Best Clothing for Yoga
This week is Mind + Body week on full clutch, and the posts will be all about healthy ways to find your best self and incorporate them into your routine. Finding the natural point of health for your mind and body can be a tough journey, but one well worth it. When you’re comfortable in your own skin, finding and building your style can actually be a pleasure! No matter your size or shape, we hope to leave you with some practical tips for a healthy body and happy mind!
When I first started doing yoga (yes, I know, you’re supposed to say “practicing” yoga but it’s so pretentious I can’t, I just can’t), I wore t-shirts and long pants, the same things I wore for strength training and cardio. I quickly learned that was a mistake. While in downward-facing dog, the t-shirt would billow up to my face, leaving my mid-section and bra for all to admire, and covering my face so I couldn’t breathe. The long pants would get stuck on the bottoms of my feet during Vinyasa, when I was supposed to be moving swiftly, and I’d have to stop and adjust. It wasn’t long before I learned that yoga is one of those activities where it’s not just about the clothing companies trying to make an extra buck–you really need clothing specific for yoga in order to do it (practice it) well. Here are my favorite tops and capris for yoga.
I’ve tried Lucy, I’ve tried Lululemon, I’ve tried off-brands from Target. Athleta makes the best yoga tops, by far. I always buy the ones with a built-in bra. Since it’s just yoga, I don’t need a ton of support, I just want my bosom to stay contained. Athleta offers different levels of support for each top, and they clearly label that so you know what you’re buying: “Support: High for A-C, Medium for D-DD.” Convenient, right?
Printed Tinker Tank - $54
This is a great top. It fits nice and snug at the bust, skims the torso with some extra fabric for hiding lumps and bumps, and then ties at the hip so that your top stays in place while doing inversions. This is deemed “relaxed fit” which I prefer. I don’t like clingy fabrics and cuts. This is relaxed enough for me to stay comfortable, but not so billowy that I feel like I’m trying to hide my body. Fun colors, too–I own the blue version and it’s even more radiant in person.
Peek Tank - $59
So, I don’t own this particular tank, but I own something similar that is no longer in stock. What I want to point out here is the thick straps. I think Athleta’s tops with thicker straps are much better than those with skinnier straps. If you have a petite bust, perhaps you’ll disagree, but for women with a medium to large cup size, you really want the thicker straps. I own the Majestic Tunic, which is really beautiful, but those tiny, cute straps aren’t very supportive and I feel like my breasts are moving wildly around while I try to keep up with my insanely fit yoga instructor. Probably a good show for everyone else in the class, not so good for my concentration. I also think the thicker straps are more flattering, probably because they just support everything better.
Capris–Old Navy & Champion
For yoga, you really need tight pants. No flared leg, no loose capri. Yoga is supposed to be a way to clear the mind and center yourself, and if you’re worried about that extra fabric flapping around, you won’t get the full benefit. Unfortunately, yoga pants (especially if they are labeled and marketed as yoga pants) are so effing expensive. Interestingly, I’ve also found that the more expensive brands are the least desirable, at least for me. My favorites? Old Navy and Champion.
Women’s Fold-Over Yoga Capris - $17.94
Apparently I’m the only person out there that prefers cotton workout pants to polyester. Yes, the synthetic materials are usually the ones that “wick away sweat” while you’re working out but I just hate how they feel. I snag my nails on them, they’re all slippery, they’re thinner so they’re more likely to reveal the lumps and bumps. My favorite yoga capris of all time are from Old Navy and they’re 93% cotton, 7% spandex. The ones above aren’t exactly the same model, but they are pretty darn close. I love cotton workout wear. It’s comfortable and forgiving. And for under $20? That’s a no brainer.
Fine, fine, fine. If you MUST have sweat-wicking capris…Champion is a good brand. I bought these in a moment of desperation when Old Navy was out of my favorite cotton blend capris, and they’ve worked really well. Champion yoga pants are relatively cheap (even though the full price is $42 on these, they’re almost always on sale at Target), they’re durable through many workouts and washings, and the fit is great. I don’t like low rise yoga pants (or low rise anything). Again, the goal in yoga is to feel your clothing as little as possible so that it’s not a distraction. Low rise pants are always falling down and shifting around. These provide coverage up to just below the belly button. They’re also pretty flattering–the detailing at the seems makes my legs look longer and leaner…somehow. It’s magic, don’t question it!