Ok, listen. I am well aware that, in general, a person should put on real clothes before venturing out into the real world. I agree with you. I do. In general.

I mean, it’s just kind of sad seeing a fully grown person waltzing around Target in their pajama bottoms, and you just assume an adult man walking around in sweatpants and an over-sized shirt is either homeless or hungover, right?

So we’re all clear? That I do think, for the most part, that being in public requires putting at least a moderate amount of effort into your appearance? In the very least, the effort it requires to put on real pants? Ok, glad that’s cleared up.

Because now we’re going to discuss the exception.

I’ve realized that I have very little problem waltzing around in the public sphere in workout clothes (and here’s the qualifier) AS LONG AS I’ve actually been working out just prior or plan to right after I finish the errand I’m running in said public sphere.

I used to feel this twinge of, “Hmm…I wonder if I should be wearing pants that aren’t 60 percent spandex while I’m doing ____,” but now I just consider it a badge of honor. I actually worked out, so I’ll wear stretch pants to the grocery store if I darn well please.

Of course, like anything, this attitude has to be expressed in moderation. After all, there’s a fine, fine line between being prepared and waltzing around in sweats just because, who knows, you might accidentally do a lunge later. But in general, I find that just putting on my workout clothes goes a long way in making sure I actually go to the gym.

Because then if I don’t, I’m just the girl in stretch pants all day. And I don’t think I’m ready for that title yet.

What about you? Does wearing athletic shoes make it more likely that you’ll do something athletic that day? Or does it just mean you’re going to be sportily dressed for lounging?



4 Responses to Real pants, real issues

  • Harriet says:

    I think it depends on where you live, honestly. In college towns in the midwest, people walk around in sweats and workout clothes all the time, and no-one bats an eye. When I moved to Texas, I noticed that people here do not, under any circumstances, wear their workout clothes out, not even for a quick run to the grocery store.
    So, I’ve adjusted. But I miss being able to just quickly pop out for milk. :)

  • Susan says:

    1) Please tell me you actually creeped on this man at the grocery store. Were you pretending to take a picture of pop (you know, as people do) and instead sneakily got him in the picture?
    2) He’s wearing Chicago Bears pajama pants, which furthers a sneaking suspicion of mine: Rocking not-real-pants in public is a Midwest thing. I once went to the Drake Diner wearing Matt’s pj pants (long story), and while I thought I’d feel super out of place, I actually kind of fit in. I think the mentality is like “this isn’t indecent… so judge away, fellow grocery shoppers.”
    3) So, if you think about it, it’s not lazy, it’s empowering. Yes, empowering. I’m not wearing these fleecy pants because I’m LAZY, I’m wearing them because I LOVE myself.
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  • Michelle says:

    I love you and we are friends, but I wear black GapFit pants almost everywhere I go. Yes, sometimes I’m planning to work out or just did, but actually those aren’t usually the same pants. I just don’t like real pants (http://michtalkstoomuch.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/you-dont-actually-hate-pants/)
    so there. Plus I’m broke right now :)
    On a side note, Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the View talks about how she wears her sports bra all day until she works out, she’s even showed her straps on-set. Sometimes I just pretend I’m following her fitness mantra.
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