Finding a quality pair of yoga pants in 2020 is like searching for a needle in a haystack. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the excess and sameness.
If you're puzzled by the timeless questions about which fabric to choose and what features to consider, check out this extensive guide to choosing yoga pants for men and women first.
But if you want the cream of the crop, look no further.
Below, find the 17 best yoga pants and leggings for women I've fallen in love with.
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Meet YogaKali top picks – high-quality yoga pants made of soft, non-itch, and stretchy fabric that feels like a second skin and keeps you dry during the practice. Oh, and have I mentioned how flattering they are?
Cheap doesn’t always mean bad, and these budget-friendly yoga leggings for women 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 a combination of everything.
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.
These yoga leggings below are good at doing their 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 7000 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 with a long top or chunky sweater.
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.
These yoga leggings for women feature two pockets on the side, but they are barely noticeable and not bulky at all. A sewn-in gusset helps increase comfort and takes the pressure of the seams in the crotch area.
Among the disadvantages, reviewers have noticed that these pants are too short for tall yogis, and there is no opportunity to choose the length.
90 Degree by Reflex yoga leggings are pretty opaque, but not entirely, thus the leggings can seem a bit see-through. Also, the fabric attracts lint as well as bleeds during the first couple of washes. So make sure to wash the bottoms separately from other clothes.
Several users noticed that 90 Degree by Reflex had some quality issues such as split seams after a few workouts. Still, 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 leggings for women 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, there's a chance it will feel slightly bulky, especially during Forward Folds.
An internal pocket in the waist doesn't seem to be necessary in the yoga studio 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. Users say that unless you have great abs, it's too tight and cuts into your stomach, creating the loathsome muffin top.
Also, be prepared that Yogalicious yoga leggings 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 that's probably that's the reason they feel so comfy.
Instead of taking Yogalicious out for hot yoga or any cardio workout (these bottoms are not great at repelling moisture), wear them to relaxed yoga and stretching classes and enjoy their soft touch.
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).
Do you hate washing? People at Organic Basics probably do, too.
They treat their SilverTech™ yoga apparel with silver salt Polygiene® that prevents bacteria growth and keeps your clothes smelling nice and fresh. Yes, even after several hot yoga classes.
On top of that, these SilverTech™ Active Leggings are stretchy, soft, and ethically made at a partner factory in Portugal.
Get 10% off Silvertech leggings with code YOGAKALIOB4.
Teeki, a US-based sustainable company, makes sure that you recycle from 18 to 30 plastic bottles when buying their Hot yoga pant. All of the items are also produced locally in the US on solar-powered facilities.
Teeki Clouds Hot Yoga Pants for women are designed primarily for the heated environment. The material is thin and very breathable. It does not retain heat and dries quickly, making these pants a great companion for your next hot yoga session.
The pants' texture is really smooth, which makes them slightly slippery in some poses such as the Tree Pose. On the other hand, smoothness decreases pilling in the long term.
Some reviewers have noted that the wide waistband could use more elastic. Thus, there's not much compression in the tummy area - something to be aware of if you're looking for a more slimming silhouette.
Also, be careful with the colorful undies - Teeki Clouds Hot Yoga Pants might get slightly sheer in some booty-up poses.
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 yoga pants for women 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.
Note that the leggings 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).
Basic but chick – that's how I feel about this Harmony Legging by Synergy Organic Clothing.
Made of organic cotton, these women's yoga leggings are silky soft to the skin, but at the same time stretch with you and retain shape thanks to added spandex.
But my favorite part about these yoga pants (except for the fact that they're ethically and sustainably made) is the unique cut-outs and a band around the ankles. Pair them with a longer top, and nobody will ever suspect you are wearing pants designed for yoga.
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 in any setting without compromising the performance.
ALO Entwine leggings for women sit tight and comfortable. Besides, they hold you in all the right places, slimming you down in the butt and thigh area. Mid-rise waist helps with lower tummy control and features a hidden pocket for your valuables.
The technical fabric is of high quality and stretchy. It's also pretty thin and breathable if you take your ALO leggings 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 yoga pants run true to their size. If the 28″ long inseam is gonna be too long for you, you can comfortably wear the pants over the heel.
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).
If you're looking for body shaping and added support at an affordable price, these yoga leggings for women by CompressionZ might be a great pick.
Yoga pants with a compression not only emphasize natural body curves and hide bumps, lumps, and cellulite but are said to 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.
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 get the pants hemmed.
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, buyers say the elastic in the waist is too thin and tends to dig into the skin, causing irritation. So if you carry your weight in the tummy, consider sizing up.
But 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.
These DAY/WON yoga leggings for women are special.
Not only because they're so bright and cheerful, but also because each pair is made on demand right in the US. Which means:
The sewing process does take some weeks. As a payoff, you get a high-quality and high-performance pair of yoga pants that will carry you through any kind of workout (including the one on the sofa while watching Netflix).
If tight yoga leggings are not to your liking, these prAna women's Pillar Pants will have you covered (both literally and figuratively).
Made of signature Chakara® fabric, these bootleg pants offer solid compression in all the right places and move with you in and out of the yoga studio.
Users say these yoga pants are the most comfortable pants ever made and one person even noted they "could live in these if I didn't have to work!"
P.S. Check out the inseam of the product before purchase. In total, there 3 lengths available: short, regular, and tall.
Bamboo is an excellent material for yogis with sensitive skin but who still want to get moisture-wicking and anti-microbial properties from their workout gear. Plus, the bamboo fabric is exceptionally soft and is as comfortable as pure cotton.
These Fishers Finery Bootleg yoga pants for women are comfortable to wear both during the slow restorative yoga and physically challenging Power or Ashtanga yoga, leaving you cool and dry afterward.
These pants are likely to hold up well to wear and tear and are resistant to pilling. They also don't shrink if you wash them according to the instructions.
On the downside, some users have complained that the mid-rise waistband tends to roll down under the belly from time to time. Also, these bottoms snugly hug the figure but won't do well in slimming you down. So in case you're looking for compression pants, check out other suggestions.
Fisher's Finery Bootleg yoga pants come in a variety of sizes and inseams. Note that if you carry weight in the booty area, you might want to size up. Shorter yogis, prepare to hem your yoga pants since the petite version will still probably be too long.
In general, if you're looking for a super soft and comfy pair of yoga pants (that are not yoga 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.
Yogipace Bootcut Yoga Pants are a real catch for tall, long-legged ladies - they will cover your ankles even if you're 6' or higher.
The fabric of Yogipace Bootcut Yoga Pants offers the freedom of movement by stretching crosswise and lengthwise and wicks away moisture.
Additional ventilation thanks to flared 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.
These bootcut yoga pants for women also sport non-chafe seams to prevent irritation and the double-layer gusset for durability.
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.
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.
Okay, I admit. These Beyond Yoga Featherweight yoga pants do look a bit like PJs. But unless you're reading this a long time in the future, just remember how in April 2020 we all lived in our PJs during the quarantine.
If you're frequently doing yoga at home, I don't see a point of suffocating your body in tight yoga leggings while you can enjoy the comfort of these lightweight babies.
Simply putting on this buttery soft Beyond Yoga joggers when rolling out your mat decreases stress by 50%. Guaranteed.
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 handcrafted by Thai artisans. They are baggy, and the elastic waistband on the top is wide enough not to dig into your stomach and complement your curves.
As a bonus: the waist stretches if you happen to gain some weight - making these yoga pants a perfect pair for yogi-moms-to-be.
The pants will fit practitioners of any height. They have enough length for tall ladies, but thanks to the scrunched bottom, short yogis won’t drag the pants on the floor.
The fabric is super soft, airy, and quick-drying - perfect a hot summer day. With beautiful boho patterns, yoga bottoms from Hippie Pants are great for yoga and running errands in the city or party on the beach.
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.
When things get hot in the yoga studio (or the summer's finally here), cropped yoga pants will save the day.
These prAna Leonora Capri are made of lightweight recycled polyester and spandex – a perfect blend to wick away moisture and keep you dry when you most need it.
Plus, their looser fit is perfect for lounging and running errands if you're relying on a yoga wardrobe during your daily life, too.
Fans of breaking 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 moisture 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 strap in the waistband, the Onzie cropped yoga pants stay in place and don't roll down.
Also, the designs and colors will probably make your head spin. Choose small patterns such as Nocturnal, for example, if you want to hide some minor issues such as butt dimples - the Onzie Capri do not offer much compression.
The Onzie Capri Pants are meant to feel tight. Since they run slightly too big and the sizing comes in S/M, M/L rather than separating small, medium, and large, I would suggest going down with the size.
Tired of finicky yoga pants slipping down? Or a yoga top not staying in place? This TREELANCE Yoga Bodysuit for women solves both problems.
Made of quality organic cotton and spandex, this yoga one-piece molds to your body for a no-hassle yoga practice.
The material is thick and offers slight compression to smooth out all the right places while a built-in shelf bra is substantial enough to support even larger busts.
Our bodies are all unique, and what works for me won't necessarily work for you.
That said, YogaKali top picks include:
Here are some questions I ask myself when looking for a perfect pair of yoga leggings or pants:
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. Cheap and high-end yoga pants don't look that different, and the fabric composition seems pretty much the same.
In reality, there's more to this than meets the eye.
Firstly, the manufacturing process. Most of the pricey yoga pants are made in the US or Europe instead of Asia. This means the cost of production and labor increases significantly.
With cheaper brands, you can't really be sure where your item has been produced and by whom. Alas, child labor, as well as underpaid employees, is still one of the top problems of the clothing industry.
That said, not all brands of high-end yoga clothing manufacture their items in the US.
Synergy Organic Clothing, for example, makes its yoga items in India; Hippie Pants - in Thailand; Alo Yoga - in different countries. But all these brands are either fair-trade or WRAP certified. It means all the employees get fair compensation for their labor, work in safe working conditions, out of their free will. Plus, there's never child labor involved.
High-end brands also try to reduce their carbon footprint using alternative sources of energy and adjusting their production to utilizing fewer resources. Yoga Democracy and Teeki, for example, recycle plastic water and soda bottles to make yoga pants. Both also implemented a waterless dyeing process to create unique, colorful designs. Organic Basics uses either sustainably sourced fabric for production or recycled plastic treated with a blue design-approved silver salt. The latter also conducts regular monitoring of its chain supply and offsets its carbon footprint by investing in environmental projects.
When paying more, you can expect to get a better fabric quality that will last longer as well as well-thought design and fit. These are high-end brands that move the fashion-forward and create trends, which are later imitated by others.
In a nutshell, yoga pants are athletic pants that come in different styles: bootcut, straight, skin-tight (also called leggings).
Essentially, yoga leggings are just a type of really tight yoga pants.
You can read more details about the difference between yoga pants and leggings here.
It depends on how you like them to be and what type of yoga you practice.
Tight yoga pants work great for fast yoga styles, where you have to move quickly and don’t want any extra fabric getting in the way. Many yoga leggings also offer at least slight compression, preventing jiggling. This makes them comfortable for more active workouts, including HIIT, jogging, or aerobics.
Loose yoga pants are great for slow yoga practice, meditation, stretching, and just lounging. They also often look more flattering and offer more coverage if you decide to run errands after the yoga class.
There are some obvious reasons that yoga pants roll down at the waist. For example:
But with that in mind, you have to remember that all clothes are sewn for some imaginary average body type. This body type generally has an hour-glass figure, slim waist, long legs, and a long neck.
The harsh reality is that all women are different, and all our bodies are unique. Some of us carry weight in thighs and legs, some in the waist, etc. Some of us don’t carry any weight at all or are underweight. Buying ready-made clothes is always hit-and-miss, whether we’re talking about yoga pants, a dress, or any other garment.
If you keep struggling with slipping waist, try another type of yoga pants. So if you usually wear low-rise cut, try high-rise leggings next time. Or seek out yoga pants with a drawstring that will allow you to regulate the waist size.
Read customer reviews if you're buying yoga pants online.
Also, try a simple "squat test" to see whether the bottoms are opaque or not.
To do a squat test, put on a bright pair of undies. You can also put white panties if you're trying on black pants and vice versa.
Stand with your backside in front of the full-sized mirror in a well-lit room.
Squat and turn around to see if the yoga pants are see through.
If your yoga pants are slightly see through, simply put nude thongs underneath or nude panties. Don’t wear white panties since the color will still be visible even under white yoga pants.
You can go commando in yoga leggings if that's more comfortable for you.
But first, make sure your bottoms are 100% opaque and squat-proof. Also, I personally suggest going commando in yoga leggings that have a gusseted crotch. It’ll reduce friction and chafing as well as prevent camel-toe.
Wearing yoga pants have long ago turned from faux pas to a fashion statement.
Fashion or not, I don't see why you shouldn't wear yoga pants in public if you feel comfortable.
If tight yoga leggings make you too self-conscious or you feel "naked", simply put on a longer top or a chunky sweater that will cover the bum.
Want to avoid panty lines or feel too uncomfortable flashing the color of your underpants in front of strangers?
Wear seamless nude panties or thongs under your yoga pants - these won't show even if your pants go slightly sheer in Downward Dog.
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