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Now that we've decided that yoga pants are just fine for crawling around on the floor with your children
, let's talk about where to get great yoga pants.
Old Navy has ribbed trim active pants
, which are a good basic yoga pant. Available in four colors, including black, in sizes XS to XXL, for $24.50. ON also has smocked gauchos
, for an alternative to the yoga pant. Available in three colors, in sizes XS to XXL, for $14.50.
A word of caution about Old Navy: the rise on their yoga pants tends to be VERY low, which may be an issue for you (it is for me, honestly). Their lounge pants, on the other hand, tend to run large, and can be a nice alternative to traditional yoga pants. Keep in mind as well that pretty much ANY "active" wear from ON will be transitional--it's not designed to withstand too much wear and tear.
Looking for something a little more substantial? I've got you covered.Gaiam has their basic yoga pants on sale right now, for $33.00.
These have an elastic waist that is perfect if you are carrying weight through your midsection. Available in black in sizes S to XL.
Gaiam also offers a boot cut yoga pant, which "offers tummy and backside support." Sign me up. Available in chocolate and black, in sizes S to XL, for $41.00.
Feel like you are hard to fit? Lucy offers three fits and six styles, in sizes 0 to 18. If anyone can cover your backside, it's Lucy. Prices range from $29.00 to $74.00 and Lucy offers free return shipping if you aren't happy with your pants. Also, watch for sales! A sale is ALWAYS good.
Finally, Lululemon makes yoga pants that are rumored to make your ass look fantastic. The Lululemon pants are pricey--around $90.00--and they are not available over the Internet, but if you're living in your yoga pants, these might be worth the splurge.
How should your yoga pants fit? Comfortably, really. Not too tight, but not too loose. What does that mean? It means that we shouldn't be able to see the outline of your underwear through the pants; it means that the crotch should sit at YOUR crotch and not halfway to your knees. The waistband should lie flat; it shouldn't leave marks around your stomach at the end of the day, nor should the waist bunch up when you tie the drawstring.
What about the rest of the outfit? Tees should not pull across your chest or stomach, or gap at the neckline. The shoulder seams shoud sit AT your shoulder, not halfway to your elbow (oh, I wish my HUSBAND would learn that lesson). The hem of your tee should meet the waistband of your pants in the back when you are sitting down.
If you are struggling to fit your post-baby body into your pre-baby tees, start over with a new brand, one that is cut differently, to accommodate your new shape. Look for a tee that is cut a little wider through the midsection; Target has some great options. You want the tee to fit the body you have NOW, not the body you had before you were a mom.
Finally, remember this: your body is a constant reminder that your life has changed, forever. You will have days when you look at yourself in the yoga pants and tee and think this is the rest of my life. But I promise, there will come a day when you have lost the weight and the baby is no longer a baby and you will get up in the morning and put on a cute skirt and a fitted tee and some beautiful shoes and walk out the door. Until then, though (and that day is coming sooner than you think) there is no reason you can't wear practical clothes that fit well and look great and make you happy.