According to a New York Times opinion piece posted in February, “yoga pants are bad for women,” and with such a controversial statement, it’s no surprise that the piece immediately generated negative comments from women all over the fitness community.
With athleisure bursting onto the fashion scene in recent years, yoga pants are no longer reserved for just its namesake activity. They’re also our pajamas, workwear, and errand-running outfits. In short, they’re part our everyday look, no matter the activity.
Times’ writer Honor Jones, however, has a different take.
“We aren’t wearing these workout clothes because they’re cooler or more comfortable…” she writes. “We’re wearing them because they’re sexy… The gym is one of the few places where we’re supposed to be able to focus on how our bodies feel, not just on how they look. We need to remember that. Sweatpants can help.”
As a dedicated sweatpants wearer, Jones laments over the rise in popularity of yoga pants, which she claims women wear to look hot at the gym, defeating its purpose: working out.
But as many experts have pointed out, the clothes you wear influence your confidence and new workout wear is one of the best ways to motivate yourself to head to the gym. So why not bust out your new pair of leggings, head to the gym, a use that self-confidence to propel your workout even further.
And, according to Jones, that daily outfit you put on only strengthens the pressure to stay fit at all times.
“When yoga pants are the first thing grown women put on every morning, we can’t help absorbing the message that staying fit is our No. 1 purpose in life,” she continues.
But if yoga pants are sexy, which they of course can be, that’s their second functionality. Above all else, they’re comfortable and allow women to move in ways looser pants simply would not. Thanks to their flexibility, the technology of many of the fabrics, and their versatility, they allow us to stretch and change without any restrictions.
And isn’t that, in itself, what makes them completely worth it? We sure think so.