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Dear Gym Shorts

A love letter to my favorite item

Dear Gym Shorts

Dear Gym Shorts,

Thank you for always being there for me. When I went through the dreaded freshmen 15 (more like 25), you were the one thing that made me feel comfortable and as if nothing had changed. Your elastic waistband continued to stretch and didn’t judge me for my sudden weight gain. When I wake up ten minutes before class you were always there to throw on (or sometimes just wear from the night before) and run out the door. If it’s a really hot day and I start to get the dreaded butt sweat, your dri-fit fabric keeps the sweat invisible to everyone else.

I’m sorry I did not appreciate you as much before college. The only time I would ever wear you was for physical activity or outdoor activities. My eyes were opened and the truth revealed after about the first week of dressing cute for 8 am’s. I quickly learned that comfort is far more important than looking cute. While others are squeezed into their skinny jeans and tight shirts I feel as if I am in pajamas, free to move around or take a nap with all the comfort I could ask for.

You are the most versatile article of clothing I own. Do I need to run errands? Go to class? Workout (ha that’s a joke)? In almost any situation you are my go-to choice of clothing. You come in many different colors and fun patterns, making it easy to match you to many of my multiple oversized t-shirts that go so well with you. Whenever you get dirty all I have to do is throw you in the washer and dryer. You require no special care and I never worry about you accidentally shrinking and warranting no more wear.

Every day that I am forced to put on actual nice clothes I find myself thinking about you and how much longer until we can reunite and I can once again rest in the comfort that is your fabric. I hope to never outgrow you and to be able to wear you until my legs should no longer be seen in public.

While my mother may not agree, you are a fairly modest form of workout clothing. You’re not as short as cheer shorts and not as tight as spandex. You hit about mid-thigh range (unless someone rolls you up) and some of you offer a built in lining to provide extra coverage.

Gym shorts, you are without a doubt my favorite article of clothing. If there was a fire you are easily in the top ten of items I would try to save. If it was socially acceptable I would wear you to every event in my life (can you imagine how awesome wedding gym shorts would be?) and own enough to clothe a small army. You are the greatest thing ever and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.


Your Greatest Fan

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