There comes a time in every girl’s life when she finds herself in the unfortunate position of having to retire one of her favorite articles of clothing. It was therefore with great sadness that I recently bid farewell to my go-to pair of “lounging around the house” pants. A pair of black gauchos from the Gap circa 2006, they lived a good, long life and saw me through many rainy days, as well as the occasional workout (I say “occasional” because I am VERY VERY BAD at making sure I get enough exercise. I’m working on fixing that. Really).
As I set about trying to replace them, though, I ran into a problem: Given that it has been many a year since gaucho pants were “in”—indeed, these days they’re considered so far “out” that they’re practically in orbit—what sort bottoms would make for a suitable replacement? My only two pieces of criteria were that they had to be A) cropped (I already have a perfectly good pair of full-length sweats) and B) not too gaudy. But as much as I resisted it, you know what the answer ended up being?
You see, I had a gift card to Victoria’s Secret I received as a gift some time ago, so in the interests of watching my budget, it seemed like a good idea to use said gift card to acquire my replacement loungies. Even though I’ve never quite understood the whole yoga pants craze—especially in the case of people who don’t actually do yoga, like myself—VS’s workout gear is almost entirely yoga-themed, so yoga pants it was. Plus, the cropped ones were on sale at the time. Bonus.
I was skeptical, but in the weeks since the arrival of my brand new stretchy pants, I’ve not only gotten used to them—I’ve actually grown to LIKE them. In fact, I have embraced them as a lifestyle, and have accordingly come up with a new life philosophy. Here are a few of the somewhat surprising lessons I’ve learned, courtesy of the power of my yoga pants:
1. Learn how to forgive. Yoga pants are incredibly forgiving. They don’t care if you ate kale all day yesterday or if you packed half a pizza away all by yourself. Be as forgiving as your yoga pants and you’ll waste a lot less time and energy on pointless “ARRRRGH!”-ness and frustration.
2. Camel toe is inevitable. Get yourself to a point where you can just accept it and you’ll be fine. Such is life.
3. Sometimes, you just have to say “eff the naysayers.” They may not get why you insist on wearing yoga pants as actual pants, but that’s their problem, not yours.
4. Don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with. Comfort is key. In fact, I have determined that this is why so many people wear yoga pants as actual pants in the first place. That said, though…
5. …Do step out of your comfort zone every once and a while. Even if that comfort zone includes yoga pants. You never know—you might end up loving whatever it was that scared you. Don’t knock something until you’ve tried it.
6. You don’t have to have everything under control all the time. Yes, your yoga pants will get covered with cat hair. No, there is nothing you can do about it (unless you have a lint roller handy). And that’s A-okay.
7. Never underestimate the feel-good effects of a little unnecessary pizzazz. At first I wasn’t totally sure how I felt about the overwhelmingly colorful foldover bit all of VS’s yoga pants seem to have. But you know what? I kind of dig it now. Sure, it’s not totally essential to my yoga pants’ design, but purple-y blue leopard print is kind of fun. It’s like my waistband is throwing a party and everyone is invited.
I’m wearing my yoga pants right now, by the way, and I swear, I have never been more relaxed while working. I’m a convert, you guys. And I’m loving it.
Tell us: What’s your unexpected life philosophy?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.