Yoga pants are the perfect garment for women with chronic pain anywhere below the rib cage. Like me. The super-soft cotton knit, the wide waistbands, the drawstring or gentle loose elastic…all gloriously soft and nonbinding against my ever-inflamed abdomen and always-aching hips.
High-quality black yoga pants can double as dress pants or leggings–I even got away with them tucked into boots (with a long top and a coat) in Paris. Any style or color yoga pant works perfectly as plane-wear or part of a road-trip ensemble.
Before I got sick I had no idea just how painful it can be to wear clothes that most folks take utterly for granted. Like jeans, for example. Jeans hurt me a lot, and I almost never wear them on the road or anywhere for more than 2 hours at a time. Ditto for dress pants with snug waistbands, skirts with snug waistbands, and all “old lady” pants with typical (skinny, nasty, binding) elastic waists. It’s not a question of fit. I’ve got jeans with waistbands I can pull four inches away from my belly. It still hurts to sit in the stupid things.
So…yoga pants. They’re my best friends.
My apologies to my male readers for leaving you out of this post. I would love to know what kind of clothes are most comfy for you to travel in–please comment!