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Yoga Pants and Conformity

Yoga Pants and Conformity

Yoga pants are everywhere.

The other day I was in Starbucks and noticed most of the women in the store were wearing yoga pants. I counted approximately 20 women and 18 were wearing the same black, super skin-tight pants.

It is a fashion trend of which I have never seen before. My wife says women wear yoga pants because they are comfortable but I think there is much more to this fashion phenomenon.

It’s all about conformity.

People want to fit in. They want to be in style and wear the latest fashion. Rather than stand out from the crowd, there is this call to conform to society’s expectation of how to look and act.

People have traded in their individuality in order to join the club of popular opinion. American education factories, their social peer pressure systems, and fashion advertising campaigns, have taught students to conform and not stand out for fear of not fitting in popular groups. This has stifled the idea of creativity and freedom of expression.

Corporations promote conformity.

At work, companies have dress codes that create expectations for people to assimilate and lose their individuality by dressing alike. And leaders wonder why there is a lack of innovation? Take a look at your stifling, personality-dulling, company policies.

Recruiting experts usually advise you how to dress when going on interviews. That’s why most job applicants look the same. How boring. If you feel compelled to dress like everyone else, how innovative will you be in your position? Not so much.

Resist the temptation to fit in.

Be your own person. Live life on your own terms. If you don’t want to be a miserable drone in a corporate, cubicle-infested, mind-numbing, soul-draining workplace, you can choose another path and be successful.

Don’t wear yoga pants because everyone else is doing it.

 

Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.

4 Comments

  1. Peggy 2 years ago

    If they would only see many other behaviors as social conformity, more people would solve problems outside the box.

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      Kevin Kennemer 2 years ago

      I agree Peggy. Companies need innovative problem solvers. Let’s be nonconformists!

  2. Stuart Thomas 2 years ago

    I can assure you Kevin, that I will not be wearing yoga pants anytime soon!

    This echoes the infamous TED talk on leadership, by Derek Sivers. It takes a brave person to go first – but an even braver one to follow! I’m sure you’ve seen the film but here’s a link if not.

    Link: http://ed.ted.com/on/IgslePtt

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      Kevin Kennemer 2 years ago

      Hi Stuart, thanks for providing a link to that video about the creation of a movement.

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