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Yoga pants have become a fashion staple far beyond the yoga studio — right up there with Chucks, polo shirts, and J’s — and manufacturers are listening when we say we want more sizes, representation, coverage, and style choices. (Finally!)
Whether you want pockets, extra support, or something that can go from Vrischikasana to the office, we’ve got 11 picks that represent the best yoga pants on the market in 2020. Bring your hands to heart center, take a deep breath, then scroll!
- Fit and sizing. With 70 percent of American women wearing a size 12 or greater, it’s important that this list is inclusive, so we looked for brands that will fit a variety of individuals.
- Function. Not all yoga is the same, so we picked a variety of pants to get the best functionality for your desired flow and needs.
- Style. We were drawn to flattering, interesting cuts and comfy fabrics in a fun range of colors. (Don’t worry, there’s plenty of classic black.)
$ = $10–$40
$$ = $41–$88
$$$ = over $89
These leggings are made in the USA and come in sizes from XS to 5XL. The material is soft, yet it holds shape and offers the perfect amount of compression.
The high, supportive waistband is squat proof and the moisture-wicking fabric and flatlock seams make for a super comfortable fit. And yes, they have pockets! Nice large ones that easily fit your cards, keys, and smartphone.
These gorgeous leggings make a statement wherever you go. (We’re currently obsessing over the floral dipped option.) Each pair is hand-dyed, making these leggings truly unique. The fabric is soft and dense, meaning it’ll hold up for many sessions of inversion practice.
Take note: Because these are hand-dyed, you’ll need to give them some extra care in the laundry. Give them some love and these pants will remain beautiful for many years.
We love the cut and price point of these control-top leggings. The ultra-high waist is squat proof and the balanced compression fabric provides a smoothing effect without suffocating your middle. Perfect for a day on the mat, a tough training session, or a run, we think these are worth every penny.
We’re all for tights that go beyond yoga class. These are buttery soft with just the right amount of compression — perfect for hitting up brunch or running errands after a workout.
We also love the waistband stash pocket that’s large enough for a smartphone and the impressive range of sizes (XS to 3X). Did we mention all the fun colors and prints? You’re gonna want to snag a pair ASAP.
The leggings from this Black-owned business are bold and colorful — ideal for you statement makers out there.
The peekaboo mesh detailing adds even more visual interest and breathability. This pair is high waisted, but the waistband is completely foldable if you want it out of the way. The tops that match the sets are beautifully constructed and eye-catching.
For those of us who prefer a roomier fit in the leg but love the look and practicality of a high waist with some compression, the ODODOS boot cut legging is a clear choice.
With moisture wicking properties, four-way stretch, and an excellent price point, these cute tights pass the squat test with flying (opaque) colors and come in sizes ranging from XS to 2XL.
We couldn’t resist including this adorable one-piece from Black-owned and operated athleisure line, Roam Loud.
With multi-textural detailing and keyhole back, this comfy and stylish piece can easily be dressed up with a cardigan. Bonus points for never having to tuck or tug your top during Down Dog. As a one-piece, everything stays snug and in place while you forward fold.
The Hine Collection line hails from New Zealand and boasts the most size inclusivity on our list with a range from XS to 6XL.
With a large pocket on each side that fits most cell phones, these are a great choice for on and off the mat. These pants also come in lots of fun colors. (Check out “Rust” for a bold pop of fun.)
We love this legging enough to recommend the 2-pack for our expecting and postpartum mamas.
The soft, breathable jersey fabric is perfect for comfortable movement and the bump panel can accommodate your changing shape. At just over $10 a pair, we think this is a smart, affordable, and flattering choice if you’re expecting.
Velvet is making a comeback and we are all for it in these super soft leggings. Dress ’em up with a blouse or tunic, or down with a comfy T-shirt for luxurious fancy couch time. Just try not to cuddle yourself, we dare you!
Yep, you read that right: These are dress yoga pants.
Cut like a pair of bootcut suit pants — with the addition of the pocket detail on the rear and a non-functional button on the front — put these on for a meeting and no one will be the wiser that you’re wearing moisture-wicking, wrinkle-resistant, ultra-stretch athletic pants.
We may have to head back into the office soon, but we don’t have to give up on comfort!