About a month ago, this comment was posted over at the 100 Hour Board (a BYU-sponsored student Q&A forum):
When I was growing up, my family had very little money and new clothes were rarely in the budget. Instead, my mom sewed or patched things as they got worn out. When I was 15 or 16, someone gave me an EFY brochure. I really wanted to go, but of course we didn’t have the money. I remember reading the dress and grooming standards in the brochure and seeing that patched, faded, and torn clothing was not allowed. It made me extremely frustrated because it meant that even if I took some of the money that I made at my job (which was supposed to be for college) and paid to go to EFY, I would have to use even more money to buy new clothes since mine wouldn’t be okay.
In an effort to focus on being “modest” (in the sense of covered shoulders and knee-length shorts), the EFY dress standards have unfortunately missed the mark on being “modest” in the older sense of “humble or unpretentious.”