Several months ago, my friend Hope and I met for coffee, and somehow we started talking about yoga pants. As you know from our Friendship Q&A, Hope is one of my best friends from college. 🙂 But, what you may not know is that Hope is also a certified yoga teacher! She’s worked so hard over the past year to accomplish getting certified, and I couldn’t be more proud!
Activewear is something I haven’t talked about yet on the blog. And don’t get me wrong. I love cute workout clothes! I just don’t get myself to the gym enough to wear them! 😉 Since there’s been a huge health and fitness movement the past few years, I’m only taking a wild guess in assuming that some of y’all are into activewear. I have quite a few friends who enjoy yoga, including Hope. So, I thought doing a post on yoga pants would be a fun way to break into the activewear segment of fashion!
As a yoga teacher, Hope is also an expert in yoga apparel. I knew she’d be the perfect person to collaborate with to bring you the most flattering and functional yoga pant brands of 2017!
Jenni, Hope, and I had so much fun shooting these photos at Authentic Yoga Life in Denton! Hope modeled all the yoga pants herself, which was so cool to watch! She also helped co-author this post. We covered the most comfortable yoga pants, the best athleisure yoga pants, the best printed yoga pants, and the best anti-sweat yoga pants. You can shop them all and find the best yoga pants to fit your needs and lifestyle!
MOST COMFORTABLE YOGA PANTS:
If comfort is your #1 factor with yoga pants, then you need to try Grizzy Love leggings! They recently released their line of activewear leggings, and they’re seriously so soft and comfortable. Grizzy Love leggings do offer wicking and a sturdy waistband. Yet, compared to other brands, Grizzy Love leggings aren’t skin tight. In these yoga pants, you have a generous amount of room to move and breathe, so you don’t feel like you’re sucked in 100%.
Considering how comfortable they are, you can wear Grizzly Love leggings to yoga, pilates, zumba classes, and more!
Grizzy Love specializes in hand making functional but cute activewear. All of Grizzy Love’s leggings are designed with one-of-a-kind prints, and they definitely make a statement. Wear them to your next yoga session and you’re sure to get compliments! Grizzy Love also sells screen-printed tops, and the printing is done on those super-comfy American Apparel tees and tanks. The screen-printing is also eco-friendly using only water-based inks. They recycle their production materials, too, which is cool!
It’s worth mentioning that Grizzy Love is a smaller business. They’re a home-grown yoga brand, and currently only feature their products on Etsy. Check them out and show your support!
BEST ATHLEISURE YOGA PANTS:
Alo yoga pants are best for you if you like to go from the studio to the street! Their products are constructed with anti-bacterial and dry-wicking qualities, meaning you can wear them for hours after a workout without feeling gross.
Alo yoga pants are extremely high-quality, and meant to compress and lift the body while keeping muscles warm. The only downside to these leggings is you can definitely see sweat on their colored leggings during a sweaty practice. But, if you sweat a lot, the whole legging becomes a shade darker so it’s not noticeable. This aspect makes Alo Yoga’s colored leggings not ideal for a hot atmosphere. But, you can get away with wearing their black or printed leggings anywhere.
Alo also makes fantastic sports bras that are both padded and non-padded. As with Teeki’s tops, just wear pasties or something similar underneath to cover any nipping with non-padded! 🙂
Overall, Alo has classy activewear options that are great for non-heated yoga, dance, and Pilates.
Shop Alo Yoga:
BEST PRINTED YOGA PANTS:
If you’re like me, activewear with amazing prints inspire you to get moving! Teeki’s yoga pants are made from a sustainable material composed of recycled plastic water bottles, polyester, and cotton. Like Grizzy Love, Teeki also uses water-friendly printing in their designs, and does not pollute or contaminate water. Their printing process actually uses 90% less water than the standard printing process. Teeki is truly a sustainable company that is improving how the fashion industry operates!
Teeki is wonderful for all types of yoga, Pilates, climbing, swimming, hiking, and even cross-fit. Teeki leggings really do feel like a second skin, because they’re incredibly comfortable. Their yoga pants hug the body and are chafe-free. However, unlike prints, functionality isn’t always their strong-suit. Depending on your measurements, sometimes the waistband can be wider than anticipated. You may find yourself pulling up their leggings! However, if you’re doing a very sweaty practice, you may not have this issue. The sweat actually helps them stick better to the skin.
Reviewers have expressed that solid Teeki leggings can be see-through, so consider getting a pair of their super-cute fully printed leggings. That way, your butt crack and thong will be covered! Haha.
Teeki also sells matching printed tops to go with their leggings, as shown in the photos. However, you may want to wear a silicone skin bra or sports bra underneath the tops because they’re non-padded! 🙁 This is definitely an annoyance if you’re someone who needs firm support, or hates fussing with nipping.
Overall, Teeki is a great brand to buy activewear from. Hope has even gifted their products to friends because she truly believes in their company!
BEST ANTI-SWEAT YOGA PANTS:
If hot yoga is your thing, Onzie yoga leggings are your best bet. Onzie’s free-flowing fabric technology excels at wicking away sweat, so you can hit your poses without feeling drenched.
Specifically, the high-waisted yoga pants are amazing! They’re a thin material, but with a matte finish to prevent them from being see-through. That means you can forget about your cheeks showing! Yay! Haha. 😉
They also hug your body nicely, so you’ll feel at ease during your yoga flow. With Onzie’s low-waist leggings, the same can’t be said. Depending on where they sit on your waist, you may need to pull them up when doing multiple sun salutations in a row. With the high-waisted leggings, you’re safe from a loose waistband, and won’t be concerned about wardrobe malfunctions!
Other than hot yoga, Onzie yoga pants are also ideal for for Pilates, spinning, swimming, surfing, running, and basketball! The brand’s flexible material comes in a variety of flattering cuts, colors, and prints.
Depending on the legging, their sizing can run a little small, especially in the waistband. When in doubt, go a size up!
To keep your Onzie leggings in good shape, just wash them on the light or delicate cycle and let them air dry.
Oh, and did I mention that Onzie is made in the USA?! 😀
So that’s a wrap! Those are the most flattering and functional yoga pant brands of 2017. Hope and I really hope (no pun intended 🙂 ) that you enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments what you thought of it, and if I should do more activewear posts in the future. What would you guys like to see? Also, in case you missed it, see our silly face mask photos and read our Q&A on friendship here!
Model & Co-Author: Hope Bidinger // @quotesbyhope
Photography: Jenni Burchett // @foxandpinephoto