Yoga pants

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Lululemon boot cut and flared groove and astro style type yoga pant
Lululemon crop, fitted style yoga pant

Yoga pants are a type of flexible, form-fitting pants designed for the practice of yoga as well as other physical activities that involve a lot of movement, bending and stretching. Some of the other activities include: martial arts, dancing, pilates, aerobics, clubbing, etc. These pants are generally made of cotton, spandex, nylon, polyester or a similarly light and stretchy synthetic material giving the pants a very smooth and silk-like finish when worn.[1] There are many different colors but the most common type are black, tight-fitted, and have an elastic waistband folded over at the top. Although designed specifically for yoga, the pants are also worn casually by many women.[1][2]

Types of yoga pants[edit]

A group of women wearing yoga pants while practicing yoga.

There are various types and styles of yoga pants. These include the traditional boot cut and flared, yoga pants with waistbands. The boot cut and flare style yoga pants are often paired with flip flops, running shoes, flats, or Ugg boots, with hoodies paired with a tank top or shirt tucked inside the hoodie.[3] The boot cut and flared remains the most popular type of yoga pants that is generally used for casual wear, lounge wear, maternity wear, physical activities, or club wear used for gender-exclusive social activities and girls evening night outings where women meet to engage in social activities at restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and house parties where the pants worn out and about are used as clubwear, often used for aesthetic purposes of showing off curvaceousness, or for more physical social nightclub dancing activities such as grinding, twerking, or lap dancing, due to the high flexibility, stretch, comfort, fashion and softness that yoga pants offer when such provocative dances are performed.[4]

The flat and fold-over waists are utilized to provide flexibility, comfort, coverage, style, breathability and versatility. Another style of yoga pants that are full-length and fitted are utilized as tights or leggings when worn and this style often paired with Uggs.[5] The third style is crop, fitted yoga pants where the pants lie above the ankle (similar to capri pants), and are oftentimes utilized for a more flattering, versatile, and dressier look.[6] Though used more commonly as casual, workout and exercise wear for making errands, lounging around the house, yoga class or working out, yoga pants are also being used within the nightlife sphere because the stretchiness, attractiveness, form-fi, and seductiveness.[7]


Brands that stock yoga pants include: Bend Active,[8] Victoria's Secret, TNA Aritzia, GAIAM, TH3, Hard Tail, Athleta, Lucy Activewear, Old Navy,[9] Lamu,[10] Vertical Athletics, Lululemon Athletica, Yoga Crow,[11] Tuff Athletics, and Prana.[12] All of these brands feature many different styles of yoga pants. Some of the different styles include: capris pants, cropped pants, low-rise pants and more. Most yoga pants come in black, however, the "classic" yoga pant colors include: navy, white, pink, blue, brown, and charcoal.[13]


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External links[edit]

  • Media related to Yoga pants at Wikimedia Commons