Who’s got it right? Reuters or the New York Times?
Yesterday social media was ablaze over the fact that United Airlines staff refused boarding to two females because they were wearing leggings. According to United, that wasn’t proper dress. United gave them the option of changing clothes, or covering up with dresses, but the females missed their flights anyway.
Word trickled out – conversation started : the passengers were just girls ( one eye-witness tweet reported a ten year old girl who was dressed appropriately). SM supported Lycra and Spandex, railed against United and it went on.
United seemed to push back on criticism, and then explained that these passengers were flying for free on passes, in a a special class reserved for current and former airline employees. ( Usually, these are stand-by seats). United seemed to be saying, our dime, our public face, our decision.
What a story! You’ve got everything here: humor ( after the fact), sexism, fashion, mores, linguistics, failed customer relations and even emoluments of employment.
I’m tempted to discuss leggings specifically and generally; distinctions in them, differences in quality, how and in what situations they’re worn by different population segments; what are jeggings? Are leggings pants? ( NO). There is no question that females everywhere, of all ages and sizes wear skintight leggings in public situations, not just as athletic wear, and they reveal everything including the thighs, possible camel-toe and ass. Basically, some are in footless tights. Oh yes, leggings are on my list of worthy fashion topics.
I’m not suggesting I don’t own them. I was a big Lululemon fan for a while, although I consider that more as athletic wear, ( athleisure) as some of the pants were winter weight, shaped at the bottom and some even had fleece linings. Moreover, I make a few great, and age appropriate outfits out of these – a thrift shop find that retail at well over $ 100.00 – great for a beach weekend or, if you happen to live in Mexico and you can tolerate three layers on top, or even without that, because the shirt is an oversized high quality, tropical weight linen.
But for now, lets just assume that these passengers were wearing the most revealing leggings possible, and simple black, so no argument could be made that they were jeggings or something other ” a level up”.
So, is a 15 year old a woman or a girl? And does it make a difference? What about the 10 year old who managed to get on a flight because she put a dress over her leggings?
Where do you stand on leggings?