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Another question for ladies - have you received unsolicited compliments while wearing yoga / workout clothes?

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Just wondering if this is a normal thing and if I am overreacting?  Apologies if this sounds like a humble brag, but I'm curious how others would have reacted. Do I feel strange and self-conscious about my clothing because it was my first time to have something like this happen? I'm average-looking and normally don't wear make up, so perhaps I'm just not used to receiving harmless compliments?

 

I have some Nike dri-fit shorts I like that fit tightly and tend to ride up when I move and run.  I was jogging to yoga class late afternoon, and a man (20s-30s age) passed me in the opposite direction on the sidewalk, and said "Nice legs! Take a look!"  But he kept going without stopping, so no chance for me to respond.  I sort of laughed to myself but then felt very self-conscious because I realize my shorts are very short. This is being petty on semantics, but, I think I would have felt less weird (less objectified) if the man said, "You have nice legs," instead.

 

I originally shrugged this off, but then I realized I am want to buy a second pair of the same shorts (after trying other shorts that are longer but not a good fit in the front), and now I'm hesitant!

 

 

 

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I think if you like the shorts and want another pair you should definitely buy them! They're clearly a flattering cut on you :) I hope that man and his comment don't make you feel self-conscious in them. I think those sorts of comments from a friend, family member, or partner are appropriate but from strangers, especially running past in the street don't always make people feel very good, in fact can make us feel quite yuck!

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Ugh, nothing makes me want to jump out of my skin more than a comment and move like that. To me, that's cat-calling, and very different from someone walking right up to you and saying to your face, "Hey I hope this doesn't come off as creepy, but I just wanted you to know I think you're beautiful." 

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Thank you both for validating how weird I felt!  But Jasmine brought up a good point - don't let that make me feel self-conscious permanently!

 

I am buying more shorts. The weather is too hot for me to care about strangers.  :)

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Definitely buy the shorts! Why waste time worrying about creeps like that guy :) I agree it was wrong and rude but you might as well take it as a compliment (a poorly phrased compliment!) and keep rocking the cute shorts that you feel good in! 

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Yes, I HATE receiving any kind of comment like that when working out, and it never fails to make me feel violated and inexplicably angry, even though I assume the intention was a different one. I know this may sound like a complete overreaction, but comments like the one mentioned above leave me feeling dirty instead of good. I agree with Candace, a compliment can be worded much differently for a different effect. In fact, I also really dislike when people blatantly check me out when I run, which is when I don't want to care about how I look. For this reason, I run at dusk or sunset about 96% of the time. I am aware that I can't control other people's "looking", so I adjust to avoid it. 

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