According to an article in the LA Times, some schools in Britain are sick and tired of the “skirt creep” that some young girls are wont to do and are solving the problem by banning skirts altogether.
As someone who was FORCED to wear skirts EVERY SINGLE DAY for all twelve of my school years (uh, not including college, natch) I applaud this decision heartily.
Skirts, as school wear, generally suck.
Nothing is more miserable than having to wear a skirt in cold, rainy weather. And tights don’t quite cut it in the warmth department. In fact, we were not allowed to wear tights, only socks. I remember attempting to pull my thick wool skirt over the tops of my knees outside at lunch in order to keep my kneecaps from becoming frostbitten. I was in Southern California, so it wasn’t actually all that cold, but try telling that to my poor, shivering kneecaps.
Also, nothing is more embarrassing than having your skirt fly up, and this can happen due to more reasons than you would think. Bloomers are an option, as are bike shorts, but can get uncomfortable sitting in class all day long.
So, in cold weather, pants for the win!
In hot weather, culottes do the trick. Practically impossible to roll up by the waistband (unless you like having a seam embedded in your crotch all day, and hey, maybe some people do) and equally impossible to roll up the legs.
I know, because all my friends and I tried.