Buying new yoga pants can be tricky.
What fabric is better? What features are useful? Which style works better for the heated classroom and which for the Power Yoga? And even if you already read the guide to how to choose yoga pants, the number of products available online can be mind-boggling.
Luckily, I have done the hardest part for you. Based on the hours of research, thousands of reviews, and personal experience of wearing some brands, I've made the list of the best yoga pants and leggings for women.
I know that price is always an important factor, so all the picks are categorized according to the price tag: budget-friendly, mid-range and high-end for your convenience.
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Meet our top pick - budget-friendly yoga leggings made of soft, non-itch, and stretchy fabric that feels like a second skin and keeps you dry during the practice. And have we mentioned how stylish they are? With multiple colors, designs, and lengths, you'll end up wanting more than one pair 🙂
Cheap doesn’t always mean bad, and these yoga pants & leggings prove this point. They can be as soft, as stretchy and as versatile in use as the pants that cost three times more. What they usually can’t be is the combination of everything. Our top pick CodeFit Yoga Pants were the only ones among the many that performed well in every aspect. Cheap yoga pants are either very silky and thin, but prone to pilling; stylish and comfy, but too sheer; thick and supportive, but not very good at wicking away sweat.
Every pair of pants shortlisted below is good at doing its job. Just make sure to consider the pants' features (don’t go commando if the pants are not entirely opaque and there’s no gusset, for example, and don’t try to do hot yoga in warm pants), follow cleaning instructions, and avoid throwing your favorite pair of yoga pants in the drier, of course.
Yoga pants by 90 Degree by Reflex are hard to overlook when hunting for a new pair of leggings. They have more than 5000 positive reviews, and people seem to love these pants because of their versatility – they perform well in the yoga studio, and look casual enough to be worn as a part of office outfit.
The material might seem a bit stiff and not overly silky. However, 90 Degree by Reflex yoga pants are still comfortable, flattering and do a pretty good job at slimming down and holding in your tummy area. Besides, they are stretchable and offer an excellent range of motion.
The fabric is thick and, according to users, warm enough for cold weather and winter months. At the same time, the pants are praised for their breathability in the hot environment. Keep in mind though that light and gray colors are also more likely to show sweat during the intense practice.
The yoga pants by 90 Degree by Reflex feature two pockets on the side, but they are barely noticeable and not bulky at all. A sewn-in gusset helps increase comfort and take the pressure of the seams in the crotch area.
Among the disadvantages, reviewers have noticed that these pants are too long for short yogis and there is no opportunity to choose the length. The extra fabric near the ankles may feel slightly annoying.
90 Degree by Reflex are pretty opaque, but not entirely, thus the leggings can seem a bit see-through. Pet hair and lint also tend to stick to the material so make sure to wash them separately from other clothes.
Several users noticed that 90 Degree by Reflex had some quality issues such as split seams after a few workouts, but it’s hard to tell whether people just got a bad batch or whether that’s a sign of poor quality.
The online community has dubbed Yogalicious leggings as the cheaper and affordable version of Lululemon Align yoga pants. All because of their buttery-soft fabric that makes Yogalicious your best companion during yoga workouts and chill days on the couch.
These yoga pants are extremely thin and thus may show underwear lines, but, to the surprise of the customers, pass the squat test. Yogalicious leggings are super stretchy and won’t impede your movements even during extreme stretches.
The yoga pants feature a double-layered high waist that can be folded over for a low-cut look. However, I feel that doing this would result in bulkiness that can make Forward Folds more challenging. An internal pocket in the waist doesn’t seem to be necessary in the yoga studio in the first place but can be a nice addition for those who attend yoga classes empty-handed and need the place to store their keys.
What prevents the Yogalicious leggings from fitting perfectly is a piece of elastic sewn into the top of the waist. It is too tight, thus cuts into your stomach and creates the loathsome muffin top even if you don't have much belly fat.
Be prepared that Yogalicious offer almost no compression. So if you’re looking for yoga pants that will hide cellulite, bum dimples or make your little fat pooch smaller, then this is not the pair for you. The leggings offer almost no support, but maybe that’s the reason they feel so comfy.
Yogalicious leggings are budget-friendly, but the lower price seems to sometimes result in quality issues. Some customers have complained about the unraveling threads and holes in the pants because of the thin material.
Instead of taking Yogalicious out for hot yoga or any cardio workout, I’d recommend practicing slow types of yoga and stretching and enjoy their soft touch. These leggings are not good at repelling moisture. As a result, the yoga pants get heavier and are likely to change the color when wet. Keep that in mind when deciding to buy the bright blue or rosy pair.
In general, Yogalicious will be a good choice if you’re not a fan of sweat-inducing yoga styles and are looking for a pair of comfortable yoga pants to relax and meditate (and maybe lounge around the house too).
Seems it's almost impossible to find yoga pants that perform well for different yoga styles (including hot yoga!), look stylish, are supportive, durable, and at the same time do not cost a fortune. Though, I think I have found the pair that checks all the boxes.
CodeFit yoga pants are among the best-rated items in the category, and people cannot stop raving about how comfortable and flattering they are. The leggings are supposed to fit tight, thanks to what they hug all the right places and hide the skin bumps. The wide waistband sits just below the navel and helps hold in the belly without standing in the way of your Forward Folds.
The fabric, as well as cross mesh details, is soft and not itchy, yet durable. So rest assured - the pants will not fail you during either stretching or intense cardio workout. Besides, they don’t sag or change color much when wet, according to the users.
You can get CodeFit in different colors and designs. I'm especially fond of the stylish mesh cutouts and side-ribbed textures because the seams notably accentuate the legs. Moreover, thanks to the trendy design, you can simply change the top and hit the party in your yoga pants. If you prefer a more classic look, CodeFit is also available in solid colors with no design.
Mind that light colored pants might get slightly sheer when stretched so make sure not to wear dark or patterned underpants underneath.
Several people have found the CodeFit sizing challenging. The pants run a bit small so better size up when ordering.
Be careful though! Once you get your right size and preferred style, you wouldn’t want to change from your CodeFit to jeans anymore.
If body shaping and support is what you need during your practice, yoga leggings from CompressionZ might be a great pick.
Yoga pants with compression not only emphasize natural body curves and hide bumps, lumps, and cellulite but help improve circulation to the muscles, reduce after-work-out pain and prevent injury.
The CompressionZ leggings are made of soft synthetic fiber blend that is surprisingly thin to breathe, but strong enough to hold in any wobbly parts. Thanks to moisture repelling properties, the fabric also dries quickly and prevents the growth of bad odor.
The length of CompressionZ leggings will be perfect for ladies who are 5'8"-5'9" tall. If you’re shorter than average, you’ll have to deal with extra fabric bunching up at the ankles or fold the pants down.
The thin waistband is probably one of the most significant disadvantages of the leggings. Though the pants do slim you down in the stomach area, the elastic in the waist is just too thin and tends to dig into the skin causing irritation and even pain. Moreover, the pants run slightly small in the waist so if this is the area where you carry your weight, then I recommend sizing up.
The CompressionZ leggings have no gusset, which sometimes might give the awkward camel-toe look and cut into your crotch is you pull the pants too high. It also feels that the absence of gusset decreases the range of motion and I wouldn't be confident doing full splits in the pants.
The major complaint of the reviewers was the inconsistency in performance and size between the pants of different designs. Black pairs generally performed the best for compression and opaqueness whereas the Brick style pair didn’t compress at all, according to users.
You can get CompressionZ leggings in solid black and 8 bright designs. Mind that the fabric will look slightly shiny instead of matte. Just in case you get disappointed with the product or the size is not right, the company guarantees give 100% of your money back without questions asked.
Yogipace Bootcut Yoga Pants are a real catch for tall, long-legged ladies. Finally, there are pants that cover your ankles if you’re 6’ or higher and come in a variety of sizes.
The fabric of Yogipace Bootcut Yoga Pants offers the freedom of movement by stretching crosswise and lengthwise and wicks away moisture. Additional ventilation due to a slight flare at the bottom will keep you cool and fresh when you break a sweat. The wide low-cut waistband sits just below the belly and stays in place during the practice. The seams are non-chafe and do not irritate the skin, and the double-layer gusset prevents the dreaded camel-toe.
If you’re looking for compression, Yogipace pants are not doing an excellent job in this area. They won’t hold in your ‘mom pooch’ or hide the butt dimples. The fabric gently hugs your hips and thighs, and the pants, in general, fit more tightly than expected for the size, according to the customers. If you need a more relaxed fit, check out our other recommendations.
The reviewers loved how comfortable the pants are, and say that they hold up well after washing and do not shrink. Some people though had problems with the excessive pilling in the crotch area.
Petite yogis have found these pants to run a bit too long contrary to the Yogipace sizing chart. Several users also noticed that there was no consistency in the product sizes: two pairs of pants of the same size tend to sit slightly differently.
I have found the style of the Yogipace a bit too bland as they are available in three dark colors only. If you like the classic look of flared work out pants that can be easily integrated into a casual look, then the Yogipace might be a good choice for you.
Are you tired of the tight constricting yoga pants that either fit too poorly or make your little bumps and lumps look more horrid and visible to the public? Then I have an excellent alternative for you.
Hippie Pants brand manufactures flowy, lightweight, and shape-flattering yoga pants. They are baggy, and the elastic waistband on the top is wide enough not to dig into your stomach and complement your curves.
The pants will fit practitioners of any height. They have enough length for tall ladies, but thanks to the scrunched bottom, the short yogis won’t drag the pants on the floor.
The fabric is super soft, airy, and quick-drying making it most probably the most comfortable yoga pants on a hot summer day. With beautiful boho patterns, bottoms from Hippie Pants are great for spiritual yoga workout and for running errands in the city or party on the beach. However, be prepared that the light patterns and colors might be slightly see-through so opt for nude or white panties.
The company is small, and each pair of pants is handcrafted by Thai artisans. Considering the fact that the brand is fair-trade certified, the price for a pair of boho bottoms is extremely affordable.
I recommend Hippie Pants pants for any style of yoga. However, because of their baggy style, it might be hard for the instructor to see your form or for you to control the body form in the mirror. Some people might also find the extra fabric annoying and getting in the way of some postures.
Bamboo is an excellent material for workout clothes because of its moisture-wicking natural anti-microbial properties that help your clothes smell fresh even if you perspire heavily. The bamboo fabric is exceptionally soft and is as comfortable as pure cotton. Thus, the Fishers Finery Bootleg Pant is pleasant to wear both during the slow restorative yoga and physically challenging Power or Ashtanga yoga.
A wide mid-rise waist is a good compromise for those who feel restricted by the high waist but feel that the low cut is just too open for them. Some buyers though noted that the waistband tends to roll down under the belly from time to time. The pant, in general, snugly hugs the figure, but won’t do well in slimming you down. So in case you're looking for compression pants, check out our other suggestions.
The Fishers Finery Bootleg Pant pant is likely to hold up well to wear and tear and is resistant to pilling. It also doesn't shrink if you wash it according to the washing instructions. On the downside, the colors tend to fade with time and have a slight gloss to them when new.
There are a variety of sizes and inseams available. Note that these pants run slightly small in the booty area, so order a size up. Shorter yogis might also find the petite version a tad too long for them.
In general, if you’re looking for a super soft and comfy pair of yoga pants (that are not leggings) for your routine practice as well as for lounging around the house, Fishers Finery Women's Bootleg Yoga Pant might be just the perfect pair for you.
Fans of breaking a sweat should take a closer look at Onzie Women’s Capri Pant - “the yoga wear that’s comfortable in saltwater.” Their thin material resembles the swimming suit helping the sweat evaporate from your skin fast to keep you dry and cool in the heated room. What’s important is that the Capri are not likely to show sweat marks even after the hottest session. The fabric itself is not overly stretchy and might seem slightly shiny, but is silky and fits like a second skin.
Nice low cut waist and mid-calf length are not as restricting as wearing long pants, but cover everything without you feeling too 'naked.' Thanks to the elastic strip in the waistband, the Onzie Capri Pant stays in place and doesn't roll down. Hand-wash the Capri Pant on cold and air-dry for it to stay true to shape.
There are so many designs and colors that one might not know where to look first. Choose small patterns such as Nocturnal, for example, if you want to hide some minor issues such as butt dimples - the Onzie Capri does not offer much compression. Be prepared that some of the colors may be slightly see-through, so you’ll have to be careful with the color of your undies.
The Onzie Capri Pant is meant to feel tight. Since it runs slightly too big and the sizing comes in S/M, M/L rather than separating small, medium, and large, I would suggest sizing down.
What’s the difference between a $20 pair of yoga pants and the one for $100? You might wonder why yoga pants & leggings get so expensive because they don’t look that different and the fabric composition seems pretty much the same. But there’s more to this than meets the eye.
Firstly, the manufacturing process. Most of the pricey yoga pants are made in the US, instead of China or third-world countries. That means the cost of production and labor increases significantly. That said, ALO yoga, one of the most renowned brands of yoga apparel doesn’t produce all of the pants in the US. But they are 100% sweatshop free, meaning that all the employees get fair and decent compensation for their work, condemn child labor or any form of coercion.
High-end brands also strive for reducing their carbon footprint using alternative sources of energy and adjusting their production to using less resources. Yoga Democracy and Teeki, for example, recycle plastic water and soda bottles to make yoga pants and have implemented a waterless dyeing process to create unique, colorful designs.
When paying more, you can expect to get a better fabric quality that will last longer, neater and chafe-free seams, and more well-thought design and fit. These are high-end brands that move the fashion forward and create trends, which are later imitated by others.
A relatively young US-based company is an excellent example that the business can be sustainable and eco-friendly while still producing stunningly beautiful apparel.
Despite being made from the recycled water bottles, the Yoga Democracy leggings feel incredibly soft and smooth while flatlock seams prevent chafing, making the yoga practice as comfortable as ever. The fabric wicks away sweat and keeps the foul smell away due to the antimicrobial properties.
Yoga Democracy pants provide enough support and compression around the waist and thigh area, eliminating any juggling during the active practice and matching the natural contour of your body.
But the signature features of these leggings are their bold and bright patterns that do not lose color when stretched and do not bleed. From Frida Kahlo to flower-printed fake denim, Yoga Democracy makes the designs for every taste.
Some customers have found the pants to be less stretchy than the usual yoga pants, but still offering a good range of motion. Note that the pants might seem tight when new but will give in a bit after the first use. However, in case you’re between sizes, it's better to size up.
The Yoga Democracy leggings come in 2 lengths, for taller and short yogis. If you’re shorter than 5’7”, choose the Standard Length (28” Inseam).
Entwine Leggin from ALO is a perfect pair of go-to pants. Whether working out in the studio or going out with friends, ALO looks stylish and feminine in every setting without compromising the performance.
ALO Entwine sits tight and comfortable. Besides, it holds you in all the right places, slimming you down in the butt and thigh area. High rise waist helps with the tummy and features a hidden pocket for your valuables.
The technical fabric is of high quality, stretchy, and feels like a second skin. It is also pretty thin and breathable if you take your ALO Legging to hot yoga occasionally. Thanks to the anti-bacterial finish, the pants will smell fresh longer and prevent the growth of bad odor. Be warned though that some colors show sweat marks.
ALO Entwine runs true to their size. If the 29″ long inseam is gonna be too long for you, you can easily wear the pants over the heel.
ALO pants do not come cheap. But considering how fashionable they look and the fact that the company is doing business in an ethical way, they might be well worth the investment.
To get a glimpse of the ALO Entwine Legging in action, check out the video below (and maybe have a short yoga break at the same time).
Teeki, a US-based sustainable company, makes sure that you recycle from 18 to 30 plastic bottles when buying their Hot yoga pant. The eco-friendliness in itself earns a big plus for this product.
Teeki Clouds Yoga Hot Pant is designed especially for the heated environment. The material is very thin and breathable. It does not retain heat and dries quickly, making these pants a great companion for your next hot yoga session. The pants are really smooth, which makes them slightly slippery in some poses such as the Tree Pose. At the same time, the smoothness decreases the chances of pilling.
Some reviewers have noted that the pants have a weird fit and will be suitable mostly for slim ladies. The wide waistband has no elastic, thus offers no compression of the trouble zones whatsoever (and let’s admit, most of us need it). Curvy ladies might find the waistband rolling down during the practice, which might be pretty annoying.
Teeki Clouds Yoga Hot Pant gets slightly sheer in some poses so be careful with the color of your undies.