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New York Times Editor Says You're "Too Old" For These Pants, and They Are "Bad For Women"

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It seems like as you age, everyone has an opinion about what you should and should not be doing. It seems like there are new studies and opinion pieces cropping up every other day informing us about cut-off ages for certain activities, the way we eat and how we dress.

One study recently attempted to answer the question "how old is too old to wear jeans?" As odd as that may sound, apparently, there is an age when people should give up wearing the versatile pant. According to the survey results, after the age 53, people should hang up their denim because the hassle that accompanies the search for a pair that fits well isn't worth it.

Just as everyone is starting to calm down from fussing over the survey's ridiculous results, another popular piece of clothing has become the center of the 'how old is too old' debate.

A new piece published in the New York Times by senior opinion editor Honor Jones, has caused quite the uproar on social media after she insinuated that yoga pants are neither practical nor comfortable, but women wear them "because they're sexy."

"We felt we had to look hot on dates — a given. We felt we had to look hot at the office — problematic. But now we’ve internalized the idea that we have to look hot at the gym? Give me a break," Jones wrote in the article titled "Why Yoga Pants Are Bad For You."

She continued, "The gym is one of the few places where we’re supposed to be able to focus on how our bodies feel, not just on how they look. We need to remember that. Sweatpants can help."

The fury only worsened when Jones wrote that after a certain age, women should just stick to wearing good ol' sweatpants.

What's the cut-off age?

Jones wrote that this style of athletic pants should be avoided by women over 30 because they "threaten to show every dimple and roll."

People did not waste any time in taking to Twitter to voice how they feel about the way Jones has called out those who wear yoga pants. Many argued that they've chosen to wear yoga pants because of how comfortable and functional they are while working out. After all, they are made for practicing yoga.

"Maybe let people wear what they want and you wear what you want. Simple concept really. I’m wearing sweatpants now and have several pairs of yoga pants. I never ask other women at the gym what they think of my outfit 🙄" wrote one Twitter user.

I must agree with this tweet because as someone who goes to the gym regularly, I don't care what others think of my outfit. What I do care about is whether or not what I'm wearing will allow me to get through my workout safely and with ease.

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Another Twitter user explained that she chooses to only wear tight yoga pants after she suffered an accident during a workout because she was in loose clothing. "I did yoga in loose sweatpants once, my toe got stuck in the elastic cuff and I fell forward on my face. Sorry for now wearing yoga pants for doing you know, yoga."

In addition to pointing out that yoga pants do serve an important purpose, some people took the time to clear up the fact that everyone should be allowed to wear what they want, regardless of age or dimpled rolls. Whether you wear it to the gym or as a fashion statement, it's a choice you're making for yourself and no one should tell you otherwise.

"Wear yoga pants if you want to. If somebody doesn’t like your over-30 dimpled rolls... tell them not to look. Dress for you, not for anyone else," wrote user Kodi Kat.

During a time when women are fighting bigger issues like pay disparity and sexual abuse, debating about yoga pants and sweatpants is quite trivial in comparison. Women should support each other and advance the dialogue for more important issues.

Do you wear yoga pants? Let us know in the comments!

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.