In the hours I’ve spent talking to my best friend, I’ve had some amazing conversations on anything from philosophy and sex, to books and boobs. Most recently, we had a rather interesting conversation on the matter of yoga pants.
I don’t have as much to offer as far as opinion in the face of a moral decision as such, but my best friend and I did arrive at the conclusion that there was far more to this “fad” than meets the eye. Thus the five noble truths of the second skin (meaning any tight pants that feel so awesome it’s like you’re not even wearing pants) were born.
1. They’re practical.
While the difference between the practical applications may vary (my friend actually goes to yoga after work whereas I like to go home and yoga myself onto my couch), yoga plants are just plain practical! I personally wear mine for running errands, cleaning and sleeping, pretty much anything I do outside of work. However, you can make them work for any occasion and you can pair them with just about anything. My mother has even been known to wear yoga pants to a special dinner with a long button up top!
2. They’re so comfortable.
When I say “comfortable,” it’s only because I cannot think of a descriptive word that can fully comprehend exactly how in love with my yoga pants I am. They’re like a second skin, but one that can breathe far better than the spanx I wear all day at work. Pouring myself into my best cotton friends after a long day in pencil skirts is the best feeling in the world!
3. They’re not the only clothing that’s comfortable.
I fully support anyone’s interest in remaining modestly dressed in public. In my opinion, either way, we’re all just hiding matching genitals. The only thing that varies is what layers we hide them under. But nonetheless, should you be someone who endeavors to refrain from wearing the second skin in public, power to you.
The main lesson I’ve learned from yoga pants is to be comfortable, whether that be specifically at home or riding the bus to an internet café as I find myself doing every week.
4. They’re for everyone.
As a female-bodied individual and as someone who appreciates the female body, yoga pants are my BFF. I once dated a girl who was so in love with jeggings that she had different washes to wear with anything her heart desired. I found that very striking; in my opinion comfort is probably the most attractive thing about a woman.
The more comfortable you are the more natural and at ease you’re likely to be, meaning people will get to know the real you. We are at our best when we are our most comfortable. And as a female dating females, the fact that I fully understood this made our relationship that much more open.
5. They’re not entirely sexual.
In my experience, I’ve never caught any male checking me out in a pair of yoga pants (besides a partner; who knew cleaning the toilet was such an aphrodisiac?) but I do keep in mind that this can happen. I’m going to be honest here – I really don’t care if someone looks at my rear end. Really, regardless of the clothing I wear, they know it’s there and I know it’s there. Chances are they would look anyway, it’s human nature to be curious.
The human body is not built solely for sex, but our culture is so accustomed to sexualizing anything having to do with female thighs or female hips. My hips were made for more than the acts seen in porn that they are so commonly associated with, and they are more than just for birthing children. Yes someday my hips will carry my children, in utero and out, but in the mean time they lead me across my kitchen, dancing to Shakira as I prepare my dinner. My body carries me through my day, it lays me to sleep at night, and it is far more than just a great looking butt in a pair of yoga pants.
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