Yoga Pants, Avocados and Other Trends …

Back in the 1970’s and 80’s, ‘Avocado and Prawns with a Rose Marie Sauce’ was considered the height of sophistication. Sadly this delicious trend went into hibernation for a couple of decades but I confess to utter delight when it made something of a comeback.

It seems that now Avocado Toast (sadly without a prawn in sight) is the alternative trend, particularly if eaten at a trendy table on the sidewalk at an expensive Manhattan brasserie whilst wearing Lululemon yoga pants.

Wearing yoga pants (or yoga bottoms to my Brit friends) is also quite the ’thing’ at the moment. Another trend. These are not however to be confused with cotton leggings often seen with a v.p.l., saggy, baggy knees, and tucked into ten year old UGG boots – this is a very different look.

Wearing these tightly fitting pieces of Lycra understandably gives the impression that one is either on the way to, or has just left a class; thus meaning that they’re a busy person with a busy schedule, who takes exercise seriously. They’re worn by the sort of woman with good legs and a pert bottom who has a weekly mani/pedi and blowout. They are not the sort who would ever be late to collect their children from school and only ever shaves their legs in the summer. ie Normal human beings. No, these yoga pants people are in control of their lives.

I now aspire to be a Yoga Pant Person.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this current trend has not gone unnoticed by the Colonel, indeed most men, and, in what I can only consider to be a moment of madness or unrealistic optimism, he recently bought me a pair.

Whether he was suggesting I needed more activity in my life to tone my derrière I don’t know, but the effort of squeezing myself into something more akin to a wetsuit was enough aerobic activity to bring me out in a sweat. I am now the proud, if faintly hesitant owner of a pair of dark green yoga pants.

I can only assume that this is what a pair of Bridget Jones’s big knickers or Spanx do. In short, they suck in and elevate.

My bottom has been lifted and is now self-isolating away from the backs of my upper thighs which is quite a novelty … they’ve been too close for a number of years. The seams and stitching seem to take the focus away from lumps and bumps and yet, despite being tightly squeezed in (to the extent that I may require additional help to extricate myself), I can move and bend very easily. These pants have in the space of 3 minutes, taken five years off my legs and bottom. No wonder people are wearing them.

I am now trying to remember those old yoga moves whilst the Colonel looks on in amusement. I can’t say I’d ever go outside in public in them, when life returns to normal, but then again, my mind has been broadened with these new trends and if there was a prawn cocktail involved who knows?

Kx

49 thoughts on “Yoga Pants, Avocados and Other Trends …”

    1. Indeed 😂 They are incredible! The only downside I can see so far is that they pick up fluff on the rug in the sitting room and I’ve been playing with the dog for the last couple of hours, so I look a little fluffy, but can live with that.

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  1. Very topical and witty use of the phrase “self-isolating” Katie, well done! I thought yoga pants were a little looser though, and the thing you’re describing are just lycra leggings. But I recall seeing them often, back in the good old days, you know, when kids went to school rather than be taught at home, and certain trendy mums did the school run in such trousers, with matching top, and accessorised with iPhone strapped to the arm (which is so 2015, don’t they know about Apple Watch) all ready to jog away as soon as children have disappeared into school… Probably just far enough round the corner so no-one sees them dive into their 2019 reg Audi or Land Rover 4×4 and drive the 0.3 mile journey home…

    For me, for my daily yoga practice, a pair of comfortable worn Marvel superhero leisure pants bought for about a fiver in a sale in Tesco about three years ago do just fine… With Iron Man, Hulk and Spiderman all over my bottom, some of their superpowers must surely rub off…

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    1. Ha! Ha! I just love this! Maybe I’ve actually got cycling leggings minus the foam bottom bit, or maybe my dear husband just got a size too small … this is quite possible as neither of us has worked out the US sizing system. They do have rather natty little pockets in the sides, but in truth I don’t think I could fit anything in them, which makes me think that yes, they just might be a tad too small which is why they’re so tight 😨. I won’t tell him though as it was very kind of him to give them to me …
      I’m sure your Marvel pants rub off some superpowers! I like the sound of them. Can you wear them out and about? I remember arriving at the school gates in shorts, tee shirt and a pair of purple wellington boots. Being a gardener, invariably I had muddy knees and filthy fingernails. I don’t think I ever really fitted in!

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  2. I was so distracted by the memory of avocado and prawns in Marie Rose sauce that I almost drifted past the pants. Yoga Pants are a gals best friend. Beloved here, I hereby prescribe them as the tonic we all need in our lives today. I don’t wear them in public you understand …. just admire the effect chez nous! Xx

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    1. I think I’m with you about not wearing them in public … I feel rather, naked! Yes, I’m surprised I’ve not come had them before. In truth I think I associated them with the old-style leggings that are very unforgiving. Now, life will be very different! Xx

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      1. I’m sure that’s not true! I have to say, I think I’m luckier up here …. between you and I, the fashion bar is quite low out of the city and I actually feel quite svelte (so long as I’m not in the presence of an adolescent or college student …. they are frighteningly barbie! Xx

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      2. Ahh, I think I’d be happier out of the city then! One thing I’ve discovered here is that absolutely anything goes in terms of fashion. In truth I think I’d got into quite a rut with my clothes and so it’s really refreshing to start again and be braver with different styles. It’s a very different ‘look’ here compared to London and I like it and makeup too … totally different which I’m adjusting to, slowly! Xx

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  3. Nice, refreshing post! I’m glad you found some solace and comfort in your gifted yoga pants in these difficult times! 🙂 Personally I don’t think I could ever pull them off, but I am very very happy for you 😀

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    1. In truth, I can’t really and couldn’t (in the physical sense!) pull them off, but they’re mightily comfy once on! But it’s extraordinary how they suck everything in! Hope you have a lovely day wherever you’re isolating and stay safe xx

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      1. Thank you so much 🙂 and yes sometimes we need to try something on to realise if or if not it works for us! Hopefully someday, when all this is over, I will find some yoga pants that become my best friend as well! 😀

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    1. Ahhh, now that is a very good point. And I fear the answer is no. Now that I have established that I am wearing a size too small, and with my inability to fully comprehend the word “moderation”, there is only one solution: I would have to remove said yoga pants in the middle of the brasserie and then would be able to eat my weight in avocados with shrimp on the side. Of course there might be a few repercussions??

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    1. Oooh I so love it! Except I do remember that sometimes they used to give a prawn cocktail (minus the avocado) in a glass with lots of straggly lettuce and it was rather difficult to eat without getting the rose marie sauce all over one’s chin!

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  4. Haha still often choose an avocado 🥑 prawn cocktail when eating out. Those were the days! Thicker leggings with ankle boots are great but hate seeing thin, gym leggings out and about shopping, etc. Great post. Xxx

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    1. My pants? Erm, I mean my yoga pants? … No, but they stare at me threateningly at night from my chair in the bedroom. They question exactly why I ate two portions of chocolate pudding for supper in the knowledge that it’s only going to get harder and harder to squeeze myself into them … fair point I say, but hot chocolate spongy pudding with a runny middle and a big dollop of vanilla ice cream is simply too much to resist. How’s your resistance to ice cream going 😉😁!

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  5. although I am allergic to avocados I enjoyed the post. Hi there. I am going around the neighborhood introducing myself. My name is Marc. My blog contains excerpts from my book The Driveway Rules. It contains memoirs about growing up with undiagnosed autism. I hope you stop by.

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    1. Lovely to meet you Marc. I’m glad you enjoyed the post although I’m sorry you’re allergic to avocados! I look forward to reading your blog. Fantastic that you’ve written a book … I’m impressed! Katie

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