Of all the bizarre rules and customs observed and enforced by the Duggar family, few have garnered as much attention over the years as the infamous Duggar dress code.
Sure, the Duggar courtship process prohibits virtually all forms of physical contact prior to marriage, but that’s fairly standard operating procedure among fundamentalist families.
And so, for many fans, the dress code will always be the strangest thing about life under the Jim Bob regime.
Contrary to popular belief, however, the rules were actually devised by Michelle.
If you’ve ever watched even a single episode of Counting On, then you’re probably familiar with the basics:
Until they get married — at which time, their husbands make the rules about how they’re allowed to dress — Duggar women are required to sport "modest" attire at all times.
This usually means they’re forced to dress in baggy tops and floor-length skirts, even while playing sports or engaging in other physical activities.
The first to break from this restrictive set of regulations was Jinger Duggar, who famously began wearing pants shortly after marrying Jeremy Vuolo.
(Yes, women are required to wear skirts at all times in the Duggar home, and Jinger’s rebellion gave new meaning to the phrase "who wears the pants in the family.")
For a while it looked as though Jinger would forever reign supreme as the top sartorial rebel in the Duggar home — but now, a new challenger has emerged:
Yes, Jill Duggar is the latest to stick it to Jim Bob and Michelle with her fashion choices.
And believe it or not, the woman who was once considered the most traditional of all her siblings has devoted herself to thumbing her nose at her parents’ belief system in a way no one could have predicted.
Not only is Jill wearing — gasp! — leather leggings in the above photo, the pic is part of a post promoting cousin Amy Duggar’s new online clothing store.
Amy, of course, was rebelling against Jim Bob long before any of his children had the idea.
And these days, it seems that she and Jill have essentially joined forces.
Jill was the only member of her family to visit Amy in the hospital after she welcomed her first child last month.
We’re not sure how Jim Bob reacted to that move, but you can be certain he wasn’t thrilled about it.
Of course, these days, Jill is on the outs with her parents, and she may feel she has little choice but to hold close to the family she has left.
Jim Bob and Michelle are reportedly irate over the news that Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, is writing a memoir about his life with the Duggar family.
Considering he and his in-laws haven’t been on speaking terms for several months now, you can bet the book will be less than flattering.
So it may seem that what she posted on her Instagram page is simply a photo of Jill in leggings.
But when you know the context, you can see the pic for what it is — a declaration of war.