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Yoga pants

Yoga pants are flexible, form-fitting pants designed for yoga as exercise and other physical activities that involve bending and stretching, such as martial arts, dancing, pilates, and aerobics. They are made from blends of cotton, lycra spandex, nylon, polyester, wool, or similar light and stretchy synthetic material giving the pants a soft, smooth finish. They are also worn as casual everyday dress by many women.



According to the product database Indix, over 2,700 types of yoga pants were on the market in 2015.[1] Styles include the traditional boot-cut and flared yoga pants with a flat waistband.[2] Basic yoga pants are black, tight-fitted, boot-cut, flared, and reversible; they carry a four way stretch fabric and have a flat elastic waistband folded over at the top. They are used casually, around the house, as maternity wear, and for dancing and going to clubs.[3][4][5] They are tight-fitted, giving them flexibility and comfort, and they wick moisture away from the body, helping to keep the wearer cool and comfortable.[6] Yoga pants are increasingly used as casual wear for everyday use.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

Demand and popularityEdit

Many members of this yoga class are wearing yoga pants; others wear shorts or tracksuit bottoms.

Demand for comfortable active, athletic, sports and casual wear has increased since the turn of the 21st century.[13] Nike, Inc. reported their women's business comprised 7 billion in 2010[14] and the larger market grew to $33.6 billion by 2015.[15] Nike claims the driving factor has been by the demand for fashionable workout gear that is also flattering. New colors, patterns, and structural design of yoga pants created more versatility and increased their wear in public settings. Author Mae Anderson described the new craze of yoga pants outside the gym by calling them the "new jeans."[14]


Yoga pants with a printed pattern

In the United States, reaction to the wider adoption of yoga pants proved controversial for schools.[16] Some schools adopted dress codes banning yoga pants for all students, or banning them only for female students.[17][18][19] Bitch magazine argued such bans are largely gendered, focusing on the damage caused by "distraction" by girls;[20] similar complaints caused a ban in Rockport, Massachusetts, quickly reversed.[17]

Amanda Hallay, professor of fashion and cultural history at New York City's LIM College, said that "Everyone wants to look like they're running to the gym, even if they're not".[21]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hastings, Anu (18 September 2014). "Indix". Indix. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  2. ^ Fern, Ashley (27 January 2014). "#DefaultOutfit: The 19 Reasons All Women Worship Yoga Pants". Elite Daily. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  3. ^ Folan, Kerry (15 December 2016). "Yoga pants are comfy. They're also an assault on manners and a nihilistic threat". The Washington Post.
    - Edwards, Jim (4 September 2015). "The long, strange history of Lululemon Athletica Inc, North America's weirdest clothing brand". Business Insider. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  4. ^ Laneri, Raquel (6 August 2016). "How to go clubbing in gym clothes and not look like a slob". New York Post.
  5. ^ Wexler, Suzanne (18 April 2011). "Yoga sweats are not pants". The Vancouver Sun.
  6. ^ Sweeney, Kevin (15 June 2011). "Absorbent Activewear". Good Housekeeping.
  7. ^ Hahn, Fritz (28 January 2014). "Ink Lounge and Tattoo Bar want to see your yoga pants in the club". Washington Post.
  8. ^ Grose, Jessica (Jan 3, 2014). "Workout Wear Friday Is Not a Thing". Slate. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  9. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Taffy (16 March 2011). "To Stretch or Not to Stretch". New York Times.
  10. ^ Kane, Colleen (4 June 2015). "Like it or not, designer yoga pants have become legitimate office wear". Fortune. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  11. ^ Wiebe, Jamie (12 December 2013). "Psychology of Lululemon: How Fashion Affects Fitness". The Atlantic. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  12. ^ Shaw, Hollie (30 May 2015). "How sweatpants went from 'a sign of defeat' to the new designer fashion trend". Financial Post.
  13. ^ Stalder, Erika (2008). Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 59. ISBN 9780547946931.
  14. ^ a b Anderson, Mae (25 November 2013). "How yoga pants became the new jeans". Denver Post.
  15. ^ "Will yoga pants have jean makers singing the blues?". CBS Money Watch. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  16. ^ Foley, Heather (10 April 2014). "Your guide to America's war on yoga pants".
  17. ^ a b Shemkus, Sarah (6 March 2014). "Rockport High School leggings-ban controversy still simmers". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  18. ^ Lestch, Corinne (3 October 2014). "'Distracting' yoga pants banned by officials at North Dakota high school". New York Daily News. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  19. ^ "Parents Say School's Leggings 'Ban' Is Unfair To Girls, 'Contributes To Rape Culture'". Huffington Post. 19 March 2014.
  20. ^ Chin, Elleanor (15 October 2014). "Instead of Banning Yoga Pants, Schools Should Crack Down on Harassment". Bitch.
  21. ^ Ritchie, L. Carol (6 September 2014). "Blue Jeans Losing Their Grip On American Hips". NPR. Retrieved 12 May 2019.

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