Yoga Pants All the Time

For even before starters — Within the bounds of municipal legalities, people get to wear what they want. In fact, I suppose, even outside the bounds of legalities, people get to wear what they want so long as they are prepared to accept the consequences for their actions. (Because municipal legalities are not always reflective of what is equitable or just.) And while I don’t think that general clothing choices should be unilaterally free from criticism, I do think that reaction to an individual’s clothing choices should recognize that we do too much body policing in this world already.

Woman in crow pose, i.e., squatting and balanced on her hands.

Anyway.

For starters, it is basically true: When I’m not expected to wear any type of particularly “nice” or professional clothing, I am pretty much always in yoga pants.

Along with a top, I mean. Most places have a “no shoes, no shirt, no service” rule here, and I respect that.

It is not, as one acquaintance recently suggested, “to make people think [I've] always just come from a workout.”

Fun fact: When they mentioned this, I was wearing yoga pants and had just come from a workout.

But let’s lay out a few less fun facts, shall we?

One. I have a chronic pain condition that often manifests with pelvic pain and sometimes manifests with pelvic swelling. There are times when, even if other pants technically fit, comfort asks that I wear pants made of stretchy materials instead. There are also times — though rarer — when I’m sufficiently swollen that my regular pants do not fit.

Two. Because of plus size shopping availability where I live, I own precisely four pairs of pants that i could go to work in. Two of them are jeans, which are sort of frowned upon at my work. (Definitely frowned upon this early in the school year.) No pair cost me less than $30, which on my salary is not small money. (I have to wrangle a lot of freshman for a lot of minutes to make $30.) I really cannot afford to be ripping, staining, or wearing out these pants willy nilly.

Three. Two of the pants pairs were on clearance and two more were from a store that’s closing (and that’s already stopped selling plus sizes in my area). That is, as of right now, they are virtually irreplaceable.

Four. There is a place I can go to purchase yoga pants for about $10 per pair. While I am not actually fond of going to this place, the fact remains that this means I only have to wrangle one-third as many freshmen — or for one-third as long — in order to purchase a pair of yoga pants. Additionally, they are regularly available, meaning that if I stain one, rip two, or wear three out, the pants remain available for repurchase.

In sum — I wear yoga pants so often because I don’t really have other viable “casual wear” — in a clothing-available environment where dark wash jeans must be saved for “career wear” — alternatives.

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5 comments on “Yoga Pants All the Time
  1. Caitlin says:

    Wow, I’m kind of stunned that your acquaintance actually said such a thing.

  2. colgore says:

    Haha. The no shoes, no shirt, no service line cracked me up. I wear yoga pants all day every day. I wear them to class, my home practice, teaching class, laying around, working, running errands, and even going out for a beer sometimes (I know that one is pretty bad). Fluctuations in weight, bloating, or just plain discomfort are never a problem with these precious, precious stretchy miracles. And if people think I just came from a workout, that’s cool. Then I just appear way more disciplined and health conscious than I am. Good for you. Let’s start a yoga pants-only revolution.

  3. I wear yoga pants all the time too :)
    It’s a comfort thing. I even wear them ‘out’, a lot of the time. Funny, our timing, Tori. My Friday post was about how to get away with wearing yoga pants as real clothes ;)

  4. [...] Especially if they wear plus sizes, and even more so if they wear a size above 22 or 24. Especially if they lack reliable transportation to stores that carry their size, or the money to pay for shipping. Especially if they have a disability that makes getting dressed difficult, or sensory issues that make certain fabrics uncomfortable. Especially if their weight has changed (for intentional reasons, or due to childbirth, aging, medications, post-diet rebound, health problems, stress, etc.), and they haven’t had the time or money to assemble a new wardrobe. Especially if they’re busy and overworked, or un(der)employed and searching for a job–both of which are currently¬†huge problems in the US and many other countries–and don’t have the energy to put into caring about clothing. Or some combination of these things. [...]

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