Hot fashion for hot workouts

These twelve funky, functional, and tiny pieces will help you keep your cool during hot yoga, dance cardio, or whatever your steamy workout.

what to wear to hot yoga and workouts


Whether you’re a Bikram yogi, a cardio dance queen, or a fan of hot Figure 4 or High Intensity Interval Training, your workout leaves you drenched in sweat.

And we’ve noticed a fabulous profusion of fitness fashion geared toward the workouts that make you schvitz.

Yes, they’re skimpy and that’s purposefully so. Ankle-length tights don’t make sense for heated rooms. Nor do they wick as well as bare legs.

Here’s our roundup of the hottest hot-workout looks. —Jamie McKillop

Photo: Body By Simone for BBS TV


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Lorna JaneLorna Jane Pamtastic Bra

From leading Australian active wear label Lorna Jane, the Pamtastic bra riffs on the chic appeal of a Missoni knit. It’s a perfect look for your Body By Simone class, and will hold you steady during the trampoline series with solid support and a sweat-wicking fabric.













Phat Buddha Franklin Peacock Short

The Franklin short from indie fashion-brand fave, Phat Buddha, is completely seamless, and features two-ply, sweat-wicking fabric for more coverage. The drawstring cinch at the hip also provides a custom fit,  so you can focus more on your workout and less on worrying about flashing the whole class.











Phat Buddha Harrison Halter Two Tone Bra

This halter style bra, also from Phat Buddha, has a sweet woven pattern that looks incredibly chic. (Be prepared to tell admirers where you got it.) The bra offers medium support, so it’s best for Bikram yoga or bounce-free workouts.




Electric Yoga Seamless Hottie Shorts

More coverage than a tap pant, but not so much fabric that you’d melt in hot rooms or feel exposed in interval training workouts. We dig the versatile fold-over waist band that can be worn up to flatten your waistline or flipped down on your hips. Plus, the label thoughtfully includes a flexible gusset insert to allow for full range of motion (ie: no tight feeling during lunges).














Prana Sophia Bra Top 

The feminine appeal of the Sophia bra comes from its super-flattering neckline as well as a boho-chic henna print on the back. Pretty and functional, the sweat wicking bra is also double lined for extra support.




Nux Emma Drawstring Short

We can’t get enough of these playfully patterned tie-dye shorts. Feel free to flaunt them year-round in dance cardio, yoga, and on the treadmill. The drawstring tie on the side allows you to adjust the length of the shorts according to your figure, so the look doesn’t get too flirty.
















Nux Zoe Bra Top

Perhaps the perfect complement to the Emma short, the playful Zoe bra, also from Nux, features washed out tie-dye fabric in hard-to-miss bright pink. This bra also offers something many racerbacks don’t—adjustable straps for varied levels of support.













Zobha Asana Short

The geometric element to the Asana short from Zobha may be be perfect reminder during a sweat session to stay in line and centered. A small side notch at the bottom of the short also encourages free and easy movement throughout your flow, sprint, or push-up sequence.











HotDrop Jenny Jenny Bandeau Bra Top 

This striking piece is perfect if you like keep your coverage light in hot yoga—or love to layer bras with wispy tanks. The collection is made by Meredith Evangelisti, a Bikram yogi. She adds smart details (like no-slip rubberized trim to keep the bra in place and flattering ruching) to an amazing array of patterns.




HotDrop Afton Bikram Yoga Shorts

The tropical print on these Afton shorts will have you feeling like you’re on vacation. And while wearing them during a 105-degree workout, it’s easy to feel like you’re actually in the tropics. The boyshorts’ gusseted crotch and breathable fabric provide functionality as well. And side ruching stands in for a drawstring.



C9C9 by Champion Women’s Reversible Racerback Bra

C9 has earned a fitness fashion reputation for its cute and affordable yet high performance workout pieces. This top is no exception. Consider that you get two looks for the price of one with this bra—it’s reversible between a bright pink side and a funkier paint-splattered print side.



Onezie Shortie One-Piece

The Shortie from Onezie may be the ultimate hot yoga look: combining boy shorts and a built in bra for free movement and flow. And all the pieces in this collection, created by a Bikram yogi, can also be worn for swimming in chlorine or salt water.



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