Death of the Perfect Yoga Pants

Forgive me for this emotional post, but I’m in an emotional mood.

I have the right to be.

I have just laid to rest something that has been with me for almost nine years. Something that has seen me through three pregnancies and three sleepless newborn phases. Something that has seen me gain and lose sixty pounds three times over and never once judged or mocked me. Something that brought me comfort on the coldest of days and understanding after the largest of Thanksgiving meals. A constant companion to me, always forgiving, kind and supportive.

Today, my favorite pair of black yoga pants died.

I’ve known, for quite some time, that this day was coming. Last year, the seams along the ankles slowly began coming apart. I ignored the frayed edges, not wanting to admit to myself what they really meant. When the crotch began to give out a few months ago, I resigned myself to only wearing them in comfort of my own home, or at the very most with an over-sized shirt at school pick up and drop off.

The end was coming, I could sense it.

Today, I realized that the fabric, once thick and opaque was almost transparent, it had become so thin. Between the disappearing crotch, the frayed ankles and the almost non existent fabric, my precious pants were dissolving before my very eyes. I knew it was time to gather the courage to say goodbye. Holding back tears, I buried them under peeled potato skins and old crumpled up band-aids in the kitchen trash, as not to be tempted to resurrect them like that thrown away chocolate cake I simply can’t resist. I know myself well.

Sure, you say, there will be other black yoga pants. In fact, there are other black yoga pants in my life, nine pairs of them, to be exact. But, there are none that flare out at the bottom just like that pair did. There are are none that are slimming in the hips and flatten out my belly, but are as comfortable as loose fitting flannel pajamas. There are none that lift my ass, just so and are thin enough to wear in the heat of summer. We had history, my pants and I, and there are none that even come close to comparing.

I’ll continue my never ending search for the perfect pair of black yoga pants, but I know it will be futile. That kind of love just doesn’t happen twice in a lifetime. Perhaps there was something magical about them, anyway. I’m not even sure where they came from to begin with, with their lack of label and seemingly sudden appearance in my dresser drawers. It must have been the universes’s gift to me: The perfect pair of black yoga pants. A gift, but all too brief. Perhaps it would have been better to never have known perfection like that at all.

My friends: Love your favorite pair of yoga pants. Treasure them. Appreciate them. Line dry them. Extend their life by never actually doing yoga in them.

You may not want to admit it, but they won’t be around forever.

It’s a lesson I learned the hard way.

About the writer


In addition to being the founder of all things Scary Mommy, Jill is also the New York Times bestselling author of Simon and Schuster’s Confessions of A Scary Mommy and Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies)

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Maya 4 months ago

Most hilarious and heart wrenching.

In my drawer lays a pair of dark blue sweat pants that have been a part of my life since my teenage years. They have a disappearing crotch also and specks of glitter on the leg from a once fancy logo. Sometimes my husband threatens to discard them, but I know how long those pants and I have fanned the flames of a lasting relationship. I am going to wear them now before it is all too late.

Thank you all for the posts.

Kristin 6 months ago

So sad! I’m about to go through this with my favorite skinny jeans. But I’m finding the courage to face it through your tragic loss.

Babette 8 months ago

I would love to know the brand of these magic pants! If others have favorites, I’d like to hear about those as well. Many thanks in advance.

Lisa 2 years ago

loving these storird! thoughht I was thr on;y one who ever felt this way about apair of pants – may I suggedt Land’s rnd? great fit and they last forever!

Brenda Dion 2 years ago

Loved this post! It is crazy how elusive the “perfect” pair of jeans, yoga pants and bathing suit is to find. They are like trusted friends while too many of my clothes become mortal enemies mocking me when I gain a few pounds! Thanks for a fun read!

Pea Kay 2 years ago

Oh, dear. *plays taps* I know your pain all too well. I think we all do. It will never be the same again, and you’ll always know.

MomChalant 2 years ago

I am in the process of the departure phase myself. My favorite pair of black yoga pants with a gray band are becoming more and more worn. Now that I started ACTUALLY doing yoga in them – they’re getting worse. They were by my side, literally, through my rough pregnancy and all the months after while I still had my baby weight.

Sad, sad day.

Darcie 2 years ago

I also have the most perfect pair of black yoga pants on life support. They have 3 little holes right in the butt, so I just wear black undies and wear them around the house. They have a pretty flower print around the waist… I know the end is coming for my LBYP. Thank you for showing me I am not alone.

HRHM 2 years ago

I have the same issue with my favorite t-shirts. WHY don’t manufacturers make the same basic stuff year after year after year. Whenever I find something I love, I try to buy 10 of them in each color, but it’s never enough! UGH

catina 2 years ago

I can imagine your pain. I will be making my yearly pilgrimage from Amsterdam to my hometown Walmart next month for yoga pants. So my closet has become a graveyard of pants of past!

Mama and the City 2 years ago

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Ahem. I once found the perfect yoga pants. I bought 10 of them right there! and in different lengths.

My mind is at ease knowing this.

Chantelle 2 years ago

HAHAHAHA!! I have to tie an elastic band around the waist of one of my favorite pants too! Part if the drawstring came out and I can’t thread it back through.

Dianna 2 years ago

I morn your loss. I recently had to put a pair of mine to rest, theyuse to be grey but they were see through now and the last wash did them in unfortunatley.
BUT there is hope I found a company that has extremely comfy yoga like pants that look like dress pants and make my butt look good too, that I know own in MANY color and 2 colors of capri’s. I wear them to work constantly, they look like dress pants and feel like jammies!!! If I werent covered in hair every night(hair stylist) I would sleep in them too. Jockey Person to Person is where I got them at a friends home party, I liked them soooooo much I became a consultant just for the disounts and clearence prices!!!! They are called the Modern Bootleg and worth every cent. They dont shrink at all in the dryer(which is a problem for us tall people) and come in short, regular, and long lengths….. So if you are ever ready to try another pair these are awesome… 3 yrs and counting on my oldest pair and they still look like new!!!!

Elaine 2 years ago

Gap army green cargo pants–12 years of bliss ended just this year. I feel your pain.

Ariana 2 years ago

Condolences, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Roe 2 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Mine are a sweat/yoga hybrid type pair of pants. They are so old that the elastic around the waist has completely given up and there are holes at the knees. Somehow in a moment of carelessness I got bleach on them and they have discolored spots. Mine too seemed to have fallen from heaven (or perhaps from the many washings over the years??) as there is no trace of their place of origin. They have seen me through pregnancy, school drop offs and pick ups, supermarket runs, baby story marathons, fake sick days, and many closet-candy-smugglings. I will continue to treasure them for as long as they will hang around, but I fear the end is near : (

Emily 2 years ago

We all know the secret to mommy success is yoga pants, but now the boys know too! I hope this songs brightens your night and may it guide you on your search for a new perfect pair – NEVER give up!

Amanda 2 years ago

RIP black yoga pants. Jill, I feel your pain. *hugs*

Aimee 2 years ago

I had two pair of perfect yoga pants. I wore them for a year before I got pregnant for the third time….14 years after I had my 2nd child. The just-right flare at the ankles, not-too-low waist, perfect yoga pants. I was that my ass didn’t expand so much during my pregnancy as too make them impossible to wear. I wore them throughout my pregnancy, when I was actually wearing pants. (at home, at 7 and 8 months, in the dead of summer, I didn’t wear pants) I wore them throughout my 4th pregnancy (which occurred 5 months after the birth of my 3rd child). Sadly, not long after my son was born, I noticed that my beloved yoga pants were actually falling down. I had finally worn the elastic out. I just haven’t been able to bring myself to throw them out yet.

Paula 3 years ago

after just having a baby, i’ve spent the past ten months in yoga pants, and plan to spend the next three years in them, after trying on a pair of i’ve become an expert on the topic. i own a few pairs that are supposed to be black, but are now more of a charcoal grey and are slightly saggy after wearing them for a few hours, so i understand the feeling of loss and feel your pain. however, i’ve recently discovered GapFit. so far the best yoga pants i’ve owned!

Abbey 3 years ago

I have a dress that i wear all the time! it is black, thin, aging and i bought it from a garage sale five years ago! it has a hole in each arm pit, but the fabric is perfect, it doesn’t itch me or irritate me and it hangs perfectly, regardless of how much weight i gain or lose. it’s like the sisterhood of the traveling pants, i swear! a shot for your yoga pants and to everyone with that one article of clothing that can NEVER be replaced! haha :,(

Lees 3 years ago

It’s better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. RIP.

Danielle 3 years ago

Ohhhh I dread this day. Hopefully you have found a suitable replacement.

Nicole 3 years ago

Reading this just brought up some tears for my long lost comfy pants. I bought them during my college internship and they stayed with me for 7 years. So comfy. So perfect. I should have did the hide-under-the-bandaids thing because I totally pulled them back out of the trash the first time. I tried buying another pair at the same store but it just wasn’t the same. Sniffle.
RIP Comfy Pants of all types.

DeAnna 3 years ago

Target has the best yoga pants. Flared, Black and Slimming. Get on em, girl.

Sharon 3 years ago

I’m just a little late to the party, but the Old Navy cropped yoga pants I bought last January are BETTER than no pants! And they still have them. And other choices too! Not the compression ones though. I wear mine at least 5 days a week. I wash them every other day. My Target yoga pants sub in on the off days…

T W 3 years ago

I completely understand your pain. It was thus 2 years ago when my perfect yoga’s were lost in a move. I will retreat to VS and Target on occasion to find another such pair.

JennaBee 3 years ago

I have a pair on its last legs (no pun) and as much as I love to wear it, I know that every instance, every bend, sit, and genuflexion quickens its demise. I’m also short, so finding a replacement (not that this can be ‘replaced’) is hard. So hard.

I feel your pain.

Mama Pants 3 years ago

I feel you. This happened to me in June with my two best friends, Purple Tank 1 and Purple Tank 2. It is never easy to say goodbye.

Elaine 3 years ago

I’m sorry that you didn’t have the forethought to buy like 5 pair. Same for me on the ones I left somewhere and have not been able to find for a few months now. I’m thinking I left them at my Mom’s house and she stole them. Just kidding. Kinda.

monkeymom 3 years ago

i had to retire a pair last month..i feel your pain. i think i got mine at kohls on im sure to never own another pair, sigh.

Old School/New School Mom 3 years ago

RIP Yoga pants! It’s so sad when an old friend dies. :(

Pam @Mommacan 3 years ago

This is so sad. Why is it when companies make something so perfect they change up their styles. I will send you my most positive vibes to hopefully send you to the most awesome part of the mall to find a new perfect pair.


BonnyBard 3 years ago

This is tragic. I’m snuggling with my favorite jeans right now, before it’s too late…

Susan 3 years ago

Oh, you’re right, they don’t. Just when you have them stretched to the perfect fit, the spandex kicks in and then you have to start all over again. I miss my non-spandex jeans.

Cassie 3 years ago

I know how you feel! I have a favorite t-shirt that I have had since middle school where I wore it often. For about the last 10 years or so, it has been assigned to my pj drawer since it is faded and holey. But just this last week, I realized that the holes are getting larger and soon it won’t even be comfortable any more. I respect that shirt too much to let it get to that point! I think I will put it out of it’s misery sooner rather than later. : (

{My blog|luxury blog|Jewelry blog|Watch blog|My mood|Mood blog|blog web|Jewelry 3 years ago

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mommaschaefer 3 years ago

That really is terrible! I have only really been introduced to the loveliness of yoga pants this past year. I am a teacher, and the other teachers made fun of me because I only wore jeans or dress pants, never “elastic pants.” When I made the change over to elastic pants on the evenings and weekends I put on at least 10 pounds! Wonderful…I do love some yoga pants though!

Kim at Not My Mom’s Blog 3 years ago

At least you got to say goodbye on your own terms. Many others are gone without warning: left in the women’s bathroom, mangled by a bra hook in the washing machine, stolen by a jealous friend. Try to remember this in your grief.

anne 3 years ago

Oh dear. Mortality of yoga pants. I loved: “Don’t actually do yoga in them”. But in all seriousness, there must be a designer among your readers who could incorporate the fantastic and unusual qualities you list in a one-product business…. You’ll let us know?

Crystal Ponti 3 years ago

I feel your pain! I still wearing a pair of lounge pants that just turned 15 years old! They have been through everything with me – two miserable marriages, near-death experiences with my kids, German Shepherd attacks, multiple pregnancies – oh! painting a house (little specks down one leg). They have a small tear in the waist area and I know I should really let go, but…you know. Stay strong!

Vanessa Worth 3 years ago

I feel for you yet you may need to move on. You are still lucky to have your awesome yoga pants.

Sugar Muse 3 years ago

Enjoyable post!

Carrie 3 years ago

Oh, you’re so not alone.

I have two pairs. I actually love one pair more than the other and yes, though they’re identical I can definitely tell them apart.

I’ll hug mine for you later tonight when I put them on for the 3rd day in a row.

Tiffini S. 3 years ago

Why DOES the tag always disappear and leave you with nothing but futility to go on as you try to replace them? Not that you ever could. And if it were possible, you’d go back in time and write down exactly when and where you purchased them, along with the UPC code and give it to some mailing service to post it to you just in time so you at least had a fighting chance. Like you were in a bad Jim Carrey mystery-thriller…

Jennifer 3 years ago

I feel this same way about my pink robe. When the zipper broke I decided to just wear it with safety pins. My mom took it and said she would have the zipper replaced. Now she has “misplaced” it. I’m heartbroken.

Leif Lynch 3 years ago

I understand what you feel my friend. It is really hard to lose the stuff that we always use and we really to wear.

Desperately Erin 3 years ago

I am listening to Boyz II Men “End of the Road” and holding my yoga pants, both brown and black pair, tightly. Time just goes by too quickly. Whenever I wear them out and feel someone’s cold glare on me as I stand in the Walmart check out line, instead of feeling embarrassed, I will return a look of sympathy. For they obviously have never known a love as great as this.

Kelly 3 years ago

Does it make me a hoarder that I keep things like this? I have a box… well now more than one box, but I save things like this because I just can’t part… on some level I feel like the memory dies when I put them away, but when they’re in my “box,” I can occasionally resurrect them just to remember the good ole days :-)

Bailey 3 years ago

Oooh, I feel your pain. So sorry. I have a pair of jeans that I am nursing to a slow, painful death. They’re so comfortable and I’ll never have another pair! Wah!

Jen 3 years ago

I may have thrown myself in the trash too. Sorry for your loss. :(

The OCPDiva 3 years ago

In honor of your perfet black yoga pants, one thousand yards of black ribbon were purchased from Michaels (using a 25% off entire purchase coupon, of course). With it, numerous trees throughout my community have been decorated with tasteful bows in remembrance of the unconditional love that defined your relationship. Perhaps this small jesture will help raise awareness and prevent another woman from ever having to mourn such a loss again. Let’s start planning our next move…a three day walk? “YogaStrong” bracelets? A million woman march? I have never known a more worthy cause.

sheri 3 years ago

Ohhhh, poor girl, I feel your pain. I am most likely one week… ok maybe one MONTH away from having to do the same thing. My beloved Green Apple yoga pants – – I’m cherishing our last moments together.

Meredith Bland 3 years ago

I’m afraid I will never know a love like that. I am most comfortable in clothes that cannot be worn outside — like my t-shirt that has a hole at nipple height. Or my high school gym shorts that really……really do not work on a 35-year-old mother of two but GOD DANG they are comfortable. To be able to share your love with the world must have been something.
You have my condolences.

Ginny 3 years ago

Why in the world would anyone throw away chocolate cake? Geez now I want cake…

Vanessa B. 3 years ago

Wait a minute. Are you telling me that my black yoga pants may not last forever?! Can’t breathe, can’t breathe….

Jamie 3 years ago

I didn’t have a chance to read all the posts so forgive me if this is a repeat suggestion: “Kick Booty” Pants from They are a little pricy by SO worth it. I bought them when I was pregnant, wore them through my entire pregnancy, afterward, and two years later they are still going strong. I relax in them, workout in them, sleep in them and wear them out and about. They have all the features your other pants had, they flare just right, they flatten your tummy and they (as their name suggests) lift up your back side. Check them out, you won’t be sorry, I promise!

Holly Winn 3 years ago

I agree regarding the Zella’s. I just bought a new pair at Nordstrom last week.

Charlene Long (@autismasawhole) 3 years ago

My deepest condolences.. At least they can rest now though. You know how exhausted you are at the end of the day? Imagine how they must feel. They get tugged on by orphans, oops, I meant children and dirty hands wiped on them. Now, they are clean and fresh no holes or see through material. It will be ok. Hugs LOL

Lady Estrogen 3 years ago

Hahaha. Ohh, I’m so sorry. I feel that way every time I send out a pair of Birkenstocks to pasture. Their time is so glorious and yet, so limited. Once that hint of Birken’rott (as I sadly like to call it) begins to waif in, I know it’s coming close to the end.

Heavy hearts, my friend. Stay strong 😉

Motherhood on the Rocks 3 years ago

They’re in a better place now. hugs

May they rest in peace.

susan 3 years ago

I have 2 pair – a brown and a black – from Lands End and I thought because they were Lands End, they would never be discontinued. Alas, they were…6 months after I got them. Black gets more wear but brown is softer. Don’t manufacturers know our love?

Gigi 3 years ago

I feel your pain….although I’ve never owned a pair of yoga pants (although, I will immediately begin searching for a perfect pair because they sound divine). I know the pain of which you speak because currently I am trying to extend the life of several articles of clothing which are near and dear to my heart. Alas, I can’t seem to find suitable replacements.

Prplecat 3 years ago

I’m so sorry. For future reference, a worn-out garment makes a really good pattern for its replacement! Do you have a friend who sews?

Elizabeth Lopez 3 years ago

I know your loss all too well. I had some similar yoga pants. They were from Finish Line. They don’t make them anymore. Sadness and pain.
I have a pair of panties from VS that are close to comatose and life support. The next closest ones at the store to these are $15/pair. WTF? for a pair of underwear? I can buy packs (plural) for this at other stores. However they just won’t tuck away those little hip fat nodules like these do….I may just have to bite the bullet and buy some more before these are gone for good. And yes I’m wearing them today :)
We are praying for your loss and sadness in this time!

Kristen Brakeman 3 years ago

Oh, if only there were a way to predict which piece of clothing will end up being prized, so we could have the forethought to buy it in mass quantities! I’ve tried to hedge my bets and buy some things in duplicate, but I’ve never gotten it right.

Good call on burying them beneath food scraps. I do that to the kids’ artwork too. Keeps them from trying to post it on the fridge. “Oops did I throw that away honey?”

Karen Rosenberg 3 years ago

May the memory of your beloved yoga pants be a blessing. Hopefully you have a sturdy banana clip and a loose-fitting sweatshirt to help console you in your time of nveed

mara 3 years ago

I cannot tell if anyone mentioned this, but unless your yoga pants were Lululemon, they did you a favour. Get yourself to a LULU store. Your ass will never be the same.

Jill @BabyRabies 3 years ago

I will make a donation to LuLuLemon in their honor. And by donation, I mean I will buy myself some new yoga pants. So sorry for your loss.

When I Blink 3 years ago

[hand placed gently on shoulder]

In times like these, it’s important to remember all the great times you had with your pants, while also looking ahead to the future. Know that the grief will fade in time, and when you’re ready, try to move on. One day, you may find another pair of pants that are… well, not the same, but special in their own, different way. And you must give yourself permission to find happiness with the new pants. It’s what the old pants would have wanted.

Triplezmom 3 years ago

I lost what I called “my awesome pants” 2 summers ago and I still miss them. I feel your pain.

Just Jennifer 3 years ago

I have a lump in my throat because I totally know this pain. I was able to extend the life of one pair I loved by turning them into cut-off shorts for awhile….but only awhile. WHY are perfect yoga pants so hard to find? Why won’t the people who make yoga pants make them all perfectly? Probably so we’ll keep searching and buying and searching and buying. It’s a conspiracy.

Lisa Dembo 3 years ago

Oh Jill….I totally feel your pain. I fear for my Zella’s that are not in production anymore. I pray that they withstand the abuse they endure.

I did find pants that I “like” although not as much as my Zella’s. has the kickbooty pant in I think short, regular and tall sizes…they lift the tush and flare at the bottom and are not as thick as my Zella’s but do the job.

Have fun shopping!

TheHeadacheslayer 3 years ago

OMG LOL I really was worried for a moment when I read the title but OH do I feel your pain.

It always seems that I figure out the magical qualities of an item AFTER you can no longer find it in stores.

I have 2 pair of (god forgive me) LEGGINGS that are older than my son (10). They got me thru his pregnancy and after. They get me thru the cooler (and dare I say it COLD) days of winter in (hush) FL. But yes, they have been demoted to house wear only.

And the maternity leggings (YES I am still wearing them shut up) are showing the frayed cuffs. The other pair is fading, though the elastic is holding true.

I always say I will buy 2 of an item if I think I will love it forever and sometimes I do. But usually the good ones–hand washed, or at the very least on gentle, in cold water, and hung to dry. I treat them VERY well.

I am so sorry for your loss. (((((Jill)))))) I hope the universe will be kind and send you new yoga pants.

San Diego Momma (Deb) 3 years ago

I too loved and lost. In my case, I wore the pants to the bitter end, which was when I looked in the mirror during stretches at barre class to see a gaping hole in the crotch. And I don’t wear underwear when I work out.

That was a fun view.

Ella 3 years ago

I know it seems like it is too soon to even consider a new pair, but one word, one brand, will make you forget that old pair ever existed. Lululemon. Seriously. Expensive as hell, but your ass will look sorority girl GREAT. Your tummy will look great (get the Astros). Your legs will look great. You will feel sneaky because you will feel so comfortable, but your husband will think you’re dressing for him…. Bwahahaha.

Kathy V. 3 years ago

That was beautiful. It makes me want to take my black yoga pants out this afternoon and show them just how much I appreciate them. Thank you for the reminder to live in the now.

Kathy 3 years ago

OMG. I cannot stop laughing. Only because it’s true and I feel your pain!! I have had my mother-in-law resew the side seams on two identical pair that have lasted me through both my pregnancies and thirty pounds of weight loss. They are actually almost too big in the waist – which is the best part! – but they will have to fall off my body before I’ll give them up. But I know some day it will happen. My heart goes out to you and your wallet – for all the pairs you will buy trying to replace the one that got away. Love you.

Diana Jones 3 years ago

You are speaking my language! My yoga pants have become a part of me…sometimes literally! My husband calls them my uniform and they are my go-to everything. Yoga pants…the modern day sweat pants!

Alexandra 3 years ago

While I personally have all my yoga pants still alive since I don’t exercise and try yoga here and there half heartedly, I have seen a dead pair.

It was in my SIL’s laundry basket and ohmygod but it made me gasp.

But hers were worse than dead: they were desperately clinging to life and that broke my heart even more.

She wouldn’t lay them to rest: thank YOU for doing what is only right. They fought the good fight….let me fade away in dignity.

Aaren 3 years ago

I went through this tragic event once,mine were perfect and they had pockets now everytime I try to find the perfect pair I buy 3 just incase we develope a close relationship I have back ups. Sorry for your loss

Johanna 3 years ago

Sundresses come and go but a good fitting pair of yoga pants are one of life’s most precious gifts.

AnnMarie 3 years ago

I will wear mine in honor of the ones you had to put to rest. I feel your pain as I would be lost without mine. No other pants let me indulge in double fudge brownies and Lou Malnati’s pizza all in the same day without feeling…hmmm…less than skinny.

Angie 3 years ago

So sad! When this happens to clothing I love I like to stay in the first stage of dealing with grief: denial. Let’s not even mention the t-shirt I have which has become mesh with holes. It’s not like I wear it out of the house…often.

Mona Andrei 3 years ago

My sincere condolences. I feel your pain as I too have had to say good-by to a favourite pair of sweat pants. Never enough time . . .

June O’Hara 3 years ago

Strumming my pain with your fingers, singing my life with your words…

If I could only convey my anguish over my disintegrating red sweatshirt. The sweatshirt I’ve adored for twenty five years, and is now so worn, my left boob almost hangs out.

God, I love that sweatshirt. And a few other garments for whom the bell tolls. And to which I’m unnaturally attached.

Brilliant, brilliant post. Every word, every line is perfect. And I relate to every single one.

liza 3 years ago

i know just how you feel i am actually going through the same thing with 2 of fave yoga pants. it’s the pits for sure. here’s to hope of finding, once again, the perfect pair. i too am on the search. good luck!

Alison 3 years ago

I hope you have pictures of it, with it and in it, Jill. RIP yoga pants. RIP.

Cheryl 3 years ago

I feel your pain! I found out recently that my favourite pair of black yoga pants is being discontinued by the company. In desperation I found the yoga pants slightly used in navy. Alas my heart sank when I tried them on and they fit, but not the same. I have one pair left and hope I can find a suitable replacement. You and your yoga pants will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Calla 3 years ago

Did these to my favorite pair of pajama bottoms last year…my best friend told me, “It’s time to let go.” It was right of her to say, I had sewn them up so many times that they had been dubbed my Frankenjamas.

They are sorely missed.

Amy 3 years ago

*sobbing for you*

After the unfortunate post I saw about how jeans make your ass look (thanks Curvy Girl Guide), I did the unthinkable and took a picture of my ass in the mirror of all my jeans. Sadly, now I need to part with my favorite pair because OMG they are hideous from the back.
I swear, I will get rid of them, I just need a day or two to say goodbye.

Susan 3 years ago

OMG, me too! Except mine are grey, and I’ve only had them for 3 1/2 years, when I was pregnant with my youngest. I used to where them for everything (outside of work) – working out, watching tv, sleeping. Now I only where them late at night and sometimes to sleep in. I’ve bought so many more, but can’t find anything close! I bought them at Ross and cut the tag out, so I have no idea what brand they are. I know that we only have a couple more months let together, at most. I will savor that time, and continue my futile search for a replacement.

Jenn 3 years ago

The answer to you prayers is at Victoria’s Secret. I love my yoga pants from there. LOVE them. I am wearing them right now and quiet honestly have been for days…and it was 100 out yesterday. They never sag and look good no matter how many times you wear them.
My love affair started 6 years ago when I bought my first pair and they were stolen in Hawaii. I immediately replaced them and had them for several years when my new puppy ate them. I bought another pair that day and they last a few years until the same dog ate them yet again. I was pregnant that time and ordered two more pairs (they come in tall online, which makes me melt). They now never touch the floor when that evil yoga pants eating dog is around.
Also I gained 75lbs during my pregnancy and the smalls still fit the whole time although they looked stressed for awhile. The fold down waist band would just go right over the huge belly. Now I’m 10 weeks post partum and pull the fold down waist band up and it keeps me looking trim and they didn’t get stretched out. I’m down 55lbs so far and they still fit like a glove. LOVE THEM.

Stephanie 3 years ago

I have a pair of navy blue Champion shorts like that. I have to tie an elastic around the waist so they don’t fall down. I have a black pair, too, just the same, but not falling apart, but they’re not the blue ones. I will miss them when they finally go. My advice? When you find something you like, buy 2 or 3. Makes the magic last just a little longer.

Jessica 3 years ago

I will print this out and look at it every time I have the urge to do yoga at 6 am (which may be never) but just in case.
So great to finally meet you!

Ivette Muller 3 years ago

I am going through the same process with my favorite denim shirt. It’s so thin it has holes, missing buttons and is just not appropriate to wear in public any more. I hope you find a new pair soon…I’ve been looking for a replacement denim shirt for more than 3 years. I have purchased several, but none fit the bill :(

Kristen Mae 3 years ago

Holy shit that was HILARE. “My friends: Love your favorite pair of yoga pants. Treasure them. Appreciate them. Line dry them. Extend their life by never actually doing yoga in them.”

You know I have a pair too. I’m line-drying those suckas from now on.

Chris Lappin 3 years ago

Without wanting to sound flippant and insensitive to what you’re’ going through I’d like to say that time is a great healer. Grieve now and later you’ll look back on those pants with great fondness.
Thinking of you at this sad time x

Jessica 3 years ago

I had to throw away my favorite pair of sweatpants last year. I bought them at Roots in Toronto and everytime I’m there I desperately look for a similar pair without the holes stitched together with safety pins or the frayed bottoms… No other sweatpants have ever compared.

Rorybore 3 years ago

This is sooo tragic! I am so sorry for your loss.
and this certainly settles it. I am having a second cup of coffee in my own comfy yoga pants and NOT doing anything more than strenuous than moving the mouse! the world may fall down around me today….but I am resolved.
I shall not be moved!!
doesn’t real love sometimes mean you don’t have to do anything at all?

Carissa 3 years ago

I totally understand. I now go back to the store and buy at least a second of something I find I love and put it away. I have several shoes and jeans that have duplicates in my closet! I have a fear that what you just described will happen!

Jennifer 3 years ago

My perfect pair sit in my dresser drawer- unworn. I found out my wonderful man told people how much he despised them after I had been wearing them for a couple years. How could he not love a wonderful pair of yoga pants that made me look so great? I mean- my ass looked better than ever in those things! So, alas, I pout. Would you like me to send them your way? :)

Allyson 3 years ago

Oh sweetie, I feel your pain.

I laid to rest my favorite pair about a year ago. I still miss them desperately. Like yours, they saw me through pregnancy, countless miles of rocking and swaying, and yes, even hours of sprawling on the couch watching tv.

I have yet to find another pair like them, no matter how relentless my search. My favorite pair of American Eagle sweats are showing signs of rapid decline too.


Scary Mommy 3 years ago

If I only knew. I have no recollection of buying them and they had no label. It was like they came from heaven.

Scary Mommy 3 years ago

Mae, I just don’t know. I’m probably too raw to ask right now… Hopefully, someday, I’ll be able to look back at our time together with fondness. I’m just not there yet.

Christine Gritmon 3 years ago

See, I’ve been facing the difficult realization lately that MY favorite pair of black yoga pants, which have been with me since college (COLLEGE!)… well, we’re just going in two different directions. I still change into them as soon as I get home from work, but they don’t have pockets – that was fine before, but now there is a baby. I am constantly carrying about ten more items than I can possibly handle at a time, including a live human being. I need pockets. So… the search for a new #1 begins.

Arnebya 3 years ago

All the things we do in our yoga pants: the lifting of babies, the walking to the fridge, the sitting on the sofa, the twisting and turning while sleeping, the reaching to high shelves in the grocery store, it can all be considered excercise and to a not-quite-close degree: Yoga!

I’m sorry for your loss.

Scary Mommy 3 years ago

Thank you. At least I know I gave them my all.

Scary Mommy 3 years ago

I could have written both of those confessions. Treasure yours. For me.

Scary Mommy 3 years ago

That does bring me some comfort.

Kristin 3 years ago

Not at all. It’s like being the breakee in a relationship and then seeing my former lover walking arm-in-arm with someone new.

This post brought it all back.

Scary Mommy 3 years ago

Oh, equally as tragic. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Stacy 3 years ago

I know your pain, except in my case it’s a pair of jeans that fit so comfortably it feels like I’m wearing a pair of yoga pants. They are still in my closet… I can’t find the strength to throw them away…. even though the crotch is almost gone. I have searched all over the internet for another pair like them! :( My sincere condolences!

christy 3 years ago

Same thing happened to me with some jeans I finally had to trash at the end of last winter. I searched stores and the internet to find an exact replacement, but bc they were so old, they weren’t being made anymore. Nooooooooo!

Scary Mommy 3 years ago

I hope you enjoy your last precious days together. Savor them. Take pictures. Hugs.

Scary Mommy 3 years ago

I’m just so afraid to open myself up again. I’m not sure I can take it.

thedoseofreality 3 years ago

Similar to the Woobie of Mr. Mom fame, I would imagine. As someone who had to get rid of similar yoga pants for similar reasons, I can honestly say that I feel your pain.

Life with Kaishon 3 years ago

I know this sort of pain : (

Scary Mommy 3 years ago

… but I couldn’t even eat them without my forgiving pants. Sniff.

Scary Mommy 3 years ago

That is utterly tragic. Does the notion of someone else enjoying her at least bring you some peace?

Scary Mommy 3 years ago

Exactly. I’m afraid I will never fill this void in my life.

Jeanne 3 years ago

Oh. My. They’re like a part of the family, really … My condolences. I would send a sympathy card, but that would mean going to the pharmacy, which would mean putting on real clothes.

Alison 3 years ago

Who made the pants that lift, and flatten??

Star Traci 3 years ago

I will never take my yoga pants for granted again. You are right — one’s relationship with that special pair of pants should be appreciated and treasured. Thanks for the valuable reminder (and the great morning laugh).


Mae (Life’s Candy) 3 years ago

I haven’t found my perfect pair of yoga pants yet, and now I’m wondering if I should even keep trying… Is it better to have loved and lost, Jill? Or would I be better off never knowing the supreme happiness you’ll never have again?

Christine 3 years ago

So sorry for your loss.

Chelle 3 years ago

Most would have bid farewell once the crotch gave way. For this I give you mad props.

Candy 3 years ago

Life without THE yoga pants is gonna be rough. Hang in there, mama. We are here for you. There will be many a drinks drunk this morning in memory of yoga pants, past-present-and-future.

Cheers to Yoga Pants Minus the Yoga.

ColdBlooded 3 years ago

My most sincere condolences. I’m hugging my pair now. Tightly.

Jess WhoaMamma 3 years ago

My sincerest condolences, Jill
I feel your pain.
I treasure my yoga pants and my life would be barren without them.
Confession 1: I have worn mine to bed then taken my children to school still dressed in them the next day.
Confession 2: My black yoga pants have never been to yoga, nor have I. xxxxx

Sarah 3 years ago

I’ve never worn yoga pants but I do feel your pain. I had the perfect pair of jeans. At least the were perfect until I got pregnant and too fat to wear them. I put them in a bin in our shed for a later date and when I went to check on them they had been chewed on by field mice. I had no choice but to give them a proper pyre. I’m still searching for their doppelganger and I probably will be for the rest of my life. They just don’t make jeans with out spandex in them any more.

Teresa 3 years ago

My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Sili 3 years ago

I have been searching for my perfect pair of yoga pants. The old ones have holes around the butt and I now wear with a long shirts to cover that up.

I think I got mine at Target. But I’ve looked to no avail. I haven’t worn them in months fearing that I’d have to pitch them. I feel your distress. And, if you should find the perfect pair, please post about it so that I can run out and grab some. I sense a yoga-pants-testing group of bloggers soon and that would be okay because we are most attached to those pants.

Remember the good times you had in them and may they rest in peace.

The Mommy 3 years ago

My condolences. This post is very timely because I have a pair of navy blue yoga pants that is currently on life support. It’s time I’ve made the decision to end their suffering but I’m just not ready to let go. This post eases my pain a little….

tracy@sellabitmum 3 years ago

“Line dry them” lol. I love you.

Denise Malloy 3 years ago

*a moment of silence* RIP dear yoga pants, may you always smell of Tide Plus Febreeze Sport and may you never be stretched out by an actual Sun Salutation in yoga pants heaven.

Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes 3 years ago

My sincerest condolences for your loss.

Victoria 3 years ago

I am so, so sorry for your loss – truly tragic. I am sure in time you will be the stronger for having the pants in your life and you will be able to laugh about the good times you shared. *hugs*

Jo 3 years ago

Jill, it might be too early to say this, so forgive me if it is. Sometimes these cruel things happen so that new opportunities for all the desperately unloved, new, yearning yoga pants in stores might have a chance at happiness. As you recover, a new relationship might begin, and you have shown such love to those pants, it’s wonderful that another pair may get to experience it too. Bless you in your grief.

Dawn 3 years ago

I feel your pain! The perfect pair are hard to reproduce.

Kerry Ann @Vinobaby’s Voice 3 years ago

In times like this, all I can offer is my sincerest condolences. I’m sorry for your loss. If you lived closer I’d drop of a casserole or tray of cupcakes.

Jenn 3 years ago

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Brittany 3 years ago

Oh Jill, I understand. I have been looking for more than 2 years. I’m feeling like I dreamed those pants I loved so much. Good luck.

Kristin 3 years ago

I’ve never had a black pair of Yoga pants, so I can’t understand your pain completely. However, I did have a favorite GAP nightdress, also black, that was so soft you barely knew it was on. It would always hang in just the right way so as to hide my flaws. I left it, in a moment of extreme carelessness, hanging on the back of the bathroom door in a motel. When I called to see if someone had found it, they pretended not to know. But I know. I know that someone is sleeping in my perfect nightie.

The Domestic Goddess 3 years ago

Oh honey. I’m so sorry.

Just did this last fall. I still think of them often. I have two new pairs but…you know it’s never the same. Ever.