Fitted, ankle-length black yoga pants are the Little Black Dress of the wellness world. Practical and eminently versatile, they’ve become a fashion staple that dominates every fit woman’s workout wardrobe.
Black yoga pants perform at the vinyasa studio or the gym, and also transition into a work or nighttime look when worn with flats, heels, or boots. And hot details like mesh cut-outs, ruching, and flattering seaming have made the yoga pant chicer than ever.
Here are 10 great takes on the fashion staple that we’ve sweated in—and unapologetically worn to meetings. —Jamie McKillop
Originally published January 8, 2013, updated November 19, 2015.
Lululemon created the defining pant in this category with the Wunder Under Pant. Designed for yoga, running, or everyday wear, the second-skin legging introduced women to fashion-forward fitness wear and body confidence in the same (ujjayi) breath.
The multitasking pants from this super-popular indie brand are regulars on the racks at boutique fitness studios across New York and the country. Yes, they wick away sweat, but they also have chic design elements like a low-rise waist and seaming that makes your tush look terrific.
The West Coast brand beloved by yogis for its signature, sexy roll-down waist also makes this no-bulk pair. The extra-long legs give your gams another few inches and the high-waisted legging trend has become huge for stylish active women.
Nike’s signature Dri-Fit fabric is super comfortable and soft and wicks away sweat better than most others, and these tights come with a classic athletic look.
Athleta Sonar Tight ($79)
The super sleek fabric is highly flattering because of the sleek material, and it’s a legging that’s versatile for all types of workouts. Plus, it has a super comfortable wide waistband and subtle reflective trim.
Sweaty Betty’s high-stretch (great for yogis!) leggings have antibacterial properties that make them stay fresh for longer, and they have fashion details like flattering seams and a higher waist that the brand is known for.
Props to C9, which doesn’t disappoint when it comes to staple wardrobe basics at super budget-friendly prices. These leggings are no exception. And they’re perfect for rocking that high-low combination with a designer activewear jacket you might have blown your budget on. (Whoops.)
Alo Airbrush Legging ($82)
True to its name, this legging that’s now seen all over Instagram is designed to “sculpt” your thighs and lift your butt. (We don’t personally believe in airbrushing, but flattering pants, hey…)
Koral Lustrous Legging ($92)
These shiny almost leather-like leggings have become a wardrobe staple of women who frequent boutique fitness studios.
Michi Stardust Legging ($130)
Mesh panels (an oft-copied signature look of the super stylish Michi collection) make this pair super sexy and breathable.
Need a tank to go with those leggings? Check out these seven staple workout tanks…
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