There is one reason, and one reason only, why we’ve decided to include Vancouver on this list of the sartorially damned: yoga pants. We blame you, Vancouver, birthplace of a certain, insanely popular yoga gear brand which will go unnamed, for spawning a street trend dreaded by all women with wobbly bits and fat deposits in the wrong places. Really, what gives with the whole wearing of bum hugging workout gear to every other place except the gym? On behalf of women with hips and thighs everywhere, who like their pants to have buttons and zippers thank you very much, and who are of the opinion that yoga pants are a ruse worn by lazy pseudo-fashionistas, we beseech you: unless you plan to do a downward dog within the hour, spare us the yoga pants and put on some real trousers.
Now, as a mom of two and someone who lives an active lifestyle, I really, really appreciate the virtues of yoga pants. They are comfortable and most people consider them flattering (still up for debate – you really need to click here and here to see what I mean – trust me).
Here’s my two cents: Yoga pants are called “Yoga” pants for a reason…they are for, you guessed it, YOGA! In Vancouver we embrace our outdoor lifestyle. We love our hikes, snowboarding, kite-surfing, Pilates and yoga. There are many places here where it is totally acceptable to wear casual, workout-style clothing to work. Some employers actually encourage “dressing down” and, if it fits with the corporate culture, fair enough. If this is the case at your place of work, so be it – go for it! Embrace your inner yogi and stay super comfortable all day long while you get the job done (I, by the way, am very envious!).
But, if you work in a professional environment, where you meet with clients and executives – take heed! It is usually expected (and I’m not sure when this became a grey area) that you dress appropriately. Take a look around your workplace. The old “When in Rome” adage is probably a good place to start. If your colleagues are all dressing casually and wearing flip flops and t-shirts, it is likely part of the corporate culture and, hey, that’s cool. However, if your workmates are dressed in sweater sets, blazers and dress pants…well, you get the picture.
People…unless you get the okay from your employer, work-out clothes should be for working-out. And…please, please don’t try to compromise by pairing your Lululemons with heels!! Seriously….are you f#%@king kidding me?by