It’s the one thing that I’ve been wishing existed since I graduated from college and went into the corporate world: yoga pants you can wear to work.
Do you find sitting in tight wool dress pants all day uncomfortable and restrictive? This is like my own personal nightmare. I rarely wear traditional dress pants because I just don’t fit them off the rack, instead I stick to fun DVF dresses and pencil skirts with stretch. When you’re a size 4 in the waist and a 2 in the hips, it adds up to either bad fit (diaper butt) and or a very uncomfortable waistband. Sitting at a desk for 10 hours in pants that leave a dent in your sides? No thanks!
I used to joke with one of my buddies that I was going to open my own firm one day, and all the staff would be allowed to wear yoga pants to work. Now I can thank Betabrand, the San Francisco headquartered clothing company for this wonderful innovation. Known for its crowd-funded products that are essentially co-designed by customers, Betabrand is a company that actually listens!
These pants look exactly like dress pants, but feel like Lululemons. I didn’t believe it until I had a 360 degree look at the fit, but the thick performance knit keeps the butt coverage office appropriate while allowing the pants to bend with you and giving your stomach room to breath. They come in straight-leg (pictured here), boot-cut, crop, and leggings (skinny). I’m wearing the straight-leg in gray!
The Evolution of Yoga Pants: From the Eyes of a Vancouver Girl
When I think about the origins of yoga pants, the first thing that comes to mind is Lululemon. I was basically born and raised next the birthplace of Lulu, which is the Kitsilano neighborhood in Vancouver, BC Canada. This little gem is to Vancouver what the Marina is to San Francisco, with it’s fitness studios, yoga enthusiasts, trendy shops and cafes. Whenever I’m in the Marina, I have major Kitsilano deja-vu!
I was front and center to evolution of yoga pants, from when us Vancouverites were mocked for wearing them in public for shopping or to lunch, to when Lululemon started to hit it big internationally. Now, the whole “athleisure” craze has made yoga pants not only socially acceptable, but a hot ticket fashionable item accceptable to be worn pretty much anywhere. Good news for me, I’ve been doing it for years! Now people just won’t think I’m such a slob?
Apparently a Montana State Representative is trying to ban yoga pants for indecent exposure. I bet he wouldn’t be able to tell that Yoga Pant Dress Pants from Betabrand were violating his desire for modesty!!
Pants – Straight-Leg Gray Yoga Pant Dress Pants c/o Betabrand
Blazer – Club Monaco (similar here)
Top – Parker, sold out (similar here)
Bag – Reed Krakoff (simlar here)
Heels – Nine West (similar here)
Photo credit: Michael Moore
If you could make any piece of clothing more comfortable, what would it be?