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* Do we have thoughts about the undeniable fact that yoga pants are becoming the norm for streetwear for women? Street tights? Am I old-fashioned if I admit I feel slightly over-exposed if I wear running tights out to Trader Joes? Are they comfy as all hell? Yep. Do I wear tights around the house with sweaters during the colder months? I sure do. But....out into the world, even to greet the UPS guy? I feel odd. And this could be just me. I've been in a ton of yoga classes and can verify, first hand, that not all tights offer the same amount of coverage. There is one regular yogi in the community class who I now know has tattoos on her ass because her tights are see-through when she's in downward dog. It wouldn't be polite of me to tell you what else I know about her....More and more good old boys are slapping bumperstickers onto their oversized trucks that declare "I love yoga pants". Can't blame them, I suppose, for being so in-your-face with their approval. Is this sexism?

* Crazy wind rain snow storm up here. No electricity all day yesterday. I used the limited available light (my house is very dark) to sew a teensy doll and to read. I started with The Dog Stars but two chapters in put it down. Maybe for good. Am I the only one who goes into existential despair at the thought of apocalyptic dystopian futures???? I must be. Look at the popularity of *gag* The Hunger Games....or The Handmaid's Tale. I just don't get it. Ugh. I began Half-Life by Shelley Jackson which is ASTONISHING. Hip and intellectual. Wow. The print is miniscule though and the book is brick-sized...so it made for hard reading, but I'm committed.



* Taboo!!!! I'm in love with this show! I thought I was the only one left in these modern times who used the phrase "cut of your jib".

* Not talking about my parents too much because I'm adopting an approach in which I'm trying to not let the situation take over my life when I'm home. The fatalism is devouring me.

I just found out that Jason Molina succumbed to his terrible addiction back in 2013. His music was never easy and I guess I just drifted away from it. RIP, Jason.

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ashbet
Jan. 19th, 2017 05:48 pm (UTC)
I wear leggings out of the house, but only with a skirt/dress or a long top that covers my butt.

Not a huge fan of the legging/yoga pants as a substitute for actual pants... but I also don't dig the "PJ pants to leave the house" trend, so it's less about exposure and more about appropriateness/formality for me.

(Obviously, I can disapprove of a trend without being judge-y to people who believe otherwise -- I just don't care for the look.)

With that said, totally wearing Killstar Ouiji-print leggings with a black dress today ^___^

<3!

Edited at 2017-01-19 05:48 pm (UTC)
bleodswean
Jan. 19th, 2017 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yep, yep, yep. And I don't know if I'm being judge-y for others or because of my own feelings. It's similar...to how I felt when every single girl was out there sporting their whale tails...and it was off-putting. And I'm not a prude...it just seems so sloppy.

Leggings I approve of!
ashbet
Jan. 19th, 2017 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, the Visible Thong Trend -- I do not miss that!!

-- A (black cotton boyshorts forever!)
ashbet
Jan. 20th, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
I got zero actually good pics of today's outfit, but the reason is that Kira and I were laughing too hard, so I'm not complaining ;)

<3!



bleodswean
Jan. 20th, 2017 01:49 am (UTC)
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What is that supposed to be representing or commemorating?

I love those leggings!
ashbet
Jan. 20th, 2017 02:10 am (UTC)
WE HAVE NO IDEA. Plano is littered with these statues -- there are a bunch at the Shops at Legacy, and a bunch more at Stonebriar (the shopping centers are owned by the same company, presumably, and they bought bronze cattle *in bulk.*)

I'm sure there's an explanatory plaque somewhere, but my major guess would be BECAUSE TEXAS. ;)

They amuse us inordinately ^__^

And, yeah, I love these leggings, too . . . Kira and I had been kidding each other about how we needed to attempt to borrow a ladder (long story) from some workmen nearby, by means of strolling up and announcing that we were from the city's Ladders and Occult Symbols Department, and we needed to inspect it. (I think it's one of those things where you had to be there, busting up in giggles as the joke gets more and more involved.)

<3!
elenbarathi
Jan. 20th, 2017 06:27 pm (UTC)
LMAO, I had to look up 'whale tail' - didn't know what it was called, but I do remember a friend forbidding her teenage daughter to go out looking like that.

At that time my own daughter was rocking the 'Violet Baudelaire look' - she'd have fit right in in Diagon Alley - so I was spared the Brittany Spears era of mainstream fashion.
kittytoes
Jan. 19th, 2017 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm with you, but there's always some female fashion trend aiming to overexpose lady bits. (Daisy Dukes, I'm lookin' at you.) I stick to leggings out of doors only with a long sweater and tall boots and when I'm wearing a coat and running an errand, but it's the same for any athleisure wear, really. Same rule for the boys! Mat has lived such a rigid no sweat pants ever life that I got the boys great jogger jeans and they weren't sure if they were ok to wear in public. (They are, they're great.)

Also, my husband is Jake the dog.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7bWsbhh_io

I generally don't like dystopian future either. Zombies for a similar reason -- they are built on a premise too sad and hopeless.
bleodswean
Jan. 19th, 2017 10:37 pm (UTC)
And ladies willing to go along with. I shudder when I think of the few years we had to endure gals and their thongs...sticking out of their jeans. You're too young to remember when the guys were wearing the short jean shorts in the early 80s!!! Just no.

I can't do sad and hopeless...
murielle
Jan. 19th, 2017 07:46 pm (UTC)
I have leggings. I wear jeans. Jeans without elastic, anywhere! Finally I have black jeans, I love them, but I haven't hemmed them yet.

Making your home a safe place where you try not to dwell on your parents while at home makes good sense. Of course you will think of them, but you need a safe nurturing place just for you. Hugs

Reading is not my forte right now. Just taking this week off from Idol-reading has been good. Coming from a family of knitters this week's prompt looks wonderful to me.

Women on Writing has a winter competition ending on Feb. 28. I think I might just enter something.
bleodswean
Jan. 19th, 2017 10:39 pm (UTC)
I'm a jeans girl. Absolutely. Dress 'em up or dress 'em down.

Ha! Interpreting that prompt through knitting! I approve of that!

If you need a beta reader for an entry, hit me up.
murielle
Jan. 19th, 2017 11:36 pm (UTC)
"If you need a beta reader for an entry, hit me up."

Thank you! I will. I'd really like to include some pictures, but I'm not sure I can connect my scanner to my laptop. Fun!
elenbarathi
Jan. 19th, 2017 08:22 pm (UTC)
My thought is that they're cute (though somewhat immodest) on young students who are built like ballerinas. On anyone who's not built like a ballerina, they look terrible; on anyone past college-age, they look ridiculous. There comes a time in every woman's life when she has to admit that she isn't 'forever 21' - it's better for everyone if that time comes well before she's 30.

Worn with a skirt or butt-covering tunic, yoga pants are just tights, and that's fine. Opaque tights have always been the answer for ladies who like their skirts short enough to show their underpants otherwise. They need to really be opaque, though; otherwise everyone's going to be thinking "I see London, I see France", which is probably not the intended fashion statement.
bleodswean
Jan. 19th, 2017 11:26 pm (UTC)
I do think if they are worn as leggings...appropriately...then they work! It seems we are becoming more and more revealing and I understand that women want to be able to wear what they like! But I wonder how these fashions become fashionable!
elenbarathi
Jan. 20th, 2017 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oh well, it's student culture, of course: styles for the young and cute who don't yet have to buy themselves a work wardrobe. Yoga pants are comfortable, and they look fine on the kind of 20-something who actually does yoga: a lot of ladies therefore delude themselves that they look fine in them, because they can't see their butts in the mirror.

LOL, until I was 30 and moved to chilly western Washington, I went around every summer in a bikini and running shorts. This was acceptable casual attire for Ohio State University off-campus in the 80's - girls could even wear halter tops and short shorts to summer classes, though sundresses with nothing underneath were more popular, and more flattering to those with curves. I expect it was the same back then in most college towns with hot weather.
ryl
Jan. 19th, 2017 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm probably the only person left in the world who thinks this way but leggings are not pants. Pants are pants. Jeans are pants. Yoga pants are for yoga studios. Pajama pants are for home and 3 a.m. runs to Walmart.

Am I the only one who goes into existential despair at the thought of apocalyptic dystopian futures????
I'm with you on that. The quickest way to get me to close a book is to make it post-apocalyptic. Well, one of the quickest ways. Unnecessary rape scenes will also get a firm closure and a toss across the room.
bleodswean
Jan. 19th, 2017 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha! Not pants. And yes, just like pajama pants being worn out of the house! I don't get that!

Glad to hear others struggle with hopelessly depressing entertainment!
bauhausfrau
Jan. 19th, 2017 10:27 pm (UTC)

I wear em out IF I need to go to the store after yoga.

bleodswean
Jan. 19th, 2017 11:27 pm (UTC)
Luckily, for me, the store is no where near the yoga studio! I would be so self-conscious, L!
adoptedwriter
Jan. 20th, 2017 01:04 am (UTC)
I love my Yoga pants, but I teach fitness and do my damndest to not have my booty looking like that! LOL I see enough in classes! Ha! Alas...Pricey Yoga wear is worth the money. I hate threadbare anything...especially when it shows your butt cheeks. Might as well work out naked....

Half Life...Sounds like a cool book. I looked it up on Amazon.
bleodswean
Jan. 20th, 2017 01:50 am (UTC)
I agree that good yoga duds are pricey. But what are these folks wearing out into the world??? Running tights?

It is fantastic so far. I sometimes read thematically, and I went on a conjoined twins kick a few years back. This was a leftover from that pile!
geekslave
Jan. 20th, 2017 04:06 am (UTC)
Postapocalyptic Dystopian stories don't bother me per se - depends on how they're handled. But they're definitely not a favorite genre of mine or one I usually seek out.

Stacey
thistle_verse
Jan. 20th, 2017 05:24 am (UTC)
I wear a lot of leggings, but not the thin kind. Also, as a fat girl, I always have a top/dress/tinuc on that covers my ass at a minimum. I wouldn't be comfortable in public wearing them otherwise, but that's just me. I do actually really like the look of some of legging fashion as they replce jeans-- like with flowy shirts. It often looks somehow dressier done that way. But yeah, god, so comfy.

<3
halfshellvenus
Feb. 1st, 2017 01:17 am (UTC)
My daughter wears leggings everywhere (similar to yoga pants), and back when that was a fad years ago, women wore longer sweaters or shirts that went to the upper thighs. Not for her! I would definitely feel overexposed wearing those out of the house.

I liked the Dog Stars, once I got over the prose style (which about drove me nuts). I kind of like dystopic stories, though I can sure understand why you wouldn't be in the mood for that right now. HalfshellHusband hates them, most of the time. I personally loved The Hunger Games. ;)
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