Everyone knows that I'm ALL about comfy pants, and so is Sophie Hasty, a 13-year-old middle schooler in Evanston, IL. However, her days of wearing super soft leggings while learning algebra have been thwarted by her school's dress code. You see, leggings are "too distracting" for boys. Say what? "Not being able to wear leggings because it's 'too distracting for boys' is giving us the impression we should be guilty for what guys do," said Sophie in an interview to Slate. We couldn't agree more.
In an act of solidarity, a bunch of girls showed up to school in leggings, and 500 students also signed a petition against the rule. (By the way, the boys' dress code consists of not having saggy pants or wearing hats.) After creating such a controversy, the school board is going to rethink the dress code.
But, as it often goes, The Adults just don't get it. It's not about fashion, boys' hormones or inappropriate clothing. The most salient point in the pro-leggings argument is eloquently stated by Sophie, here:
"They are the most comfortable things, other than sweatpants. But you can kind of get away with leggings easier than sweatpants, because sweatpants make you look a lot lazier. Teachers don't understand that wearing jeans almost every day of the school year can get uncomfortable."
Amen, Sophie. AMEN.