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Should I stop my daughter wearing shorts if people call them hotpants?

Jun 2nd, 2015 by

She is nine and doesn’t like skirts or trousers. Am I wrong to think she should wear what she feels comfortable in? Annalisa Barbieri advises a reader

I have what seems like a small problem, but I think it could have quite big implications and I can’t work out what to do.

My daughter has just turned nine. She has never liked wearing pyjamas or thick clothes and hates any fabric flapping about her legs. At school, she won’t wear dresses or skirts because she wants to be able to do cartwheels and so on without people seeing her knickers, but she doesn’t want to wear trousers or baggy knee-length shorts because she finds them uncomfortable. So she has always worn short shorts with tights in the winter and long socks in the warmer months.

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