No Pants December
by The Milton Measure on Friday, December 9th, 2011
Amongst the snow-angels, snowflakes and Holiday cheer, the month of December is home to a less customary celebration: No Pants December. According to Swarthmore College’s Daily Gazette, the trend of ‘No Pants December’ began amongst a group of students in 2008 and has continued and grown with the help of friends and Facebook in the years since then.
This year several students launched No Pants December here at Milton Academy. Jane Ghublikian, Gina Starfield, Christine Cahill, Deema Dahleh, Libby Perold, Shannon Reilly and Nicole Rufus (all of Class I) made a commitment to go ‘pantless’ from December 1st through the start of Winter break, December 15th.
Banned articles of clothing include jeggings, yoga pants, sweatpants, jeans, leggings with pockets or belt-loops and anything other article of clothing with the word ‘pants’ in its name. For those who choose their daily outfits in a lackadaisical manner and those who aim to dress warmly, No Pants December will be an extremely difficult task. However, these girls have proven that they’re up to the challenge by further restricting their wardrobe to shorts, dresses, skirts, tights and spandex leggings.
Though the challenge may seem difficult and pointless, No Pants December is a creative way to explore fashion and enjoy the last few days of school before winter break. Gina Starfield (Class I), regards it as “a great way to have some fun during the three weeks where the work is piling up. It keeps the atmosphere light and humorous. It is also a great way to be spirited in the holiday season with friends. It’s something we can all do together.”
In addition to severely restricting their daily wardrobe, Milton competitors decided to give the event a competitive flare by adding a consequence for breaking the pact; the loser will be forced to wear a swap-it purchased pair of fruit-decorated pajama pants for two weeks—the ultimate form of embarrassment.
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