Best Yoga Clothing for New or Experienced Yogi's
With so many companies out there, it's hard to know which is best for yoga clothing. Do you go with sweat wicking? Fancy, expensive leggings? Eco friendly? The most inexpensive? There's so many things to think about. I have gone from buying inexpensive run of the mill yoga pants to more tech savvy workout clothing. I have had some great and surprising experiences and some maddening experiences. When buying online, these more maddening experiences can happen without proper prep.
I'm not saying I'm an expert however I know a fair amount about this subject. In this post I list some general guidelines as well as some good quality companies for great yoga clothing. These tips also cross over into most fitness clothing. Some of the companies I list have a full line of fitness, running, outdoor and yoga clothing.
Whether you're an avid yoga practitioner, have only tried a few times or are contemplating yoga, you can be sure this guide can help you. Even if you have a favorite company/brand, it's always nice (in my opinion) to learn about other companies.
What to Look for in Yoga Clothing
As mentioned above, there are so many products on the market and so so many companies, how do you choose?
One thing I've found is the single most important thing. COMFORT! If you're not comfortable in your clothing while working out or just running errands, it's not worth it. I've had some yoga leggings that were between $85-$100 with all the "techy" fabrics and when it really come down to it. I ended up giving them away. Why? Because who wants to feel itchy and restricted when working out?
QUALITY is the next idea to discuss. Just because a legging or top is over $50-$65, doesn't mean it's high quality. The same can be said for some really inexpensive brands too. In my experience, the best thing to do is test the clothing out. You don't want to bend over, squat or do downward facing dog pose and have your underwear (or worse) visible. Making sure the leggings are not see through is a MUST!!
SIZING is important because if your clothing doesn't fit correctly it's not going to perform for you. If the clothing is too large, it will flop around or get in the way during yoga asana (poses). Too small and you'll constantly be fidgeting with it (pulling pants up or your shirt down).
SUSTAINABILITY may not seem important however with the state our world is in currently, this is something that should be considered in any product but especially clothing. The fashion industry is one of the most toxic and wasteful industries in the world. Supporting companies that are about quality and fairness are a huge way to make a statement. Just because a product is inexpensive doesn't mean it's not hurting others.
RETURN POLICY Now this may seem a little weird, especially if you have a store near by that you go to rather than buying online. I've gone for deals and sales from many different online retailers. But because I want my clothing to look and feel nice, I tend to send a lot back. I've lost countless shipping costs because I didn't read the return policy and wasn't happy with the actual product. It looked great on the model but on me...not so much. So make sure the return policy is something you agree with.
Best Yoga Clothing Companies
Four Athletics: Made in the USA, sustainable in that most products are crowd sourced which cuts down on overproduction. The company was founded by four people who wanted something different in athletic wear. Read more here. This is one of my favorite companies. I love the leggings because they are comfortable and functional. It's not just a yoga clothing company which is great for my running and cross training activities. Click here and get 15% off with code "altyogavibe15"
PrAna: Most products are made with sustainable fabrics like organic cotton or rayon alternatives. The company is involved in fair trade and tries to think about sustainability throughout the production of their products. This company has really fun prints and styles which are always great for those days you don't feel like wearing plain black, gray or blue colors.
Threads 4 Thought: This company has stayed true to their beliefs of sustainable fashion. The fashion industry is full of pollutants and over production. This company supports other sustainable initiatives. I bought a pair of Threads 4 Thought leggings about 5 or 6 years ago, wear them at least once a week and they have held up like rock stars! They are my go to yoga leggings, especially when I want something with a cool design.
Tasc Apparel: This company is making waves. All their products are made from bamboo (a highly renewable plant) and made in a factory that is 90% run off of solar! I have a pair of leggings and a long-sleeved top from this company and they are so comfortable and hold up with daily wear.
Fitness fashion is one of my favorite types of looks so finding great quality and comfort in a legging or top is important. Supporting companies that do good things like trying to cut down on waste, overproduction and outsourcing is vital. That's why I research and spend time contacting companies to make sure they align with my beliefs and values.
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