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Crop, fitted style yoga pant

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. There are many different colours 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.


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. The boot cut and flared remains the most popular type of yoga pants that is generally used for casual wear, lounge wear, maternity wear, or physical activity. Due to their high elasticity, yoga pants are comfortable enough to be worn during many different occasions. Yoga pants were originally created for the activity of yoga but over the years, due to their increased popularity, they have developed into a mainstream clothing item.

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. 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 often able to be dressed up, as well. Typically, the more spandex contained in the yoga pants, the more likely they are to be used as exercise wear. The more cotton fabrics are more commonly used for loungewear. Yoga pants must not be confused with leggings, however. Although commonly made from the same material, leggings are typically used for going out and more formal attire while yoga pants and yoga leggings are used for comfort and flexibility.


Brands that stock yoga pants include: Bend Active, ActivewearUSA, Victoria's Secret, TNA Aritzia, GAIAM, TH3, Hard Tail, Athleta, Lucy Activewear, Old Navy, Lamu, Vertical Athletics, Lululemon Athletica, Yoga Crow, Tuff Athletics, and Prana. 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.

A group of women wearing yoga pants while practicing yoga

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