Letter: Please, women, put away the yoga pants

Posted 10/19/16

To the editor:

The absolute worst thing to ever happen in women fashion is the recent development of yoga pants as daily wear outside the yoga studio. 

Not since the mini-skirt has there …

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Letter: Please, women, put away the yoga pants


To the editor:

The absolute worst thing to ever happen in women fashion is the recent development of yoga pants as daily wear outside the yoga studio. 

Not since the mini-skirt has there been something worn by so many women who should never have it on in the first place. 

From casual to formal, weddings, funerals, shopping, and even for the workplace, yoga pants are everywhere on women of all ages, usually paired with a blousy top and a pony tail hairdo. What a disaster!

Like the mini-skirt, yoga pants can be adorable on children and young women who have the benefit of nature's blessing of youth. However, on mature, adult women there is something bizarre and disturbing about the appearance they make in public. Maybe it's the unforgiving perspective they provide, inappropriate for general consumption, TMI, or the spector of someone coping poorly with their weight or advancing age that makes yoga pants so weird in public. 

A nice pair of tailored slacks, jeans, or anything else would be better than those stinky, tacky, ridiculous looking yoga pants. They do nothing to compliment a women over 20 years old. In fact, the look is bad. Do yourself a favor, grow up and stop wearing them in public.

Besides, why would you want to wear something that's seen on dozens of other women every day, everywhere? I thought women didn't like doing that for obvious reasons. Yoga pants belong in the yoga studio. What's next? Wearing a "Speedo" to the supermarket? Imagine if men did that. Yuck!

To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age. I don't want to struggle with yours. Thanks,

Alan Sorrentino



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  • This is the most ridiculous letter to the editor. This is what you took time out of your day to write? To judge and admonish others' style? Live your life and let others live theirs. Your problem with other people's clothing says more about you than it does about them. I'm embarrassed for the Barrington Times to publish such a letter.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Report this

  • What nerve. How dare you. We will wear whatever we want - as long as we are not violating any laws, it is none of your business. In this age of body-shaming awareness, we women, who have always been our own harshest critics, are rising above magazine and movie expectations. We don't need your opinion. So I will ignore it, just as I suggest you ignore the insult to your tender sensibilities.

    Thursday, October 20, 2016 Report this

  • PrimroseHill

    Wow, Alan... do you not have anything better to do than to waste your time thinking about what others are wearing? Why was this published?

    Thursday, October 20, 2016 Report this

  • ContactSupport


    What is your stance on Crocs?

    Thursday, October 20, 2016 Report this

  • bigkwon


    I'm guessing there is a zero percent chance that you use the internet (based solely on your somewhat less than progressive stance on women's fashion), and thus will never see this comment. If, by some miracle, you see this, please know that I support your right to say the absolutely ridiculous things stated in your letter. I certainly wouldn't have had the courage to do it, but that's why I'm not getting a yoga pants parade in front of my house, and you are!

    P.S. I hope you have a special pair of slacks picked out for the event because you are going to need to look your best if you are going to win any of these ladies over!

    Thursday, October 20, 2016 Report this

  • K101

    Not the best week to be publicly shaming women on their looks, ol' boy, we are pretty fired up. Enjoy the parade!

    Thursday, October 20, 2016 Report this

  • warrenstrong

    Do you get laid?

    Friday, October 21, 2016 Report this

  • patagu

    I am a Barrington woman over the age of 20. I read this letter, had a good chuckle, put the paper down and got on with my day. I was not offended in the least, and thought that it was just fine for that man to say anything he wants. What he says does not affect my life and my choices whatsoever. There are so many more things to worry about. Who cares.

    Friday, October 21, 2016 Report this

  • MMO

    The writer has the right to say what he feels about women and how they dress. People can moan and complain and bash, still doesn't change that fact. To say to a newspaper it should not have been published is censorship and violating free speech of an individual. Deal with it ladies and gentleman, or move to a less tolerant place. I commend the editor for publishing this letter.

    Friday, October 21, 2016 Report this

  • agalag689


    What an absolute nerve--coming from a man who probably hasn't changed his socks or underwear in a week! Women have had it with men's beer bellies, unshaven faces, body odor, skid marks, you name it! AND many of them think they are God's gift. If women want to wear Yoga pants, good for them! At least they're clean, covering their bodies, and not writing ridiculous e-mails. I don't agree with the parade in front of this person's house, as you're just giving him the attention he wants. This man has serious issues.

    Friday, October 21, 2016 Report this

  • Erikathemom

    Dear really really old man. Thank you for your advice on how women over 20 should be dressing. As a man in your 60's, it's quite obvious that you would know so much better than any of us dumb woman what does and does not look good on us. I mean look at you! You are the hub of fashion as an old guy, and of course you know better.

    The reality is, we know what we like ladies. We'll do what we please. You have no right to assume that we give a hoot about your opinion. I encourage you please, not to look. Women, just like men, come in various shapes and sizes. We wear what makes us feel good - JUST LIKE YOU! And if you think I look fat in yoga pants, that I have cellulite, that I'm too old and I'm not a 10 - I can tell you whole heartedly - I could care less!

    We don't wear yoga pants for you, we wear them for us and will continue to do so!

    Monday, October 24, 2016 Report this

  • CPM

    So this is the famous yoga pants letter. I first heard about it on the national news. It even made it onto the BBC world news.

    Women, of course, can wear whatever they want, but I'll admit that it has always puzzled me that so many out-of-shape woman wear skin-tight clothes in public. No, I don't enjoy looking at such women -- however, I wouldn't have written a cranky letter-to-the-editor about it. Truthfully, I don't see many women wearing such clothing, so I don't see why it's an issue. I suspect that yoga pants are the equivalent of sweat pants for men, and that women wear them as a matter of comfort.

    Let me add that no one is complaining about cycling tights on men, which can be very revealing.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Report this

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