Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written before about workout gear — including the best yoga mats according to yogis, the most reliable sports bras, workout tops, and leggings, and the best compression tights, plus-size workout leggings, and even maternity workout clothes — here we’ve rounded up the best yoga pants for women on Amazon.
Best-rated yoga pants
It was common, among the just over 5,000 positive reviews, to see these leggings compared favorably to other brands. One reviewer who said she wears her 90 Degree pair most often said, “I have a legging addiction — over 60 pairs from LuLaRoe to BlackMilk to Lululemon to Danskin to you name it — and these are my everyday go-to pair.” Other reviewers called them super-comfortable and well made, and more than 100 reviewers said that they are “squat-proof.” One reviewer who appreciated the opacity of these leggings had this to say, “They are thick enough to not be see-through but thin enough to not get hot. They stretch soooo well. I love the thick waistband because when I sit down, no lower back or crack shows.” Another reviewer spoke to the durability of 90 Degree power flex yoga pants saying, “I took the worst digger of my life on the ice over the weekend in a parking lot, slid under a vehicle in these and there isn’t a single rip or hole. All the winter mud and salt washed out perfectly too.”
Best-rated (less expensive) yoga pants
The common thread in the thousands of positive reviews for these Leggings Depot High-Waisted Leggings was the low price and how they rival LuLaRoe leggings in comfort and softness. “For the price, these are an excellent substitute for LuLaRoe leggings,” said one happy reviewer; another said, “They are as soft if not softer than LuLaRoe for half the price.” Another excited reviewer said, “I’m such a picky person, but these leggings, these are the only leggings I’ll buy from now on. They’re ridiculously soft, so incredibly comfortable, they create a really nice silhouette, and they aren’t see-through.” And this happy customer said, “These are QUALITY leggings at such a crazy-cheap price. I’ll definitely be buying more!!!!”
Best high-waisted yoga pants
According to the majority of positive reviewers here, Baleaf High Waist yoga pants don’t press, squeeze, pinch, or leave indents on your stomach, and they stay put. “The high waist stays up through all kinds of movement,” said one reviewer. Another satisfied customer who wears them for work and yoga said, “I love that they don’t slide down, flatten out my waist without leaving indents in my stomach or putting too much pressure like most high-waisted pairs do.” A woman who said she wears them running called them “perfect workout pants” saying “they fit wonderfully, and they’re so comfortable I don’t even feel like I’m wearing pants (wore them for my run tonight). The waistband comes up high enough to cover what I want covered without squeezing the hell out of my belly. Super breathable, moisture-wicking, not see-through!” And a reviewer who bought another pair “immediately” after receiving the first ones said “the fit on these pants are amazing! They hold everything in yet still manage to feel breathable and so comfortable! They’ll make your booty look great also!”
Best yoga capris
A large percentage of reviewers mentioned wearing Oalka’s yoga capris both for working out and as a comfortable and stylish pair of warm weather pants. Many of them preferred Oalkas over other brands for fit, fabric quality, and comfort, and at least two reviewers said that they don’t pick up dog fur the way other yoga pants. “For the money these capris are spot on. They fit well, wash well, and are not see through. I have 3 bully breed dogs with varying lengths of fur and I have not noticed their fur sticking to my pants so far.” A repeat customer and happy reviewer said, “I have purchased Oalka yoga power flex running pants and they are my favorite so I decided to try capris for the summer months. They have the same taller waistband that works for my body type and remain comfortable throughout the day and/or my workouts.” And a woman who just bought her third pair said, “This is my third pair of these Capris. The two I bought last summer and have worn frequently are in as good of condition as the ones I bought this spring. I use them for yoga, but I also find them perfect for under dresses and tunics. They offer a nice degree of support for a smooth silhouette without being too heavy and hot.”
Best plus-size yoga pants
Reviewers commented again and again on how well these leggings stayed in place while also looking good. One reviewer, who is five-foot-nine and ordered a size 4X, said, “They fit perfectly. I went for a 5 mile bike ride my first time wearing them, and they stayed perfectly in place and didn’t get too hot. They look super cute too!” Another reviewer who wears them to lift weights said, “My legs and butt are very large — I’m also only 5’1 … these fit perfectly and didn’t cut into my large calves. It made working out so much nicer to actually have workout clothing that fit my large figure and were cute!” And this first-time Amazon reviewer said, “I have the worst time trying to find workout pants without spending $50 or more at Lane Bryant for a decent pair. I LOVE THESE. I have huge thighs so finding anything to fit my thighs is hard enough as it is. I will be buying every color in these because they fit me perfectly! They are super comfy.”
Best bootcut yoga pants
According to reviewers, the main benefit of these boot-cut yoga pants is their versatility and the fact that the fabric does not stretch out. A ton of reviewers said they buy these to wear to work or for running errands. One reviewer who liked how the pants hold their shape said, “I was a dancer for a while so I am used to having cotton pants lose their shape after stretches and leaps, but these didn’t do that. They hugged to me really well.” One woman who often wears them to work said, “I have purchased several of these in the past few years and LOVE them! The material is wonderful, and they wear and wash beautifully. The material is thick enough to hide any ‘flaws’ you might want to in your thighs and legs. And the length is great, they can be dressed up with higher heels and no one would ever guess they are active wear pants! They are a staple I depend on for work.” And another reviewer who finds the boot-cut style flattering had this to say, “The boot-cut leg has a nice tapered flare that balances out my curves and looks flattering. I’ve washed them twice so far, using regular wash and heated dry; the fabric still looks great and did not pill, shrink, or shorten.”
Best yoga shorts
Like the best-rated yoga pants, these shorts are made by 90 Degree, and many reviewers said that they own both these and the longer yoga pants from the brand. “I have several pair of the 90 Degree long pants and so was anxious to try these,” said an excited customer who added, “I was a little worried they would be too short and end up looking like booty shorts especially since I lift and have larger quads. That wasn’t the case. These are mid-thigh and stay in place as well as my long leg pants do.” A reviewer who bought them more for style than fitness said, “I got them to wear under T-shirt dresses so there aren’t any unfortunate incidents of indecent exposure. They are a perfect mid-thigh length, so you can’t tell I’m wearing them under a dress.” A reviewer who called herself “not very fit” at five-foot-three 170 pounds said, “I was concerned that the compression would be uncomfortable, but it isn’t at all. It helps keep the shorts in place, so the waist band isn’t constantly rolling down and the legs aren’t riding up. Everything stays where is should be so I don’t have to constantly readjust.” And a runner who reviewed the shorts said this: “I just ran a 5k mud run in the grey shorts and they were great. No uncomfortable moments and they still look brand new.”
Best fold-over yoga pants
These yoga pants were compared multiple times to a more expensive pair from Victoria’s Secret, and the fold-over waistband was called “gentle,” “comfortable,” and “soft.” One reviewer who was looking to replace her yoga pants from Victoria’s Secret said, “I have been searching for yoga pants to replace my VS pairs. Those were discontinued for a while and are now never available in my size. These pants are the perfect replacement at a more reasonable cost.” And a satisfied customer who admits to “living in yoga pants” wrote, “Yes I am one of those moms. I’ve tried a lot of different brands. These are so incredibly comfortable. I have a stomach pooch and these accommodate my tummy so well, no squeezing or rolling down, just a nice comfortable controlled feel.” A woman who said she wears the waist both folded over or all the way up said, “I have difficulty finding jeans to fit. These are the perfect replacement for my lifestyle. I can go from my Chi Gong to lunch with a friend then go shopping with comfort.” Finally, this new mom was pleased with the affordable price and comfort of Viosi’s yoga pants: “I’m heavy right now from having a baby and these don’t show a lot of bumps like cheaper, thinner yoga pants do. They have a nice, long fold-over band that doesn’t dig in. I’ve paid over $50 for yoga pants I don’t like even half as much as these!”
Best petite yoga pants
Unsurprisingly, reviewers of the Yogipace Petite yoga leggings talked a lot about fit, especially when it came to length. One reviewer said, “It is harder to find pants to fit my 5’2”, 100-pound flat-ass straight frame than it is to squeeze water from a stone! I spend so much money tailoring all my inseam lengths and thigh widths. I ordered these in two sizes just in case, but when I tried the first pair on I quickly went to cancel the other size I ordered, because lo and behold, they friggin fit!” Another petite reviewer said, “Let me tell you, in the 20-something years I have been working out, I have NEVER found such awesome, comfortable, form-fitting workout pants in my life! These pants are super comfy and are a perfect fit for women who are petite and can’t seem to find good pants that fit in the leg area.” And this reviewer who said she has short legs wrote, “I bought these on a whim and they fit like a glove. So comfortable and perfect in every way. Yoga pants are usually too long for me and I end up walking all over the bottoms of the pants.”
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