Giving in to yoga pants

It started in college. One summer a friend at I got an apartment. Every day after work she would change into “comfy clothes” as soon as she got home. She acted like this was normal, but it seemed to odd to me. After all, it’s not like she wore suits to work. But by the end of the summer, I was doing it too. It felt great to wear something stretchy and comfy instead of jeans or whatever. I was hooked.

More than a dozen years later, I still do that. The difference is, since I’m not working now, and I don’t feel well enough to be out all day every day, I spend a lot of time at home. That time at home means lots of time in comfy clothes. Sure, I could get formally dressed in the morning, but if I’m not going to leave the house, then why bother? In the summer, I’d rather get my “house clothes” sweaty instead of my “going out” clothes. When I cook, I’d rather spill on house clothes than going out clothes. I don’t have to own as many going out clothes if I’m mostly staying in, and when I’m in I don’t mind wearing the same thing over and over (as long as it’s clean.) And mostly, I just want to be as comfortable as I can be.

Last winter I didn’t have a ton of pants options for around the house, but this year I have fewer (one pair doesn’t fit, another has holes, etc.) I did ok by wearing my fleece pajama pants around the house for the last two months. They’re warm and so comfortable. That worked because I slept naked, so I wasn’t wearing the same pants all day long. But then it started getting colder, and I needed to sleep in my pajamas – can you imagine? Suddenly, I didn’t have much to wear around the house.

A couple weeks ago I was at a store buying something I really needed. Yoga pants had been on my mind for a while. Everyone swears by their comfort. I had tried a pair on recently and loved them, but felt I didn’t need them and couldn’t justify the expense of the purchase. Of course, that’s when I was still wearing my pajama pants during the day. So while I was in that store, I tried on a bunch of them, and WOW! I bought two pairs and I’m wearing one right now. They could even pass for going out pants if need be. That means that if I just need to run a quick errand, I won’t feel like I have to change, then change back in 1/2 hour. I can just stay in them. Most of all, they’re just so comfortable. They aren’t tight on my tummy, something that really bothers me both physically and emotionally because of years of physical discomfort there. They keep me warm. They were inexpensive (under $20 each.) They aren’t too tight around my legs and I don’t feel the material pull as I bend my knees, something which can bother me in jeans. And since they’re meant for yoga, I can comfortable wear them when I do my physical therapy exercises.

I’m not trying to tell a style of pants. I’m trying to sell the idea that when we’re dealing with physical discomfort on a regular basis, we deserve to be as comfortable as we can be, as much of the time as possible. That’s what I love so much about these pants, the comfort. We all need to find that comfort. For some that will be a certain style of pants. For others it will be blue-light filtering sunglasses. For others it will be just the right shoes. Hell, I could have just as easily written this about my new-found enjoyment of wearing a bra less often. But I guess that’s a story for another day.

14 Responses to Giving in to yoga pants

  1. jacksdavie says:

    You’re not the only one — I too live in loose fitting sports trousers which pass for going out trousers, loose fitting t-shirts, sweaters, and jumpers — thin layers I can add or remove with relative ease if too hot or too cold. I even spend the odd day in clean, comfy lounge pajamas.

    Going out clothes are picked for ease too — pretty or smart, or pretty and smart things my caregivers can help me throw on, but look like it took effort — simples!! shoes are slipper boots or special order wide velcro shoes, with fleecy, non elasticated socks which are kind to swollen legs, ankles and feet. Jersey dresses, even, for summer… even these fit the pretty, comfy and smart criteria. Taken years to perfect, but worth the effort to figure out 🙂

  2. anet37 says:

    Yoga pants are a favourite of mine too. We went on vacation and that was all I took, and even when we went to very nice places I did not feel out of place. Black pants are ubiquitous and no one really looks too hard at the details.

    Still those pajama pants are so appealing. I have a friend who always wanted to be “formally” dressed for the mail man. After the mail arrived it was PJ time


  3. Jess says:

    Love this. Been there too! I hate wearing jeans, its uncomfortable from the moment I put them on to the blissful moment I take them off. I discovered yoga pants too – and the Walmart line of 12 yoga pants fits my budget and are sooo comfortable. I love them!

    You’re totally right. We need to do what makes us comfortable 🙂

  4. joynpain2 says:

    Chronic pelvic pain literally dictates what I can wear. Jeans I can only handle for an hour or two and that’s if I’m standing up. As soon as I sit down, they must be unbuttoned. I spent most of the summer in yoga pants and dresses. I intend to spend my winter in yoga pants and pajamas. I actually have considered buying maternity jeans (my stomach tends to swell leaving me between sizes) but haven’t gotten up the nerve to try any on. In the meantime, I wholeheartedly agree that yoga pants are the way to go!

    • chronicrants says:

      I agree, yoga pants and dresses are fantastic. But if you think maternity pants will help, then go for it. No one will be judging you (or will even know) but you. And I bet a lot of people (including me!) will be cheering you on!!

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