In schools across the U.S, a debate has begun over yoga pants being a suitable or unsuitable form of clothing for females. From students being sent home due to their clothing going against the dress code, to students being expelled, it’s obviously become a problem that needs to be dealt with.
Here at LHU, yoga pants have become normal attire for most girls on campus (myself included) and I’ve heard the issue brought up in several classes – sparking pros and cons for either side.
As a female, sometimes wearing jeans everyday can get not only tiring, but extremely uncomfortable. Ladies, you know what I am talking about – the dreaded “tummy lines” from wearing jeans all day. The moment the jeans hit the floor it’s almost as if Handel’s “Hallelujah” can be heard in the background. Nevertheless, there is a time and a place for everything and sometimes it is more appropriate to wear a nice pair of jeans instead of yoga pants.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are individuals who are totally opposed to females wearing yoga pants. I’ve heard comments range from “they are too sexually provocative” to “they’re unprofessional and distasteful.” Both comments can ring true given the right set of circumstances, but not all females wearing yoga pants are doing so for sexual purposes and certainly not to be unprofessional (I am sure some females fit into both categories, but neither is usually the case). It is most often simply for the purpose of comfortableness.
Why are women chastised for wearing yoga pants, but if a man wears sweatpants, not a word is said? The double standard between women and men is still alive and well and this proves my point.
Why should it matter if a woman chooses comfort over style? As a yoga pants expert, I choose to wear them because they are comfortable and can fit into almost any outfit. I have no premeditated intentions of men’s attention on me or what other people think in general – I wear them because they’re comfy and I’m in no mood to wear jeans (which is most of the time).
When the time and place dictate, I know to put the yoga pants down and dress a little bit more like a professional. That’s going to be all the time post-graduation. Until then, just let a girl be comfy wearing her yoga pants to class and shut up about it.