They segued into doubling as loungewear in the 1980's with the explosion of a video/screen-oriented lifestyle. "They offered the non-judgmental comfort of flannel pajamas while creating the illusion that aerobic activity was on the horizon."
This mentality crossed the gender lines. Some of you may remember this exchange from Seinfeld:
And so yoga pants stepped in. A little more flattering (usually) and trendy (then), yoga pants were embraced by the sweatpants moms who were interested in looking a little sharper. And for awhile, the Fashionable Moms stayed off our case.
Now yoga pants aren't good enough. Slammed as being 'lazy' and 'sloppy' and 'too revealing', yoga pants are now the target of the Fashion Police.
I'll agree that while this look is pretty hawt,
it might be a little risqué for school pick-ups and drop-offs...
not that I look like that in my white yoga pants and matching tube top
when I pull up at my kids' school...
"Throw on a pair of skinny jeans," they counsel. "...a great fitting pair of jeans is just as comfortable as a pair of yoga pants..." I don't know about you, but I've never found this to be a universal truth. Furthermore, "a great fitting pair of jeans" is really, really hard to find and often can break the budget. A decent pair of yoga pants, however, is most forgiving concerning figure imperfections and easy on the wallet. I just bought a pair at Target today for $19.99.
just try to convince me that this is more comfortable than yoga pants.
And even if the jeans were a 'better fit'...
...is this more 'appropriate' than the white outfit above? It is jeans, after all.
Jeans make my hip hurt.
I'll be wearing my yoga pants. At least until I look like the halter top chick in jeans.