20 new yoga pants for every style of yoga that are as functional on the mat as they are stylish off of it
Tanya B. Nylon-Spandex Leggings
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These nylon-spandex leggings ($59, Tanya-B.com ) are simple—no zippers, ties or unnecessary adornments—they just do their job of being great pants so you can focus on your practice. Pants designed by Tanya B., an NYC yoga instructor, have inspired teachers and students around the world with their top-quality construction and vibrant colors. (And, while you’re exploring all the styles and shades, check out the Tanya B. monthly yoga playlists that are a welcome addition to your workout.)
Blue Canoe Organic Cotton Capris
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Get dressed just once today with these basic organic cotton yoga capris ($63, BlueCanoe.com). Totally versatile and yet entirely functional for practice, they go from the studio, to the store, to lunch without a second thought. Pair these capris—which are fitted through the thighs and slightly flared past the knee—with a cute top and sandals and you’re ready for whatever the day brings.
LivLuna OmGirl Nomad Leggings
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If you spend half your life in the studio, you need a yoga wardrobe that's as fabulous as you are—and these super-stylish, ultra-comfortable OmGirl Nomad leggings ($66, LivLuna.com) are where fashionistas and yoginis unite. Breathable, organic cotton makes them perfect for finding balance in practice, but it’s the attached skirt that brings head-turning style. Check out the matching tops and layering pieces that complete the look.
Be Present Lotus Mobility Pant
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Be Present pants, originally created at the request of a yoga teacher, are made with a signature “breathe-weave” material—an ultra-wicking cotton/nylon/spandex combination—that has the perfect amount of stretch while remaining light as a feather. The brand has become a fast favorite of students and teachers looking for comfort and performance on (and off) the mat. They come in a myriad of chakra-balancing colors and styles, but we especially love the Lotus Mobility pant ($81, Be Present.com) with beautiful embroidered detail.
Samtosa Eco-Friendly Kaya Tights
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Eco-friendly Kaya Tights ($70, Samtosa.com) from the new Jivamukti-inspired line of clothing by Samtosa, are more then just compassionate design in action. A portion of the sales of their super-soft and smooth yoga pants—all designed with a mix of bamboo, organic cotton and spandex—is donated to the International Organization for Adolescents, a global non-profit committed to the world’s most vulnerable youth. Feel amazing on your mat while you help a teen in need, simply by adding these soon-to-be-favorite leggings to your workout wardrobe.
Stay Human Organic Cotton Rouched Shorts
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If you’re a Bikram yogini and love to get bendy in a room heated over 100-degrees, forget the leggings—you need a great pair of shorts! Try these organic cotton rouched shorts ($42, StayHumanStore.com) created by company co-founder, musician and yogi, Michael Franti. The smart shorts adjust in length so you can head to the studio (without putting on a show) and then hike ‘em up when it’s time to really rock your sweaty routine.
Yogi Linen Rolldown Pant
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Ditch the skintight leggings for these wide-legged pants that bring the gentle flow of practice into your wardrobe. The Linen Rolldown pant by Yogi ($72, Yoga-Clothing.com) has a soft jersey waistband and an exotic silhouette that brings attention to your killer sense of style.
Patagonia Serenity Tights
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Tired of all eyes being on your asana? These super-soft, incredibly durable Serenity Tights ($65, Patagonia.com) are made from organic cotton with a touch of spandex for a slim fit that’s flattering but will never over-share your figure. And, while you’re practicing in confidence, enjoy the secret on-seam pocket that holds your key and cash.
Hard Tail Splatter Rollover Pants
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Sexy style comes to the mat by way of SoCal with these Hard Tail Splatter Rollover pants ($70, YogaClothing.com). Tie-dye is a popular trend in yoga fashion this season and these cotton/Lycra pants give you a taste with a hint of psychedelic color in the waistband. Put ‘em on and get your “om” on.
Aum Chrissy Sweatpants
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Whether you're taking a quiet restorative yoga class, sitting in meditation or just want to get extra-cozy at home, these Chrissy Sweatpants by Aum ($56, National Jean Company.com) are the perfect go-to sweatpants. Comfortable French terry cloth and a drawstring waist deepens relaxation, but don’t worry—the sweet lotus graphic and heather-grey color create downtime style that’s never shlubby.
Horny Toad Flexure Crop Pant
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This take on the basic black yoga pant is anything but ordinary. Horny Toad, a California-based company that prides itself on making unpretentious, low-maintenance clothing, skipped the stifling synthetic athletic material for a breathable organic cotton design, then added spandex for flexibility and contouring style. A higher waist and thoughtful stitching creates a stash-pocket and gives these Flexure Crop pants ($65, HornyToad.com) an attractive design that’s refreshingly modern and easy to wear. Tip: Buy down in size, as we found the pants run slightly large.
Old Navy Fold Over Capris
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Don’t pay a fortune to look good in your down-dog. These affordable capris have a genius waistband that gently shapes to flatter the hips and tummy—for a fraction of designer prices. The cotton-spandex blend gives you the appearance of a slimmer physique before you even begin your workout. Whether you’re petite, tall or plus-sized, these Fold Over Capris ($16, OldNavy.com ) come in your size and a variety of fun colors and graphics.
Ananda Yoga Pants
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Sport these Ananda yoga pants ($65, AnjaliClothing.com) and feel like a million bucks while you find that priceless inner peace. These ultra-soft capris are made of an eco-conscious soy-blend fabric that feels as luscious as cashmere. The comfortable, carefree pants are definitely true to their name, “ananda”, which means “bliss” in Sanskrit.
Planet Thread Ari Yoga Pants
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If you practice yoga just to wear the pants, look no further than to these Janono Ari Yoga Pants ($73, PlanetThread.com), which are so cozy you may be tempted to forgo class and just kick it at home. Made from a special blend of organic, sustainable bamboo, cotton and spandex, these full-length, breathable pants are awesome performers on the mat—if you make it there.
Prana Mackenzie Knickers
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Prana devotees include rock climbers, runners and of course—yogis. The brand, which boasts a grassroots beginning over 17 years ago, still produces high-quality clothing with the same personal service today—now incorporating organic cotton, fair trade and wind energy production. These nylon-Lyrca Mackenzie Knickers ($60, Prana.com) are adjustable with an off-centered shirred draw cord waist that bring a subtle touch of girlie style.
C9 by Champion Reversible Premium Pants
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A basic straight-leg pant is essential for every active wardrobe, but these C9 by Champion Reversible Premium pants ($36, Target.com) give you two styles of high-performing pants in one. You decide between a black or grey waistband and get ready to stretch in smart style. They’re absolutely perfect for a gym yoga practice, transitioning seamlessly from the studio to the weight room.
Lucy Hatha Capri Leggings
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“Hatha” has become a catchall description for basic, gentle yoga, but the term really encompasses all styles of traditional practice—kind of like these Hatha Capri Leggings ($55, Lucy.com). With their flattering four-way stretch, these basic capris are just as flexible as you are—ready for whatever yoga discipline inspires you next.
I Am Beyond Gathered Leggings
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Get ready to indulge in the softest yoga capris around. These Gathered Leggings ($69, IamBeyond.com) are made from thick quick-drying “Supplex” fabric that feels wonderfully rich against the skin. But these lux pants don’t require any extra fuss—simply toss them into the washer and dryer without worry—they retain fit and color like the true performance wear they are.
meSheeky Nico Skirt
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Create a new look with your old stand-by leggings and this yoga skirt with a sweet faux wrap waist. The Nico skirt ($58, meSheeky.com), a separate layering piece, covers your buns while enhancing your figure—whether you’re on the mat or on the street. No need for a costume change to tackle those post-class errands, simply slip the jersey skirt over your leggings and you’re good to go.
Victoria's Secret Yoga Pocket Pants
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Feel a little too naked in skin-tight yoga leggings? Try these Yoga Pocket pants ($39.50, VictoriasSecret.com) that give your backside some coverage with flap pockets to help draw the eye away from your booty. The form fitting straight-leg cut elongates legs and creates a sleek shape without displaying your every curve.
Lululemon Wunder Under Pant
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We tried, but the bottom line is that no roundup of the best yoga pants in truly complete without this popular brand. Like millions of you out there, we love the way Lululemon's signature "luon" four-way-stretching fabric makes our booties look incredible. The Wunder Under pant ($78, Lululemon.com) single-handedly changed yoga fashion overnight when suddenly every woman on a mat donned the little, reflective Lulu logo.