My Life in College: Yoga Pants

Moral Mildred/Sun Star Columnist
October 30, 2012

Lately on the internet, social media and around campus I have heard a lot about yoga pants. Apparently such innocent apparel has started quite a stir on the inter-webs, in much the same way the now infamous ‘duck face’ did. I feel the need to put in my two cents, so here we go.

The general argument seems to be that women should either 1. Not wear yoga pants in public unless they are actually doing yoga, or 2. Not wear yoga pants if they have to buy them bigger than a size medium. Personally, the latter statement makes me want to slap someone upside the head. I am not going to judge someone for their fashion choices, regardless of how unfortunate I think they are. If it pains me to look at you I will simply look away. Clothing is all about attitude and if you think you can work it, then commit to it. But try to remember that there will always be someone behind you with a camera phone. Always.

I sort of agree with the argument that women should just straight-up not wear yoga pants in public. In complete honesty, they are not always the most flattering pants, and pulling on a pair of jeans takes about five seconds of your day. I have a lot of European friends, and according to them, one of the universal stereotypes of Americans is we all dress like we are constantly about to go work out. Unfortunately, the other major stereotype is that we are all fat, so everyone is just confused.

I can understand that some days, yoga pants are really the only option. For example, you wake up late for class and don’t have any time to get ready, or you’re sick and can’t find it in you to care what you look like. What really baffles me though, is the girls who obviously put a lot of time and effort into their makeup and hair, and then chose to wear yoga pants and Uggs. If you spent an hour straightening your hair, how much harder would it have been to put on actual clothes?

So I suppose my personal opinion is that girls should not make it a habit to wear yoga pants or any version of them in public. I also know that people generally do what they want, regardless of societal opinion. America, frick yeah.

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2 Responses

  1. Abby Gale says:

    Leggings/yoga pants have been interjected into the mainstreams of fashion hence why most women feel they are proper attire. Confidence aside, I feel like most of the UAF women students don’t really care what they look like or care what others think for that matter. I would rather see yoga pants then PINK written across someones bum any day.

  2. Courtney says:

    I personally find yoga pants offensive, no matter the size. If men took to wearing yoga pants there’d be even more complaints. Know why? It’s too clingy and tight and shows too much. I have the same opinion of the girls. I don’t want to see it.

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