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The Playground Clothing BANNED list

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The other day I was driving through a nearby village at about nine in the morning. Casually strolling along the pavement was a mum taking a child to school.

Call me old fashioned, but I was slightly perturbed at her choice of clothing. She was wearing swimming costume bottoms, a crop top, sandals and nothing else. We’re all familiar with the phrase if you’ve got it flaunt it, but I’m not sure this should stretch as far as the school gate (or any nearby streets). It just seemed a bit, well, inappropriate.

It got me thinking about what adults should and should not wear in the playground. I’ve produced a list of items that I think us mums, dads and carers should probably avoid. I challenge you to have a read and make some suggestions yourself.

Men:
• Men’s leggings (weird)
• Skinny jeans (impractical if looking after young children)
• Hot pants (weird, but I’ve seen men try and pull this look off)
• Vest tops (just, no)
• Tank tops (as above)
• Anything PVC or rubberised (no explanation needed)
• Coldplay tee shirts (no, you don’t look cool)
• Cuban heels (there’s a time and a place, it’s not the playground)
• Crocs (my blood is running cold)

Women:
• Swimming costumes (you may have an amazing tattoo to show off, but no, just don’t)
• Any heels over four inches (health and safety risk)
• Uggs (should be outlawed)
• Cheap Ugg boot copies (should also be outlawed)
• Coldplay tee shirts (consciously de-coupled, I mean, really?)
• Anything PVC or rubberised (no explanation needed)
• Hot pants (just wrong)
• Daisy Dukes (there’s a story to tell here, but this blog is not the correct place).

Over to you, what articles of clothing do you think should be left at home?

Photo credit: Paul Vlaar. Reproduced under Creative Commons agreement.


17 thoughts on “The Playground Clothing BANNED list”

    1. I sometimes see people in what looks suspiciously like sleepwear. I agree it does not look good at all.

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  2. Oh No! Wish I’d have read this before the school run. I’ve just returned home in my hotpants, uggs copies and pvc rain mac with a photo of Chris Martin printed on the back. Sigh! I bet when I go back this afternoon they are all wearing it. Nothing like starting a new trend!

  3. Flip flops – for practical reasons and the fact I generally don’t like feet. I’ve seen a mother fall over in the playground trying to run after her errant child and tripping over her flip flops. I’ve also witnessed a car crash when a woman’s foot slipped off the brake pedal because she was wearing flip flops.

  4. Lol this had me gasping with shock about the woman in her swimmers until I realised it was from June! Even still, a big no-no. However, pleeeeeeaaaase don’t ban my comfy snuggly Ugg boots, or I will hold my breath until I turn blue.

  5. You’ve just described my kids’ school playground + pyjamas and rollers in hair. I feel like a massive snob because I always come across twitching.

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