Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pants rant.

I've got these yoga pants that I mostly love. Except when I have to do any actual exertion in them. It's cooled off here the last few days, so I've been wearing pants instead of shorts for my daily walk, and I don't know who decided that exercisewear should be as unabsorbent as possible, but I'd like to smack him. Because you just know it was a him.

My yoga pants are rare and prized possessions, because if you think plus-size exercise clothes are hard to come by--and they are--they're nothing compared to plus-size petite exercise clothes. It's apparently crossed very few people's minds that there may be some short pudgy girls out there in the world and that they might want to get some exercise to rectify their pudginess, since there's obviously nothing they can do about their shortness.

So I got a wonderful pair of petite XL yoga pants at Land's End several years ago, and then because Land's End stopped making the wonderful yoga pants before I could get any more (of course), I also have two slightly less wonderful pairs from L. L. Bean.

I checked the label on my Land's End pants after my walk today and they're apparently 39% cotton, which you'd think would have some sort of cooling effect. However, they're also 48% nylon, and that's where the problem lies. These pants feel exactly like the navy blue polyester bellbottoms I used to wear in grade school, when I'd go out and play a hearty game of kickball at recess and then come inside and sit in a damp, gooey waist-to-ankles mass of man-made "fabric" that never dried.

That's exactly how these pants feel. And grade school flashbacks are seldom enjoyable for me.

I just can't understand why clothes made for sweating should be made of the worst possible material for letting sweat evaporate.

If you know of any flattering black petite XL exercise pants made for short pudgy girls who actually sweat, let me know, won't you?


Mimi said...

This saddens me, as I love my all cotton yoga pants, so much more than my sweats, even. Who would have thought.

I hope someone has a good lead for you.

Anonymous said...

here ya go.. its a great site with great clothes...i think you'll be delighted.... wonderful quality
take care.......... hope this helps


Lisa V

Amy said...

Hi Janelle, Did you know that cotton really isn't a cooling fabric? The fabric actually holds in moisture and makes you hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. You need to look for a synthetic that promises moisture wicking properties - this helped a lot when I quit running in cotton t-shirts - things became a lot more enjoyable!

Also, at seejanerun.com they have a wide selection of plus sized work out clothes, more than running kind as the name sounds like. The lady who owns it is a plus sized gal and went to look for workout clothes for herself and had the same feeling that how was one supposed to lose the weight if there weren't larger clothes to start with? Thus, her store was born.

Hope this all helps!

Anonymous said...

I have the same problem! Why do they think heavier people are always taller???? Anyway, if you are still looking, I just discovered that the Avenue (www.avenue.com) has not one but TWO styles of petite yoga pants size 14 and up. I think I might try them both!

fendel said...

I ran across your post when searching for "plus-size cotton yoga clothes" -- I share your pain! I know cotton has its drawbacks, but that's what I'm trying to work with for now. eShakti.com has plus-size 100% cotton yoga outfits and will do custom sizes for no extra cost. (I'm not a spammer, just a new pudgy customer of theirs who is realizing how unique their products are.)