About a year ago, I picked up a matching black, velour workout set by Calvin Klein at Sam’s Club on the clearance. The set consists of a pair of yoga pants and a zip-up hoodie.
When I bought the set, the first thing I had to do was to cut off nearly four inches from the bottom of the pants as I stand a whopping 5 ft 2 inches tall and while I am used to pants being on the long side, these completely covered my shoes. I’ll admit, the pants were a little more snug than I’d anticipated and the jacket zipped, though it was shorter than most tops that I wear. When I attempted to wear the set together, the jacket lifted when I raised my arms up.
I love the look and feel of this set, soft and comfortable. I’ve worn the pieces separately, wearing the pants at least once per week and the top I’ve worn as a jacket with other clothes.
In the last year, I’ve dropped 30 pounds, lost 6 inches from my hips, 4 inches from my chest and 7 inches from my waist. I noticed recently that I am now walking on the bottoms of the pants as they’ve grown longer as I’ve shrunk and I have to keep pulling them up while working out in them, the waistband is barely stretched when I wear them. I could wear the next lower size if I had them available.
Despite that, when I put the pants on with the jacket and I have the same problem that I did a year ago when I bought the set, the middle is left a little breezy… it fits fine as long as I don’t move my arms. When I do that, however, the jacket lifts up and my belly is exposed. When the pants are pulled up as far as they go, the jacket hits nearly exactly at the waistline, giving about an inch of overlap. It’s not as though I am only flashing my midsection when I do some complicated yoga stretching pose here, the jacket lifts up when I do something like reach my arm to the side table to get a sip out of a glass of water. I could stand to lop off an additional two inches off the bottom of the pants at this point, too.
I cannot help but wonder who the hell this outfit was built for. Who was the size model? Where are these women, whose legs require an additional six inches in length, but whose torso is three, four, five inches shorter than mine? I don’t run into this problem with all clothes… it’s not me who is ill-proportioned, it’s the clothing!
I try to imagine this woman and all I can come up with is a chunky midget on stilts.
I got my $6 worth out of the set by wearing the pieces separately, despite the fact that neither fit right. The jacket got a lot of use during campfire season because it’s just warm enough and the campfire smoke washes out easily. The bottoms are a little on the worn-out side due to their extreme level of comfort.
If I didn’t work from home, this set would have been a total waste of $6 for me. The moral of the story is to try on, try on, try on and return, return, return. It’s no savings if it sits in the back of your closet unworn.