Now that most of you are focusing on your fitness resolutions, let’s seal the deal with some awesome activewear! I’m focusing on best pants for yoga, although many of these pants can crossover into other activities as well. There are lots of great brands out there, but finding what works for you can be a lot of trial and error. You’re in luck — I’ve taken the guess work out of it for you. The design, fabric and length are a matter of preference, but some things are non-negotiable. Read below to see what NEVER is acceptable and see my picks for best yoga pants!
BEST YOGA PANTS
Before we start, here are the parameters that I use when judging yoga pants. These are non-negotiable items for me and they should be for you too!
1. No pant rolling — I don’t like a pant to roll in the belly area. It’s distracting and uncomfortable.
2. No see-through pants — This is never in style! If you are worried about being able to see through the pant, you can’t stay focused on your practice.
3. Don’t let ’em see you sweat! — If you sweat, stay away from pants that show it!
My Two Cents
I prefer a high rise yoga pant because with all the bending and stretching in yoga, you don’t want to lose your mojo when you’re in an awesome asana and your belly pops out. That kinda takes the fun out of it, at least for you:) Plus, with good high rise pants you don’t have to be distracted with the pants rolling down. But that’s a preference. There are certainly some pants that aren’t high rise that are great too. I also like to stick to darker colors or choose something with a design in my pants because it distracts from any sweat that might otherwise show. Also, if you buy high quality pants and change them out every couple of years, you won’t have to worry about your neighbor getting a peep show while in downward facing dog:)
lululemon is one of the trailblazers of making athletic clothes that fit, that last and that look great for many many years. They have been instrumental in many ladies’ shift into athleisure as a full-time wardrobe option.
These pants here are lululemon, no introduction necessary! This lulu fan-favorite style has made a comeback and we are so happy! The lululemon Wunder Under (Hi-Rise) Tech Mesh Pants feature a sweat-wicking Full-On Luon® fabric and have a breathable mesh design on the front so you can cool off while heating things up in your practice. There is a small pocket in the front for a key. They are available in black and grey.
Another brand I love is Zella. If you haven’t heard of Zella, it’s Nordstrom’s activewear brand. Word on the street is a former lululemon product manager was hired by Nordstrom to help develop the Zella line, so you can expect these pants to be high quality. They are also less expensive than some of the other brands, which is always a bonus.
I like this Out of Bounds High Rise Pant. The fabric is a moisture-wicking knit which keeps the sweat away. It features cooling mesh insets that not only keep you cool but make you look cool too! And I believe when you look the part, you play the part! Go get it rock star!
This is another fun option with Zella. I love this Live In High Waist Legging in the Black City Streaks print shown below. But, if you prefer something more subdued, other prints are available. The moisture-wicking construction keeps you cool as you workout and this pant features a no-slip waistband.
Another favorite yoga pant pick is from the Onzie line. This line was created by a longtime Yogi so you know it’s gonna be good. It blends traditional yoga wear with modern innovation. They also have some of the most funky prints on the market. Not only are they great for yoga, but also great for spin, barre and even surfing and paddle boarding!
This Fierce legging is a high-waisted pant that is made of spandex and mesh. These pants are breathable and fast drying. No one’s gonna see you sweat in these bad boys. Plus, you feel like you are wearing nothing when you have them on. Very comfortable pant!
This High Rise Moto capri legging has got some style. I just love the black and white design along with the mesh insets. This one has got a shorter capri length and it’s also high rise. You can’t go wrong with Onzie. I would even wear these pants out! The hard part is choosing the pattern — one of each please!
If you are new to yoga or just thinking about getting started, invest in some comfortable workout pants and get to the studio! And if you just need some new yoga wear, try out one of these brands. I think you’ll be impressed.
Stay focused on your fitness resolutions!
Photography by Erin Smith