Yoga is for every body, yet sometimes it feels like the industry surrounding the practice ignores the plus-size woman. But that might be starting to change. A recent study found that the average American woman is actually a size 16-18, up from a size 14 a decade ago. And yogawear companies are finally starting to pay attention.
Major brands like Athleta have stylish plus-sized collections, and there are a whole slew of new, independent activewear companies that cater to women of all sizes. This is great news for me and for all curvy yoginis. As someone who loves fashion, it's important to me to find yoga gear that looks good, feels great, and moves with my body like a second skin. The last thing I need is to be hiking up a waistband or pulling down a tank during asana. Yet in the past, I've struggled to find pants that provide enough coverage in the rear, and bras that can support my assets and still look pretty.
Here are 11 of my favorite yoga pieces for the average American woman. When you feel confident and comfortable, you’re more likely to be active. So, dress your amazing body with respect and love. You deserve to feel beautiful and move with ease.
Designed for doing squats at the gym, these pants (which come in sizes S–4XL) won’t ride up or down as you bend and twist, making them perfect for an asana class. Plus, roomy outside pockets on each leg mean you can store essentials while running errands post-yoga practice.
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Think you’re too busty for a strappy yoga bra? Think again. This full-coverage bra is super sleek and supportive, and comes in sizes L–6XL. Wear alone or peeking out from under a scoop-neck or backless top. Buy the matching leggings for a polished head-to-toe look.
$43 (bra), $57 (leggings), torrid.com
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These high-waisted tights with K-Deer's signature stripes come in a variety of colors and sizes (XS–4XL). They're a bit pricey, but you can feel good that all of K-Deer’s products are made in the U.S.A. Bonus: UPF 50+ fabric never fades, so you can have fun in the sun come festival season.
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Dress your stems in lush tropical flowers! These pretty leggings from plus-sized activewear company Rainbeau Curves are cute and reasonably priced. A thick waistband prevents slippage and the high-performance jersey fabric offers light compression and breathability. Navy blue stripes down the side of the leg add a dash of sporty flair. Sizes 14-28.
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Made from polyester created from recycled plastic water bottles, these high-waisted, super-soft leggings are completely sustainable, from fabrication to using eco-friendly dyes to paying workers a fair wage. Leggings, shorts, and matching bras come in a rainbow of fun colors, from size XXS – XXXL.
The sculpting technology in these pants provides medium compression that holds in your jiggly bits, without creating a muffin top.
Strategic ruching on this knit tank whittles your waist, while mesh at the shoulders keeps you cool. This is so cute on, you’ll want to wear it outside the studio. Sizes 14-28.
New this season, this color-blocked compression tight is suitable for a variety of activities from running to weight lifting to yoga. Plus, four pockets mean you can stash your keys, phone, and credit card for a post-workout latte. XXS-2XL.
Although this top is advertised as fitting only up to a D-cup, I was able to squeeze my size-F girls in here comfortably, without spilling out. The shelf bra doesn’t offer a lot of support for high-impact activities, but it worked perfectly for my Vinyasa class. XS – 2XL.