if you want a dress code that makes some sense," said one.

Here's a few more of our favourite responses:

1. "I've ordered this instead do you think its ok?"

2. "If the dress is just like these I'd say you'll be grand Aoife."

3. "Good thing lads can still wear what they want, I'll be showing plenty of thigh."

4.  "Anyone looking for a ball dress? Pm me for details xx"

5. More outfit ideas that fit the description.

However, some people agree with the discretion clause, and feel that the venue is doing the right thing by encouraging girls to be modest.

"Glad to see that an event cares enough to speak out and make known that class and dress code still exists. Standards need to be set and maintained," said one.

"There's a difference when you're a teenager showing amounts of skin an escort wouldn't show. It's just about teaching class and self respect to show girls they don't need to expose themselves to look pretty and have fun," said another.

However, the majority of the comments were negative. 

"I personally think this is very sexist against women to freely wear what they please what they feel comfortable in! This is 2017 not the 1950s women are not sexual objects you can't treat us like that by telling us what to hide because your uncomfortable seeing us wearing a dress that shows skin!" said another young woman.





Oueen's University of Belfast is in hot water after offering controversial fashion tips to it's female graduates.

After registering for the graduation, students were directed to a page called "Style tips for graduation week: Wear it well.' 

"Short skirts and cleavage on show are totally out of the question. Think Grace Kelly, not Kim Kardashian, at least until the day is done: you can always change before heading out," advised the page, which has since been removed from the Universities website.

The tips were from former student Thom Dickerson, who runs his own self-titled private tailoring company based in Belfast, according to the Belfast Telegraph,

"Possibly the biggest mistake I see at graduation is girls treating the event like a night out," he wrote.

Students and social media users alike were outraged by the "tips."

"Advising people that this is a formal occasion and therefore formal attire is expected is fine. Picking on two female celebrities and separating them into "good" and "bad" as an example of what areas of their body they don't want women to show is deeply patronising," said one Facebook user. 

"You're wearing robes covering your outfit for the duration of the ceremony anyway, what does it matter to them what you're wearing before or after?" commented one student.

"You pay enough money to attend you're own graduation, you should be able to turn up in hot pants if you want," said another.

The post also recommended "discreet safety pins" for ladies to wear to avoid any "last minute wardrobe disasters".