Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Alo Yoga Leggings!

New leggings! My first pair from Alo Yoga! I’ve been curious about it, but never got around to getting any item from the brand. I've been erm...pretty loyal to Lululemon, especially now that I keep finding very decent items on the sale rack.

The darling girlfriend bought me this pair of new leggings from Alo Yoga, and I loved it that she got it during the sale. I’d have hated for her to spend more money on it than necessary. Of course she would know my size and what sort of designs I’d pick. Hehehehe. She’s very clever.

Put the pair of new leggings through its paces. First wearing at pilates. No pinching, no strange slipping off of equipment, and not too warm. They held up great. I wouldn't wear this pair for HIIT or cardio classes though. It's a tad thick, so it's perfect for pilates and stretch classes, and to wear out for a short bit before or after. My leggings are often worn for at least half a day, so they need to be comfortable. I prefer them slightly loose. Not a fan of compression tights.

Grinned when people went ballistic over Honor Jones's comment in The New York Times titled 'Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women' published on February 17, 2018. They kinda rejected her statement that women wear yoga pants "because they are sexy". It's an op-ed, so the writer is entitled to her opinion. However, the writer ought to try doing a pincha or a scorpion with wide-legged thick sweatpants and see if she likes it. Or grunt through box jumps with sweatpants.

Sure, in winter, I'd pull sweatpants over leggings. But once I'm in the studio or the gym, it's all warm enough indoors with air-conditioning and heating. I live in the tropics where leggings are perfect in this heat and humidity while offering full coverage for the purposes of modesty. I'm not actually sure I find yoga pants sexy. LOL. I definitely pick fairly boring designs. Sweatpants are hugely impractical for burpees and uhhhh sweat. I mean, they're heavy, and after they absorb sweat, they're heavier. If you're changing out of said sweatpants after the exercise class, imagine how your gym bag would smell after. Eiooowwww.

Here are two paragraphs towards the end of Honor Jones's not too long NYT article that are the most controversial to a certain group of...women. Remember, it's an op-ed, designed for the newspaper's readers to increase interaction with the digital platform to raise their stats.

All of this turns working out from a healthy thing you might do twice a week into a Way of Life, where $120 leggings are more necessity than extravagance. Consider the way that these fancy exercise clothes have spread from the gym to the street, essentially outfitting women for every activity beyond white-collar work. Consider the way the step-counting Fitbit turns every errand into exercise. When yoga pants are the first thing grown women put on every morning, we can’t help absorbing the message that staying fit is our No. 1 purpose in life. 
Women can, of course, be fit and liberated. We may be able to conquer the world wearing spandex. But wouldn’t it be easier to do so in pants that don’t threaten to show every dimple and roll in every woman over 30?


Su-Lin said...

Pants must not 'split'... Haha!

imp said...

Heh. Definitely. The basic requirement!

D said...

love your new yoga pants!

imp said...

D: it’s pretty comfy!