Yoga pants and parenting go together like peanut butter and jelly. A perfect pairing that can go anywhere. I hate to be a stereotype, the yoga pants mom stereotype specifically, but I don’t hate it enough to put on regular pants.
When I was pregnant with my second child and enjoying a kid free coffee date with a friend while my toddler was at Gramma’s, I showed up to meet my friend in my new uniform of yoga pants and a hoodie. While we were chatting I mentioned to my friend that when I took my daughter to the park I was approached by a woman who handed me a card for the local Moms’ Club. I hadn’t known such a thing existed. My friend replied it was because I now looked like one of those moms she sees at the park. In stretchy clothes and matchy workout wear. It was not a compliment. It still stings.
But nothing soothes the sting of a friend’s backhanded insult like the comfy stretch of my favorite yoga pants.
Stretchy Pants and Me
I took to the yoga pants mom style like I was born to it. Ever since I can remember I’ve come home from school or work and immediately changed into pajama pants, sweats, or now yoga pants. This pre-dated motherhood by more than a decade. I always knew what was up when it came to comfortable clothes.
I am not one of those women who enjoyed pregnancy. For all of you that did, high five and all that. I did not. But one small pleasure during the whole nauseous and exhausted nine months was the stretchy clothes. Even when I had an office job, during pregnancy I rocked head to toe knit. Leggings with a knit skirt, knit pants, whatever. And pregnancy yoga pants were the only thing that didn’t make me feel even more uncomfortable than I was generally.
Transition to Mom Style
After the birth of each of my children by c-section, even yoga pants were too tight. But I had some trusty sweatpants to carry me through. They are the underappreciated cousin of yoga pants. As soon as I comfortably could I slid back into yoga pants. The maternity ones, because it would be months before I fit easily into anything else.
During my second pregnancy, I quit my office job and opened a home daycare. And transitioned to full-time yoga pants mommy. Loved it!
Why Moms Need Yoga Pants
1. Follow the Experts’ Advice
There is plenty of advice out there about how to dress and all of it leads me straight to my yoga pants.
- You should dress for the job you want to have.
Perfect! I want to have a job where I wear yoga pants. And I do, yay, working from home!
- Dressing Well Boosts Confidence!
It totally does! I never feel more confident and ready for anything than I do rocking my favorite pair of stretchy pants. For me, comfort equals confidence.
- Dress to Impress
I think it’s pretty impressive that I can make one pair of pants work with any outfit for any outing. Am I right?
2. You Might Workout!
Sometimes parenting makes me feel like my whole life is a workout. Which is why athletic-ish wear makes perfect sense. And when I get dressed in the morning in my yoga pants, there exists the possibility that I will exercise in them. A much stronger possibility than if I was wearing my slightly too tight jeans.
And even if I don’t workout in them, wearing yoga pants creates the illusion that I am fit. Or trying to be. Instead of looking like I don’t care when I wear them, it looks like I am just coming from the gym. Or on my way there. Probably.
And if I do have time to work out I’ll save valuable time by not having to change my pants.
3. Yoga Pants are a Mom’s Best Friend
Do you have a lot to do today? Yoga pants can help you accomplish more! They shave valuable seconds off the time it takes you to get dressed. Seconds you can use for self-care or snacking. Or not being late.
As a mom of two little ones, I spend most of my day chasing them, cleaning up after them and hugging, holding, or otherwise picking up their sticky little selves. All of which yoga pants are perfect for.
Yoga pants are the superhero outfit of moms! They allow me the freedom of movement to run after, reach for, and hold my kids or anything they need, without restriction or discomfort. And they are usually black which means they hide the jelly, chocolate, or other substances my kids wipe on me daily.
Yoga pants can go anywhere! The truth is I spend most of my days at home, which is awesome. But when I head out to the store, take my daughter to swimming, or my kids to the park, what is the most comfortable and versatile thing I could be wearing? I know you know. It’s yoga pants.
It’s Not Giving Up
If you’re a woman who loves to dress up that is awesome. I admire someone who looks put together. Especially when they look happy and comfortable in their own skin. And that’s all I want to be too. Happy and comfortable in my yoga pants.
I actually enjoy dressing up and dressing well on occasion. But I’ve never been the woman in the fabulous outfit. It’s not me. I’d much rather be the one in the comfortable outfit.
I just read a blog post where a woman wrote she doesn’t wear yoga pants in public because it would mean she’d given up. Well, I don’t dress up because it would mean I’ve given in. To feeling like I have to try and be somebody I’m not.
If you’re a yoga pants mama like me, either just at home, or running wild out in the world, celebrate with me the invention of the world’s most perfect pants for moms.