For the last several months, you’ve seen me prancing around Instagram, blog conferences, and, let’s be completely honest here, real life in the most amazing (or obnoxious) pants known to man. And for the most part, I’m pretty sure you love them as much as I do. Many people have asked where I find my yoga pants (which are really just my daily drivers, because I work in a surprisingly lax office that lets me wear tie-dye and bright patterns). I’m not a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination, but I am real…and I’ll give you the DL on my yoga-wear obsession.
My personal preference is to wear cotton yoga pants, as they stretch nicely and fit comfortably without digging. I’m also a huge advocate for the fold-over waistband so that I can 1. smooth out the area from my waist to my hips without some horrible elastic waistband creating more rolls and wrinkles and 2. not have a horrible elastic waistband digging into my belly, but I’ve managed to find a number of delightful leggings and yoga pants to suit my needs.
And to be completely fair and transparent, I’m going to tell you my pants size. I wear anywhere from an 18 to a 22.
Pants with matchy matchy sports bras and tanks (Fabletics – Salar Capri Fold-Over and Ayni Sports Bra – size XXL)
I’m a Fabletics junkie (the link is a referral that earns me $40 credit to buy more leggings if you sign up). I used to max out the sizes here, and sometimes it was hard to catch the XXL before they were sold out or waitlisted, but now they go up to 34X, are easier to catch, and are oh so comfortable! When I catch the ones I want, I love them. Their stock changes over regularly, which is both good and bad. Whenever I find a pair with lace in them, I snatch ’em up, because they are super sexy and great for nights out in winter! These leggings aren’t cotton, but they’re still pretty comfortable. I’ve tried a lot of the pants, but my faves are the high-waisted leggings. The sports bras are ideal for me (racerbacks tug on my neck and shoulders thanks to my boobs, so I prefer sports bras that have different strap options), and there are other fun add ons like tops and jackets and even dresses!
The OG pants (Victoria’s Secret Most Loved Yoga Pant – size large)
The Most Loved Yoga Pant from Victoria’s Secret was my be-all, end-all favorite when I first allowed myself back into leggings. I had them in legging, cropped legging, capri, and short versions. To say I live in yoga pants is an understatement. I wear them under skirts and dresses or on their own. The fold-over waistband is amazing (I always unfold that waistband up to my waist). I wear a size large. I’ve tried the extra large pants, and they’re not tight enough for holding my shit in if you get my drift. Now, I no longer shop at Victoria’s Secret because of this statement (and yes, I know that they are trying to make up for the discriminatory statements with new leadership etc, but when I hold a grudge, I HOLD. A. GRUDGE.) Pro-tip: If you’re going to keep the waist unfolded, opt for the non-sequined versions.
Tie-Dye Dream (Shining Shakti – Classic Pant – size large)
My first pair of funky yoga pants came from Shining Shakti, a retailer based out of the Chicago suburbs. The website is shut down, but you can still find a few rogue pairs here and there (like on yogadirect and Etsy). My yogi girlfriend is BFFs with the former owner and told me I absolutely HAD to try them. I was skeptical because…size. She promised they were super stretchy, much like my beloved VS pants. I discovered they went up to size XL, and was ecstatic, fearing they would be ridiculously tight. When the owner saw a photo of my yoga-ing on Instagram, she told my pal I should start with a large. I did, and went back for 3 more pairs plus two pairs of leg warmers to spruce up my VS pants.
Banana Pants and Other Fan Faves (Couture Tee – Fold-Over Flare and Legging – size extra large)
I ordered a surprise pack of these magical pants and was not disappointed. The Etsy shop by Tristan Christopher takes several months to make, dye, and ship your pants, but once they arrive, you’ll be thrilled with the product. The were definitely worth the wait. Not only will it be exciting the day your pants arrive, but you’ll also have the added joy of surprise designs! If you give them your measurements, the designers will guarantee a perfect fit, so I highly recommend you do that. They recommended an extra large, and the pants fit me exactly as I wanted them to. The surprise pack also goes up to a size XXXL, so girls of any size can rock these amazing pants.
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