Last week I did the mommy unthinkable: I threw away my yoga pants. “But why?” you might ask as you recoil in horror. Because I am on a transformation journey and those yoga pants are holding me back. That’s why.
Let’s be honest ladies, our love of yoga pants really has nothing to do with working out. For most of us, it’s the socially acceptable form of wearing pajamas in public. Especially after having kids sometimes our old clothes don’t fit like they used to and it’s just easier to throw on a pair of black yoga pants and call yourself dressed.
Awhile back I listened to a TED talk by a woman who learned a few things about a wardrobe when she studied abroad in Paris. One thing that stood out to me was that her fashion mentor even had beautiful pajamas. She believed in every instance to present her best self, all the way to what she wore to sleep.
I am steadily working towards being my best self again post-baby (yes he’s over a year old, don’t judge me), and when I looked at my own mismatched assortment of old tshirts, basketball shorts and one baggy and faded actual pajama set I decided to make a change. We turned the cotton knit and flannel clothes into rags and threw away the yoga pants. I kept one pair of plaid pajama bottoms that actually do fit me still (miraculously), a pair of running capris, and the non-ratty tshirts. No, I didn’t go out and buy new matching pretty pajamas, but I do feel much more put-together – and decluttered, too!
Another upside to not having my yoga pants around is when I’m off work I actually get dressed from head to toe each morning now, instead of deciding that yoga pants are acceptable all-day wear. I look more put together, and I feel much more confident as well.
I had no idea a silly pair of black pants could have such a negative impact on my life! How do you feel about yoga pants? Are they acceptable to wear when not actually doing yoga?