People generally want to look good. This makes sense, as a lot of first impressions in general are mainly based upon looks. Only later these impressions change as we gain more knowledge about the particular something or someone.
When we go to a yoga class, we generally want to be comfortable but to some extent we want to look good too. The importance of looking good will vary from person to person and that will definitely influence what you are going to wear. Today I want to cover the topic of the best yoga attire that will make you feel AND look good.
We have never had as many products to choose from before. It is great! But can also be scary. What if I choose wrong? We are going to look at the many choices regarding Yoga attire and in the end you will be able to make an informed decision.
You are the one who is going to wear these clothes after all, so you have to be comfortable and confident in them.
There are many considering factors, here are the most important ones in my opinion:
1. Comfort – You must feel good in whatever it is you choose. It is important to not have to adjust your clothes or worry about something ‘popping out’. Also you don’t want a shirt/necklace hanging in your face!
2. Flexibility – You are going to be moving in ways quite different to everyday movements. You are working on your flexibility, so you need something that is flexible and not too tight.
3. Permeability (breathability) – You are likely going to be sweating a bit more than usual and you ideally do not want your clothes to keep all the moisture inside.
4. Durability and quality – Something that lasts! Unless you want everyone to see some intimate bits, you don’t want anything tearing mid down dog!
5. Price – You don’t want to break the bank, but some people are willing to spend more than others. Find the balance between the other factors and how much you are willing to spend on that. It doesn’t have to be name branded to be good enough for you.
Check out my favourite leggings, that checks all these boxes.
Knowing your options
We will be looking at the types of material and styles that are good choices. When you are upside down or lifting your legs above your head, gravity is going to be bringing anything loose-fitting, down. Likely falling over your face.
Top 5 materials:
1. Synthetic Fabric – A very breathable fabric, avoid anything containing rubber or plastic (this will prevent evaporation of sweat)
2. Miracle Microfiber – Manufactured from denier fiber, containing nylon or polyester. It can wick moisture effectively.
3. Cotton – A nice breathable, natural material.
4. Calico – Also known as mutton/muslin cloth. Also from cotton, but unprocessed. Breathable, absorbent and environment friendly.
5. Spandex – Also known as elastane, is a type of fiber which can expand more than 500%.
1. Pants: leggings, tights, yoga pants, capris and harlem pants – all in various lengths
My personal choice: Full-length yoga pants from synthetic fabric.
Why? It ticks all the boxes for me and it is quite slimming for my body.
2. Tops: T-shirts, tank tops, sports bras, crop tops and mesh shirts – various styles
My personal choice: Sports bras or crop tops from synthetic fabric or cotton.
Why? I love the idea of a loose fitting top – as it is more flattering, but it is quite annoying and always in my face. So a relatively fit top suits my needs.
– Feel comfortable.
– Choose something that suits your needs.
– Wear something that makes you feel good.
– Try various styles, until you find something that works for you. Some people I know love big loose pants and others don’t, it’s all about your preference.
– Bring socks and a hoodie or sweater, especially in winter time.
– Wear necklaces or any jewelry that hangs loose or will get in the way.
– Wear socks or shoes during the practice (you can keep some socks nearby for Savasana later).
– Wear anything too tight and restricting.
– Wear loose shorts, you don’t want everyone to know your business.
– Wear a low-cut top. The ladies might make an appearance.
We often obsess over what to wear and how we look, try to shy away from that. Most of the time other people do not even notice the brand of your clothes or the little roll on your belly. If you can wear whatever with confidence, you will look and feel great. Yoga is after all, for yourself. Another option is doing yoga at home and wear anything (or nothing)!
I hope that you found this helpful and that you can make an informed decision on the right attire for you. If you have any thoughts or questions, please feel free to leave a comment!