I hate wearing pants.
No, I’m not talking about walking around in my underwear instead. I just hate wearing jeans or nicer pants to school. Why? Because I bike to school and most pants are uncomfortable to bike in.
I bike 5.5 miles to school, and 5.5 miles home. I chose to live further away from school for a number of reasons: my condo has great access to trails, it’s spacious, cheaper than comparable units close to campus, and I actually like having some physical distance between me and school. Helps me keep a good work-life balance. Plus it makes sure I get daily exercise.
Biking was great in the summer and early fall because I could get away with wearing shorts which gave my legs plenty of freedom and were quite comfy. The best was wearing dresses with bike shorts underneath. Now that it’s getting chillier, I find myself wearing yoga pants pretty much every day. It’s a good thing the geology department is really casual, because I don’t know what I’d do if wearing yoga pants wasn’t an option. I like wearing skinny jeans and other pant options, but I hate biking in them.
Unfortunately, sometimes I need to look professional (like when I give presentations or meet with important people). So I need a solution to my pants hating problem.
I suppose I could bring clothes to change into at school and wear more athletic clothes during my bike ride. But then I’d have to carry that change of clothes to school, and carry it back home at the end of the day. I have a little tiny bag that goes on the back of my bike for carrying basically my laptop and my lunch – there’s not room in it for anything else. I intentionally chose a smaller bag so I wouldn’t haul around a bunch of crap I don’t really need. I could get a bigger bag, but I really don’t want to. I like not having to carry a ton of stuff on my bike. Extra stuff is heavy, and when the commute each way is 5.5 miles, every pound of junk you carry counts.
I could also just establish a separate wardrobe of “school/work” clothes and keep them at my desk. But then I remember I am a grad student and grad students don’t have money. Separate wardrobe isn’t gonna happen.
I’m currently considering leggings with tunics or leggings with sweater dresses for potential cold weather commute outfits. I’d look more professional than I do in jeans AND I’d be so comfy.
Really, I’m open to anything but pants. Suggestions welcome.