Yoga pants tend to get a bad rap — from those who don’t wear them. Because, let’s face it. They’re comfortable. So, so comfortable. They aren’t restrictive on the waist and legs. There are no muffin tops to worry about. And there are no pockets, which means you have an excuse to buy a nice bag to carry all your things, whether it’s workout gear, your wallet, phone and makeup, or something to hold diapers, wipes and maybe a spare bottle of formula or milk.
But some people aren’t down with yoga pants. Take Honor Jones, the opinions editor at the New York Times. She wrote a scathing review of the workout pants that many also like to run errands in and basically live in, accusing women of only wearing them “because they’re sexy” — not because they’re practical or comfortable.
She added that the only people who can get away with wearing yoga pants are deep-sea divers and Olympic speed skaters. And it would be easier for women over 30 to “conquer the world” if their pants “don’t threaten to show every dimple and roll.”
Jones added: “We felt we had to look hot on dates — a given. We felt we had to look hot at the office — problematic. But now we’ve internalized the idea that we have to look hot at the gym? Give me a break. 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.” Because of course that’s what she wore to the gym, making that sartorial choice OK.
Funnily enough, though, it’s not like she had anything super-nice to say about sweatpants either, referring to them as “towels with waistbands.” But considering she thinks they’re are made of “velour or terry cloth, with the name of a college or sports team emblazoned down the leg,” perhaps she hasn’t seen how flattering today’s sweats can be.
Unsurprisingly, the article has rankled many on social media, rightfully so.
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) February 18, 2018
Okay @nytimes. 1) I am sure you had your pick of thoughtful opinion pieces for this Sunday’s edition…and this was your choice? 2) Women writing op-eds about other women’s sartorial choices is bad for women 3) You can have my yoga pants when you pry them from my cold dead booty https://t.co/8RU9l8iVde
— Candice Adams (@TheCandiceAdams) February 18, 2018
oh my god I’m so late to this NYT yoga pants hoopla, but: “What is it about yoga in particular that seems to require this?”
allow me to describe for you the unique horror of doing lizard pose in a pair of cotton pants with a finite amount of stretch
— Kat Rosenfield (@katrosenfield) February 18, 2018
I spend 6 days a week rolling around in a sport where any piece of loose clothing can be used by an opponent for an advantage. No one is wearing tight fitting clothes to look good. Trust me. https://t.co/acB34QFnI1
— Alyssa Miller (@alyjo85) February 18, 2018
I always thought smoking, not sleeping enough and patriarchy are bad for women. Turns out I was wrong. It’s yoga pants. https://t.co/APb8Uqs9Lc
— Eva Horn (@habichthorn) February 18, 2018
1. no one is requiring anyone to wear yoga pants
2. a lot of women genuinely like wearing yoga pants
3. yes, there ARE real reasons to wear yoga pants to yoga. they allow for more flexibility and to see if you are posed correctly.
4. do better, NYT, oh my god https://t.co/8wIlHOSCJh
— a fake sports fan rn bc of the olympics (@mandalovescats) February 18, 2018
I see someone has posted yet another op-ed on the perils of wearing yoga pants after 30.
Lemme clear this up for everyone:
Wear yoga pants if you want to. If somebody doesn’t like your over-30 dimpled rolls… tell them not to look. Dress for you, not for anyone else
— Kodi Kat (@puma_legal) February 18, 2018
As far as workouts go, Jones argued that form-fitting yoga pants have little to do with being able to exercise better, asking, “Are practitioners really worried that a normal-width pant leg is going to throttle them mid-lotus pose?” Um.
“Worried?” No. “Annoyed by?” Hell, yeah. She concluded her piece by asking readers to step into a pair of “slouchy pants” with her. Because that’s what women want, to feel their thighs rubbing together while they work out.
Let us wear our yoga pants in peace, please.