Almost missed the fashion trend or what you learn in a supermarket

Similar to some of the healthy food I bought. Source: startofhappiness

Similar to some of the healthy food I bought. Source: startofhappiness

Earlier this week I was at the upscale market. It was mid-morning. That’s when the fashion mommies do their shopping. I try to avoid that time because they use the “kid carts” that are large and unwieldy and take up the whole aisle. (That’s in addition to the kid whining that is louder than my whining.)

There were two mommies talking (and totally blocking the aisle) and I saw something I haven’t noticed before. They wore a uniform. They were both dressed in cute exercise clothes although it was obvious they didn’t come from the gym.

There was no sweat anywhere. Nor did their hair have that gym look (or is it only my hair that gets that gym look?). Nothing was out-of-place. This was shopping fashion.

It was a warm day but they had layered tee-shirts that showed strappy bras or maybe they were racerback tanks. Hard to tell.

One had on compression capris (or maybe they weren’t compression and she was that tight) and the other had those new little gym skorts I’ve been seeing in catalogs lately.

Perked up, I was on the lookout as I picked up my (mostly) healthy items. There were a lot of mommies sporting uniforms. All sorts of “active wear.” That’s what they call it now. It includes a lot of yoga clothes with names that I can’t pronounce or spell. They must be yoga terms.

The only yoga term I know is downward dog. It’s a good position if you are bothered by excess gas but you should do it alone or aim the appropriate part to the wall!

This is truly downward dog. Photo taken by Meg Price of her dog Barney. Courtesy of Flickr

This is truly downward dog. Photo taken by Meg Price of her dog Barney. Courtesy of Flickr

Six months ago I wouldn’t have known all this.

Six months ago, before my thumb surgery which made me seek out pants without zippers, I had no clue about yoga pants.

I thought they were pants you wore only if you did yoga.

Now I know that they are the new “everyday wear.” They replaced jeans when I wasn’t paying attention.

The mommies have something though. These pants (especially the ones without compression) are the best. Comfortable enough to overeat at lunch. Basic black that you can dress up and go to dinner.

I have to pay attention more often. I almost missed this fashion trend.

My catalog doesn’t have any clothing for men. I know they do yoga too. I wonder what they wear. Maybe sweat pants?

Men's pants seem to be looser. Courtesy of Seattle Yoga News.

Men’s pants seem to be looser. Courtesy of Seattle Yoga News.

 

 

 

49 thoughts on “Almost missed the fashion trend or what you learn in a supermarket

  1. We see a lot of yoga pants and active wear here. But young men still seem to be sporting the falling down pants look – not a good look, especially if they bend over.

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  2. Yes Kate, even in my teeny rural town yoga pants, capris, all of what you mentioned is what is being worn for everyday wear. Even old peeps my age. But those clothes are too HOT in summer… whew! I still reach for good old capris for summer and a pair of shorts that are just above the knee.

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    • I found that to be true too. I bought “yoga” capris but the fabric is warm so it’s not good for the hottest days but works well for evenings out. My favorite for hot days are long shorts that are just above the knee, made out of linen. Very hard to find. I have two pair that are 3 years old. They are fading but I haven’t found any that fit the same way. If they have elastic at the waist it gets all bunchy (I have a small waist).

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  3. I do think yoga pants are really cute on young women, but I think I’m best served wearing them in yoga class or just around the house. I’m probably just too self-conscious. But they are so comfortable! I need to shop earlier in the day so I can catch fashion tips, too! After work everyone in the store looks a little like me…bedraggled! 🙂

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  4. Yoga pants are pajamas you can go to Starbucks in. I wear them every morning. As far as carts go, tis the season to hate kids in the produce aisle. Although in Bed Bath and Beyond you can shop with your dog in your cart. We like that since they don’t say much.

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  5. You just discovered yoga pants?! I LOVE them, but that love is qualified. I love the ones that fit like pants. Not the ones that are too tight for my thighs to shimmy into them.

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    • Yep just discovered this spring. I always thought of them as really tight uncomfortable pants until I found some that are more like pants. Nice elastic waist without bunching. No old lady look. I like them! I have too many bumps for the tight ones.

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  6. Being able to dress comfortably every day is probably my favorite part of retirement. I love yoga pants for exercise class but don’t live in them otherwise – I’m not built for that. And call me old-fashioned but I STILL can’t get used to bras and bra straps hanging out everywhere!

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  7. I love your downward dog picture.

    I, too, have several pairs of yoga pants. I wear them around the house or to the gym. Otherwise when I wear yoga pants or leggings, I wear a long tunic or blouse. They look all right on the young mothers (some of them), but for me they’re too revealing. Maybe my yoga pants are too thin or too tight, but I’d feel like I was going out in colored panty hose and I’d forgotten my skirt. I’m a grandma, after all.

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    • Athleta Metro Slouch are perfect. They fit more casually with an elastic waist without billowing. They do not look like tights at all. I liked them so much I bought capri version for the summer although the fabric is too warm for the warmest days. Come ‘on Grandma! You are beautiful and young!

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      • I’ve avoided the “tights” look. Will look for this brand for fall – now it’s just too hot except for shorts ( at home) or capri length out. I inherited bad veins in back of knees – other than looking “old-ish”, not a bother.
        Now the last generation did what the youngest cuties are doing now : sundresses/ full skirts for hot weather. Back then “proper ladies” did not wear pants. My mom never owned jeans, but did have some of those poly pantsuits (talk about hot fabric)

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        • Athleta brand is under The Gap group. My Mom never wore pants except for traveling at the very end of her life. Mostly she wore cotton house dresses and went barefoot as much as she could. Her summer dresses were sleeveless with a scoop neck because she couldn’t stand high necked clothes. I bet those were much cooler than anything we wear today. I remember all the pretty bright and light colored prints. Her older sister (who seemed 2 generations older) wore dark long dresses with those nasty tie shoes. My mother never owned a pair of jeans either.

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          • Thanks. There used to be stretchy black slim straight leg pants sold at Express that were called “sorority pants” as all the girls wore them in college. (about 2000). I inherited a pair from daughter – Those were wonderful. Cried when they came apart…maybe these will fill in for them.
            All those light cotton dresses. So much ironing. Mom once decided she wanted a pair of jeans, but we went to the store and you know how it is – try on so many pairs to find one that fits…she didn’t have the patience.

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            • That’s funny. I forgot all about the ironing. We did a lot of that back then. Can’t remember the last time I ironed something. When you find something you like you have to buy a case because they WILL discontinue it.

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  8. You made my day Kate! I didn’t know I was such a fashionista 😉 … LOL
    I wear yoga gear 6 days out of 7 because I teach it. It now feels weird to not wear yoga capris on my day off. They really are comfortable!

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    • You teach it? I am in awe! I’ve been talking about trying it but one thing or the other keeps coming up. I believe you gave me the name of someone here locally and I did find her studio.

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  9. Bahahaha! You are so smart to have discovered the new every-day “fashion mommies” in the grocery store! On the plus side,even though I don’t do yoga (since my body cramps in unusual places) the yoga pants I found 2 years ago are so comfortable I wear them almost every day, and now wearing them out and washing in Woolite to preserve the fading color. I fear they can never be replaced. I wonder, can you patch yoga pants like you can jeans? P.S. The Downward Dog picture is priceless! 🙂

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    • There is nothing better than a dog doing downward dog. My cats do it all the time. Of course I could never get them to pose for a photo. When you find something you like you have to buy a case of it because as soon as the manufacturer finds out YOU like it, they discontinue it. After all, how stylish can it be if we mature ladies like it.

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  10. I don’t know, Kate. Based on how some of those yoga pants/ spandex is sprayed on these moms, it seems like it would take more effort pulling those things up and over than it would a zipper. Comfort is fleeting.

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    • At this point there is no connection between wearing the pants and doing the yoga. I don’t think anyone is more active than mommies with little ones (not that I would know from personal experience).

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  11. I don’t pay attention to what people wear . . . or the cars they drive . . . or their jewelry. If they are buying things to impress me, they are just flushing money down the toilet. 😛

    I am all about comfort ~ capris, shorts, skirts, tops. Not too tight. Not too loose. Easy on. Easy off. Cool fabrics that breathe.

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    • I think they are buying for comfort. Or maybe it’s the fad right now. Some of it is indeed comfortable and easy on and off. That’s how I found it after my surgery. No zippers to close or metal to worry about.

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  12. Funny and so true, Kate. I was sitting in a park in Boston, people watching, and noticed that just about every woman was (young!) wearing yoga pants or black leggings. For some reason I prefer wearing jeans or a skirt when I go out to run errands. But, if I stop at the store on my way home from a run or the gym it’s very obvious! Hair wet with sweat, possibly red faced and a big GPS on my wrist.

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  13. I’m seeing these everywhere too. And, not just at the grocery store and Starbucks… they are everywhere at the malls. I’m not sure when it because OK to display ones butt like that – big or small, tight or loose. But, I suppose, were I young, small and tight once more, I’d be doing the same thing. Now, I wear leggings, but only with a top long enough to cover my arse.

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    • The ones I bought weren’t the skin tight version. They were called slouch and although they weren’t very wide legged, weren’t leggings either. I always like something to cover my arse.

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      • I bought one pair of leggings and wore them with a long sweater. I was so uncomfortable! i felt like I’d stepped out wearing pantyhose and no skirt! No one needs to see the shape of the lumps that used to be my knees. I wear my Mom jeans and stay covered. I have a pair or two of yoga pants but there’s no pocket for my cell phone, chap stick and pocket knife. I have my needs.

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        • Remember the old stirrup pants? I was young and didn’t like them because of the knee thing. I have one pair of leggings but they are a thick material that neither bag nor show ripples (not yoga pants) and I only wear with high boots. I wear with a long top and it’s a very nice outfit but somehow it’s not all that comfortable. Maybe I don’t like wearing high boots all the time. My pants have a couple of zippered pockets but I don’t use them. Pocket knife? You must have been a girl scout!

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  14. I’m not a fan of yoga pants worn for anything but yoga practice. I like structured jeans or khakis for my run around clothes. I think I’ve seen too many woman around here who wear yoga pants a size or two too small. Their squeeshed-in look has made a lasting impression– and frightened me off of yoga pants entirely.

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    • I’ve seen that too. They are some versions that aren’t all that tight. Personally mine are looser and don’t look like yoga pants (of course I bought them in navy and that helped make them look different too). What I like is the fit and comfortable waist.

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  15. From what I hear, these same mommies frequent Starbucks. And my brother, The General, is a regular practitioner of the downward facing dog pose. But don’t tell him I told you – he’d be terribly embarrassed. It doesn’t fit his image.

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