First: The Rant
Okay. I’m sorry. But I need to go on a short rant about wearing yoga pants and workout leggings as regular pants.
I just don’t understand how people think that yoga pants and workout leggings are appropriate for street wear. I even see women wearing versions of this attire that are pretty see-through when they are out and about in the bright daylight. I think (I hope) if they realized this, they’d be dismayed.
I get it – exercise wear is super comfortable, and it’s easy to throw on. But, truthfully, it’s not the most flattering look on most of us. I know there are some lucky ladies whose bodies look like they were meant to live in yoga pants. I’m not one of them – and I’ll go out on a limb here and say that it’s not the majority who fall into that category.
The fashion industry has definitely been influenced by the trend of exercise wear as regular clothes. We are seeing some pretty great looking variations on the yoga pants look that are designed for street wear and even workwear. I’m all for clothes that look great and are comfortable too, so, although I haven’t yet tried this particular trend, I think it is a great way to get women out of gym clothes and into comfortable but street-appropriate options that they can wear anywhere.
Of course, I do wear exercise pants when I go to the gym. They are perfect for exercising – that’s what they are designed for. And when I’m at the gym, I feel comfortable wearing them. However, I’m particularly conscious of my derriere once I leave the gym. I’ll admit that occasionally I run an errand right after the gym while I’m still wearing my workout wear, and when I’m out and about in body hugging gym attire, I do what I can to not call attention to my curvy “asset.”
Note: Don’t miss the “Am I Wearing Pants” self-check guide at the end of the post.
Second: A Little About Booty
I have a long history of being focused on my bottom. Actually, it kind of runs in my family. I spent my teenage years searching for clothes that would not make my butt look big. In our three-sister family, our mantra actually became “Does this make my butt look big?” (You may wonder how this has morphed into a “butt” conversation, but stay tuned!)
When I was in high school, there was a popular clothing store called “Five, Seven and Nine.” They sold clothing in sizes 5, 7 and 9, and, oh, by the way, they threw in size 3 as well. Nothing over size 9. Nothing in the store for my size 11 body. All I could do was tag along with my petite, slim-hipped, small-butt girlfriends when they shopped for clothes in that store. Although I wasn’t overweight or even over average size, the loud and clear message to me was that I was not the desired size – perpetuating my sensitivity about my tush that would never squeeze into size 9, let alone 7 or 5.
However, it seems that “booty appreciation” is very in these days. We pear-shaped girls are finally getting some respect! Yay! Finally!
Now we admire celebrities and icons of the ample bottom: Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Christina Hendricks, and Iggy Azalea. And should we include Nicky Minaj on this list, lady of the rumored butt implants.
Bootylicious! That’s a term that has become synonymous with ladies of the curvy rear ilk.
The bottom line (not sure if the pun was intended!) is that it’s a good time for women who don’t look like the Photoshopped, stereotypical, slim-hipped image of the (can we say “formerly” yet?) “perfect” figure. It’s a time that we can celebrate who we are and the physical gifts we have, whatever they may be.
Let’s not mistake this curvy girl appreciation, however, for permission to wear “nothing-left-to-the-imagination” gym wear as regular clothes! I do have a way that I’m able to run my after-the-gym errands without showing my back end to the world along the way. And I want to share it with you.
And Finally: BootyWrap
A few years ago I discovered a product that I’ve come to love: the BootyWrap.
BootyWrap! “What the heck is that?” you ask. And it’s exactly what I thought when I first heard of it. Could it be a spa treatment, an ace bandage type wrap, an undergarment? My curiosity brought me to the BootyWrap webpage (bootywrap.com) with this description:
It looks like a sweatshirt tied around your waist, but it’s not. The BootyWrap is simply a flat, bulkless garment with sleeves and pockets.
“What?! Who’d wear that? It seems pretty useless,” I thought, and forgot about it. But . . . the possibilities of that simple garment kept creeping into my head: “Hmm, I’d feel much more comfortable if I want to run a few errands after the gym covering my bum without the bulk of a sweatshirt tied around my waist and hanging down And it really would be great to have a place for my phone, keys, etc., when I walk my dog or hike.”
So I decided to take the plunge and try it. And, no one was more surprised than I when I actually liked it!
I am now totally comfortable running a few errands out and about in my yoga pants, happily covered with my BootyWrap (shown here in white). You ladies with yoga-pants-worthy rears may not appreciate the magnitude of this! And the BootyWrap also solves my problem of no pockets when I walk my dog (no more using my bra to hold my cell phone – c’mon, you know you do it too).
Check it out – it might be something that works for you. Even if your figure doesn’t need the cover-up benefits of the BootyWrap, in the end (again, pun was not intended!), you may appreciate its deep pockets for stashing your keys, phone, and other incidentals when you don’t want to carry a purse or backpack.
Postscript: Am I Wearing Pants?
As I am committed to delivering valuable and helpful content, I offer this “Self-Check Guide to Help Prevent GLHPS (Girls Leaving the House Pantsless Syndrome”). I recommend referring to it regularly. I hope you find it useful. You’re welcome! 🙂