IN PRAISE OF YOGA PANTS

With all the serious issues in the world today, why am I writing about pants? Maybe it’s frivolous, but my lifelong search for comfortable, well-fitting pants has finally come to an end. Throughout my life, I have sought two things: shoes that look good and in which I can walk … and perfectly fitted slacks I can throw into the washer and dryer.

yoga pants gray

My feet are happy since discovering Uggs for winter, FitFlop clogs, and Clark’s sandals for warm weather. Perfect pants eluded me. Jeans, the iconic garment of my generation, look better than they feel. As soon as I sit, they pull down in the back, ride up in the front, and dig into my waistline all the way around. The better they look standing, the more uncomfortable they are sitting. Stretch denim improves the comfort factor, but my body has never been shaped right for jeans. I’ve been thin, not-so-thin, fat, and all sizes in between. Never found a pair which fit quite right.

Too loose or tight, waist too high or low enough to slide off my hips. I could wear a belt, but I hate belts. Add them to brassieres with steel bones for garment-based misery. Complete the picture with spike heels and a thong and you have head-to-toe discomfort.

new boots booties uggs

I can’t be happy if I’m uncomfortable. If my shoes pinch, if underwear is up my butt, the waistband of the jeans is sawing its way through my mid-section, I’m not going to be my scintillating self. I will twitch, pull, and rearrange garments in a never-ending and increasingly desperate attempt to get comfortable. Eventually, I will look as if I have a weird nervous disorder.

red fitflop clogs

Some years back, an end of season clearance on Land’s End featured yoga pants. I’ve owned stretch pants. They’re okay, but never looked quite right. But yoga pants. From the moment I slid into them, I knew I’d found it. Boot cut, so my short legs appear long and graceful. Forgiving fabric which stretches every which way, but bounces back to its original shape without a saggy butt or droopy knees. They wash like a dream, have no issues with the dryer.

Gradually, I stopped wearing anything else. My size hasn’t changed in years, so I have a lot of clothing, much more than I need. All of it fits.

Fortune has smiled on me. My best friend and I wear exactly the same size, right down to shoes. When my wardrobe threatens to explode, I can pass the goodies to the one person on earth I know will appreciate and like them. Did I mention we also have the same taste?

I need to visit her very soon.

Yesterday, I slipped into jeans. They fit well, even a bit loose. I wore them for almost two hours before I changed back into yoga pants. I guess there’s no turning back. Yoga pants forever.



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  1. I can’t wear 3/4 of the clothes in my closet. If I ever lose 40 pounds I have the potential to dress retro.

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  2. I’m with you. Comfort over looks any day. Jeans are just too uncomfortable and hard to pull up the zip sometimes. I found a great sewing pattern which only takes 15 minutes to sew. I don’t care what I look like – I am comfortable. That is what counts.

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  3. Ok I am with you all the way. I have three pairs of jeans for the last six years. I mean I only wear them when they let me out and that is not often, but they fit. I have a home dress – you know what I don’t think I will continue, this will make a blog. Just one question, can you let me know the name and address of the Swiss supplier of yoga pants, they sound very interesting and do they make them for tall people where everything has gone South on the body proportions?

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    • I don’t know if Land’s End of LL Bean has sales outlets in Europe. I’m betting they do, since they have them in Japan and the Phillipines. They may use a different name there. Google yoga pants. They are crazy popular and fit even those of use who used to have a waistline (mine is now fused with my rib cage), for those of us whose butt fell off and is now part of our thighs (not a pretty sight). It’s what makes these pants so great. They are SO forgiving. With a tunic on top? You can face the world. Just no horizontal strips, is all 🙂 I share your pain. So many of us do!

      You can also find them on Amazon. And Roots. There are many manufacturers. MANY and many of them are Europe-based.

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    • This is the address for Swiss shipping from Land’s End, prices in Swiss Francs.
      http://www.landsend.com/ I set it for Swiss francs and appropriate prices. And too my name off it!

      FYI: Yoga pants medium weight. Starfish have small pocket, beautiful fit and rather heavier fabric. Dressier. Come in many colors. Sports knit. Loose, comfortable, very lightweight. Spring, summer, fall. Probably a little light for winter. Don’t even think about anything but the stretch pants. Their other pants just don’t fit our bodies.

      In the tops department, tunics. You can get them as big as you want and with the stretch pants? It’s a whole new world of comfort and attractive, comfortable clothing. They make them for both summer and winter, with various fabrics and sleeve lengths.

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  4. Finally, something the world can agree on! Women love wearing yoga pants, and guys love looking at women wearing them! 😉

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  5. I live in sweat pants, or track pants (trackies) as we usually call them. I’d rather be comfortable and as I’m usually either spilling food or cleaning products over myself or getting covered in dog hair I’d rather wear something cheap and easily replaced but I don’t like to wear them out except to the local shops. The yoga pants look smarter but still comfy. I’ll have to think about getting some. Ugg boots are great for keeping your feet warm in cold weather too.

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  6. Leggings ( with looong tunics) and yoga pants… perfect for me 🙂

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  7. Levia used to make a line of pants known as action slacks many years ago. They were made of a double knit material that felt like a well worn T-shirt that is so comfortable. I haven’t seen them or sought them out since Omar The tentmaker makes all my clothes now. 😦

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  8. We too love yoga pants! And just pants in general. We actually wrote about a pair of pants that can do literally all things awhile back. They weren’t yoga pants but you may find the piece an interesting read now that you’ve joined the elite ranks of pants writers around the wooden globe!

    https://brownandwooden.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/these-pants-can-do-your-job-better-than-you-can/

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  9. I kinda like yoga pants… except they have no pockets. I wear men’s sweat pants around the house and when walking the dogs. I have a comfortable few pair of jeans that I wear when I want to look like I’m actually trying to look like a give a care…

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    • I agree about the pockets, but yoga pants look and feel so good, I forgive them. Most women’s pants don’t have pockets. If I’m going to rant about fashion, that’s one of my pet peeves. Why can’t we have pockets? Everyone needs pockets.

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  10. Sweatpants. That’s all I ever where when I’m inside my place. If I have to go out, I will put on jeans, although I sometimes am too lazy to change into my jeans and just wear my sweatpants outside. I don’t know, because I’ve never considered yoga pants, but I imagine sweatpants are also cheaper.

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