We love yoga pants. They’re practical, versatile, and super comfortable. We expect to see them while in yoga, spin, barre class, and at the gym, but they can work in so many other scenarios. We throw them on to run errands, for long drives, for Sunday brunch and, with a little finesse, the list of possibilities is even longer. Believe it or not, yoga pants can be business casual and even suitable for dinner or cocktails. Here are some tips and ideas for getting away with wearing yoga pants outside of the studio.
Choose the Right Pants
When looking for yoga pants to wear in a variety of settings, pay attention to prints and textures that mimic fabric that’s used in traditional slacks. Avoid prints that are super busy or loud – tribal or animal prints for example. Try to stick to prints and colors that look more traditional. There are even brands that make dress pant-yoga pants, designed specifically to take you from pilates to a job interview and everything in between. It’s also imperative that you buy good yoga pants. This means flattering and not see-through. They’re definitely worth the few extra bucks.
Yoga Pants at Work
Sometimes it’s nice to have the freedom to go from the office to the gym or studio without carrying a gym bag. Athleisure wear can offer a much needed break from shift dresses and restrictive work slacks. Depending on your workplace, this may or may not be entirely plausible. However, many companies have been making a shift toward more relaxed environments, making room for a slightly more casual work wardrobe.
Basic black yoga pants are the most versatile, and can be paired with a sleek black tank, long sweater, and flats for work. The same basic black leggings along with a thin sweater, leather jacket, and nice, clean sneakers, can also be work-appropriate if your environment is casual enough.
Yoga Pants and Brunch or Lunch, and Beyond
While the rules aren’t as hard and fast outside of the workplace, you can still set a few guidelines to avoid looking like you just rolled out of the bed, or the gym. If you’re going to wear yoga pants out on the street, you’ll want to make sure that your outfits still reflect your personal style.
Playing with texture can add a great deal to an ensemble by offsetting the sleekness of your yoga pants. A long, button-up shirt can pair well, as does a loose-fitting, breezy top, as long as it’s not too oversized. A leather jacket can add a little edge, while a long, chunky cardigan, or kimono-style jacket or poncho can add some bohemian princess vibes. Cute flats, boots, or fancy sneakers will pull it all together.
No matter where you’re headed in your athleisure wear, don’t forget to make sure your bum is covered. A long tunic sweater, textured cardigan, boyfriend blazer, or flannel tied around your waist is stylish, functional, and adds sophistication to the look. Lastly, don’t forget to accessorize. Chic and simple is the way to go: your favorite hoop earrings or a thin chain necklace can really dress up a sporty look, along with a simple clutch or stylish backpack.