After a few days of craziness, I am back! My baby-dog is healing quickly (her little ear was in quite the state of distress), and I'm coming down from the trauma-high I acquired from the pit bull ambush. I'm so excited to share my thoughts on making the tie-up pants from Gaia Conceptions a year-round part of the wardrobe.
I mentioned in my interview about the year of no-new that I need new yoga pants. Yoga pants are tough to thrift, because people (I'm included in this generalization of "people") tend to find a good pair and wear them until they are literally falling apart at the seams (this holds true for pajamas, too, and I just purchased my first new pair in eight years after the old ones literally fell off of my body...is that too much information?). Also, I'm a little squeamish about buying used body-wear. Call me old fashioned, but it's hard to focus my mind when I'm thinking about whether the last owner of a pair of pants kept the kind of hygiene I like and whether I had washed the pants sufficiently enough to eradicate any traces of errant sweat or (eek!) other bodily fluids that might have stowed away within the fabrics. Alright, that last sentence might have been pushing it, but you catch my drift. I was lucky enough to have thrifted a pair of never-been-worn yoga pants from 24hourfitness (tags still on) via Goodwill. However, I need a new pair still. I'm buying a pair of the tie-up pants from Gaia Conceptions.
The goodies from Gaia Conceptions are handmade by a sweet gal named Andrea using certified organic and eco-friendly fabrics. These pants are local, organic cotton. Andrea also dyes the fabric by hand using fiber reactive low impact dyes. You know I love that.
As much as it is important for me to have super awesome pants for the yoga classes I teach and for my own yoga practice, I need the pants to work into the rest of my wardrobe. For me, walking around in yoga pants all day can push me into the land of the shlumpadinka (I cannot believe that I just quoted Oprah Winfrey); you know, pants that were never meant to see the outside of a gym paired with some ratty old tee from a road-race I ran ten years ago and some equally aged sneakers...not a pretty picture on the one hand, and it is harder for me to actually get things done if I look like I'm on my way to veg out on the couch. This is why the tie-up pants are so swell: the tie-up design gives them that chic lift. Here is my plan for integrating them into my life sans shlump. or dink.