The best yoga clothes to wear at home and the gym

Are you wondering what to wear? Let our guide to the best yoga clothes help you out.

The best yoga clothes

by Rosie Floyd |
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If you're looking for some inspiration for what to wear while focusing on perfecting your posing, you've come to the right place. Our guide to the best yoga clothes will not only keep you comfy and cool, but will also add some style to your workout wardrobe.

Whether you're a complete beginner or a self-confessed yogi, everyone knows that wearing the right clothing when practising yoga is key to unlocking your inner warrior. The best yoga pants and tops will ensure that your movement isn't restricted so you can move from position to position with ease.

How to choose the best clothes for yoga

Your personal preference on what type of clothing you feel most at ease in will certainly play a part in what you choose to wear while practising yoga. However, certain types of clothing and fabrics are more preferably to others. The three main things to keep in mind when picking out your yoga wardrobe are comfort, breathability and flexibility.

Comfort

There's nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in your clothes, especially when you're exercising. The best clothes for yoga are ones that are lightweight and soft. Opt for clothes that are loose-fitting with comfortable waistbands and fabrics that don't feel harsh against your skin.

Breathability

We all know that yoga can be sweaty business, so your clothes will need to be moisture-wicking to help you stay as comfortable as possible. For this reason, most yoga clothes are made using blends of cotton and nylon. These fabrics will keep you feeling cool as you practise your Child's Pose.

Flexibility

As you'll be doing a lot of stretching, you'll want to choose clothes that will allow you to have maximum flexibility. You won't want your clothing getting in the way and stopping you from performing your best Warrior Pose or Downward Facing Dog. Look for items made using elastane or other similar stretchy synthetic materials. These fabrics are known for their stretching ability and will allow you to move in the way you want before getting back to their original shape when you're done.

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Yoga pants and leggings

Best bamboo viscose yoga pants

Flowing through poses will be a breeze in these beautiful teal-coloured yoga pants. We adore that these are made with a highly breathable fabric that is incredibly soft and stretchy. They've got a loose fit through the leg, so movement isn't restricted, and the gathering at the ankle offers a flattering detail.

Review: "Lovely colour, comfortable style. Perfect for doing yoga or relaxing in."

Pros

  • Loose cut
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Size range isn't as wide as other brands

Best for a wide range of designs

Super Soft 7/8 Yoga Leggings
Price: £51 (was £85)

www.sweatybetty.com

Are you looking for a pair of yoga leggings that are comfortable, supportive and stylish? These ones from Sweaty Betty tick all the right boxes. We were immediately drawn to this gorgeous green and gold foil print, but if that's not your style, there are six other patterns and nine plainer colours to choose from.

Review: "I just love the material and fit of these leggings. They provide support without too much compression. They are very comfortable for everyday wear, but super for Yoga. I now have 3 different colours of these."

Pros

  • Wide range of colours and prints

Cons

  • Some customers have commented that the paler colours can be see-through

Best flared yoga pants

If you're not a fan of leggings fitting tightly around your ankles, you'll love these flared yoga pants. Not only will they allow easy movement, but the flared bottoms are on-trend right now. They feature an elasticated waist for a close and secure fit.

Review: "I was sceptical about buying clothing from Amazon but it was impossible to find flared yoga leggings/pants anywhere for a reasonable price. I am so unbelievably happy with these pants. The fit is perfect and they’re super flattering on my shape. I ordered in a size 10 and they definitely suck you in and give you a gorgeous shape. The fabric is exactly like sports leggings and I’ve completed workouts in them with no problems at all; squat-proof, breathable and stretchy. I will be repurchasing in other colours."

Pros

  • Flared leg shape

Cons

  • Some reviews have said that the pants are short in the leg so may not be suitable if you are tall

The Align HR Pants by Lululemon are designed with yoga in mind. The Nulu™ fabric is sweat-wicking and breathable with a four-way stretch for ease of movement. They've got a hidden pocket in the waistband so you can easily pop your bank card and house key inside when heading out for a class.

Review: "Soft, comfortable and flattering leggings, well worth the investment. I wear these mainly for yoga and as leisure wear. They wash well and last well."

Pros

  • Soft fabric that doesn't ride up or down when you move

Cons

  • At a more expensive price point to others

Best yoga leggings with a wide range of sizes

The Go Balance High Waisted Yoga Leggings from Marks & Spencer are a great staple to have in your yoga wardrobe. They're full length with a flattering high waistband with a wrap front for plenty of coverage. The blackout fabric is soft and quick-drying, so you're sure to stay feeling fresh and comfortable throughout your workout.

Review: "Nice fitting yoga pants. Good value and flexible. Am going to buy a second pair."

Pros

  • Wide range of sizes

Cons

  • Some customers have commented on the material being thin

Best for lightweight and cool in style

These harem-style pants are perfect for yoga. They have a lightweight fit that is loose around your legs with an elasticated waist and ankles, allowing you to move seamlessly. The waist is also comfortable with its high-rise fit and shirred elastic. They come in one size, and a wide array of cool patterns are available.

Review: "I absolutely love these lightweight, summer trousers! A silky finish & so comfortable. And they have pockets!!!"

Pros

  • Loose fitting
  • Comes in an array of cool patterns

Cons

  • Could potentially be too baggy for some of the more complicated yoga poses

Yoga tops and vests

Best for built-in support

icyzone Yoga top
Price: $24.99

This top comes with an in-built bra to give you all the protection and support you need while practising yoga. The criss-cross shoulder straps reduce pressure on your shoulders, while the draped open back will keep you cool and comfortable.

Review: "Fantastic little top, great value for money. Good supportive inside bra and good quality material. Will order more in different colours."

Pros

  • No need for a separate sports bra

Cons

  • Some customers have remarked that the top is too baggy so you may need to size down

Best plain and simple yoga top

Mindful Seamless High Neck Yoga Vest Top
Price: £18 (was £45)

www.sweatybetty.com

Designed with a high neck, this vest provides good coverage while posing. It's made from modal Lenzing™ yarn that is quick-drying and soft - we like that it's also sustainable.

Review: "This is super soft and fits really well! Brought this for my friend's birthday and she absolutely loves it!! She can’t stop wearing it!!"

Pros

  • Made using sustainable materials

Cons

  • Plain in style compared to other tops

Best designed for being on the move

We love the deep magenta-purple colour of this jacket from Lululemon. It's ideal for popping on when you're feeling chilly when working out. Or to wear when you're on your way to a yoga class. It has a back vent that provides airflow and thumbholes in the cuffs for added comfort and style.

Review: "Great product, a bit pricey but totally worth it. I get so many compliments at the gym etc. where the jacket is from."

Pros

  • Flattering shape

Cons

  • On the pricey side

Best value yoga top

Keep yourself feeling comfy and looking great with Marks & Spencer's Scoop Neck Relaxed Sleeveless Yoga Top. It's got a roomy, relaxed fit with Flexifit™ technology, so you can get into your favourite poses. Not to mention, the print is cool too.

Review: "Lovely material, colour like the sea, feels lovely on, Got lots of compliments in my yoga class."

Pros

  • 10 different sizes available

Cons

  • Some customers thought the fit was too relaxed

Best vibrant yoga top

Loose-fitting? Check. Stretchy? Check. Breathable? Check. What more could you want from a yoga top? The beautiful coral colour will jazz up your yoga wardrobe, and the knotting on the sides adds a fashionable touch.

Review: "Fits well. Quality material. I ordered a medium and the fit is good. A bit loose like I wanted. For reference I am 5’3 145 lbs. I ordered a few more colours."

Pros

  • Soft to touch

Cons

  • Some customers have stated this top may not be suitable for those with larger chests

Best yoga top for a custom fit

If you're a fan of a more boxy fit, this top will be perfect. Made in Bamboo Clothing's super soft natural stretch jersey, it is designed with a drawstring hem so you can adjust the fit to be as loose or tight as you wish. Available in colours Swallow, Flint and Persian Red, this short-sleeved top will look great paired with your favourite yoga pants or leggings.

Review: "Looks great, good quality."

Pros

  • The hem can be adjusted to a fit that suits you

Cons

  • Boxy fit may not suit everyone

Rosie Floyd is a Pets, Homes and Garden Product Writer for Yours, Take A Break Pets, Modern Gardens and A Modern Kitchen, specialising in everything from home appliances to pet food. After completing her Journalism & Media degree from Coventry University back in 2015, she started her career writing about must-visit holiday destinations, moving on to creating content around outdoor living and garden buildings, before joining the team at Bauer.

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