Lululemon’s Happy Hatha Pants Are Utterly Hideous

Please, Lulu, stick with what you’re good at: awesome-butt yoga pants.

Dear Lululemon,

You make a lot of really cute things, like pants that make my butt look awesome and a gym bag that I may or may not want to use as a purse every now and then. But this time, with those Happy Hatha Crop pants, you’ve swung and missed. They’re ugly—like, really ugly. Sorry.

I’m not exactly sure where and how the resurgence of Aladdin-like legwear came to be in the fashion world, but it’s a trend I’d rather leave to models on the runway; it should absolutely never make an appearance in a yoga class. As I’m not the authority on all-things style, I asked our fashion editor, Emily Goulet, what she thought of your creation: “If you were leggy, super-thin, with model hair and model skin, and you had on a fabulous jacket, fringed scarf and a super-expensive studded bag, then you could wear them,” she said. “Otherwise, no.”

Listen, I’m sure your pants are comfortable. If there’s one thing Lulu consistently hits out of the ballpark, it’s comfort. Why else do you think we ladies wear your awesome-butt yoga pants to happy hour? (I mean, besides the obvious awesome-butt effect and utter laziness after yoga.) But I draw the line at front- and backside sagginess. Not to be crude, but, um, the Happy pants kinda make your model look like she has a dirty diaper. And no, the pockets and pleats don’t help. (Also? Shame on you for charging $88 for something so grotesque.)

As 99 percent of us don’t look like Gisele, I kindly request that you discontinue these harem-style jodhpurs. Please. Just give me back my awesome-butt pants.



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  • HaremWearer

    I have these pants and I love them. I wear them with a racerback tank top and absolutely live in them for my airplane outfits.

    Have you tried them on? They are very comfortable and actually a different option in yoga class.

    I agree with you – these pants are not made for everyone or every body. But for some that can’t wear the tight, butt-amazing leggings every single work out or yoga outing – it is a nice variety that is super out there and perhaps, super hip.

    I like options. Keep the spice and variation coming lululemon!

  • Lauren

    they asked me to product test them and i had to kindly recline because i knew i would never wear them!! Dirty Diaper just about sums it up. Comfy & soft but I felt like I had a pouch I could carry things in hanging from my waist. Only, I couldn’t carry things in it …

  • Megan

    These are also Tango pants! (Move freely, won’t flash anyone, and ankles are free for spiked heels and fancy footwork. They are hugely trendy with the general population in Buenos Aires, I think, influenced by the dancers and tango culture.

    • Belinda Tang

      Absolutely! I am wearing all my BA dance pants to yoga. It is a good look for me.

  • Anne

    These pants are AMAZING. They provide more comfort & mobility than you’ll ever know. I wear these pants like jeans and when you put them on, they don’t even look like parachute pants, they look like & feel like sweatpants.
    So all in all, quit hatin’ on other people’s styles. (I mean hey, you probably don’t even look great in those “awesome-butt” yoga pants)

  • Belinda Tang

    They look fantastic on me. Huggy pants don’t flatter me because I have scrawny lower half compared to the upper body – they make me look hideous. Pants like this are the only way to go for my shape. Plus they are so liberating too. I wear them for dance & migrated them over to yoga, bonus!