Yoga Pants, Leggings Stir Dress Code Drama

A Massachusetts high school has banned yoga pants and leggings, calling the body-hugging style ‘distracting’ and inappropriate for a classroom environment. Should yoga pants and leggings be banned from a school’s dress code?

Credit: flickr
Credit: flickr
More than 20 students at a Massachusetts high school were removed from class and sent home to change last week after sporting yoga pants and leggings to school.

The move came after staff raised concerns that students weren’t complying with the school’s dress code policy, which specifically mentions leggings as a no-no. After an assembly where the principal reinforced the policy, a group of female students wore leggings to school in protest.

Superintendent Rob Liebow told MyFoxBoston last week he supports the principal’s decision, reinforcing that for now, the policy is in place for students to adhere to. The principal is forming a committee to review the dress code policy, he told the station.

"It's called attention to something that no one even thought about," senior Aidan Wright told reporters after the controversy drew national coverage. "I don't appreciate having to be responsible for a boy paying attention or even being told that it's my responsibility to not distract someone with my body. I don't like being objectified in that way."

Parent Janine Boucher agrees, "I just think it's absolutely ridiculous,” she told MyFoxBoston. “There's no reason for this to have been blown out of proportion. This is crazy, these poor kids."

Students and parents say the pants are comfortable and easy to grab in the morning without much fuss. Administrators are concerned with the revealing nature of the form-fitting trend, especially when they’re of the super-sheer Lululemon variety.

We want to know what you think! Are school dress code policies that address the growing legging trend silly or smart?

Sound off in the comments, head over to our boards or start a Patch blog.

Idont Givitout February 17, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Mr Burton, my use of the term little bastards was to emphasis the ignorance of many here that view children that way. unfortunately as it appears with Ms Stefania's comment too many parents (and I use the term loosely) don't want to raise their children (They will call them kids), and are relying on governmental agencies to deal with it............................................................I am glad Ms Stafania that you still have a great figure, I hope I have seen it and even at my age will still lust for a good figure (it's a man thing). Perhaps one day I will get to see your who-ha! (no offense intended) Conversely don't you think perhaps you should let yourself go and get fat and unappealing so that your sons male friends don't lust after you as a milf??? Any difference? Perhaps if it it a concern to you parents that your children don't get distracted by lust, you should teach them to respect the opposite sex as people and ignore their friends influence bringing them to the dark side. My children did not get hung up on those issues when they were adolescents in a large part because of the parenting they got and the education both at school and home.
Stefania February 17, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Actually, hamburger he did. He loves to see them outside of school, but he said it was distracting. Of course that was in 8th grade. Yes, Idont Givitout, my son does get education and is very respectful AND he's a teenager. He has the hormones of a teenager and the rational of a young adult. Also, as I said I have been very fortunate at nearly 49 that I haven't had to do much to keep up my figure. It has been a gift since my priority has been my family and career. I'd rather be volunteering at school than working out. Anyway, yes teach respect, yes boys have hormones (and so do girls!), lets just make it easier on them all.... Not every young lady has a svelte figure and can dress like that. There's enough peer pressure as it is.
Desert Rat February 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Rachel, Google "red herring" and then ponder that a bit. That was quite the quantum leap to say I harbor something against women just because I have a realistic understanding of what tight revealing yoga pants do to boys and men. I have two sons and yes, I am a man as well. So I do speak with some authority on how yoga pants effect many male members of our human race. I would also suggest that if this conversation about yoga pants is wasting your valuable time that you just not participate.
Hamburger February 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM
It is often difficult for boys to conceal their, shall we say, "enthusiasm" when they are wearing sweatpants or tight fitting shorts. This is one of the challenges we need to work through here
Idont Givitout February 18, 2014 at 12:27 AM
He-he, he-he, he said male members, he-he, he-he!!
Dame Bridgid February 18, 2014 at 04:24 AM
Ahhh! Irony... The administrators are faced with youth that harkens back to their younger selves! During the rebellious teenage years of my youth the fashion designers made pants with excessively wide legs. We called them ugly elephant pants! We promptly turned them inside out, sewed a skin tight seam on the legs all the way from our knee up to the crotch. We simultaneously lowered the waistband to way below our hipbones & HIP HUGGER JEANS were born! Face it, even uniforms do not stop teens from wanting to display their figures to classmates as those hormones rage. The girls at my daughters' school were rolling the skirts of their uniforms up to scandalous lengths. A fact unknown to their parents, who sent them out in an outfit with a modest knee length skirt! Youth will be youthful. Just flag the outrageous ones for being a distraction & give them a pair of loose gym sweats to wear for the day! Leave off the draconian bans before the kids retaliate by coming up with something worse!
John Cobb February 18, 2014 at 07:35 AM
One other point I'd like to make, is the number of girls/women who wear these yoga pants/leggings, but really don't have the figure to do so. Wake up! They are made for a slim trim figure, not some rolly polly, muffin top fatsos that you often see trying to wear them.
rachael February 18, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Good advice on logging out, D. Rat. I don't have the time or inclination to ponder the dangers of young women's genitalia related to your cognitive and civil dissonance, as do you and others. Our society faces far greater challenges on the horizon. You can Google them. Over and out.
rachael February 18, 2014 at 08:56 AM
And Rat, if you can't control your libido by looking @ attractive women in leggings, try turning your head. And Cobb, if heavy women challenge your visual experience, try the same thing. Personally, I hope the NFL doesn't catch wind of all this outrage over pants -I certainly wouldn't want them to change the player's uniforms!
John Cobb February 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Rachael you really need to get a life and stop analyzing all the men on here. Perhaps if you just turned your head from these comments, for a bit, you'd be better off.
Chuck Burton February 18, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Good point about the NFL, rachael. Padded packages is one thing, but tackling the codpiece would be quite another.
edgy one February 18, 2014 at 01:47 PM
If the administration of the school had based their position of dress code on have the students dress professionally they would have made a much more effective point. Sex is all people think about, so the lack of imagination on the part of the educators is to blame here. They should make the girls and boys dress as if they are going to work, or not have a dress code at all. Citing "distractions" will cause an uproar, saying students should dress for success would not.
Anna Bucciarelli February 18, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Excellent point, edgy, and well stated.
Desert Rat February 18, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Rachel, I control my libido just fine. I've never been involved in rape or any kind of sexual assault. But, I am well familiar with those that are. Which apparently is rather trivial say compared to something else I am supposed to Google. I suppose world hunger, abuses of power by the White House and Congress, and civil wars across the globe make rape pale by comparison. After all, we all know that seeing female genitalia would never spark any male to do anything violent or even socially unacceptable.
Idont Givitout February 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM
Getting back to the original premise, should a school be mandating dress codes or standards for the students? Does a dress code enhance a students ability to learn or conversely the lack of a dress code detract from a students ability to learn? This is the issue that should be discussed not whether or not we can see ones privates or not (gender unrelated). I think not, if a child wants to learn they will regardless of a distraction. If the child doesn't care about learning then any distraction will do whether it be a girl and her attire or a plane outside the window or the inside of their own eyelids!
Desert Rat February 19, 2014 at 01:32 AM
If the school wants to establish a dress code, then certainly understanding why is very important. If the use of yoga pants is causing a distraction, or some females are wearing ones too shear or too revealing, then that is very relevant to the purpose of the dress code. If the sole purpose is to even the playing field for students who are all over the economic ladder, that is another issue. If the purpose is to put the focus on academics and not on what people wear, that is again, another related topic. However, the original article does quote the school administrators as being "concerned with the revealing nature of the form-fitting trend, especially when they’re of the super-sheer Lululemon variety." This means the issue of seeing somebody's privates is very much on the minds of the school administrators and what sparked the discussion to begin with. If the article said the administrators wanted a dress code to make the less wealthy kids feel better, then the posts would have gone an entirely different direction I think.
Desert Rat February 19, 2014 at 01:35 AM
I would also suggest that seeing an attractive girl in sheer yoga pants with their thong or genitalia showing is a slightly different distraction for a young male in their teens with raging hormones than a 747 flying by the window or wanting to doze off. Perhaps in Utopia women would never be objectified by men even if they walked around nude. In real life, males have been known to misbehave when put in these situations.
Hamburger February 19, 2014 at 06:45 AM
Youwillgiveitout. To me. Me!
Chuck Burton February 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM
I assume these yoga pants are very commonly worn commando, to avoid panty lines (and maybe give the girls good feelings). That would definitely bring the dreaded camel-toe into play, and even a guy in his 80's, like me would likely have a reaction. Delicious torture for the teen guys, not to mention male teachers. Why they'd want to ban them beats me.
John Culleton February 19, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Mandatory school uniforms are the answer. The countries overseas who have them are beating our brains out educationally speaking. When I was in Korea the teenage houseboys saved their money to buy a school uniform. They recognized the value of being educated, and not just being trendy.
Hamburger February 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM
The Korean boys have less machismo than their American counterparts and as such, are less prone to Spontaneous Boner Syndrome (known in medical circles as "SBS")
AKP February 19, 2014 at 01:25 PM
This conversation has gotten out of hand. HELP - how do I REMOVE myself from this?
Bryan Harz February 19, 2014 at 02:33 PM
AKP, just walk away...just...walk...away. LOL
Hamburger February 19, 2014 at 03:02 PM
You can check out any time you want but.....
John Cobb February 19, 2014 at 03:23 PM
It's like Hotel California, you can check out, but you can never leave.
Bryan Harz February 19, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Bryan Harz February 19, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Lots of interesting perspectives.
Idont Givitout February 19, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Koreans do also suffer from SBS, it's just that you cant really tell
FedUpRealist February 19, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Came Toe and Moose Knuckle stir the libido of the opposite sex - especially sexual predators...Still think it's OK to send your little darling to school displaying the contiours of her privates???
Desert Rat February 19, 2014 at 11:08 PM
John Culleton, come now there is no place for logic here. We have to be concerned about how our kids feel. Are they feeling creative? Do they have proper self-esteem? Are they searching for sexual identity? Or are they emotionally stunted by oppressive rules and regulations? It is of course irrelevant that in the meantime other cultures and countries are leaving our students in the dust. Having just assisted my father in selling his home, I watched a virtual feeding frenzy of ever escalating offers by buyers of Indian or Asian descent. Why? Because his home happens to reside in the best school district in his city. While we whine about whether or not a female student will be oppressed if she can't wear skin tight yoga pants to school, other folks are working their butts off to be competitive in the marketplace.


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