My son had his first baseball game last weekend. It was a tournament so we started early in the day. In April, it’s hard to know how to dress for outdoor activities, because you could start out freezing and go to 70, 75 degrees in the afternoon.
For the morning, I opted for skinny jeans, sneakers, a sweatshirt with a t-shirt underneath. I thought that was fairly standard attire for attending a ballgame.
So then, every other mom shows up in goddamn yoga pants like everyone had agreed to meet at the gym, work out and then come to the game. It was like a basic white bitch convention. EVERY OTHER MOM was in yoga pants. I honestly didn’t know this was a thing. And I’m definitely not saying that every mom in this group has the body to be wearing yoga pants in public. A few do, a few don’t. But, to a person, every mom was rocking yoga pants. And then some kind of athletic top.
It was like waking up from a nightmare and realizing Sporty Spice was the cool one all along, and not Scary like you had thought.
I needed someone to back me up. So I quickly texted my closest friend since grade school, someone who is my partner in pointing out the faults in others, therefore making ourselves feel superior. “Why the F is every other mom at this baseball game wearing yoga pants? Did I miss this memo?”
I expected a “LOL” from her or even a “LMAO” or a “Yoga pants are the worst!” But instead, I got, “IDK, yoga pants are all I wear anymore.”
Somehow I have missed out on what appears to be an ACTUAL THING that people are doing. People are wearing yoga pants OUTSIDE THE YOGA STUDIO??? How did I not notice this happening before? Now I really feel like I’m alone in the world if my BFF has also succumbed to the yoga pants-wearing trend.
I feel very self-conscious in yoga pants. I feel like my butt is on display, and I’m not ok with that. If I’m going to rock them, I like to wear a longer shirt that covers the ass. And honestly, I don’t own a ton of longer shirts. And yoga pants aren’t cheap! I can’t afford to re-do my entire wardrobe with this in mind.
And I also don’t want to seem like I’m just giving in to the trend, either. I don’t want to show up at the next game totally decked out like I’m about to run a 5k. (Believe me, I’m not).
At the same time, I don’t want to be the weird mom, hanging out in her mom jeans, not cool enough to go to Starbucks with the other moms. This is a true conundrum. I am so conflicted.