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... to expect DDs to wear ACTUAL pants?

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StabInTheDark Mon 06-May-13 15:33:38

Maybe I am just seriously out of touch, but all three of my DDs (18, 15 and 12) wear leggings like they are pants!!!

Now I think leggings are lovely when worn under a long top or a dress, but DDs (and the majority of girls I see on the street) seem to think they are a substitute for actual trousers. They wear them with normal length tops and jackets, which only go to their waists, leaving their bottoms and legs totally exposed in these leggings. Luckily DDs' leggings are thick enough that you can't see their underwear, but there have been soooo many times when I've been tempted to grab a teenage girl in the street, frogmarch her into a shop and supervise her buying a pair of jeans!

Whenever I question my DDs about the 'leggings as pants' craze, I get the whole 'Oh mum, you don't understand', reply!

So, do your DDs do the same? And AIBU to expect girls to wear ACTUAL pants?!

DribbleWiper Mon 06-May-13 15:36:09

You mean as trousers? I initially thought they wore them as underwear!

Agree this seems to be increasingly common, but they'll go out of fashion again soon enough and your DDs will be wearing giant, baggy culottes instead!

My DD does wear leggings alone, but then she's 3 months, so can get away with it! grin

phantomnamechanger Mon 06-May-13 15:36:14

are you American OP - only I thought this was going to be about knickers, not trousers!

leggings as trousers is nothing new, I thought I was going to learn of a new trend for no knickers under leggings (please tell me this is not so, aside from anything else it would be uncomfortable, no?)

dd isnt allowed past the front door in leggings and short top combo. She has a lovely figure but has sadly inherited my backside, and no way am I having my dd sporting the camels hoof look. They look fine with a dress or long vest top tho. Also makes sure she buys a size up so they don't look too thin.

Annunziata Mon 06-May-13 15:39:25

As long as there are knickers underneath I really don't care grin

DD2 is wearing her black disco pants today. She really appreciated DH and I singing 'You're the One that I Want' to her <evil>

I cannot tell you how NU you are being. I don't care if you have an arse like Pippa Middletom shagged Brad Pitt, cover it up. I hate it.

StabInTheDark Mon 06-May-13 15:40:02

Oh dear- didn't mean to cause confusion!! I'm not American, just northern, and we refer to trousers as pants blush

Ugh, fortunately so far I haven't come across no knickers under leggings, touch wood!!

DribbleWiper ahh I long for the day baggy culottes replace this skin tight leggings phase!

jacks365 Mon 06-May-13 15:43:45

I've not come across no knickers under leggings either but i have seen some interesting patterns on knickers due to some leggings being so see through. My dds would only wear leggings under longer tops as they've seen a few sights too.

BenjaminButton172 Mon 06-May-13 15:52:42

My 8 yr old will wear leggings with a top that goes to her waist. She looks beautiful in them. It is not like her bum is hanging out.

StabInTheDark Mon 06-May-13 16:01:27

Benjamin Cute on little girls but my eldest DD is 18!! A lot of teens aren't straight up and down, but curvy, and these skin tight leggings show everything!!

MrsTerryPratchett What does NU mean? blush

sunlightonthegrass Mon 06-May-13 16:04:21

In the North of England 'pants' are regularly referred to as a substitute for trousers. I wear leggings, sometimes with a tunic, sometimes with just a top and long cardi. To my knowledge, no one has ever averted their eyes in horror but they are free to do so if they wish smile

NU = Not Unreasonable. And I agree smile

MrsMook Mon 06-May-13 16:08:55

Isn't that a 90s revival?
On the right person it's better than the oversized t-shirt look.

As long as it's not replaced by shell suits...

internalship Mon 06-May-13 16:11:22
StabInTheDark Mon 06-May-13 16:15:16

Ah thank you Barbara smile

Hahaha internal I love it!! I am printing it off as I speak!

StabInTheDark Mon 06-May-13 16:17:04

sunlight I love it when my DDs wear leggings and tunics, it's when their bottoms are out for the world to see that I start to get irritated/confused!

mrsjay Mon 06-May-13 16:18:04

oht hey are young leave them alone they will be on forums like this in years to come saying god did i really wear them and they will get pages of replies of yes but so did I grin I saw loads of girls yesterday when out and about with leggings and short tops and they didn't have camel toe no t that I was staring but they seemed to have leggings adjusted to fit, 1 girl had a short at front long at back top on I thought genuis

MrsDeVere Mon 06-May-13 16:26:09

The very worse ones are the skin tone ones!
Oh my Lord.

People look neekid in them shock

They are truly a crime against fashion and should be banned.

SoniaGluck Mon 06-May-13 16:27:21

mrsjay I was just about to post something similar.

I used to think that if I could get hold of all my mother's photos of me in the late 70s / early 80s I would destroy them. But I didn't she wouldn't let me and now I'm glad they are still around.

If for no other reason that it gave my DDs hours of mirth when they saw what their mother used to wear. It also made me more tolerant of what they wore when I remembered how daft I used to look. blush grin

sunlightonthegrass Mon 06-May-13 16:27:55

I sometimes wear leggings like that, as I said - I wear them because they are comfy! I don't think my bum is any more 'out' than it would be if I was wearing skinny jeans or a tight skirt but as I said, I don't really care if it offends people!

2rebecca Mon 06-May-13 16:27:55

If you're going to wear your leggings without a top that covers your bum then surely they look better without knickers to avoid a vpl?
I think they look daft worn like that, they're really just glorified footless tights.

mrsjay Mon 06-May-13 16:28:22

god I was walking to the bus stop a few weeks ago and with my failing aged eyesight I thought a girl had no trousers on she had those nude leggings on I was trying not to stare but I really couldn't work out if she had forgot to put them on or not grin

mrsjay Mon 06-May-13 16:29:17

MRSDV yes they should be banned

mrsjay Mon 06-May-13 16:30:21

sonia dd posted a picture of me on facebook with big hair and big shoulder pads all her friends did the same of their 80s mums blush

mrsjay Mon 06-May-13 16:31:21

when leggings were out the first time I am sure I wore them with a short teeshirt the second time they were out I wore them with long tops havnt worn them th e 3rd time

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