I WILL WEAR WHAT I WANT TO WEAR EVEN IF IT’S YOGA PANTS!
My home town of Barrington, Rhode Island has been a buzz this week. The local newspaper published a Letter to the Editor written by a man titled this.
“Please ladies, put away the yoga pants”
Here’s the letter if you want to read it in its entirety. It isn’t the first man wanting to ban yoga pants – a Montana Representative tried to introduce a bill last year, calling for yoga pants to be illegal in public. Missoula nonetheless! Read here.
Here in Barrington, women have taken to social media and hundreds of people marched in a peaceful parade yesterday in an act of solidarity. I didn’t go to the parade but I added my 2 cents here:
Personally, I wear yoga pants for exercise and that’s it. I don’t even like to stop in to Dunkin’ for coffee after Pilates class unless I have a long shirt covering my rear or I put jogging pants over the pilates pants. That’s just me. But, then again, I am a baby boomer and I wasn’t allowed to wear pants in college classes or in the dining hall except on weekends. In fact, when I started working women wore skirt suits with button shirts and neck ties as we had to dress like men. We’ve come a long way!
Here is the trailblazer who first started wearing pants (trousers) more than skirts. Oh, Katherine is to blame for starting us on the path to loving pants!
Nowadays women strive for comfort #1. They’re busy – many women juggle children, part-time working from home, some even run their own businesses. They’re going here, there and don’t have much time to think about themselves or their style and they want to be comfortable. Yoga pants, a top, sneakers, and their hair in a knot on top of their head – and they are out the door! I hear about this all the time from my daughter, Kristina, who is a working mom in California.
In addition, people are taking fitness more seriously and they are blending the gym life with their street life. This has given birth to the athleisure industry. Morgan Stanley predicts that, by 2020, activewear will represent $83 billion in sales, “stealing market share from non-athletic apparel.” According to Stylus, “The athleisure phenomenon looks set to continue into 2016 and beyond, and is now on course to become one of the fastest-growing global apparel product categories in the second half of this decade.”
So, to the man who wrote the article – yoga pants are here to stay. I wonder how he feels about sneakers? That’s an upcoming blog post!
But, really, this outrage isn’t about yoga pants.
This outrage is about women being told by a man how to dress and how they should look.
Women are tired of being judged, called names, and told what to wear. It doesn’t matter what others think –
the only opinion that matters is your own!
But, I have to end with this – your appearance tells your story.
Are your yoga pants telling the story you want told?
LOOK GREAT | FEEL GREAT | DO GREAT!