Yoga is all about staying calm and balanced. But it's hard to free yourself from distractions if your workout shirt traps the heat or fails to support your lady parts.
Here's where yoga tops come in.
Yoga tops for women are designed to be stretchy and comfortable so that you could focus on your practice and not your clothes. And fortunately, they come in tons of designs to fit every flow and lifestyle.
Flowy tanks, crop tops, technical tees, and cute long sleeves – I've has invested hours of research (so you wouldn't have to) to select the best tops for yoga for every taste and budget.
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Meet YogaKali top picks - stylish yoga tops that breathe, wick away moisture and flow with you. And the best of all - they won't annoyingly ride up and throw you off-balance when you're upside down.
Really, this is the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a yoga shirt.
You don't want to wear a loose yoga top to a fast Vinyasa class since it will restrict your movements and ride up in the simplest inversions. And let me guess… You're probably not excited about showing your bra to everyone during a Down Dog.
Similarly, choosing a loose cotton shirt for hot yoga is a bad idea – it will leave you drenched in sweat and get heavier the more you perspire.
Yoga wear isn't about the looks.
Sure, we all want to wear cute yoga shirts, but stay sensible. If you're faced with the choice of look versus functionality, choose the latter.
When a yoga top makes you look beautiful and compliments your figure, ask yourself if it's going to do the same good job in the studio: will it wick away sweat and stay in place during the intense workout?
The leading yoga brands are often trying to combine both fashion and performance, but it doesn't mean that this combination is always successful.
Whether you do Vinyasa or Yin, you want your yoga clothes to move with you.
Choose yoga shirts that are either made of plant-derived materials and are naturally stretchy (organic cotton, for example) or that contain some stretchy fabric.
Five percent of Lycra or Spandex won't make a noticeable difference in softness and feel but will offer you greater freedom of movement in your poses. Besides, they will make your yoga tops retain their shape and prevent sagging.
Complement your new yoga top with these functional and stylish yoga pants or leggings.
Tiny details matter. There is nothing worse than losing your balance and getting irritated in the middle of the yoga session because of the chafing seam or an itchy tag.
Most yoga tops now are tagless and sewn with flat-lock seams. But it never hurts to check this before the purchase.
Study other minor details in the product. Open back yoga tops, for example, can increase breathability, but probably won't feel too comfortable if you plan to wear them casually.
Your comfort is undoubtedly important.
But don't forget about the comfort of your home planet and people who make your yoga tops.
How transparent is the company you're buying from about their fabrics and production process? Are the people that harvest raw materials and work in factories are cared for and paid a living wage?
Keep in mind that the choices you make in your daily life have a direct impact on the lives of others.
Are you an active person who manages to combine yoga, gym, and casual meet-ups with friends? If so, you might want to choose a yoga top that will make you look stylish on the way from the cafe to your studio. And provide enough coverage, of course.
Are you a busy bee juggling several projects and personal life? Look for yoga shirts that can be tossed into the machine (rather than need to be hand-washed). Plus, choose antimicrobial fabrics that don't get stinky after a single class.
If you basically live in your yoga clothing, then look no further than Softwear. This Brooklyn-based brand not only makes the softest athleisure pieces ever but uses high-quality and sustainably sourced fabrics that are good for the mama Earth, too.
Yoga, traveling, or chilling, this modal yoga tank top will fit perfectly into any setting.
These yoga tank tops from TREELANCE are perfect for those looking for no-frills yoga wear for meditation and yoga. Made of organic cotton, they are super soft and stretchy for maximum freedom of movement and comfort.
The minimalist prints are simply amazing. From moon phases to inspiring messages, you'll probably want to have them all.
Some users complained about the print misplacement. So if you have larger breasts, go for the tank top with a back print.
Lululemon products need no introduction. Well-beloved by many yogis, the company strives to combine the leading fashion trends with functionality. Often – successfully.
The Cool Racerback is made of their signature super lightweight Luon fabric that performs great at warm temperatures, making it a perfect hot yoga tank top.
Thanks to 4-way stretch properties and fitted cut, the Cool Racerback moves with you throughout the whole workout. Yogis say it stays put, doesn't ride up in inversions, and gets out of your way so you could flow freely.
If you care about sustainability and company ethics, it's worth keeping in mind that Lululemon is still lagging behind a whole lot of brands despite its claims of being eco-friendly and planet-kind.
If I could choose one throw-on-and-go yoga tank top this spring, it would be this Rainbow Dylan Tank. Made of 100% organic cotton, it's comfy enough to take it to a yoga class and stylish enough to take it out to the city.
But you know the best part? This single yoga tank top saved 52 days of drinking water, 86 hours of LED bulb energy, and avoided 0.5 miles of driving emissions. All because Synergy Organic Clothing is choosing more earth-friendly fabrics and implementing greener production practices.
By the way, when your old items from Synergy Organic Clothing get old, don't throw them away. Each piece is made to be recycled. Bring your old yoga tank to the retail store or mail it to the company office, and the good people from Synergy will recycle it for you and give you a discount for the next order.
Founded by eco-warriors and modern hippies, Soul Flower places sustainability and good ethics at the heart of everything they do: from choosing better fabrics and reducing waste to offsetting their carbon footprint.
Plus, you just can't beat their vibrant designs.
This muscle tank top, for example, is inspired by the 60s social revolution and activism. Each and every image is hand-drawn and printed by hand, so no two tank tops are the same.
This yoga tank top from RBX won’t win any beauty contests, but it gets the job done.
Made of the polyester, it is super lightweight, wicks away moisture, and dries quickly – everything you can ask for from sportswear. The midrise neckline will cover your cleavage, and a slightly looser fit will hide everything you’re not ready to show.
Make sure to size down if you like a tighter fit.
Not everyone feels confident in tight tanks. This Core 10 sleeveless yoga top is a great alternative. Thanks to the relaxed fit, it will cover everything you want to hide, including the bra straps, and the length is just right to conceal the belly area.
This sleeveless yoga top will work best during gentle and slow types of yoga where you won’t sweat a lot. And it’s so comfortable that you probably will end up wearing it on the way home.
And the best thing is that if you’re not satisfied with something, the brand will issue a refund at any time and for any reason.
DISBEST promises the ultimate support and comfort during your yoga classes.
Its racerback yoga tank top features a built-in padded bra, so you no longer need to invest in a sports bra to wear underneath. If you need more support for aerobic activities, you can also always remove the pads and layer the top with the bra of your choice.
The DISBEST yoga top is designed for sweaty training. The material breathes well, and there are ventilation holes for greater air circulation and faster drying – so you could enjoy your yoga or any other workout every day.
This Verana yoga tank top is pretty and functional, which doesn’t happen that often. It is made of a patented performance fabric that breathes when you’re on the move, wicks away sweat and still looks great afterward.
The tank top has a built-in shelf bra for extra support during your practice. Add or remove the modesty cups – your choice.
The midrise neckline is comfortable without being too revealing, and the back strap detail will spice up even the basic look.
The greatest thing is that Prana is one of the fair trade certified companies, meaning that it promotes fair wages, safe working conditions for the workers as well as operates in an environmentally sustainable way. By buying their products, you're supporting the initiative as well.
If there was the list of the best yoga tops for inversions, Beyond Yoga Keyhole Tank top would definitely rank high. With its slim fit and high front neck, the yoga top softly molds to your body and stays put all the way through the workout. Yes, even in a handstand.
Plus, there's an interior shelf bra that offers enough support for a moderate-paced yoga class without being too restrictive.
Look good and do good – that's what Satva puts at the core of its work.
Working with GOTS certified organic cotton and recycled fabrics, the brand also uses only non-toxic plant-based dyes to reduce pollution and waste of valuable resources.
The result? Functional and sustainably-made activewear pieces that also look incredibly stylish.
Gaiam yoga tank top is the epitome of fashion and function. Featuring a built-in bra with removable cups, this athleisure wear will make you feel confident and stylish no matter where you go: yoga, gym or just for a walk in the park.
An iconic Dri-Motion moisture management fabric breathes naturally and will keep you fresh and dry even during the strenuous yoga session. And relaxed fit will help hide your belly without riding up in Downward Dog.
Mippo's high neck yoga top is great for playing around. Tie it in the back to show off your body curves and hold it in place during inversions. Or keep it loose for a more relaxed fit on the days when you're feeling too self-conscious.
The high neckline keeps everything covered in Forward Folds, and the back mesh detail looks sexy but is also functional, allowing your body to breathe and stay cool.
Made of modal and spandex, this yoga top is stretchy enough for free movement and really soft for casual wear with a pair of jeans.
This Mippo tank top is great for showing off your sporty arms and a new bra. But besides being just cute, it's also functional.
The backless design makes the top comfy and airy for more strenuous workouts or hot weather if you want to avoid a sweaty back. Plus, it won't break a bank.
Who said crop tops are just for size 0? DAY/WON, a 100 percent size-inclusive activewear brand, makes sure that all women work out in style.
Every single item from DAY/WON is available in sizes 0 through 32 and tested on real women, which means no more riding shirts or slipping waistbands.
Wait, there's more.
All yoga tops and bottoms from DAY/WON are made domestically in the US using recycled plastics, and all the cute and colorful prints are digitally printed to reduce waste and pollution.
The Women's Lupita Crop Bra Top is perfect for days when you feel like showing more skin. With simple colored design and open back detail, this yoga top works great for warm summer days and a hot yoga setting: the fabric breathes and wicks away sweat.
The top is designed to be skin-tight, so it's easy to layer it with a tank top on days you need more coverage.
Mind that compression and molded cups will suit low/mid-impact yoga practice best and probably won't be of much help during running or other cardio-heavy workouts.
When Sports bra is just too revealing, and you don’t feel comfortable with the extra fabric of a regular top, Alo yoga Bind Fitted Bra Tank comes to the rescue.
It doesn’t really look like a workout top, but don’t let it fool you. This Bra Tank is made with a high-quality stretchy fabric that breathes, wicks away sweat as well as keeps bacteria and bad odor at bay.
A built-in shelf bra and wide straps add to extra support, making the top suitable for just any workout. Or a night out, if you please.
I personally love crop yoga tops! They help me stay cool and dry when I'm on the move. And they're practically weightless, too.
This affordable sleeveless top from Mippo also features a back mesh and a side slit for extra ventilation. Made of soft modal, the yoga top is comfortable and drapes nicely, creating a flattering silhouette.
Pair this Mippo Sleeveless yoga top with high-waist yoga pants or jeans, and you'll be ready to rock on and off your mat.
Mind that it's not a compression yoga top. With large armholes and semi-opaque fabric, you might want to wear a sports bra underneath for support and coverage.
"Fashion is dirty. We want to change that."
That's the motto of Danish-based sustainable brand Organic Basics. From working with only recycled and eco-friendly fabrics to offsetting their carbon impact, the company is continually setting new sustainable goals while keeping their practices as transparent as possible.
For example, this Active Tee is ethically made of recycled polyester and treated with recycled silver salt that helps you stay fresh even after a few days of sweating. Yoga, climbing or jogging – with the shirt from Organic Basics, you can focus on your workout, not your laundry.
I'm a big fan of the brand, and I even wrote a dedicated review of their organic cotton underwear here.
Save 10% on your Organic Basics order with code YOGAKALIOB4.
Soul Flower is doing its best to keep plastic off the places it doesn't need to be. How? By making cure yoga tops, for example.
This short-sleeve yoga shirt is made of recycled beverage bottles blended with non-toxic organic cotton – the mix which is good for you and planet Earth. Each T-shirt is decorated with an inspirational hand-drawn image of the star sky and dyed with low-impact dyes to reduce water pollution.
If there's the definition of #wearyourvalues, this yoga shirt would probably be it.
Made of high-quality and soft Under Armour technical fabric, this V-neck has all the chances to become your go-to shirt for any activity: yoga, gym, cycling, climbing, and whatever your heart desires.
Four-way stretch construction makes the tee move and twist with you, and the fabric will keep you cool in the hot environment, whether indoors or outdoors. Plus, you don't have to worry about bad odors - the anti-odor technology prevents bacteria from growing and keeps your shirt smelling fresh until the laundry day.
Referred to as “Lululemon dupe,” this CRZ Yoga T-shirt comes with a pleasant price tag, cute design, and main features of workout wear: soft, tagless, lightweight, and sweat-wicking.
A stylish mesh adds to breathability so that you could run, lift and jump and stay cool and dry.
If you don’t want to flash your bra in front of everyone, but would still like a cute open-back look, then this open back yoga tank from icyzone is for you.
Made of polyester blend, the T-shirt is lightweight and cools you down when the temperature goes up.
There are two vertical seams in the front as well as side gathering detail to create a more feminine and flattering silhouette. Add a stylish open back, flat-lock stitching, tagless construction, and you’ll get a T-shirt that’s both fashionable and functional.
Mind that different colors have a slightly different back design.
Tired of your yoga tops riding up? With this ultra-soft bodysuit from Boody, you won't have to worry about that anymore.
The bodysuit is designed to mold your body and is extremely stretchy, meaning it will move and twist with you on and off the yoga.
Besides, it's great for layering during the colder months.
Just like its short-sleeve counterpart, this workout shirt hits all the points of a quality gear: it's breathable, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying. And it'll also keep you warm when you most need it.
Add soft and eco-friendly into the mix, and you end up with a long sleeve that you'll never want to take off.
By the way, some users have confessed to wearing this shirt 8 times already. Guess what... it still didn't stink.
Save 10% on your Organic Basics order with code YOGAKALIOB4.
It's always tricky to choose plus-sized clothes online, but this athletic long sleeve shirt from Animal Den is a great buy, according to reviewers.
It fits true to size and is not boxy. Quite the opposite - the shirt creates a contoured silhouette and doesn't bunch up during the workout.
Animal Den long sleeve is excellent at wicking away moisture and keeping you cool and dry whether you're at the gym or hiking in the heat of the day. Besides, some buyers have noted that it doesn't start smelling funny like most of the workout clothes do.
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