7 Reasons Yoga Pants Are A Mommy Must

"It doesn’t surprise me anymore when someone says they only wear yoga pants; it surprises me when someone wears something other than yoga pants. I mean, WHY?"

It doesn’t surprise me anymore when someone says they only wear yoga pants; it surprises me when someone wears something other than yoga pants. I mean, WHY?

1.  They are universally appropriate. What occasion could possibly call for wearing something that diverts from this standard mom uniform?  Maybe church, or possibly a night out, you might say?  Completely unnecessary.  For exercise, sleep, day wear or evening wear, yoga pants always work. Period. Don’t let any haters tell you differently.

2. Sticking to a standard uniform = Less time spent on silly fretting over what to wear = More time to watch Downton Abbey while you pretend your children are napping.  Enough said.

3. You can wear them with anything.  T-shirt? Sweater? Denim jacket? Tan top? The list goes on and on.

4.  Breathe a sigh of blissful relief… These things are comfortable.  Really, really  comfortable.

5. We have dignity. Yoga pants have been a saving grace for me.  Honestly, my full conversion to becoming a yoga-pant devotee was really born out of a pass at self-respect.  For some bizarre reason, Aeropostale sweatpants fit me perfectly.  I used to buy them in bulk, not really caring about color/print/etc.  Then one day I accidentally looked at myself in the mirror.  To my horror, “AERO” was emblazoned in boldface across my butt.  Now this may have been adorable when I was 14, but in my 30s, this was downright embarrassing.  I mean, I have my standards.  From this moment on, I switched to the much safer, script-free yoga pants and haven’t looked back.

6.  They’re forgiving… so, so forgiving.  A rough go with the calorie count over the holidays?  Yoga pants are there for you, my friend.  They will stretch themselves over perhaps slightly expanded thighs and not utter a single word of judgment.  And for the optimistic in the crowd, when all those nasty unwelcome pounds are shed, your beloved pants have a magical way of reconstricting themselves in perfect concert with your shrinking waistline.  The most accommodating garment known to woman.  Perfection defined.

7. If you’ve gotta go fancy, there are pants for that.  They make really sweet yoga pants nowadays, people.  Like, ones that border on being shapewear and help suck you in and such.  You will look like a rockstar when wearing these.  And if the people at the next wedding you go to give you funny looks, it’s just because they are jealous.  Trust me on this one.

There is simply no reason not to constantly wear yoga pants… Is there?

About the writer

Meredith blogs at The Mom of the Year, where she earns this title one epic parenting fail at a time. You can follow her on Facebook & Twitter @meredithspidel, but may want to pass on her Pinterest account. Being that she is entirely terrified of crafting, her boards are some of the lamest ever.


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Terry Sansom 2 years ago

Those are pretty much all the reasons not to wear them. 90% of people should not wear them out of the yoga studio. I am assuming this is satire.

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Stephanie (www.whencrazymeetsexhaustion.com) 3 years ago

Does a yoga pant exist that disguises the enormous maxi pads I’ve had to wear ever since giving birth (2 years ago…)? I refuse to have “Juicy” or “Pink” plastered across my ass, but if you can find me something a little more saucy, maybe “Back the eff up,” I’m game. 😉

One Funny Motha 3 years ago

Love it. I think you’ve converted me.

Meredith 3 years ago

Go for it, Carrie! You’ll never look back :)

Carrie 3 years ago

I have got to get myself a pair! You make them sound so wonderful! :0)

Tiddy Ferguson 3 years ago

Hilarious. I was just trying to recall the last time (outside of work) I did not wear yoga pants and I could not come up with an answer. They are the greatest thing that has ever happened to my wardrobe. Especially the ones that suck you in at the top.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    God bless that sucking-magic. Go rock them out, Tiddy!

It’s Not Like a Cat 3 years ago

I read this right before going out for the evening to celebrate my birthday…in yoga pants. I wore a nice sweater but no bra, and I’d been wearing the yoga pants all day. However, I had worn them to an actual yoga class that day, so I felt like they had street cred, right?

    Meredith 3 years ago

    If you actually wore those pants for exercise, their street cred is off the charts. Hands down, you were wearing the hottest pants on the scene. Happy Birthday!

Robin Jingjit 3 years ago

You know your first article about yoga pants inspired me to buy my very first pair? It’s true! I always kind of wanted some but have never been to yoga and was clueless about the ins and out of the pant. Not longer! I was an immediate convert. Thank you! :)

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Robin, this completely made my day. I’m so glad you like your pants!

Hollow tree ventures 3 years ago

I’m lounging right this moment in my “lounging” yoga pants, which I put on after I got home from picking up the kids from school in my “casual occasion during which I might see someone I know but don’t want to appear to be trying too hard” yoga pants. Tomorrow is date night – “newest pair without holes yet” yoga pants, here I come!

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Robin, such smart thinking on your part to plan ahead and set aside your Saturday night best. Go crazy on date night!

Hilary @ PeanutButterSpoonfuls 3 years ago

Yes!!! Yoga pants are the closest thing to universal apparel. The one thing they aren’t food for though? Yoga. I hate wearing them to do any kind of workout. The flared bottoms are way too flappy for me. It’s all tights for working out and yoga pants for everything non-yoga and exercise related.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    And of course, yoga is the one thing I never actually do in them, so I wouldn’t know this, Hilary!

New Parent 3 years ago

You can SERIOUSLY wear them with anything…that’s not a lie! lol

    Meredith 3 years ago

    You are so my kind of person! Sounds perfect :)

Brook 3 years ago

My favorites are the Divine Drawstring from http://www.yogahyde.com
Unbelievably flattering & comfortable — and organic cotton too!

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Awesome to have a new recommendation, Brook! Off to check them out.

Ruben 3 years ago

Ok, you like to dish it out, so better be prepare to dish it in. You not wear yoga pants because your husband want to you to look hot when they come home. And unless you look hot in yoga pants (Mazal Tov to you!!) you should wear something more flattering.

    Kim at Let Me Start By Saying 3 years ago

    Prepare to say Mazal Tov! mister: Meredith rocks her old, faded yoga pants and her husbands loves every minutes of it.

      Meredith 3 years ago

      Thanks, Kim. Nothing says Mazal Tov more than my faded stand-bys.

        Kathy at kissing the frog 3 years ago

        Hey Ruben, have you ever heard of “yoga butt?” Yeah, it’s a thing and it’s hawt!!

          Ruben 3 years ago

          Yes. Agreed.

          But see my response below as well.

        Ruben 3 years ago

        Meredith – Didn’t mean for my original comment to come across so hateful. My apologies. Longer explanation below.

    Leslie 3 years ago

    Ruben, “you not wear yoga pants”? Really? Well you not write so good. Our husbands love our cotton/lycra-clad butts and we love men who can construct grammatically correct and intelligent sentences.

      Scary Mommy 3 years ago

      LOL. I rather like “dish it in.” Catchy!

      Ruben 3 years ago

      Fair. Not one of my better moments. And to think that I am a stickler for grammar. Yikes. (Lesson: don’t comment while drinking). I will say that your comment comes across as a bit of an ad hominem attack. But, eh bien.

      Anyway, I think my original comment came across a bit hateful, which I regret. Something about this idea that yoga pants are always appropriate just rubbed me the wrong way. Sometimes they simply are not. Yes, I love seeing my wife in yoga pants. (She looks wonderful in them and it sure beats most other comfortable “home outfits.”) But I also appreciate seeing her properly put together and dressed up. I was raised to always dress appropriately for the occasion, though I admit I dress a bit more formally at times than is strictly required (I can usually be caught relaxing at home in a polo or button down and a pair of khaki shorts). Perhaps it’s because I am European. Or perhaps because I wish people today dressed and acted more properly in general. (That comment makes me appear much older than I am. Oy.) But I am sure that I would prefer that my wife not wear exclusively yoga pants.

        Kathy at kissing the frog 3 years ago

        True, Ruben. What most of us are saying is that during the day with kids, yoga pants are the best, most comfortable things to be in. When we do dress up – which we do – we AND our Hubbies appreciate it more. I always get a, “Wow, you look hot!” comment from my Hubby when I wear other clothes. Which is always appreciated and always nice to hear.

          Meredith 3 years ago

          Ruben, Kathy said it so well. And while I proudly wave my yoga pant flag, there may be some less literal spoofiness in the “always” part of “always appropriate” 😉 I appreciate you clarifying your intention.

Kathy at kissing the frog 3 years ago

Ahh, yoga pants. If I do venture to actually wear jeans or other pants, I put my yoga pants on right when I get home. My stomach thanks me. And I thank you for this post! xo

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Ah, the blissful joy of coming home to those pants! Sweet relief!

Anna 3 years ago

LOVE this! Going to wear my fancy yoga pants to the mall tomorrow. Going to be a big day!

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Hitting the mall definitely calls for a fancy pair. Throw in a stroller and you’ll be smokin’.

Courtney 3 years ago

Ha! Love it! They are super comfy and I love how you make them sound universal!

    Meredith 3 years ago

    So, so universal…thanks, Courtney!

Stella 3 years ago

Are you kidding me!.The only thing I own is Yoga pants. I’ve even wore them to a funeral. After having my son, gaining 70lbs and having a wardrobe that didn’t fit me, I turned to yoga pants and never looked back!! I bought a pair of jeans a few months ago and I was so uncomfortable. They fit excellent but nothing compared to my pants. And no, I have never been to Yoga lol

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Bring on the yoga pants (sans the actual yoga classes), Stella!

Toulouse 3 years ago

Please share the yoga pants the suck you in and make you look good with me…because my thighs and yoga pants just do not get along!
Thanks for making me LOL today!!

    Meredith 3 years ago

    I think you could probably rock anything, Toulouse, but I’m obsessing over Tek Gear Shapewear at Kohls–though I may have bought out their entire stock, so you’ll have to wait a bit…

mamikaze 3 years ago

I got very excited at Target yesterday when I found yoga pants on sale for $15. I need another grey pair. Having a white dog makes black pants a furry situation.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    There are a lot of factors that can go into determining the right color. Good call on the grey, and go you for snagging that sale!

Anna 3 years ago

My only regret about yoga pants is not learning about them earlier. i also have a yoga sweatshirt – and don’t tell me that’s not a thing, because i have totally made it one.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    It definitely sounds like a thing–and now I want one of these too!

Bethany @ Bad Parenting Moments 3 years ago

I have about 17 pairs of yoga pants. You know, just in case. If there was a house fire, I’d grab the children…and then my yoga pants.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Absolutely. Screw the family pictures. You’ve gotta go with what really matters.

Keesha 3 years ago

Yes, you know you’re in trouble when you have around the house yoga pants, exercise yoga pants and dress yoga pants. I would sell my eyes for a great fitting pair of Lululemons. Excellent post, Mom of the Year!

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Keesha, I’m so lame I had to look up “Lululemons”. Now I want a pair too.

Kim at Let Me Start By Saying 3 years ago


    Meredith 3 years ago

    May the chant live on!

    Chris Carter 3 years ago

    YoGA! YoGA! YoGA! Oh my gosh I am still laughing at this comment from Kim! I am SO CHANTING the same thing over here!!! May I also add that they look really HOT tucked in to boots or even out of the boots? I have 39 pairs or something like that…but I gotta say- sometimes the good ol’ fashion fleece bottoms are keeping my legs warm this winter. BUT (this is the embarrassing part) when I want to “dress up”- I put the yoga pants on. Yes. I. Do. (I am fully aware that the bar is so low I often trip over it. )

Ninja Mom 3 years ago

I love feeling fake sporty in yoga pants. It’s like a workout without the inconvenient sweating.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    There is nothing better than feeling fake sporty. Suddenly, I have become one of Those Gym Girls in my own home.

JD Bailey @ Honest Mom 3 years ago

I used to not wear yoga pants out of the house. Then I realized I was stupid. I heart my yoga pants – morning, noon, and night!!!

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Keep hearting those pants around the clock. It’s the only way to go!

Nicole Dumas 3 years ago

I’m a stay at home mom and my family asks me why I don’t get dressed during the day…. My reply is ” What Do you mean, I’ve got my yoga’s on!” I just don’t see the point when the kids never let me get dressed anyways!

    Meredith 3 years ago

    If the yoga pants are on, you are dressed. Very well dressed. We need to make a badge or something that clearly states this for everyone.

Sarah 3 years ago

I just purchase my first pair of yoga pants this year. They’re hot pink and I love them. I’m on the look out for more now. Finding decent plus size is really hard to do, finding plus size yoga pants is like looking for a room full of unicorns at the Vatican.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Hot pink! That’s amazing! Sarah, dying over your unicorn search at the Vatican. All the best with that 😉

Kenya G. Johnson 3 years ago

I LOVE mine. They go from daywear to pj’s, to morning walk, hamper, wash, throw in the dryer, daywear to pj’s to you know….

And for the record I haven’t been to a yoga glass in about 7 years but the pants make me feel really flexible like I might still be able to do it.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    It’s all about the feeling that we could break into amazing pose at any moment, Kenya!

My Half Assed Life 3 years ago

I don’t own yoga pants. They look comfy. They look great on a lot of people. I suspect that if I tried them it would look as if my yoga pants had cellulite, and I worry that without my waistband acting as a tourniquet I would simply NEVER STOP EATING. I have issues with gluttony.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    The tourniquet feature of other pants is a definite “score one” for encouraging my diet, you’re right.

Stephanie 3 years ago

Yes, I too have worn yoga pants to church.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Why, oh why, can’t you cool ladies come to my church?

Kerrye 3 years ago

I totally wore yoga pants to church last night. Sure, it was just a casual prayer meeting, but hey. What’s good enough for Walmart… No, wait. I do have SOME standards.

    Meredith 3 years ago

    You are woman after my own heart, Kerrye. Rock the yoga pants at prayer meeting.

Roshni 3 years ago

Absolutely!! In fact, I’m writing a petition now to have them as standard clothing for the office!!! 😛

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Godspeed, Roshni. You CAN make this happen.

Wendy 3 years ago

Finally, someone who understands me! I even wore yoga pants when I was pregnant. Great post!

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Yoga pants during pregnancy are the best!

Jenna 3 years ago

Amen, sister. Yoga pants are my staple. Seems I’m not alone. :)

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Solidarity in keeping the commitment!

Kim 3 years ago

YES!!!!! I wear yoga pants 95% of the time. What’s wrong with that number? The other 5%!

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Hang in there. This is a ratio you can work with!

Kelley 3 years ago

Ha! Love it! I need more yoga pants. I only have one or two. Pathetic! I need 50! You should have had a link to yoga pants to buy in here and worked out a kickback of some sort. :)

    Meredith 3 years ago

    Darnit! Opportunity lost…Note taken for next time I get sneak in a way to rave on about a favorite product.


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