How short is too short for school?

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How short is too short for school?

You will know it when you see it. When she throws her backpack over her shoulder and heads for the door and you get an overwhelming urge to tackle her and cover her with the throw from the back of the couch … her skirt is probably too short.

You have the purchasing power. If your daughter isn’t going to respect your personal school dress code, don’t buy the clothes you think are inappropriate for class. Tell her she can have them, she will just have to buy them with her own money. Or, she has to agree to only wear them socially. 

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A short skirt can look cute instead of trampy when paired with the right shirt and accessories. A conservative top and flats will take a mini from va va voom to appropriately adorable.

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By: Dr. Karen Latimer

Hemlines historically have been used to demonstrate independence and confidence. A hundred years ago, a glimpse of a lady's ankle in public was shocking. Now, thanks to flappers, hippies and women of all ages and shapes, we can show a little leg without causing outrage. However, there is a time and a place for everything.

"If you wear short skirts, you get your femininity back." – Heather Mills

Recently, while walking through a restaurant with my husband and another couple, we stopped to check out a party in full swing. Girls, all wearing black dresses shorter and tighter than the band in a Robert Palmer video, were dancing to Beyonce. I can appreciate sexy legs as much as anyone, so for a few seconds it was hard to look away. Then, my friend saw the congratulations sign and announced it was a Bat Mitzvah celebration. The girls were not more than 13. We all averted our eyes quickly and the men, both of whom have daughters, ran for the door. While I try very hard to not pass parenting judgment, I have to admit, my initial thought was, "How could their mothers let them out of the house looking like that?"

While wearing a short skirt is a right of passage, you may want to set some boundaries. Precocious attire on adolescents and teens always seems a little sad, no matter how open minded I want to be. While some fights are not worth fighting, and kids need fashion independence to express themselves, school is not a party, and like it or not, they will be judged by their appearance.

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