Are all These Moms in Yoga Pants Really Going to Work Out?
Just before I moved to the suburbs, a friend (who had already migrated to the land of houses and backyards) looked at my skinny jeans and said, "You know in the suburbs, people wear yoga pants all day long. I didn't think I'd succumb to it but I have. And you will too."
I half expected someone to demand that I trade in my pants when I crossed over the city border into Westchester County. But after four years of suburban living, I haven't given up my jeans or my cords. Mostly because when I wear athletic wear all day, I'm too comfortable. It makes me want to constantly nap and it's very hard to sleep while simultaneously taking care of small children.
But I am an anomaly for the most part. Because at school drop off, it's a sea of yoga pants and tennis skirts. And there is no way all these women are working out.
One morning I ran into a friend wearing an adorable tennis outfit. "When are you playing?" I innocently asked. But she had no intention of ever picking up a racket that day. She was wearing it for comfort, she explained.
Westchester County mom Jodi Press will sometimes wear a tennis skirt too. And she doesn't even play. "I have been known to wear a tennis outfit many times and never step on to the court. I love my outfit though. But seriously, every time I've put on the outfit and tried to learn to play, it has rained. But I do think the outfit is cute so I keep it on."
She jokes that maybe she is burning a few calories just thinking about tennis.
Suburban mom Meredith (who declined to give her last name) says throwing on athletic wear is just a matter of convenience. No workout required.
"It's clean, comfy and I don't feel like I have to put on make up. Plus you never know when you might get chased down by a rabid suburban raccoon and I think it's good to be prepared."
Plus it's more childproof.
"I think it's a lot less upsetting for me to get my workout gear stained with whatever my 2 year old is eating rather than ruining a nice shirt and pants. I also will wear my workout gear during the day if I know I am going out that night. Who wants to waste two good outfits in one day?" says Dina DellaSalla who also lives in the 'burbs.
Debbie Bahl has advice for her fellow suburban mothers. "Relax in your suburban comfy wear and gleefully watch your kids play with the neighbors in the backyard, while you and the other yoga-pants wearing moms can kick back and sip 'special iced tea.'"
And there is yet another advantage. About a year ago, I was strapping my twins into the back of my minivan when a woman got into my driver's seat and attempted to start the car with her keys. I immediately knew it was just an honest mistake. How did I know for sure? Because most carjackers don't wear tennis skirts.
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