Now that I’ve snagged you in with that clever click-bait title, let’s get to the point!
Workout pants…….you put a ton of faith in them, and expect them to stay where they belong. There’s nothing worse than going for a run and constantly having to hike up your capris, or feeling like your booty is slipping out of your leggings while you’re squatting.
I’ve got a pretty small waist in proportion to my booty, so finding good pants that stay put….workout or otherwise….has always been the bane of my existence. Ideally, I need pants that are large butts but with a medium waist. Medium butts make me a bit nervous about being that girl at the gym whose pants are always see through…..no one wants to be that girl. I’ve tried several brands and styles and recently had a breakthrough! I thought I’d review and rank them for you. I can’t be the only one on this struggle bus.
(Mis)Happenings proud presents—–
Yoga Pants: A Review in 7 Parts
- Beyond Yoga These are my absolute new favorite! I love a good pair of high waisted pants. They are just so smoothing and keep everything in place. Plus, because the waist is so high you don’t have to worry about your booty hanging out. What makes these highest on my list is the lining in the waist. They have an inner cotton lining which I think helps keep them tight and snug. It also seems to help the waist from rolling down at all. Nothing is worse than having your high waisted pants roll down and giving you the muffin top to end all muffin tops. I purchased a large, but the waist definitely feels snug on me like a medium typically would fit. Plus side…..the print I own is currently on sale, so snap them up in a hurry!
- K-Deer The first pair of “high end” yoga pants I purchased was a pair of K-Deer capris. They were actually a “desperate times calls for desperate measures” spur of the moment purchase when I realized the pair of capris I had on had a hole when I arrived at class. I love that they are high waisted and very stretchy, however sometimes the waist band does roll on me. I wear a large, and don’t have many issues with the pants moving around on me. I will say, if you’re tall and want a mid-calf level capri, you should order the sneaker length. I have a pair and they hit sort mid to low calf on me, but I do have extra gangly, long legs. If you’re into bright, festive colors and patterns in your workout gear you really don’t need to search anymore.
- Teeki I love Teeki prints….like seriously all the prints!!!! Some people….cough cough The Engineer cough cough…..might tell you they are ugly, but you just namaste and walk away! Teeki leggings are made from recycled materials so you can help the environment while you find your center. They are very thin, which I love for all of my hot classes, however until I get sweaty enough to sort of stick the waist to me, it does fall and sag. There is no elastic in the waist band, which is good for the muffin top, not so good for cardio. I own two pairs, both in a large. I did try on a medium, however because the prints are only on the outside of the leggings, squats in the medium made the white lining really show through. I’m smart enough to know it isn’t my white girl butt showing through, but I don’t need to be causing that level of scandal during my classes.
- Alo Yoga I have a pair of the Goddess style leggings. I love them because they are extra long in the leg and ruched up the outsides. Like the rest of my favorite leggings….they are of course high waisted!! They have a good amount of stretch, but don’t just feel like spandex. I have a size medium. They are a little squeezey in the waist….mostly at the top of the waist band on the seam. However, they feel alright through the leg and booty on me. I’ve never tried on a large, but I would image they would feel too big on me.
The photos are me in a pair of Goddess leggings from a photoshoot at my gym. Pictures by Aime Hansen Photography, and styling by Form Fitness Boutique!
- Athleta When I was looking for a pair of nice, black leggings to wear both to classes and just out and about it my life, I found a nice pair at Athleta. They have side pockets for my cell phone when I’m out and about, zippers at the ankles that make them easy to wear with shoes or ankle booties, and the fabric feels the most cotton-y of all my yoga pants, if that’s something you like in your workout wear. I own two different pairs of Athleta leggings, both high waisted size large. The only thing I don’t like about them is the sizing. The waists on both feel a size too big, however the booty on both feels like it fits well. It isn’t a huge deal, I rarely wear them to work out…..mostly I wear them with over sized sweaters or hoodies lounging around or at work.
- Jiva I have one pair….and I want to like them I just can’t really! They run so small! Also, they don’t feel like they have much stretch. My gym carries them and I’m always tempted to try another pair, but there are just so many others I like better. Realistically, they aren’t horrible, they are just tight. I mostly wear them to barre class because that rarely involves deep squats. Deep squats aren’t something that ever seems like a good idea in super tight pants. The one plus side is that even though they are tight, they aren’t see through. But, when I say they are tight I mean that they are even hard to pull on over your feet because the ankle holes are so small. I have a large and they feel a bit small all over…..but they don’t look like they are squeezing me so it’s not all bad.
- Fabletics When I first started getting really serious about working out, Fabletics was the company I turned to for my pants. They are very affordable, the styles update every month, and there are cuts and colors for everyone. I don’t own any high waisted styles from them, all of my pairs are older than their new lines. I have maybe half a dozen pairs of varying styles and prints, and they aren’t they most consistent company. Some fabrics feel like they make the pants run small, some fabrics aren’t as stretchy as others…..overall the pairs I like I really like, and the pairs I didn’t like I really didn’t like. The pants that don’t stretch are constantly sliding down. I only wear them for rowing or biking, anything else is just annoying because I’m constantly having to fidget with them. It’s obviously hard to know what you’re getting online, so it always felt like a bit of a crap shoot…..or a box of chocolates….either way you never really know what you’re gonna get.