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One of the perks of blogging for a living is getting to try lots of different brands so I really feel like I have tried or at least know of most of the yoga clothing brands out there and I thought I'd share some of my favorites as well as what I look for when choosing activewear. Today, we're talking pants.
LENGTH: I like my pants to hit at mid-calf or full length. I don't care for hitting just under the knee only because I'm super short and I feel like they cut me off and look weird.
DETAILS: I prefer pants with a gusset (material at the crotch of the pants) because it is much more comfortable and I find the pants don't shift that way and you can get through your practice without having to tug or pull on them. I also prefer pants that are either seamless or have a flat seam because yoga pants often have a lot of compression and seams digging in doesn't feel good at all!
WAISTBAND: I cannot wear yoga pants that don't have a wide, flat waistband. They're just more flattering, and also sit better than a thin waistband.
MATERIAL and PRINT: I really like having compression and something that retains its shape throughout the class, so a cotton material is my worst nightmare. People often say that you then can't "breathe" but I change my clothing immediately after practice and have never had any issues. I've tried a number of brands with different types of materials that I like and really it doesn't matter to me as long as there is major compression so that the pants retain their shape and don't slip and slide while I'm practicing. As for print, I am all about brought prints and loud colors. The crazier, the better, unless it's a hot yoga class, in which case, keep reading haha.
PRICEPOINT: I am a sale shopper across the board, but when it comes to workout wear, I really feel like you get what you pay for. If I can, I'd rather buy a pair of quality pants that will last me for a few years that meet all my requirements than a cheap pair I will have to replace a number of times. When I consider the cost per wear, it's not that bad. The Teeki pair I'm wearing above? I've had those for over 3 years and they've held up perfectly.
1. Teeki, $94
2. Alo yoga, $92
3. Kira Grace, $88
4. Alala, $105
5. Athleta, $89
For the gym
LENGTH: For the gym, I like mid-calf pants. Full length is annoying for me because they're often too long so for yoga it's no problem because I pull them over my heel and call it a day but I can't do that if I'm wearing sneakers.
DETAILS: Again, all about the gusset and seamless stitching.
WAISTBAND: I need to have a wide waistband that lays flat. I often just stick my phone in my waistband with my headphones in so the waistband needs to be pretty tight so my phone doesn't go anywhere.
MATERIAL and PRINT: Same thing as above - looking for major compression and something that's going to retain its shape throughout my workout. For the gym, I prefer solid, dark colors only because once I wore royal blue leggings and put myself through a spin workout and it was NOT pretty - do you realize how much we sweat? OMG. As an aside, I was so embarrassed and my husband was like, 'Who freaking cares? It means you're working hard, own it." Uhhhh, no thanks, but maybe that's just my own insecurity haha.
PRICEPOINT: Same as above.
I'd love to know - what are your requirements for yoga and workout pants? Any favorite brands?