Marks & Spencers new gangsta look school wear range under fire

September 1st, 2008 - 6:35 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sept 1 (ANI): British parents and teachers claim that Marks & Spencer’’s new range of school-wear is far too bling and yobbish to be worn by kids.

Marks & Spencer’’s is offering girl’’s trousers featuring a diamante charm on the waist and hooded tops as part of this year’’s back-to-school range.

“Bling” is often associated with the “gangsta” look of hip-hop culture, while hooded tops represent threatening and anti-social youths.

According to critics, the new school-wear is “inappropriate” and is taking the children away from the conventional blazers and jumpers.

“I don”t approve of the clothes at all. It attracts the children and they inevitably put pressure on us parents to get these items instead of other more sensible clothes, the Telegraph quoted Brigette Bright, 48, from Camberwell, south London as saying.

“I certainly haven”t caved into my daughter, they”re far too bling and yobbish, not smart at all. After all they are dressing for school, not extras in music videos.

“I thought we were trying to encourage children not to wear hoodies - this certainly doesn”t help,” she added.

The National Association of Headteachers has expressed concern at the new M&S range.

“We would definitely advise parents to check with schools first. It is important that they ensure that these items don”t fall foul of individual policies, said a spokesman.

“Sensible consumers will choose uniforms for their teachers which aren”t going to cause problems for teachers,” he added.

However, refuting the claims Marks & Spencer spokeswoman said: “Kids are very fashion conscious and we need to appeal to different tastes. It’’s up to parents to decide what’’s right for their children.” (ANI)

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