I am a alumna (Class of 1957) of a Catholic girls' high school in Brooklyn, NY. I was going through some old mail and found the following note in our alumna newsletter.
This was a letter sent in June 1956 by the faculty to the parents of all the students. They were setting the standards of good grooming and correct attire for school.
1. Hats are to be worn, no kerchiefs. In bad weather, woolen scarves may be used.
2. Shoes are to have a heel at least one inch high. Flats, ballerinas or open toes or heels of shoes will not be permitted.
3. Stockings are to be worn at all times. No socks.
4. Light colored blouses are recommended; no sleeveless, transparent or black blouses will be permitted.
5. Pleated and full skirts are good. Straight skirts are permitted if they are not too tight.
6. Make-up is restricted to lipstick and natural or light nail polish.
7. Eyebrow pencil is not permitted except on seniors who are blonde or red=haired and then, in moderation.
8. Hair should be neat at all times and then in moderation; pony tails are for sportswear, not for school. Only seniors may wear hair in a bun.
9. Penalties attached to these violations may include detention and absence from the School Ring Ceremony and commencement exercises.
They end, "Knowing that you too are interested in upholding the high standards of Memorial, we look forward to seeing your daughter in September, consistently well-groomed and in correct school attire".
At the time I felt these rules were too restrictive, but looking back, I can see they gave me the foundation for proper dress in an office - the Corporate look. Now I also know why, when I told people that I graduated from Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School, they were impressed, especially on job interviews.
Even after all these years, I'm still reluctant to wear a black blouse or sweater. I never did it, but some of the girls did use eyebrow pencil. They used it to draw a seam up the back of their legs to give the appearance of wearing stockings.
But, I wonder if any school could get away with these rules and regulations.