I will start by saying that I am not a mom that owns many pairs of yoga pants or leggings. As my thirties are getting closer, I am bulking up on clothes that stretch a fair amount more than my jeans, and for once, it doesn’t have anything to do with comfort or hiding my wobbly bits. Well, comfort might be one aspect but not entirely.
Lately, the active wear trend is ridiculous, and it has seeped over from just being worn by moms with gym memberships. I work out 5-6 days a week if that’s what you want to call it. Other than chasing toddlers and cleaning, I spend about 30 minutes a day exercising. Usually, a kid climbs under me during my planks, but it still counts.
I bought some cute yoga and athletic clothes to motivate me to keep working past the New Years resolution phase, and it worked! I also realized some of these clothes can be mixed and matched into everyday outfits with my usual staples. There are a few moms who have a sense of style I really appreciate, and I always check them out. It wasn’t long before I realized they were already mixing athletic pieces into their wardrobe too. They looked sleek, so I gave it a try.
Let me tell you, I have confidence as well as comfort. I was raised to never leave the house unless you’re dressed properly, which meant jeans, skirts, dresses, and nice shoes. My mother never wore flip flops. She has heels for every season, and she doesn’t shy away from wearing a floor length dress to the grocery store. It was freeing to have a pair of yoga pants I could dress up and a pair I could still do yoga in.
I know there’s a debate on whether yoga pants and leggings count as pants or not. I’ve hard very judgemental women make snarky comments against yoga pants and leggings. I’ve also heard the latter of where women would live in them if it were an option.
I personally believe every lady should give them a try and wear them as they please! I’m pro yoga pants! As a slightly chunky mama, I don’t feel as comfortable in leggings, but I have skinny yoga pants, bootcut yoga pants, and even a pair with cutouts. That’s my extent of athletic wear so far, but believe me, I’ll be expanding because this trend is here to stay.
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