I have a student who comes from a Mennonite family, and because of their religion, the lady-folk wear skirts or dresses, but not pants. She wears leggings under her skirt. I have been suggesting (to her and her mom) that she wear breeches under her skirt to protect her legs, but my suggestions are always .... politely dismissed. She has said that they may get some 'jeggings', the leggings that look like jeans, but I don't think even those are not thick enough to protect her poor legs.
I have been researching the Mennonite religion and from what I can gather, this practice comes from Deuteronomy 22:5, stating "A woman shall not wear a man's garment, nor shall a man put on a women's cloak"
So, anyone who has any ideas or experience, I would adore your input! Thanks!