School dress code: Top 10 offenses

Here’s a breakdown of some common fashion contraband categories.

7. Leggings are not pants

Mary Altaffer/AP
Save the stretchy pants for yoga or be prepared to cover them up with shorts, a skirt, or a dress, because most schools do not categorize leggings as pants.

Whatever you call them, leggings, stretch pants, jeggings, or tights, skin tight pants have found their way onto the prohibited list at more than half of the schools surveyed.

As far as those administrators are concerned, leggings should be treated just like legs. That means that shirts, dresses, shorts, or skirts still have to cover the same amount of legging-covered thigh as bare thigh.

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