Fashion column: I didn't choose the bum life. The bum life chose me.
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 22:10
It’s 8:30 on a Tuesday night, and I’m the definition of a bum: sitting in my leggings and T-shirt on the most comfortable couch in the world, staring out my window watching people play sports on the turf behind the Little Bob.
That should be me out there. My dad placed a bet that I wouldn’t be able to run a 5k at Thanksgiving faster than his previous time. I don’t like losing, but moving off this couch isn’t my next move.
I like to create the illusion that I do actually go to the gym. Some days I make it there; some days I get dressed, ready to go, and then the journey ends.
Girls, I know you can all relate when I say some days we really just don’t want to get dressed. There are those days when jeans just aren’t cutting it, especially on exam days.
Just because we aren’t getting dressed in real clothes doesn’t mean we still can’t look cute. Because who knows who you might accidentally run into on your way to class—an ex, your weekend hookup or maybe it is just one of those days where it feels like you run into everyone you know.
Boys joke, but it truly is leggings and yoga pants season, and that means we can wear them to both class and the gym.
The trick with leggings and yoga pants is to make sure they are not see-through—sorry boys. I know many of us have made that mistake, but it’s best to keep the light-weights for lounging around your apartment so that way you don’t have strangers coming up to you in public places telling you they can see through your pants, not that I would know this from personal experience or anything…
What to pair with your leggings: an oversized sweatshirt or sweater, a denim shirt, a baseball hat, Longchamp bag, a fun watch, boots, sneakers, Sperry’s, Toms, flats, a vest or maybe a T-shirt. There are endless possibilities to dress up and down your bum outfit to still look put-together, as seen on senior Jennifer Walters in the photo above.
Finding the right accessories to look cute and casual is a little more difficult than finding the right clothing. Here are a few tips.
For hats, you can go one of three ways: rep a sports team, rep the university or wear Polo. My favorite would be Polo hats at $35, because although they are made for men, they make you look sporty and come in a variety of colors—and who would ever object to variety?
I don’t know about the rest of you, but it’s never a good day when I forget my watch. Those of you who know me know that I absolutely love wearing kiddie watches, especially from Lilly Pulitzer, which come in a package of two and are $20. A classic gold or silver watch from Michael Kors or Fossil is always a solid choice, but in my opinion, it’s more playful to wear bright or patterned watches when wearing leggings or yoga pants.
Now more importantly—where to find leggings and yoga pants. Let’s start on where not to look: Target. I love Target, but any incident of see-through pants I’ve had started at Target and ended with me turning as red as their iconic logo.
Since the Target incidents, American Apparel, Victoria’s Secret and J.Crew are my go-to places for leggings. For those of you who plan on going to the gym after class, Under Armour and Nike make the most comfortable leggings that are also aesthetically pleasing. For yoga pants, Victoria’s Secret is again a good place to shop; Hard Tail, Lululemon and Solow are more expensive but have higher quality products.
With all of these possibilities, maybe I’ll put down my warm pumpkin spiced latte, exchange my boots for sneakers and head to the gym…or I’ll just stay here on my couch, passing the time people-watching from my window.