A dear friend of mine has been the focus of a lot of attention lately. And much of it has been hurtful, judgemental, and harsh.
My friend, I want to come to your rescue. I want everyone to understand why you are so lovely. So loved.
My friend, the Yoga Pant, I heart you!
To be clear, yoga pants have many names and many uses besides just for yoga. They really should be called “The I Will Make You Feel Confident, Help You Make Decisions Faster, Be Comfortable, and Will Get Along With Anyone (Any shirt) Pant.”
Like a best friend. 😉
There have been a couple of different kinds of bad-mouthing aimed at my dear friend.
The first has taken the internet by storm recently, where a fellow blogger wrote about her decision to not wear them in public due their revealing nature. You can read her thoughts HERE.
My motive for this post isn’t to debate her or her views. In fact, I commend her for listening obediently to what the Holy Spirit put on her heart.
I, however, do not share the same conviction. I personally believe that although it is important to be mindful of how our actions (and wardrobe choices) affect others, an individual’s heart and innermost thoughts are impossible to control. And I personally need to find that balance for myself- where I am considerate of the temptations out there, and at the same time, do not allow fear to control me and my choices. It’s a fine line to tight-rope, and above all, I try to remember that I have the most influence on a person’s soul when I create a REALTIONSHIP with them, regardless of my yoga pant attire.
Secondly, wearing yoga pants in other places besides the gym has been deemed misleading, dirty, inappropriate, and lazy.
Waaaa! For those of us who bring our sweet companion along to the grocery store, mall, or for a play date, we plead with you to understand WHY we love them so, and why we are not…
You know what? I promise you that when I wear yoga pants everywhere, it is NOT to make everyone around me think that I am a yogi or some kind of fitness freak. I can’t speak for every lady out there, but wearing yoga pants is the OPPOSITE of trying to make a statement.
Have I showered today? I still have my yoga pants on, so probably not. But you know what? After I shower, I feel soooo refreshed, so great! What better thing can I do to keep that good feeling rolling? It’s a no-brainer; put on another pair of yoga pants!
I addressed this a bit above, but I have to let you in on a (pretty well-known) secret. Yoga pants have taken the fashion world by storm for a REASON. If you buy the good ones, they are NOT cheap, and let me tell ya, they are worth every penny. Those miracle workers in Sewing Land are MAGICAL. Their mystic fabrics, perfect seems, and strategically placed lines give my lower half an instant makeover. Yoga pants help me to walk a little straighter and smile a little bigger. It does for women what makeup or a new haircut can do. And if that makes me wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Want to know another secret? That feeling isn’t for anyone else but me. Not for the oppostie gender, not for my fellow ladies, just ME. Again, I can’t speak for the rest of the female world, but I’m willing to bet that the innocent “It’s great to look good!” feeling is pretty universal.
Ahhh… this one gets me. As a mom, LIFE is a CONSTANT workout. You think the only place I sweat, run, lift, and bend is in the gym?! Ha!
I want to be able to play with my babe, get on the floor with her, and not freak out when something (inevitably) gets spilled. Yoga pants are a (semi-fashionable) way for me to be engaged in real life and not have to worry about tugging on my clothes, being uncomfortable, or worrying about ruining my “outfit”.
*Come to think of it, life was this way BEFORE I had a baby, too! Women don’t slow down EVER! We need clothing that can keep up!*
Yoga pants are a part of the fashion today (pu-pu-pullleeeeasse stick around!). They make cute styles, patterns, and equally awesome tops to give us ladies the most put-together look we can manage in the two minutes we have to get ready for the day. If that makes me lazy, well then, you can walk a day in my pants; THEN we’ll talk.
Yoga Pant, my friend, I appreciate the love you have given me and I give it right back! Muah!