Karl Lagerfeld once famously said, ‘Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You’ve lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants,’ and it seems that women are taking his style advice and shunning trackie daks in favour of more slim-fitting attire.
As in yoga pants.
(Sorry Karl, we’ve discovered the comfort of stretchy spandex and we’re not ever giving it up).
There’s no denying the huge elephant in the room here: yoga pants and/or leggings are a divisive garment.
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You either sit firmly in the leggings are not pants camp or you’re in favour of any kind of style statement involving Lycra.
But what’s not to love? There are so many benefits to wearing your sports gear all day. For example, there’s no zips, buttons or buckles that dig into your skin, you don’t have to worry about anything riding up and say-for-instance you haven’t actually made it to the gym that day, no one will ever be the wiser.
For all they know you could’ve run a half marathon before breakfast, or you could be a personal trainer whose taken her clients through three boot camp sessions before you’ve had a chance to change.
Besides the proponents of exercise trickery, the fitness clothing industry is booming.
According to the Associated Press, “Spending on workout clothes jumped 7 per cent to $31.6 billion during the 12-month period that ended in August from the same period a year ago.”
The rise is due, in part, to our hectic lifestyles. The demand for practical, comfortable, versatile, stylish AND flattering clothing to take us between work and play, and back again is greater than ever.