The rise of athleisure in recent years has successfully convinced many women around the world that yoga pants have real sartorial value, instead of simply being a casual piece of clothing deemed too vulgar and inappropriate for everyday wear. But even if the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid didn’t manage to convince you of the power of these stretchy pants, then maybe their presence on this year’s runways might turn you into a true yoga pants patron. If this high-end example proves anything, it’s that nailing how to wear yoga pants in a cool way can help you take them beyond a simple gym staple. So, here are some ways you can wear these incredibly comfortable pants all day, every day, even when you're wearing your waist trainer.
1. Chic with a blazer
There’s no reason yoga pants can’t be worn to work or an evening function – the only trick is to style them correctly. Cotton leggings paired with a longer button-down shirt and finished off with a structured blazer make for the ideal office outfit, while faux leather textured leggings combined with comfortable heels, a basic T-shirt and a dressed-up blazer truly make for the perfect evening look.
2. Relaxed with a sweater
One great thing about yoga pants, that is often overlooked, is how streamlined they actually are. This gives you the perfect opportunity to go to town on those chunky knits that are often hard to style during the colder months. Pair this outfit with an equally tricky pair of over-the-knee boots, and you’ve got yourself a perfectly balanced look. Just be mindful of the fact that panty lines are quite a common occurrence when it comes to tight yoga pants, which is why it’s very important to choose the right underwear, such as a comfortable g string, especially when wearing shorter sweaters that don’t cover the bum.
3. Cute with a dress
While leggings are usually spotted at the gym nowadays, don’t forget that they also play a big role in the dance studio. By coupling your favorite pair of yoga pants with a slip dress or an A-line dress and a sleek pair of flats, you can easily dress the part of an off-duty ballerina and look fit for center stage. Throw an oversized cardigan or a structured trench coat over this outfit, and you have a perfectly work appropriate look as well.
4. Stylish with a skirt
Although most would say that running pants and romance don’t really go hand in hand, pairing your favorite leggings with a lightweight midi skirt truly makes for an unexpected, yet extremely chic and fashionable outfit. Apart from being entirely appropriate for almost any occasion, this combination also helps you make use of those sheer summer skirts you’ve moved to the back of your closet for winter. And when paired with a sleek turtleneck and a wide-brimmed hat, this outfit truly makes for a classy and feminine look.
5. Casual with denim
Perfect for winding down the week and getting ready for a relaxing weekend, slim-fit textured leggings can easily be dressed up or dressed down. Pair them with a denim shirt or even a basic tee and an oversized denim jacket, and finish the look off with a pair of Converse or Vans shoes to easily tie this relaxed look together. Simply add a few of your favorite statement jewelry pieces, grab a chic cross-body bag, and you are ready to hit the town.
6. Cool with a biker jacket
Textured yoga pant are the closest to trousers you could get, without losing comfort and freedom of movement, so why not incorporate them into your weekend outfits as well? Pair them with a flowy blouse or even a chic crop top, if you’re feeling bolder, throw on your favorite pair of ankle boots and you’ve got yourself the perfect going out outfit. Just don’t forget to pair this fashionable look with an amazing biker jacket, as leather outerwear truly adds some edginess to the whole look and provides a great balance if you don’t want to be too dressed up.
7. Edgy with a bomber
If you really want to take a page out of the models’ book and embrace athleisure with open arms, styling up your activewear with a bomber jacket is the ideal option. It looks effortlessly chic over a sporty crop top and your favorite yoga trousers, and if you opt for a monochromatic look, it will look decidedly athletic and laid back at the same time. Not to mention that this versatile outfit could easily take you from the gym to a brunch with your pals, or even simply spending the weekend running errands around town.
If you follow these incredible fashion tips, you’ll have no problem getting away with wearing cute and comfortable yoga pants every single day of the week.
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