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‘Yoga Pants Are Ruining Women’ Says Culture Critic Fran Lebowitz. Nonsense!

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We know yoga pants have been the bane of fashion’s existence since the “Let’s Get Physical!” spandex-laden 80s. And now there’s a whole industry of athleisure walking around? Oh, the horror! Actress Eva Mendes has said sweat pants are the number one reason for divorce (note: she didn’t say yoga pants, but she pretty much hates all pants, so. She later apologized for her comment.) And now cultural critic and original snark icon Fran Lebowitz has publicly decried yoga pants for “ruining women.”

You know what we say? Prove it! We’ve only known yoga pants to relieve stress and free us from a world of devilish denim. If unrestrictive, comfortable, breathable pants are ruining women, it’s only in the best way possible. Cry freedom!

In her interview with Elle magazine, Lebowitz, an author and speaker who’s famous for her sardonic commentary, tore into today’s fashion and many people’s choice to sport yoga pants around town.

All these clothes that you see people wearing, the yoga clothes—even men wear them!—it’s just another way of being in pajamas.

Exactly! Maybe she does get it.

You need more natural beauty to get away with things like that.


What’s so great thing about clothes is that they’re artificial—you can lie, you can choose the way you look, which is not true of natural beauty. So if you’re naturally beautiful, wear what you want, but that’s .01% of people. Most people just aren’t good looking enough to wear what they have on. They should change. They should get some slacks and a nice overcoat.

Says the woman who wears the same outfit every day of her life it’s become her uniform, which is fine, but hey, come on, you’re picking on comfort? Plus, we know there is major moolah to be made in this athleisurely industry now, because people enjoy comfort and function and keep buying up everything Lululemon and Athleta have to offer, sometimes at totally insane prices.

Lebowitz also said that men wearing shorts is “disgusting.” Actually, she went as far as to say, “There are few things I would rather see less, to tell you the truth. I’d just as soon see someone coming toward me with a hand grenade.” Ha!

At least yoga pants she only wishes would be banned. Maybe she and Montana’s David Moore can team up for a new draft of his no yoga pants bill – only model-y types may wear yoga pants in public!

If only yogis were more like drag queens.

Can you imagine if women tried as hard as drag queens? We’d be a much more attractive culture. I wouldn’t have to give out so many yoga pants citations.

We can’t disagree with the attractiveness there, but that’s by very narrow fashion and contoured makeup standards. We think Lebowitz needs to loosen up, take off her stiffened Levi’s and cowboy boots every once in a while and let her toes get some air. We know she is relentlessly cynical, which we admit, we do kind of love and admire, but not when you’re going for our yoga pants, sister. Not our yoga pants.



12 comments… add one
  • PS in NY

    Yoga pants are ruining women? Only if they’re so tight they cut off your circulation.

  • yogi

    “If only women tried as hard as drag queens.”

    Yes, that’s what’s wrong with women. They’re spending too much time working and raising families!

  • Oh boy, here we go again! I have lost count of how many times I have read where someone was blaming yoga pants for something. I guess it’s just yoga pant’s turn to take the blame, before it was skinny jeans, string bikinis, etc. Whew!

  • FreedomToThink

    On the subject of ruining women… What was that cartoon where one character says to the other in a surprised & shocked tone; “That’s a woman?” Far be it for me to criticize, but it is a critic, it should understand.

  • Karen

    Darn women, going about their days as of they’re human beings of varying shapes, sizes, tastes, and lifestyles.

  • himix

    She looks like a guy… and dresses like one

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