Leggings Inappropriate?

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Leggings Inappropriate?
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 9:01am

A dress code rule has teachers and students in Washington D.C.'s Montgomery County talking Thursday morning after a student at Rockville High School says her principal told her that her outfit was inappropriate.

Laura Woche wore black leggings and a peach-colored sweater to school Wednesday, but was informed her outfit was inappropriate because she was wearing leggings with a shirt that was shorter than fingertip length.

“Girls should not be dressing provocatively in school because it, quote, distracts the boys, but that is not the case; this is not distracting,” her mother said. “This [outfit] is not inappropriate.”

Woche's mom says the school gave Laura two choices: wear an oversized sweater or have her mom take her home.

School to student: Leggings worn as pants are inappropriate- http://www.today.com/style/school-student-leggings-worn-pants-are-inappropriate-1C9212580

What do you think? Is it inappropriate to wear leggings as pants to school? 

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 11:16am

I'm more surprised this is where the mom draws her line in the sand.  What is that teaching her daughter?  Slap on a thicker tee shirt or sweater and get on with your life.  Seriously, of all the concerns I've had with my children's schools, if a principal said my daughter was violating the dress code, she would comply.  They'd love another excuse to go shopping.  But how can my children excel in math and science?  How do I get my children to practice for the orchestra over the long summer? ;)

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Registered: 12-17-2003
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 7:15am

I think that school is over-reacting! DD wears chunky, extra long sweaters over her leggings for school all the time

The way I am reading the article, this would not be against the school rules. The sweater she wore was not chunky or extra long.

When I look at the outfit, I can see where maybe the sweater she wore would ride up as she moved around, sat down, got up, whatever ..... either way, the outfit was against the school rules. How can it be an overreaction to expect students to follow the rules?

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sun, 04-07-2013 - 8:03pm
I think that school is over-reacting! DD wears chunky, extra long sweaters over her leggings for school all the time and with warmer weather upon us she and her sister both will probably start wearing the lycra/spandex shorts under short shorts. I'm with the mom, That outfit is not inappropriate.



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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 4:26pm

We have the same rule at our school. Most of the girls who wear leggings just put them under a short, but not too short skirt, and it looks very cute. A lot of those leggings and jeggings and yoga pants are very revealing. When D took a yoga class during the school's interim week, most of the girls wore shorts over their yoga pants. I don't think you can go wrong with modesty.

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Registered: 12-17-2003
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 11:26am

Some leggings and yoga pants are far too thin and do show every little detail of a girl's body. IMO, those are inappropriate. This girl, though? A rule is a rule and she broke the rule. So, I do believe she should have put a swaeter on or Mom should have brought her something from home.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 10:40am

They have that dress code at my ODD's school, and I know its a grey area when it comes to leggins, because some leggins are very thin, more like tights and some are much thicker material.  But I can understand the concept behind it.  I asked her if the new "jeggins" that were in style counted as leggins or jeans and she said she wasn't sure, and since she doesn't wear them at all, she wasn't concerned about it.  I think there are many new things out there for teen girls that are on that line, for example the tighter yoga pants that aren't always the thickest material also, do those count as leggins or as pants?  Its just a matter of teaching girls to respect their bodies and wear what is appropriate to do that.