Pants not for showing off recalled for showing off too much.
Popular pantsmakers Lululemon have issued a recall on their “Luon” style of yoga pants, citing too-thin fabric that becomes transparent if it’s stretched–say, if the person wearing it is doing yoga, for example.
Faithful Good Men Project readers may recall our recent yoga pants controversy, a lively back-and-forth on the subject of whether women wear yoga pants with the intent of working out comfortably, or of flaunting what Mother Nature (and yoga, presumably) gave them in the derriere department. If pants are being recalled for being too transparent, that suggests that indeed, they’re not about showing anything off.
GMP editor and yoga pants wearer Joanna Schroeder had this to say:
Yoga pants are important because if you’re serious about your practice, you don’t want to be distracted by your clothing slipping, bunching, or riding up in the crotch. I know a few serious yoga practitioners who are female who wear the same kinds of shorts male practitioners wear (like the baggies at Lululemon made for men), but most prefer a slimmer, tighter fit so that when they lift their leg up during class, you can’t see up the shorts.
I am incredibly conscious of transparency, in fact for 15 years I’ve known that before buying yoga pants, you need to bend over in front of a mirror to test transparency.
For me, the idea that yoga pants are sexy to guys is literally the last thing on my mind when I’m going to yoga. Everyone else wears them, I’ve been wearing them for 15 years, even a lot of guys wear equally-tight shorts in the most advanced classes.
And, naturally, Cosmopolitan wanted to weigh in with their two cents, agreeing that yoga pants are not about serving the male gaze, unlike the 30 articles Cosmo runs every month on “How To Better Serve The Male Gaze”. It seems that even the stalwart defenders of 101 Ways To Drive Him Wild insist on there being comfortable workout pants that aren’t for ogling.