Best yoga clothing 2018: yoga gear for men, women and downward dogs

Leggings, bras and loose fitting garments for true devotees of challenging poses

The best yoga clothing for men and women

Whether you are just starting out with yoga or you’ve been practising your poses for some time now, what you wear can play a big part in successfully achieving that tricky position you’ve been trying to master. That's why you need the best yoga clothing.

Looking for the perfect clothing to wear to your yoga class? Naturally you will want something stylish and well-made, and above all that won’t restrict your movement. It should also be breathable, for when you start to get a sweat on. 

Leggings or sweatpants are great options as they are stretchy and allow you full range of movement. A top can be any style you like, whether you prefer cropped or loose and baggy, so long as the material is breathable and keeps you dry during a session. Women will also want to invest in a good sports bra too, to prevent anything from falling out when you’re in a tricky position.

We’ve picked out some of the best yoga clothing for both men and women, with well-known brands such as Manduka and Onzie making our top picks for stylish and practical yoga-wear. 

Alo Yoga Relaxed Sweatpant, black

1. Alo Yoga Relaxed Sweatpant

A comfortable and tapered men’s yoga pant

Best for: Comfort
Type: Sweatpants
Sizes: S-XXL
Colour: Black, grey, navy
Material: Polyester, cotton, rayon
Reasons to buy
+ Adjustable waistband + Invisible zip pockets 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the most durable 

These sweatpants are incredibly stylish and those who bought them say they are nice enough to wear out and about as well as in the yoga studio. They are designed with practicality in mind, featuring two invisible zip pockets that will allow you to keep any essentials close by when working out. 

The fit is said to be very flattering and the material is super-soft and light. If you do yoga every day though, you may find these sweatpants aren’t built to last like others are. However, if you’re after style and comfort for your weekly yoga and lounging around the house, these are a very popular choice.  

Prana Dreaming Tank Top, black

2. Prana Dreaming Tank Top

Keep cool on the mat in this breathable tank top

Best for: Staying cool
Type: Tank top
Sizes: XS-XL
Colour: Black, white, pink, cream
Material: Polyester and spandex
Reasons to buy
+ Stylish + Integrated chest padding 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the best support for larger chests 

This tank top comes in a variety of colours with strappy detailing at the back which makes this top super stylish. It has integrated padding to support and cover your modesty, though larger chested ladies may find that they still need to wear a sports bra. 

This performance knit top is designed to be stretchy and breathable – perfect for fluid movements in your next yoga class. 

Manuka Life Salutation Capri, grey with deep waistband and draped detailing

3. Manuka Life Salutation Capri

A flexible and flattering capri pant

Best for: Flexibility
Type: Capri pant
Sizes: XS-XL
Colour: Grey
Material: Viscose, Polyester, elastane
Reasons to buy
+ Relaxed fit + Pockets 
Reasons to avoid
-It's a capri pant

If you aren’t a fan of wearing tight leggings, then these capri yoga pants are a comfortable alternative that aren’t too tight and allow you full flexibility when doing poses. 

Not everyone likes the draped front and cropped style, but they are designed to be both cool and practical; with pockets for your keys and phone when you head to the gym.  

Manduka Cross Strap Bra, black

4. Manduka Cross Strap Bra

A supportive sports bra with cross strap back

Best for: Support
Type: Sports Bra
Sizes: XS-XL
Colour: Black, pink, blue, grey, navy
Material: Polyester, spandex and nylon
Reasons to buy
+ Great support + Variety of colours 
Reasons to avoid
- Comes up small 

A sports bra is something of a yoga must-have. This cross strap example is stylish, as such things go, and users say it provides just the right amount of support for yoga, though it does come up small. If you have a larger bust then users have recommended opting for the size up from your normal one to get the perfect fit. 

The Manduka comes in a variety of colours and can be worn on its own or with a top like the Prana tank top over the top.

Manduka Flux Tights, space-dye navy and black with strap detail

5. Manduka Flux Tights

Super-stretchy leggings for the style-conscious yogi

Best for: Style
Type: leggings
Sizes: XS-XL
Colour: Red, blue, grey
Material: Nylon and elastane
Reasons to buy
+ Stretchy+ Integrated media pocket 
Reasons to avoid
- Come up short 

These tight leggings are popular for their unique, dance-inspired style that makes them wearable both in and out of the gym. 

The wrap around ends tie up at the back of the legs, which some users found to come up a bit short but they can be tied at the length that’s right for you. An integrated media pocket holds your phone so you can listen to soothing music while practicing your yoga. 

Cropped loose-fit yoga trousers in black with small white infinity logo at pocket

6. YogaAddict Yoga Short Pant

A loose pair of shorts ideal for hot yoga classes

Best for: Hot yoga
Type: Shorts
Sizes: S-XXL
Colour: Black, navy, grey blue, beige
Material: Cotton spandex
Reasons to buy
+ Not too tight + Soft  
Reasons to avoid
- Don’t wear well with frequent use

If you do hot yoga you may find leggings or sweatpants too warm. So try these short pants from YogaAddict. Coming up just below the knee, they aren't too short, which is especially handy for taller men. 

As you'd imagine, they're very comfortable and great to move in for even the trickiest poses. They are said to wear quite quickly if you wear them often, but they're not too pricey.

Onzie Long Legging, white with pale blue tie-dye print

7. Onzie Long Legging

Choose from one of these funky designs from Onzie

Best for: Design
Type: Leggings
Sizes: XS-L
Colour: assorted designs
Material: polyester and spandex
Reasons to buy
+ Stretchy + Funky designs 
Reasons to avoid
-Rather bold 

If you want something that stands out from the crowd then these leggings from Onzie are a great choice. With a range of bold designs to choose from, these full-length leggings are both practical and stylish, not to mention super stretchy to make them extra comfortable. 

Those who bought these leggings have found them to wear incredibly well and say the material isn’t see-through as they can be on other leggings.