Sick of looking like everyone else in yoga class? Here are eight yoga pants that embody all the latest trends we love. Our final verdict: mesh, foil-wrapped, color-blocked, and high-waisted cuts rose head and shoulders above the rest. (Plus, one pair that’s on the expensive side—but oh so worth it if you’re a nighttime runner and yogi.)
High Rise Jacquard Flow Chaturanga Tight
Athleta’s High Rise Jacquard Flow Chaturanga Tight is equally flattering and functional. The sub-naval waistline and triple mesh layer keeps your tummy tucked in during poses, no pinching. Grey, black, and white color blocking offer a less traditional (but also neutral) take on the classic black legging. Plus, with CoolMax breathable material, you can wear them from studio to street without uncomfortable sweat marks.
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Women’s Melody Tights
Outdoor Research’s Melody Tights are by far the softest yoga leggings we’ve ever tried. Moisture wicking and slightly thicker poly/spandex fabric make this tight the best winter-warm option. And while they’re full length, slight ruching near the ankle encourages you to scrunch them into capris for hot classes. Here, meet a the outdoor gear company who nailed all things yoga apparel.
Gold Lights Leggings
Plan on starting your fitness routine off right by heading to yoga on New Year’s Eve? Relish the festive atmosphere (and look the part!) with Goldsheep’s Gold Lights Leggings. These high-waisted leggings are perfect for the holiday season and offer a slimming, flattering fit with a poly/lycra blend woven into a four-way stretch knit for extra freedom.
Sri Yantrify Leggings
The Wolven Threads Sri Yantra Leggings are inspired by the Sri Yantra triangular symbol, considered to be the mother of all yantras (shapes to supplement meditation). Moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, recycled fabric moves with you through studio, surf, and street. And the right brain, left brain triangle design allows you to literally wear your practice.
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Add a little sparkle to your practice with Manduka’s Surihaku Legging. This recycled poly/spandex blend has a double layer, reinforced crotch for those super flexi poses (think, extra security). Plus, shiny foil paneling gives it an extra flair for your flow.
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Onzie Mesh Inset Leggings
The Onzie Mesh Inset Leggings are great for showing a little skin without the fear of overexposure. Another perk we love? The mesh inserts and nylon/spandex blend wick moisture and keep your body from overheating during an intense hot yoga session.
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Speed Tight (Splatter)
Okay, let’s be real: we are not always a fan of a price tag like this (eek!) for yoga tights. But if you want to splurge on leggings that have the best technology on the market (and will last a lifetime, mind you) go for Lululemon’s brand new Speed Tight in Splatter. They’re yoga-ready with all the four-way stretch, moisture-wicking breathability you need. Plus, they’re made for runners too, so they have 360-degree reflective properties keeping you safe for your night classes.
Vintage High-Waist Jeggings
Straight out of LA (and relatively new), Avocado is making affordable activewear that’s pushing the envelope in both design and function. The Vintage High Waist Jeggings marry all the details you love in your jeans (like a textured knee and hip) with a flattering high-waist to take you effortlessly from street to studio. The nylon/spandex blend wicks sweat away, and you can pair this with your favorite sweater or tank for après activities. Easy peasy. Plus, they’re only 50 bucks.