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How to Choose the Best Yoga Pants for Women

How-to-Choose-Yoga-PantsThere are so many styles of yoga pants out there that it’s quite overwhelming. On the web you will find thousands of models of wild prints and sassy designs that are made with new innovative clothing technologies. With such a vast choice available, what are the best yoga pants for women?

Well not to worry! I created this simple guide which will narrow down to exactly what you are looking for.

Consider your purpose

First off, decide the purpose of these pants. If this is for Hot yoga, you might consider going for fitted shorts or capris. If the pair is for everyday wear such as running errands and then going to brunch with friends you can go with a full-length pair designed with a cool pattern. Are you looking for a classy pair that you can easily wear both to the office and to a Hatha yoga class straight after?  Then a full-length pair with a flare or bootcut leg is an option.  Does the fashion diva in you want a comfy yet glamorous pair with rhinestones which you can flaunt at that hot new lounge that just opened up downtown?

Whatever your purpose, in the end it will all come down to personal preference and with whatever makes you feel most comfortable and allows you to make full range of movements both in and out of your practice. Just remember that if you choose a pair with drawstrings or zippers, clasps and other embroidery around the waist, you will feel discomfort when practicing poses on your stomach.

Consider your Budget

Just because there is a high price tag, it doesn’t mean that expensive is always better. Sure, the pricier ones will be better than a 10$ discounted pair of yoga pants, but keep in mind that for middle and high-end clothing you are paying a good portion for the brand. So don’t get discouraged if you can’t afford that gorgeous pair for 150$! There are lots of budget-friendly options that will suit your needs and that you will look great in too. But if you do have the opportunity to splurge, then don’t be afraid to go full-out!

Consider the Fit: Stretch and Length  Trendy Yoga Pants

After figuring out the purpose and your budget for your yoga pants, now it’s time to figure out the appropriate fit with the length and stretch. There are three lengths to choose from:

  • full-length (which stop at the ankle),
  • capris (which end at your calf muscle),
  • and shorts.

Fitted capris and fitted shorts are recommended for hot yoga classes and warm weather whereas full-length pants are great when running errands, going out with friends, and all other yoga classes. With regards to stretch, you can find pants that give a 2-way or 4-way stretch. Beware of capris that are too tight on your thigh as they will cause discomfort as well as of full-length pants that are too long as they may bunch up at the ankle. The pants should feel comfortable and snuggly at the hips and waist. Keep in mind that anything too loose or too tight will hinder and restrict your performance in yoga class.

Consider the Material

Yoga pants are made from a variety of materials such as cotton stretch, synthetic materials, cotton-synthetic blends, and eco-fabrics. Contrary to popular belief, synthetic fabrics like polyester tend to breathe better than cotton fabrics, but they don’t absorb moisture as well as cotton. Cotton fabrics also keep your body warmer during less intense yoga classes so they are a great option for those chilly classes where the air conditioner is on. Pants that have moisture wicking properties are often chemically treated and are perfect to wear in warm weather and Hot yoga classes. For those who want to go the eco-conscious way and get the same moisture wicking effects, you can choose pants made from bamboo or merino wool.

Now that you have narrowed down and found a pair that you absolutely love, last but not least, make sure that you do a squat and bend test, or that you get a friend or family member to double-check your behind just to make sure that the pants aren’t see through. Because during our yoga practice or outside, what matters is focusing inwards and experiencing our true selves.

=>Still unsure which pants to choose? A great starting point are the Power Flex Yoga Pants by 90 Degree by Reflex. Click here to read my review<=

What are your favorite yoga pants and how do they meet your needs?
What will you be looking for in your next pair?

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  1. Demi-100 Demi-100


    Would you say yoga pants would be suitable for weight lifting sessions? I tend to wear full-length leggings. Is there any particular brand you’d recommend?


    • Vanessa Vanessa

      Hi Demi! Thank you for your comment. I also work out at the gym and I found these 90 Degree by Reflex leggings to be good. I will be posting reviews of the best yoga pants for workouts soon so stay tuned for more recommendations!

  2. Bibi Diaz Bibi Diaz

    Hi Vanessa, What is your take on not wearing underwear under yoga pants? I find it a lot more comfortable and hate when the panty lines show through. In Kickstarter there are some girls that invented yoga pants with built-in panties. Have you ever tried these?

    • Hi Bibi,
      I am all for going commando. I don’t own a pair of yoga pants with built-in panties at the moment, but I have a pair of of shorts that do which I use for hot yoga.
      There’s nothing more annoying that to get a wedgie when I’m all sweaty and hot. I’ll definitely review these kinds of pants soon for sure! Thanks for stopping by.

      • Bibi Diaz Bibi Diaz

        lol I agree with the wedgie part. Nice to know I am not strange for going commando. I must say, It is a little awkward bending over in front of someone knowing your not wearing panties:P

      • As long as the pants aren’t see through, I think you’re good 😉

  3. Hannah Neilson Hannah Neilson

    I agree that you want to consider how long you want your yoga pants to be. It would be good to consider this because it would help you decide what is most comfortable. My sister wants new yoga pants, so she’ll have to determine the length first.

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