TIGHTS: a piece of clothing that is worn especially by girls, women, and dancers, that fits closely over the feet, legs, and waist, and that is made of a thicker material than pantyhose
When I arrived at Daughter’s daycare to pick her up today, I was baffled. She was playing happily on the floor, wearing the shirt and sweatshirt I laid out for her last night. She was also wearing the coordinating headband, tights and boots I’d left out.
But, she was missing her skirt.
I tried to think of accident scenarios that would damage the skirt but not the tights but couldn’t think of any. I also couldn’t figure out why, if she had damaged her skirt, the teachers hadn’t put her in one of the two sets of extra clothes we keep in her cubby.
I asked her teacher what happened to her skirt.
The teacher responded that Daughter had arrived at school sans skirt. She graciously added that the school allows kids to wear whatever their parents are comfortable with. Then she tried hard to keep a neutral face as I was overcome with giggles.
The teacher shared about highlights of Daughter’s day – like the school bus ride to a gym where she frolicked on the gymnastics rings and balance beam – but I couldn’t hear a list of highlights, I could only hear a list of places Daughter had paraded around partially dressed.
As the hiccups started, I stammered that Daughter’s outfit was not intentional and retrieved a pair of emergency pants from the cubby for her to wear on the bus ride home.
To be fair, Husband may have been justifiably confused. There are a lot of ladies out there wearing tights as pants these days.
Son (age 6) was equally confused when I told him the story:
“Why did she need to be appropriate for the bus? I see adults dressed inappropriate all the time. Some adults don’t even wear underwear.”
Um, fashion is complicated.
People wear what they feel good in.
But the fashion rules for our family are as follows:
- Tights are not pants.
- When a pile of clothes is provided for your convenience, you must wear all items in the pile.