A Memory about 7th Grade

United States
February 3, 2007 9:15pm CST
When I was a student in the 7th grade, there was a dress code that we had to abide by. Girls had to wear dresses or skirts. Living in New England the temperatures in the winter months can be quite cold and back when I was a teen, it was cold. My legs were frozen from exposure to the cold winds and temperatures. When they changed the dress code for girls allowing them to wear pants, as long as it wasn't jeans, I was thrilled and so was every girl in that school. I only had 2 pair of pants to my name and they were both blue jeans. My aunt let me borrow a pair of hers. Every girl in the school wore pants that next day. My legs were warm! All was right with the world.
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@yanjiaren (9050)
4 Feb 07
and it's so strange..when i was young i wanted to wear frilly dresses and skirts all the time..i hated trousers lol..now i kinda compromise..but i still love dresses..lol.. funny how we all hav different tastes lol
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
4 Feb 07
Funny. When I was younger I hated dresses. I hated jeans cause they were so rough on my skin. I loved my Fido Dido shorts. I loved Fido Dido. I have them in all kinds of colours and I'd come back from school, change to shorts and a tee and go all out. I was very good at climbing trees, jumping over hedges..the lot of it. If I were a red indian, my name would be.. Little Savage. LOL
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4 Feb 07
I had to wear a skirt all the way through school from the age of 4 to 18. Things aren't as strict these days, girls are normally allowed to wear trousers as long as they are tailored and in the school colours. My daughter wears a mix of trousers or a pinafore depending on the weather but at least she is allowed to wear tights.
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@craftwave (1338)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I remember those days. And living in Ohio was no picnic during the winter months. I was just talking about this very thing with my husband the other day. Since we had to go out for recess a bunch of us girls would squat down and huddle in a circle. Then we all took our coats off and draped them over us like a teepee. It wasn't toasty warm but it was better then letting that frigid air freeze our legs.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
I can't believe that they actually made people go outside in a skirt or dress to brave the elements.
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@craftwave (1338)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Tell me about it. They must have thought it was good for us or something. I was so glad when they finally allowed us to wear slacks to school. To bad they didn't do it until I was in junior high. It sure would have been nice on the playground.
• India
4 Feb 07
thats nice, but then a girl in pants at school dosent look cute, i think the blouse and skirt was better, i mean you can wear wollen tights or stokings as others do to keep warm,.....why would you wanna wear a mans dress?
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• United States
5 Feb 07
Personally, because pants are more comfortable than skirts.
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@babystar1 (4234)
• United States
4 Feb 07
When I was in the fist grade we had the dress code to. All girls were not allowed to wear pants at all.All girls had to wear dresses or skirts. I had to walk to school in the winter, and it was so cold outside, my mom left me put a pair of pants under my dress. When I got to school I had to take off the pants before I got in the school. This was the dress code for girls. When I got to middle school it changed, girls were now allowed to wear jeans or whatever they want. Shorts were allowed to.I am so glad its not that way any more.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
All the girls had to show support of this new idea by wearing slacks to school the next day or they would not implement it.
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@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
As a kid, I only wore dresses to church. When I got older, I only wore dresses to very important family events. (My husband was very worried I wouldn't wear a dress for our wedding, he really wanted a more traditional wedding). So I'm very fortunate I didn't go to school where there was a dress code. Private schools here actually have it written into the dress code that the girls have to be in proper uniform on the way to and from school. Fortunately it doesn't get very cold, but last month, when it snowed, I felt very sorry for them.
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• India
5 Feb 07
even i got a memory.i received my first proposal when i felt happy as i understood tht i'm so beautyfull tht anyone propose me.later i rejected him by crying at tht moment
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@rx4life (1931)
• United States
5 Feb 07
The year after I graduated from high school in a small town they passed a rule that said girls could wear pants as long as they weren't jeans. I wore dresses/skirts to school every year of my 12 year education...Then off to college and WOW...everyone was wearing anything!!! What a change...I even remember having to get down on our knees in the hall for the girls counselor in order to prove our skirts were long enough..( they had to touch the floor when you were on your knees)...many a young lady learned the "roll up" method of skirt shortening and then would quickly "unroll" if they saw the "administration" show up!!! What a ridiculous thing.... I love skirts and dresses but couldn't live without my jeans...
• Canada
5 Feb 07
Hmm, I think it was 7th grade when our school let the girls wear slacks to school as well.I grew up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. I think most of my pants at the time were made of 100% polyester double knit.Not always the warmest.It was nice to be able find some corduroy pants for winter or wear a pair of tights under our pants .
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@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
5 Feb 07
im glad that you still remmember your 7th grade..mine was just quiet a blurr though on some incidents...
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
When I was in 7th grade we wore a blue skirt and white blouse.It's cool you guys can wear pants at school during those days.
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@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
5 Feb 07
yes we too had to wear skirts ,we were allowed to wear pants under our skirts if is was below 40 degrees ...wow things sure have changed .... We couldn't wear the ew low waisted bell bottoms back then either ...lol , now just look at the style of jeans everyone wears ,low cut bell bottoms ... I keep telling mt daughter if I keep my clothes long enouhj h they will be back in style ...
• United States
5 Feb 07
Just goes to show how recent a lot of changes we take for granted are. My mum had to wear skirts to school as a kid, until my grandpa (her dad) stormed down to the school and yelled at them about it (I think because it was cold, actually). After that girls could wear pants (but not jeans, like you). I've always been rather proud of that story :)
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I remember them days well before we could wear pants. Your right is sure was cold on the legs. I didnt wear a dress or skirt till spring. Thats funny you remembered that.
@yogesh66 (1117)
• India
4 Feb 07
I too remember that time as we were allowed to wear pants. Seemed to coincident with removing prayer from schools. I remember wearing leggings that were removed before class. Boots too when the weather was snowy. No jeans for us either until they began to allow them on Saturday. Therefore some offices have casual Saturday. happy mylot day.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I also remember when they started to let us wear pants to school. I can't remember what grade I was in, but I remember being thrilled about it. My mother resisted for a while, insisting that I wear skirts and dresses, but she eventually had to give in. She had a hard time accepting the changing times, I guess. You would never know to see her now. I can't remember the last time I saw her in anything except pants or sweats, and she's 75 years old!
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@rmuxagirl (7554)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I hated to wear dresses, I hated it when my legs would be cold. You'd think that they would allow girls to wear pants in the winter from the beginning.
@rosie_123 (6117)
4 Feb 07
LOL! I went to a strict, English private school. No trousers allowed at all, and I know that it is still the same in my school today, 30 years on! Strangely enough, it never bothered me, I always preferred sirts and dresses then, and I still do now. In fact I think I am the only woman I know that doesn't even own a pair of trousers or jeans! I just don't like them on me! So maybe my school had an effect on me after all.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I have a 7th grade memory but not about clothes. We were having student teacher conferences at night. Me and a few friends were on the committee and had been showing parents around. As it was getting later another group of students took our place. We snuck into the teachers lounge and bought cokes in the soda machine. All of a sudden the door opened and the lights went on. One of the teachers had come in and there we all were sitting around a table by the light of the vending machines drinking our cokes....busted. We all got a weeks detention after school.
@TiareF (241)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Here ya go. I hear about this one all the time from my mom. I was in Kindergarten and she had gotten me all of these cute little dresses. She even made some of them and they really were pretty. After the 1st week of school my teacher sent a note home and asked my mom to please save the dresses for church because I was climbing trees in my pretty little dresses and she didn't want me to ruin them. LOL What they didn't know it was all the fault of the boys in the class they said they could climb higher than me and that wasn't about to happen. I wasn't afraid of heights back then and could shimmie a tree like a monkey. Too bad I can't do that anymore. LOL