Right I have brooded on this for long enough. What is it with the fad around our area anyway for girls to wear tartan pleated skirts whilst the boys wear block colour (usually black) trousers? Why - in the interests of equality are the boys not to wear tartan trousers (trews)? Around here it is rare you see a secondary school aged girl in trousers.... and more and more schools are adopting these tartan skirt things. It isn't right!!! It is sending out a message that girls are to be decorative (You could also argue that it shows their lack of control over the boys that they don't dare make them wear the tartan!) Here's an example..