yoga pants put vancouver in the top 3 worst-dressed cities

Fashion faux-ga: an actual Vancouverite, in yoga pants (image by Les Bazso via

Oh, Vancouver! The world loves you and hates you for giving us Lululemon. The internet is ablaze with news of a recent MSN Travel list ranking Vancouver as the third worst dressed city IN THE WORLD. Right after Orlando and Maui (which isn’t even a city, but whatever! Neither is fourth place winner, Harajuku, Japan).

Vivian Song, the MSN writer responsible for the list, wrote:

There is one reason, and one reason only, why we’ve decided to include Vancouver on this list of the sartorially damned: yoga pants. We blame you, Vancouver, birthplace of a certain, insanely popular yoga gear brand which will go unnamed, for spawning a street trend dreaded by all women with wobbly bits and fat deposits in the wrong places. Really, what gives with the whole wearing of bum hugging workout gear to every other place except the gym? On behalf of women with hips and thighs everywhere, who like their pants to have buttons and zippers thank you very much, and who are of the opinion that yoga pants are a ruse worn by lazy pseudo-fashionistas, we beseech you: unless you plan to do a downward dog within the hour, spare us the yoga pants and put on some real trousers.

 “Yoga pants are not pants,” Vancouver retail employee Zoe Brooks told The Province newspaper. “If you’re going to yoga, wear your yoga pants. You can always throw on a skirt or trousers (when you leave). It takes the same amount of effort.” But she understands the trend. “I think everybody secretly likes to wear yoga pants. It’s a guilty pleasure. They give us some lift and tighten everything up.”

Lululemon seems to be taking the whole thing in stride, as evidenced in this CTV news clip. One Vancouver location updated their front window display to read “#3 in the world. #1 in our pants.” Kinda cryptic, but insiders and media junkies will know what it means.

All is not lost, Vancouver. Perhaps your tourism marketers can team up with for a little rebranding.

How do you feel about yoga pants in a non-yoga setting? Let us know!

  1. I was just talking with someone recently (from Vancouver of course) and she mentioned that the best thing for lululemon was airport security. I can’t believe how many people wear yoga pants for travel, but i guess they are comfortable.

    I work from home and teach yoga, so I am definitely guilty of wearing my yoga clothing all day. I’ll have to work on that, or move to Vancouver.

    • i am also guilty of wearing my yoga clothes all day! and while traveling (they’re comfortable and problem-free for security). i’m glad this news story made you consider moving to vancouver!

  2. No secret about it, I do love wearing yoga pants. Besides, if I’m out and about, I am probably on my way to or from yoga class. I’m just doing what I can to take Vancouver’s worst-dressed title away.

  3. I am late coming to this conversation but i just had to add a couple of words: polar fleece. Vancouver is badly dressed, for two reasons! that’s why i moved to Montreal 🙂

    • polar fleece is a way bigger fashion offense than yoga pants!

      … and glad to hear that you moved to montreal to get away from bad vancouver fashion! 😉

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