Timeless Trends and Tips for Yoga Fashion
When it comes to yoga practice these days, you could say that “you are what you wear.” Finding supportive clothing can help you more easily schedule a yoga practice or workout into your daily routine. With more leggings available than can fit in your closet, how can you stay on trend? And how can you find just the right clothing options for your personal yoga fashion that won’t sit in a drawer, but will actually accompany you on the mat?
Questions to ask yourself in the fitting room
Purchasing yoga clothing can sometimes feel complicated—and expensive! Here is a place to begin. Rather than shopping on impulse, create a plan of action. Do you want your yoga clothing or workout wear to double as day-to-day clothing? Are you looking for high performance wear to practice in? Do you believe that leggings are the new jeans? Know yourself and know your style before you even begin shopping for greater success when you’re in the dressing room or shopping online. I tell people to look for pieces of clothing that you love so much you’d wear them on the street, even if you bought them for practice.
Finding the right cut…and the right fit
If you can, try before you buy. When you try it on, think cut and fit first. Different cuts are flattering on different body types and a garment whose cut just vibes with you will be one you come back to time after time. A good cut is one of those criteria that’s hard to define, but you know it when you look in the mirror. It’s the kind of thing that you will put on again and again.
Make a good fit your top priority. One of the trends in yoga pants is the comeback of the high waist. The rise and the waistband can really change the fit of the pant, so if you have a better fit with a wide waistband, the trends are in your favor. In fact, one of the reasons why wide waistbands are coming back is because yoga practitioners found they were fitting better.
How does it feel?
Fabric is an important part of the feel of the clothing. Ask yourself: Does it feel good on your skin? There are a wide range of fabric choices when it comes to athleisure and lifestyle clothing. People are looking for sustainable and fair trade options as well as eco-conscious and recycled materials, organic cotton, and bamboo blended into fabrics. You may even look for sun productive or UPF rated fabrics for outdoor activities. Whatever fabric you choose, make sure you’re happy with how it feels. After all, it’s literally hugging your skin, whether you’re sweating or restoring.
Lifestyle is more than a trend
You’ll be glad to know that one of the current trends is companies offering a wide range of sizes. Of course, we all hope this is more than just a trend. Body positivity is more than a hashtag. It is a path of compassion and we want to have clothes to support the practice.
Some of the current fashion trends in the studio and on the street support your search for a good cut, just the right fit, and fabrics that allow you to move with ease. Since yoga has become such an integral part of people’s lifestyles, more and more lines of clothing are made to easily transition from studio to the rest of your life.
Brands are expanding their offerings to include both performance and lifestyle. In addition, yoga has never been as sexy as it is now. Styles showcase diversity, from sizes (including plus size options) to designing for women of color, by everyone from emerging voices to established brands.
Leggings, Leggings, Everywhere
Beyond black, anything still goes from artist-drawn designs to metallic options. The popularity of shows like Pose are bringing the 80s gear back—with present-day cuts and fabrications.
Celeb and Collab Collections
Country music icon Carrie Underwood’s collection CALIA can be found at DICK’s Sporting Goods, actor Kate Hudson has famously shared Fablectics, and EleVen by Venus Willams’ collection includes but is not limited to tennis gear. Then there are collections within brands, such as Jennifer Lopez x Niyama Sol designed leggings, some of which include prints of her hand-written song lyrics pages, or yoga teacher Kathryn Budig’s collection with KiraGrace.
Find Your Personal Yoga Fashion
Whatever you wear, even if it is literally from the 80s, work it. Make it your own. Move in it. Celebrate yourself. The best trend is always being yourself.
Venius Adams is a stylist and fashion designer with a dedicated yoga practice: venius.net.