Good quality yoga pants are a must for any sort of class - your mid-yoga chill will be thoroughly tainted by leggings falling down/riding up/generally being a pain.
The most essential feature of yoga pants is comfort - they've got to fit well around your waist, be flexible to avoid digging and chafing and, of course, be thick enough that you avoid being haunted by the thought of them going see-through in the midst of your sun salutations.
To help you get kitted out, we've put together this list of the best yoga pants that will assist you in finding your perfect pair.
What to look out for?
Generally, a well-designed pair of yoga pants will suit you for any yoga class, although for sweatier, more dynamic classes such as hot yoga and ashtanga it can benefit you to have more breathable, lightweight and sweat-wicking pants on. All the options below are just that, plus we've got a couple of pairs that will offer maximum comfort in these challenging sessions.
As well as being totally functional, all the items we've chosen look fantastic too, so whether you're a monochrome kind of girl or a bold print lover, we've got something for you.
Best for hot yoga
Alo Yoga Interlace Yoga Pants
The cut-out details on these leggings from Alo Yoga don't just look great, they also provide plenty of ventilation for those intense hot yoga sessions. The high waist prevents them from slipping down mid-asana, while the four-way stretch fabric they're constructed from moves with you and avoids pulling as you move through your poses.
These pants also feature Alo Yoga's sweat-wicking antimicrobial technology, which will keep you cool throughout and help stop unpleasant odours from sticking around. Available in six colours and a range of sizes from XXS to L, these tights are a great option for anyone who's a dedicated Bikram-goer or hot yogi.
Sizes: UK 2-16
Lululemon All The Right Places Yoga Pants
Yogawear masters Lululemon are renowned for their ultra-flattering yoga pants, and these All The Right Places ones certainly aren't style over substance. Made with sweat-wicking, breathable fabric, these leggings will allow you to feel comfy and cool while carrying out those challenging hot session postures - and best of all, the full length coverage means you don't risk injuring yourself by slipping on your own sweat mid-Crow pose.
Their panels offer zoned compression, which adds a bit more support to the pants - great if you're using yoga to recover from a long run or heavy strength session. The price tag on these isn't cheap, but it matches their quality - expect to have these still going strong years after you've bought them.
Sizes: UK 6-16 US 4-14
Best for flexibility
Gymshark Flawless Knit Yoga Pants
Gymshark are best known for their strength training-focused gear, but their activewear is incredibly versatile and these Flawless Knit yoga pants are particularly well suited to yoga sessions. Their ribbed design is exceptionally comfortable, plus they fit brilliantly around both the hips and waist - avoiding the downfall of many brands where only one or the other area measures up comfortably.
This, combined with their stretchy, flexible material makes them ideal for even the bendiest of yogis. The eyelet detailing offers breathability and their quick drying fabric makes them a useful option if you're going straight from a sweaty workout to a yoga class. What's more, they offer brilliant value for money - a great choice for those on a budget.
Sizes: UK 6-16 | US 4-14
Nike Sculpt Lux 7/8 Yoga Pants
Buy now: Nike | $90
These Nike yoga pants boast super stretchy material, which moves smoothly with your body as you flow through your asanas. The high waistband is wide, which stops it from digging in, and comes up high enough that you need never worry about them slipping dangerously low as you practise. The simple black design is a classic, making these a brilliant choice for someone who wants their activewear to be a timeless investment. Like much of Nike's range, these are available in sizes up to 22, making them a quality choice for any plus size yogis. The Sculpt Lux tights also have graduated compression, meaning they're slightly tighter at the ankles and around the calves then ease off further up the leg - this is designed to aid blood flow and recovery. Best of all? The high quality fabric and solid black design means there's no chance of these going see-through on you.
Sizes: UK 4-22 | US 2 - 20
Best for bold designs
Beyond Yoga Alloy Ombre Yoga Pants
Buy now: Beyond Yoga | $110
These high-waisted tights from Beyond Yoga feature a stunning gold foil speckle print on navy, that intensifies to pure gold at the ankles. Their waistband measures a full five inches wide, meaning it avoids digging in around the hips and won't slip down mid-down dog.
The smooth technical material wicks sweat away during high-intensity yoga classes, plus the brand produces a matching yoga bra if you're keen to co-ordinate your outfit. Beyond Yoga may not be a massive international name like some of the others on this list, but don't let that deter you: this is one brand who know exactly how to make fashionable, functional activewear.
Sizes: UK 4-24 | US 2-22
Adidas Believe This Yoga Pants
If you love to stand out, these Adidas tights are definitely for you. This iteration of their Believe This yoga pants, complete with their practical high waist, has a striking blue and white star print inspired by regular Adidas collaborator and fashion legend Stella McCartney.
They have mesh leg panels for breathability, plus they're made from sweat-wicking Climalite material to keep you super cool as you flow. Environmentally conscious yogis will love that these yoga pants are made from recycled polyester so as to leave less of a mark on the planet. Colourful and eco-friendly? The dream.
Sizes: UK 0-22 | US 0-20
Lorna Jane Maximum Comfort A/B Yoga Pants
Buy now: Lorna Jane | ¬£70
Australian sportswear brand Lorna Jane was founded by a fitness instructor who ended up making her own workout clothes after being uninspired by those on the market. Flash forward three decades, and Lorna Jane are bringing these aptly named Maximum Comfort yoga pants to the market - they've been thoroughly tried and tested to suit women of all body shapes. The bright pink colourway is eye-catching without being garish, and the shrink and fade-resistant fabric means they'll last the distance. With four-way stretch material and a high-fitting waistband, these tights are suitable from yin yoga to ashtanga and everything in between.
Sizes: UK 6-16
Lululemon Align II
Available in 19 colours and with a timeless, sleek design, the Lululemon Align II yoga pants are truly for everyone. The high waistband sits smoothly around your stomach and stays in place without digging in, while the super lightweight Lycra-blend fabric means you'll easily forget you're wearing them - something everyone will appreciate in the middle of a dynamic yoga practice.
The 7/8 length means the lower hem sits just above your ankles, but if you're on the petite side then they may reach to full length. As well as classic shades like black, dark red and grey, the Align II pants come in striking prints such as the ice grey and black splatter, grey camo and a chrome emboss.
Sizes: UK 4-16 | US 0-14
Best for wearing all day
Sweaty Betty reversible yoga pants
Buy now: Sweaty Betty | $120
These 7/8 length yoga pants from Sweaty Betty look stunning thanks to their pretty fern print pattern, but should you need to make a sudden change into something more serious you're in luck - they're reversible. Simply turn them inside out and you'll have a pair of chic black leggings to wear instead!
They're totally opaque (so no need for concern about pant-flashing the person behind you in yoga class) and made from stretchy fabric with an adjustable drawcord at the waist for a personalised fit. The price is at the higher end of the range here, but for what's essentially two pairs of yoga pants, we'd say it's actually quite reasonable.
Sizes: UK 6-16 | US 4-14
Beachbody Ombre Crop Yoga Pants
Buy now: ActivInstinct | ¬£50
You may know Beachbody as the home of Shaun T's Insanity workouts, Tony Horton's P90X and mountains of other high intensity training programmes. The brand has now branched out into activewear, and you'll be glad to know these yoga pants are as good for yoga as they are any HIIT session. Made from sweat-wicking Sorbtek fabric, these tights have mesh ventilation placed throughout to keep you comfortable and their seamless construction will help you avoid chafing. The understated ombre design means these leggings easily go from yoga to coffee shop, school run or lounging - just try not to spill anything on the white sections.
Sizes: UK 6-12
Alo Yoga Chevron Capri Yoga Pants
Buy now: Alo Yoga | $104
Another design from yoga specialists Alo, these cropped yoga pants feature a chevron design down the side of each leg which is underlaid with breathable mesh fabric. This, along with the lined gusset, adds extra oomph in the comfort stakes.
The main body of the tights is made from jersey, which isn't as strong in the sweat-wicking states as other materials but does feel super soft - perhaps a better shout for more chilled yoga classes and meditation. Their functional yet stylish design means they carry perfectly from the class to the bar and beyond, plus they come in six colours to work with any wardrobe.
Sizes: UK 2-16 | US 0-14