You’re at the store, looking to buy a new set of workout outfits. You already got the perfect tops. Now for the ultimate decision.
Yoga leggings v. Yoga pants. Decisions, decisions.
When it’s time to work out and channel your inner yogi, you might be confused as to the choice of clothing you want. You might not even know the difference between the two.
Many think the difference is merely colloquial and may be used interchangeably. It is not uncommon to find a person calling yoga pants “leggings” and vice versa. This is incorrect. There’s quite a bit of a difference between the two, from how they’re worn to how they feel against the wearer’s body. Making the right choice of yoga clothing is quite important, almost as important as your workout regimen. Wearing the wrong clothing could leave you uncomfortable and unable to focus on your routine.
Yoga pants were originally designed for yoga enthusiasts, with comfort, confidence, and flexibility in mind. In its first days, it was available only in black. Now, it’s not uncommon to find bright colored yoga pants.
Yoga pants are typical of a thicker material than yoga leggings, with materials including cotton, spandex, wool, lycra, polyester, and nylon. Hence, they’re opaquer than leggings. Also, yoga pants are not as form fitting as its counterpart and are less revealing. They tend to flare out at the ankles and fold over at the top. Yoga pants are available in a myriad of designs including bell bottoms and kundalini.
Originally, yoga leggings were favored by dancers and acrobats, for the valuable mobility it afforded them against most of the other outfits of the day. Now, it isn’t uncommon to find yoga leggings in gyms for exercise and yoga. It typically stretches down to the ankle, but more designs have come up in the past few years, with different designs and patterns. Even the colors have gotten more creative.
Yoga leggings are of a thinner material, clings to the skin, and are banded. It tends to adopt the shape of the wearer’s body, including the butt, the thighs, and the calves. It is usually better to wear them under a long shirt, seeing how form fitting they are.
Now, to make a choice. Both seem like appropriate choices depending on your perspective on style and comfort. Their designs, however, give each of them an edge over the other in certain areas. Yoga pants, thanks to their materials, tend to absorb more sweat, keeping it off your skin. The leggings, however, are basically like a second skin, so they afford you greater mobility when doing your stretches.
I’ll personally recommend yoga leggings when doing yoga exercises. The soft material and its skin-hugging form make for ease and comfort during workouts. It allows you do more daring poses and routines than a yoga pant will naturally allow you. They’re also quite easy to maintain and can last you a long, long time.