You can’t fault a girl for wanting to be comfortable, but donning yoga pants in public when you’re not on your way to or from the studio has become something of a fashion faux pas. Because let’s be real: They’re just a better-fitting version of sweatpants. That being said, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it — the cozy girl and athleisure lovers in us just can’t say no. There are a few simple style rules to follow to make sure your yoga pants look anything but namaste ready. Here’s the trick: Think of them more as a supporting role in a killer outfit, subbing them in for more traditional bottoms instead of building an entire ensemble around them. Piece of cake, right? Get ready, joggers, because these super-stretch bottoms are about to steal your athleisure crown. Here are six super stylish ways to wear yoga leggings.
Flared workout pants would typically be a dead giveaway you’re headed to the gym, but thanks to the whole ’70s-style obsession, you can totally make the flared thing work in your favor. Skip styles that look a little too couch-ready for a more polished look (like this pair with cute contrast piping), then pair them up with a longline tunic decked out in mid-century stripes. Say no to sneakers and opt instead for a set of platform clogs with a flirty feel; the height gives them a more dressed up edge, but the chunky base will keep feet feeling happy. And they drive home that disco-era vibe that’ll distract from your pants’ super laid-back vibes.
Give your yoga leggings a taste of high-fashion grunge by teaming them up with a mix of laid-back and amped-up separates. A long-line tunic offers just a glimpse of the informal bottoms, with side slits creating eye-catching movement with every step. A leather jacket injects cool factor into the getup, while offering a much-needed note of tough-girl polish. To pull it all together, step into a pair of ultra-modern ankle boots that keep your look feeling ahead of the curve.
You’ve mastered the art of joggers at work, so what’s next on the style agenda? Yoga leggings. Opt for a color blocked pair that packs a major visual punch and dress ’em up with a relaxed yet architectural tunic. A longline vest screams on-the-job-ready and offers a welcome alternative to the expected blazer. In the shoe department, say yes to high-shine loafers, oxfords and bluchers (chunky-heeled and platforms are a plus). Finish the look with minimalist accessories that will make a big impact, like this resin and brass ear cuff.
The weekends are less high stakes in terms of taking your yoga pants out on the town. Sports chic meshes perfectly with the ready-for-anything bottoms, but for a more off-the-mat look, everyday pieces with the faintest hint of athleisure are a must. Toss on a simple turtleneck tunic that’s both cozy and packs of-the-moment appeal and top it off with a fuzzy bomber-jacket-inspired sweater. Elevated trainers — silver is *the* color for 2016 — bind the outfit together and make off-duty adventuring that much more effortless.
Yoga pants with a trouser façade mean staying cozy and in line with office dress code just got a whole lot easier. Top off the seemingly tailored trousers with a classy button-down shirt that’ll throw everyone off the scent of your incredibly comfy secret. Skip the blazer and layer on a furry burgundy sweater instead and make sure your shoes scream chic by polishing off the look with pointed-toe ankle boots with look-at-me embellishments.
Play the layering game with yoga pants that read more like tights by wearing them under a denim midi skirt. A cold-shoulder sweatshirt plays off the bottoms’ ballet-esque vibes, while wedge booties are perfect for helping the pants pass off as tights.
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