Parents Talk: Should Girls Wear Yoga Pants to School?

Yoga pants serve exactly one purpose—to attract boys’ attention.

Makeup, necklines and skirt lengths have sparked battles between daughters and their parents and principals for as long as teenagers have gone to school.

While sophomores may have trouble pointing to Libya on a map or naming the Speaker of the House, I’ll bet they can recite verbatim their school’s policy on appropriate classroom attire.

I went to Catholic school and remember teachers regularly measuring to the centimeter how high girls’ hemlines were above the knee. Dress code violations resulted in immediate detention or parental conference, but that didn’t stop girls from rolling their skirts at the waistline when teachers let their guard down.

Be it rebellion or simply a need to be noticed and stand out from the crowd, girls will always find new ways to push the limits when it comes to “fashion”—no matter how fast schools update their policies to keep up with the latest trends and tricks.

This year, yoga pants have flared up as the new front line in the assault on adolescent girls’ rights. Kids first began wearing yoga pants to school in 2011, but the fad has since exploded and the tight-fitting leggings can now be found in just about every American high school.

Recognizing their absurdity, districts across the country have taken action to limit or all out ban the wearing of yoga pants to school—prompting persecuted teens to cry foul.

Some girls from Wayzata High School have recently taken to Twitter to express in the way only a teenager can their thoughts about perceived limitations imposed by the district on yoga pants. Note: school officials tell Patch no changes to appropriate dress code standards have been made and that the code of student conduct contains no specific language addressing yoga pants.

Well, it should.

I’m sure yoga pants are comfortable, but so are bathrobes and karate gis. I don’t see girls wearing them to homeroom, however. Yoga pants are for—well, yoga—and have no place in school. They serve exactly one purpose—to draw boys’ attention to areas fathers would rather not talk about or mention by name.

But it’s not the school district’s primary responsibility to police the attire of its students.

Parents who allow their teenager to wear yoga pants to school should reevaluate their decision. I’m all for allowing girls to wear what they wish, but yoga pants simply don’t belong in school. Allowing them in class sends a wrong message about acceptable behavior and sets a general bad precedent on how our girls should present themselves to society.

What’s next? Bikinis in biology?

Alexis December 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Let's just face the facts that parents/adults are never going to always accept or appreciate youth trends and fashion. That's certainly part of why it's trendy at this age. If you have issues with trendy apparel of the moment, put your kid in a school with a uniform. Most importantly, teach your kids to respect others NO MATTER WHAT CLOTHES THEY WEAR. I may think yoga pants are tacky, but it's not my place to tell anybody what they should or shouldn't wear, and it doesn't affect me, so it doesn't matter. If you're lucky you may be able to raise a child with fashion taste you agree with (but don't count on it)!
Fonz December 27, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Thank god women are so oblivious to this issue! If you wear yoga pants we WILL check out your butts! Thank you.
bdawg January 02, 2013 at 06:12 AM
If you wear yoga pants I'm going to look I'm a guy
bdawg January 02, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Fat girls in yoga pants that's gross
xkatie2309 January 07, 2013 at 09:36 PM
How come when a guy wears such clothing, it is okay but when girls start to wear it, they get in trouble and the clothing gets banned?
Chelsea Widjaja January 10, 2013 at 05:26 AM
So now it's an issue if women wear long pants? It's tiring enough hearing crap about wearing skirts or shorts too short, but now there's a debate over long pants? Women are independent people and have the freedom to wear what they desire. Everyone has an ass and it's not like men don't know that already. Currently at the age of 17, I do know of men's raging hormones and uncontrollable desires, but I don't see why women have to suffer for the sake of men. At least we're covering up our asses rather than having it hanging out of our pants.
anonymous January 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM
You sound stupid. Yoga pants are CLOTHES. People spend $40 on a pair, kids should have more than a right to wear them to school. They do no harm, at least they're showing up to school!!! I think the teachers and faculty need to worry less about yoga pants and more about the kids getting bullied, depressed, missing school, not doing their work. They're focusing on all the wrong things, their priorities are jacked. And yours must be too if you think something is wrong with yoga pants. My girls wear them all the time, I even bought myself a pair. They're great! If my child is showing up to school, I'll let her show up comfy. Theirs a difference between wearing something absurd and wearing something thats the same as jeans but a different material. You are all tripping for no reason, take a second to reevaluate yourself, take a couple breaths, and sit down.
anonymous January 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM
its called thongs
ChocolateLover! January 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM
As far as I'm concerned, your article is completely wrong. What's the issue if girls wear yoga pant to school? Many women can even wear them to work. Girls feel comport able and secure in yoga pants. Why would you want to take this away from young girls? When you have issues with bullying and slacking off in school you should be dealing with that before you worry about yoga pants. Not to mention, there is no difference between yoga pants and leggings/tight jeans. Many high school girls wear clothing that is way less appropriate. Have you ever heard or booty shorts or short shorts? At least your butt is inside yoga pants. Many girls wear yoga pants for comfort rather than sexual attention and the girls who wear them for sexual attention would find other inappropriate clothes. Further more, yoga pants mean high school girls can be comfortable but still look/feel good about themselves. Next time: think before u write!
Kim January 30, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Why is it that males can wear their pants where they are exposing what type of underware they are wearing and females are being critized for something that completely covers their lower body? If you do research on where the low pants for men came from, you will discover that it came from prison. If you wore your pants low it meant that you were available. If you want to address appropriate clothing then this needs to be addressed as well.
LauraM January 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM
You WILL check out our butts regardless. That's just what men do. I would just prefer to be comfortable while you're doing it. It's your guys' problem. Not ours.
Anonymous January 31, 2013 at 02:45 PM
As a student in high school, I can understand why someone would want to ban them. Our school did a couple weeks ago. We are still allowed yoga pants for PE and the actual yoga class, but not for regular wear. I personally agree, when I'm in the locker room I despise the girls who wear yoga pants, because there is usually no underwear underneath, and they are the type to wander the room. I don't see the point in writing on the butt, I don't find it that distracting, nor are any guys at school attracted by it. And please, tight jeans are nothing new. Tight Rolled Jeans, or pegged jeans, were in during the '80s, and don't tell me nobody did that. Besides, what trends did your parents not approve of, flapping?
Jessica Lynn February 08, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Have Schools ever thought that its not the tight clothes? It's the boys minds! If your gonna band yoga pants by then yuu might as well band all clothes and make everyone wear 3 turtle necks and 5 pairs of pants! Not every family has the income to buy all their kids pairs of jeans for everyday and yoga pants are on average cheaper than other types of pants. An average pair of jeans are $35! There gonna ban yoga pants but cheerleaders can still wear there little skirts too school? Hypocrites.
alm February 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Most of YOU are clueless. Haven't you thought it's not what teachers/admins "think" of the clothing itself? It's the fact that (some) PARENTS don't teach what's appropriate and what's not. I'll tell you why schools are banning “yoga” pants, and it has little to do with them being "sexy." It has to do with the fact that (some) PARENTS don't monitor the fact that girls are replacing yoga pants with tights, which are very see--through. It's the fact that the girl wearing the tights also wears a shirt that barely meets the waist. Add to that the fact that the person wearing that outfit is also wearing a very visible hot pink thong. THEN, add to that that another student has taken a picture of that young lady and posted it on the Internet. THEN the parents and students get mad and say other kids are bullying....so the school has to discipline the kid who took the picture AND address "bullying." People, teachers just want to teach. They don't want to police clothing; they expect that the parents do that. Needless to say, that's not always happening, so then the schools have to step in and be the "bad guys."
monica March 02, 2013 at 05:11 PM
I am a 17 year old in high school and yoga pants are banned there.I really don't get it.yoga pants are SO comfortable & I wear them all the time. My boyfriend likes them a lot too, but I don't wear them because I'm trying 2 attract men like come on now.its the comfort and I love the way I look in them.
Tabitha Clark April 07, 2013 at 05:54 AM
To begin, I am an 18 year old girl in high school and enjoy a gothic style of clothing. So I would like to first state the pros (or case and "evidence" of the yoga pants). It seems that they are worn for 1) comfort, 2) to raise their self esteem, and 3) to attract attention. However, they 1) attract the wrong kind of attention, 2) are distracting, 3) can insinuate a false opinion, 4) should fall under the legging category based on how they hug the skin. True boys will look no matter what you wear but that doesn't mean you have to help them out. From the ones I see at school, they are more of a legging and shouldn't be classified as an actual pant, if they are worn for actuall yoga, then how they but the skin is welcome and help fulfill a purpose. If clothing was worn over their parts, it would be fine, however this is rarely the case. On a side note and in a different category, 1) this thread is about yoga pants and not on how distracted the school board is, 2) I also feel that boys need to cover up their parts as well, but, again, this thread is about the absurdity or functionality of yoga pants, 3) while the shortness of volleyball shorts may be a bit much, this thread is for yoga pants in schools, not "uniforms" on the courts! All in all, I feel responsibly dressed, yoga pants work well as a legging, but not on their own as pants. Please cover up.
Mike B. April 07, 2013 at 11:21 PM
There is one simple solution to the sometimes questionable attire of the students... require a uniform. It need not be something uncomfortable to wear... a polo shirt and khakis for boys, and a dress below at the knees or below for the girls. This would also encourage the kids to dress more appropriately when they get older. As it is now, many people traveling by plane/at the terminal in the airport dress like they are bedraggled refugees from some third world country.
farm girl April 19, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Well said. There are plenty of more modest clothing that is just as comfortable if not more so. Just today at the Sheetz I saw 3 girls wearing these pants and you could see every crack, every pivet, every fatty dent, and it was all in ones face. Even the cashier was grossed out. Completely inappropriate. Yes, parents *you* are in the wrong for arguing that it is for "comfort." Please. Perhaps uniforms are necessary since parents have no clue.
James N May 12, 2013 at 09:13 AM
I am sorry. Is it more comfortable than a dress? Perhaps, girls in this country are too comfortable with showing off their bodies. They really should not be that comfortable. I blame the parents, and I can see why from the people writing in response to this article. We are not thinking. I substitute teach and it amazes me that the girls are wearing these. You can see through some. The do not hide much. And the guys talk about them incessantly. Stop pulling the wool over your eyes. They do not hold any purpose, except to garner attention or tow the line of current teen fashion. And fashion hardly makes it right. Of course, guys would prefer bikinis. We are not going to outlaw them because they have a place, i.e. the swimming pool. I think Yoga Pants have a place too. Girls have the right to wear what they want. But school is not the place for this behavior. Leave it at the mall. Leave it at home. School is a learning environment. Somewhere along the line, we got so self-absorbed. We forgot its purpose. If boys are distracted, it is their own fault and their parent's fault. If girls are immodest, it is their own fault and their parent's fault. Let's not kid ourselves, you let our kids run the roost, and we pay for it. A selfish, self-seeking, and harmful generation is being raised and it amazes me.
James N May 12, 2013 at 09:14 AM
Sos May 15, 2013 at 03:51 AM
TJ if your 50 years old and wear leggings your safe! I am all for it let the teens show of what God gave them, school is too long anyways.
Sos May 15, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Seriously, she said "I'm 50 and I wear leggings" I can't believe she thinks a 14 y/o and her are drawing in as much attention in HS or anywhere. Sorry guys had get it out of my system. One word of advice, please people stop stressing about insignificant issues. Deep down we all know what banning it from schools is the right thong to do. Some people are just too stupid too understand why.
Nicholas.g.c July 05, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Blah Blah Blah. We are all here for a short time, Stop talking about nothing. Obviously there is the one person who is out there with WAYYYYY too much time on their hands,Who's insisting on making this issue and pushing it because it makes them feel important that they made a comment that is getting feedback. What happened did a heavy girl get yoga pants for her b day and wear them to school because all the pretty and popular kids have them and then get made fun of. And now the mother is making a fuss. Who knows.. I think it is way way more of an issue when upper 30s, and even 40s and close to 50 year old mothers are trying to wear what there daughters are wearing. You bann the yoga pants you might as well try to find a reason to bann Miss me jeans. Like one of the other comments said if you bann the yoga pants the girls will just wear something just as if not more revealing. And also EVERY WOMAN OUT THERE THAT WEARS TIGHT CLOTHING LIKE YOGA PANTS WHO SAYS THEY ARE NOT WEARING IT TO SHOW THERE BODY IS A STRAIGHT UP LIE. You claim they are oh so comfortable if that is truly why then wear sweat pants.. If you dont want your body seen dont wear SKIN TIGHT CLOTHES. You can only play the clueless card so far. This is the stupidest issue ever.
hotaru July 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM
All right, people. Let me be honest... as a 22 year old, college educated and graduated professional, I admit to wearing yoga pants to school. More often than not, I wore them because they are so comfortable, and it helps me look less like a slob than when I wear baggy sweatpants. To those that have possibly never worn yoga pants OR are uncomfortable with the way yoga pants fit and "show off" butts... yeah, I see how it can be an "issue." You can make your own personal choice not to wear them. Why should women give up the freedom to choose their outfits based on their own needs for comfort, style, and self-esteem? Why should girls have to "watch out" for boys and their unwanted attention? Why is it dangerous? Perhaps we should be addressing what it is in our society that makes being female and being comfortable as a female and expressing sexuality dangerous. Also, why is it that every time a female wears clothing that is flattering, they are wearing it for male attention and not for themselves? Why do we not address some of the, rather idiotic, male trends in fashion (wearing shorts/jeans halfway down their butts)? With that being said, I can see how people remain uncomfortable with the tightness. Honestly, if you buy the right size yoga pants... they really aren't that offensive. Girls, if you wear an XS and you're not XS... it's going to look like you're walking around with your pants spray-painted on.
Emily G September 02, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Well, I, as a high school student, don't wear yoga pants to get the opposite sex's attention. I wear them because they are comfy! If I were trying to get male's attention, I would dress up in a rainbow dress and make peacock noises through the halls of my school. Since I don't do that, I don't want to attract attention to myself. If guy's are attracted to my butt, it's their fault, not mine. Chill out. Most of you people who are saying all these horrible things about yoga pants are probably guys. If they made yoga pants for guys, you should try them. Then come back and tell me your opinion.
Corey Bergman October 21, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Why is it ok to reveal yourself to guys, just because you are comfortable? Sweat pants are comfortable. Not only do they show the back but they also show the front. Is it ok to wear only underwear to school, because its comfy? On a religious stand of point. It says in Matthew that if a man is to even look at a girl with lust in his eyes, he is committing adultery. Women are causing guys to go to hell, because they want to be comfy! There is so much clothing out there, there is many different outfits that are comfy n not revealing. It says in proverbs that a beautiful women who does not dress with modesty is the same as a gold ring in a pigs snout. Im a 21 year old man, n I'm saying the pants don't make u look cute, but rather dirty or discussing. It's the same as when a guy bends over n his but crack pops out. It's nasty.
Jaya Nell Usry White October 24, 2013 at 08:50 PM
So what if guys look at my butt when I'm wearing yoga pants? It's not like wearing jeans would change anything. I'm still going to get attention from horny high school boys because I'm a size 4 with C cups. And that's the way it will always be. You can look, but you can't have unless you prove you're actually worth my time. Amen.
Onyx Orinis December 01, 2013 at 10:50 AM
"Yoga pants serve exactly one purpose—to attract boys’ attention." NO THEY'RE NOT!
Onyx Orinis December 01, 2013 at 10:51 AM
@Jaya Nell Usry White YOU'RE AN IDIOT!
Onyx Orinis December 01, 2013 at 10:58 AM
"I’m all for allowing girls to wear what they wish" No, they shouldn't! Because teenage girls are stupid.


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