The Best Yoga Pants for Women That Fit Any Lifestyle

Athleta's Ultra High Rise Elation Tights are made from a sculpting fabric

Whether you're working on your lotus pose or are lounging around the house, yoga pants are a great addition to your workout or lounge routine.
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Athleta's Ultra High Rise Elation Tights are made of a soft material and sculpting waistband to help you take on each yoga pose. We recommend BALEAF's High Waist Yoga Leggings as a budget-friendly option.

When picking out a pair, you want to pay attention to the fabric, fit, length, color, waistband style, and design features like pockets. We researched dozens of yoga pants and evaluated them for material, price, length, size, and comfort.

Here are the best yoga pants for women on the market.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Athleta Ultra High Rise Elation Tight


  • Sculpting, wide waistband
  • UPF 50+ protection
  • Multiple sizes and lengths
  • Versatile style

  • Small pocket only
  • Limited colors
Material: Nylon, elastane | Length: 25, 27, and 30 inches | Rise: High | Sizes: XXS-3XL | Pockets: Yes, on waistband
Made of a buttery-soft fabric and sculpting design, Athleta's Ultra High Rise Elation Tight provides support, comfort, and style, which is why we chose it as our top pick. They transition perfectly from the yoga studio to the street, and thanks to the moisture-wicking fabric, you don't have to worry about discomfort. Crafted with the brand's signature Powervita material, these leggings are designed for breathability. They also have a high-rise waistband that doesn't roll down when you move around.

Best Budget: BALEAF High Waist Yoga Leggings

  • Budget-friendly
  • Multiple patterns available
  • Two lengths available
  • Smartphone-sized pockets
  • Thin fabric
  • Fabric may be loose at ankles
Material: Nylon, spandex | Length: 25 and 28 inches | Rise: High | Sizes: S-XL | Pockets: Yes - Two on sides, one on waistband
The BALEAF Women’s High-Waisted Yoga Pants are affordable, comfortable, and flattering. Featuring a high-waist design that doesn't slip down, they're perfect for both workouts or running errands around town.

They have smartphone-sized pockets to hold all of your essentials, and they're crafted with moisture-wicking, breathable fabric to keep you cool all day. The compressive design also makes them sculpting and practical.

Best Cropped: Beyond Yoga Spacedye Walk and Talk High Waisted Capri

  • Moisture-wicking fabric
  • No outside seams
  • Four-way stretch material
  • Wide waistband
  • No pockets
  • Not very compressive
Material: Polyester, lycra | Length: 21 inches | Rise: High | Sizes: XXS-XXL | Pockets: No
For ultimate comfort and style on warmer days, grab a pair of the Beyond Yoga Spacedye Walk And Talk High Waisted Capri leggings. The incredibly soft, yet sturdy, moisture-wicking fabric with minimal seams gives them just enough structure to hold you in.

The five-inch wide waistband keeps these pants in place in downward dog and while you're out and about. Plus, four-way stretch material is designed specifically to move with you so you don’t have to worry about adjusting them mid-pose.

Best Maternity: Lorna Jane Maternity Ankle Biter Leggings

  • Supportive design
  • Soft, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Few seams
  • Eight-way stretch fabric
  • No pockets
  • Few colors
Material: Nylon, elastane | Length: 22.8 to 26 inches | Rise: High | Sizes: XXS-XXL | Pockets: No
Whether you're rocking a new bump, you're far into pregnancy, or you're newly postpartum, the Lorna jane Ankle Biter Leggings provide the support and comfort you need. They’re made with the brand's eight-way stretch Bare Minimum material that provides the compression comfort you want for a growing belly.

The moisture-wicking fabric makes them perfect for workouts or just wearing around town (you know, to keep you dry with that extra pregnancy glow).

Best Sustainable: prAna Becksa 7/8 Legging

  • Compression fabric for structure
  • Smartphone-sized pockets
  • Made in a fair trade facility
  • Flatlock seam construction
  • Requires delicate care
  • Some colors may fade
Material: Recycled polyester blend | Length: Varies | Rise: High | Sizes: XS-XL | Pockets: Yes, on sides
PrAna is a pioneer in terms of sustainably made clothing, so it's no surprise that they offer high-quality eco-friendly yoga pants. Made with their recycled polyester blend with highly elastic compression, they won’t lose their shape with multiple wears. The double leg pocket can fit your phone, keys, and more, making these perfect for going from your mat to brunch without the need to carry a purse.

The narrow ribbed leg design paired with several color options make this ultra-comfortable legging stand out among the crowded yoga pants market for both fit and design.

Best Plus Size: Girlfriend Collective FLOAT High-Rise Legging

  • Light, breathable fabric
  • Multiple colors available
  • Wide range of sizes
  • Sustainably made
  • Little compression
Material: Recycled plastic bottles, spandex | Length: 23.75 and 28.5 inches | Rise: High | Sizes: XS-6XL | Pockets: Yes, on waistband
For a barely-there feel that still offers coverage and support, put on a pair of Girlfriend Collective’s Float High Rise Leggings. These lightweight, quick-drying pants are equally perfect for a workout or lounging. But unlike some other lightweight leggings, they're sheer-proof—meaning the person behind you in class won't see through them.

The Fern FLOAT seamless leggings are inclusive with sizes to fit every body type. They're also crafted with 90 percent recycled plastic bottles making them both comfortable and eco-friendly.

Best for Hot Yoga: K-DEER Legging

  • Light, single layer design
  • Moisture-wicking fabric
  • Four-way stretch material
  • Multiple colors available
  • Requires delicate care
  • Long inseam with only one length
Material: Spandex, nylon | Length: 29 inches | Rise: High | Sizes: XS-4XL | Pockets: No
If you love bold colors and designs, slip into one of the many K-Deer leggings for your next class. They’re made with a single layer of moisture-wicking fabric, making them cool and breathable—a necessity for hot yoga. The high waist and flat front seam make them equally as flattering as they are comfortable, meaning you can count on them staying in place while you sweat.

They’re made with a four-way stretch material that moves with you without bunching or rolling down. And when you purchase any of the signature stripe leggings, 5 percent of the sale goes to one of the several charity organizations that K-Deer supports.

Best for Lounging: Lululemon Align Pant

  • Soft fabric for comfort
  • Versatile style
  • Multiple colors and designs
  • Won't lose shape over time
  • Little compression
  • Can pill between legs
Material: Nylon, polyester, lycra elastane | Length: 25, 28, and 31 inches | Rise: High | Sizes: 0 to 20 | Pockets: Yes, on waistband
With fabric so soft and light it feels like you’re barely wearing pants, the Lululemon Align Pant is perfect for all-day lounging. While comfortable, they're also great for running to the store or meeting someone out for coffee.

Made with the brand's signature buttery-soft Nulu fabric, they’re light and sweat-wicking, not restrictive, and hold their shape incredibly well. So well in fact that many women wear these pants throughout their pregnancy and then the shape returns postpartum. 

Best with Pockets: Athleta Salutation Stash II Tight

  • Good compression for sculpting
  • Quick-drying
  • Breathable material
  • Limited colors
Material: Nylon, lycra | Length: 25, 27, and 30 inches | Rise: High | Sizes: XXS-3XL | Pockets: Yes, on sides
The Athleta Salutation Stash II Tight provides the perfect mix of soft, lightweight fabric with sculpting features that ensure that they're both comfortable and flattering. The quick-drying breathable material makes them great for sweating, but you can also wear them around town. They also feature smartphone-sized pockets that lay flat against your skin. 

Unlike many other yoga pants, they are machine washable and dryer-friendly and can be laundered with the rest of your clothes.

Best Flare Pants: Alo Airbrush High Waist Flutter Legging

  • Sculpts and smoothes
  • Odor-resistant material
  • Great for curves
  • Elongating
  • Runs long
  • Narrow waistband
Material: Sculpting signature Airbrush | Length: 32.25 and 32.75 inches | Rise: Mid to high | Sizes: XXS-L | Pockets: No
If the skinny leg design isn’t your thing, slip on a pair of the Alo Airbrush High Waist Flutter Leggings for a flattering and more relaxed fit. They feature a forward flare with a slit in the front, so you don’t end up with that huge bell-bottom look while still benefiting from a flared leg. The signature Airbrush fabric sculpts and smoothes while remaining extremely comfortable. 

They run long, so shorter women may need to get them hemmed, but they also pair well with a platform sneaker for a fashion-forward look.

What to Look for When Buying Yoga Pants


There are a number of things to consider when it comes to material, including wicking capabilities, breathability, opacity, and type of stretch. Breathable pants that wick sweat not only limit sweat lines (especially on lighter colored pants) but also reduce the chance of bacteria buildup.

“Four-way stretch is key. You want your yoga pants to stay in place during class and to move and stretch with you,” says Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT, certified yoga coach and founder of The Food+Movement Dietitian coaching service. If you’re constantly focused on adjusting your pants you can lose out on some of the benefits of decompressing during yoga.

Fit and Rise

Most yoga pants are high rise so you don’t have to worry about adjusting them as you move through your practice. “There's nothing worse than being self-conscious about your pants shifting around during class,” says Enright. However, you’ll want to find a rise and waistband that is comfortable for you. 

Amount of Compression

While you may love that sucked-in smoothed-out look, too much compression can restrict movement in a yoga class, where your body wants to be able to move freely. Also, waistbands that offer too much compression may dig into your waist and feel uncomfortable in certain poses. That said, a little compression does often help pants stay in place, so look for the right balance.


“Length is definitely a personal preference,” says Enright. While you don’t want pants that are too long and getting in your way, “some people prefer capris or ankle length, while others may like something slightly longer,” adds Enright.

Bottom Style

While bottom style is up to personal preference, there are some expert recommendations to keep in mind. “I don’t recommend loose bottoms when practicing yoga. Loose bottoms can become a hazard to potentially trip or have your opposite leg get caught up in the loose fabric. Plus, I find it uncomfortable if my pants are constantly sliding around on me, especially if I’m doing inversions or raising my legs into the air,” says Enright.

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