7 Tips To Overcome the Yoga Pant Wars

I love yoga pants. I loved them as a chubby girl. I love them even more now. That sentiment can also be extended to my skinny jeans, jeggings, and leggings. When you’ve worked hard getting in shape, are getting close to the 50, and your legs just look good, go for it. If you are chubby, so what, enjoy them. Wear thosWalmart Man in Yoga Pantse yoga pants!

Unfortunately yoga pants have got a bad wrap. We are yoga pant shamed by old men, airlines and now a New York Times reporter who thinks you shouldn’t even wear yoga pants for yoga. Really? What next, no bikinis at the beach?

I’m going to go all JLaw and say, I can wear what ever I want.

Okay, within reason. No one really wants to look awful and shamefully wind up on the People of Walmart site. (Although, I’m beginning to think the picture feed is starting to fill up with those that want 15 minutes of fame rather than this is really how they shop.)   There is a right way to pull off yoga pants and a wrong way. While we shouldn’t be judged by what we wear, we are. And, let’s be honest, when we get dressed in the morning or are getting ready to go out, we play by the rules most of the time to dress in something that makes us feel good about ourselves. Or, if we don’t, we most likely know we are a little down, not feeling well, or are getting ready to clean out the garage and garden.

Here are my rules for yoga pants that you may or may not agree with. But, they do keep me out of trouble with those side long glances and sneers most of the time – except the times when it comes from jealousy which I actually find amusing.

  1. Athletic yoga pants are for exercise. Those mesh cutouts and athletic pants are for running, skiing and the gym. I tend to not wear them any other time because I’m more concerned someone is going to think I’m covered in dried sweat and smelly than if they don’t like a little butt jiggle.
  2. Leggings, jegging, skinny jeans are best worn tastefully. I don’t wear sneakers but rather pair with boots or ballerina flats. It dresses them up and makes me look less like a teenager. My legs are in good enough shape that I will pair with a waist level cashmere sweater. But for work I keep it professional with a silk blouse and blazer. No over the knee boots for this 48 year old – then I just look like a couger.
  3. Get the right size. You wouldn’t buy a bra that was to small so it looked like you have 2 pairs of girls instead of 1 pair. Same goes with these skin tight pants. In the right size, you won’t create bulges. You won’t accentuate that cellulite in your thighs. You won’t see those panty lines. They don’t fall down. If you are a little on the cubby side, there are great yoga pants and leggings with a wide control top to help shape your curves.
  4. Throw out the pilly pairs. The great thing about yoga pants, leggings and jeggings is you can get them really cheap. But, they only look good for a few wears. When you see pilling and they are stretched in the knees, time to throw them away. There is no reason to wear them out and about when they look like the rag you wash your floor with.
  5. Leave pajamas at home. There is nothing worse than the loungewear look outside of your house. This is where many of you are probably going to roll your eyes at me. But, it goes back to what I said in first point. Don’t look like your rolled out of bed when you go to the store, restaurant or on a plane/train/bus. You look like you didn’t shower and probably smell. As you can see, I have a hygiene thing. Be gross at home, that’s your thing. You don’t need to share with me. Besides, it says something about how you respect others by how you respect yourself.
  6. If you don’t like them, that’s okay too. I was brought up to always put yourself together when you go out. Dress appropriately. Be proper. Dress your best. Follow the dress etiquette. Buy quality. My grandmothers would be rolling in their graves if they caught me in these pants. I can hear my mother in my head every time I put them on. I get it. It was a different time and compared to most, a different culture. But, be respectful and unjudging. If you don’t follow my rules, so what. I’m still going to be respectful and kind. I hope you can too.
  7. Be a rockstar. There will be one outfit that will take you a little out of your comfort zone but still makes you feel amazing. Mine is a pair of real black leather skinny jeans, suede tan calf skin halter top and a white fitted long sleeve tee. I put on a pair of Steve Madden cutout western ankle boots. I look hot and I know it. It is at once my rebel outfit and at the same time my, “I did it!” outfit. Everyone needs to look like a rockstar once in a while.
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Where Did All The Petite Clothing Go?

With fall coming in I am looking high and low at the fashions and relishing all the things I can wear. Yes, I have a clothing and shoe fetish. I am a closet scanner of Vogue, pour over the pics from fashion weeks, and stalk Neimans, Saks, Bloomies and Nordstrom stores. Now, I can certainly not afford to stock my entire wardrobe this way, but picking up a few pieces or pair of shoes and then building affordable pieces around them or getting a great knock off cheap is my strategy. Thus, I was really really really looking forward to a bit of a shopping spree and releasing some pent up demand as nothing fits me from last year.

For the past couple weeks I’ve gone online and hit the stores only to be let down and not a little perturbed. Petite clothing sections are hard to find or no longer exist. Petite sizes that would intermingle in the racks are also far and few between. In fact, for those high end stores where I used to never see anything over a size eight, I can’t find anything under a size 2-4 and the sizes are going up to 14.

Where did all the little women clothes go?

It is not to say you can’t get a size 0 or size 00. Online does have these sizes. My issue is that this doesn’t mean the clothing is also petite – shorter inseam, shorter torso, shorter arms. There are regular clothes that work (typically tops), I just need to try them on. Pants is a different story. Not only is length a problem, I’m also finding that my smaller butt doesn’t fill out the rears of those little jeans. Saggy bottomed skinny pants are not attractive on 48 year olds.

I should be happy. I shouldn’t complain. It does keep me from going crazy buying a new wardrobe. It is just so disappointing that where it used to be easy to find smaller sizes that is no longer true. It takes the air right out of my balloons.

But, this got me thinking, have women increased that much in size that retailers and manufactures don’t make money by creating smaller clothing sizes? Did they lose money as smaller sizes sat in purchased on racks and warehouses? One thing I noticed is that women’s sized clothing is shown side by side with regular sizes on websites now. Even on high end sites. That never happened before.

Well, I guess I just need to keep looking and hope this is just an early season thing. I was at least able to get these skinny lamb’s leather pants that make me feel like a rock star.