University of Illinois Students and the Great No Pants Debate
Think of college life and you probably think of long philosophical talks in the common area or study groups at the local coffee shop. Think of college fashion and you might think of t-shirts and sweatpants or khakis and flipped up collars. But sometimes – the talks are less than academic and the fashion might start a funny debate – which sometimes turns into a blog, like UIUC No Pants — and you know we love those college blogs!
While not endorsed by the University of Illinois, the UIUC No Pants blog pokes fun at the wearers of “no pants” – otherwise known as tights or leggings. Oh, and yes – the Daily Illini, the student newspaper of the University of Illinois, took a different stance with, “Ladies, wear your no pants with pride!” We had to ask the anonymous creator a few questions!
So — what do you have against leggings and tights?
There’s nothing wrong with leggings or tights in and of themselves — it’s how people choose to wear them that bothers us over here at UIUC No Pants. As one reader of the blog pointed out early on, almost everyone in our photos is wearing Ugg boots and a North Face jacket. Everyone wearing the exact same outfit — boring!
Is this written by a group of students? How do you obtain photos, etc?
The blog itself is authored and published by me, an anonymous UIUC student — plus constant input from a couple of close friends. When I put up the first post, I IMed a few people about it…and suddenly a group of people were talking about us on Twitter and we had over 1000 visits to the site. The amount of response to this site has really been shocking. It’s a great feeling, like the people have spoken, and they, too, are against nopants!
What would your fashion advice be to an incoming college freshman?
College is this weird situation in which you’re surrounded by thousands of people your own age, who are inherently very interested in what everyone else is doing, or wearing, as the case may be.
Depending on the size of your school, you can remain pretty anonymous while experimenting with a crazy outfit for one day, so give it a shot. (The worst thing that might happen is that you’ll be featured on a blog!) Oh right, and don’t wear tights as pants.
Admit it: have you ever worn a pair of leggings/tights out in public?
Proud to say I haven’t! I probably own over a dozen pairs of leggings/tights, which might surprise a lot of people. However, I always wear a skirt, dress, or long tunic over it. Some people have told me now that I’ve made the blog, it’s my duty to try out the nopants fashion for a day, to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes (or tights). Hmm, we’ll see about that…