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How to Get the Most Wear Out of Your Gear: The Versatile Yoga Pants

versatile yoga pants

I don’t think I need to sell anyone on the idea that yoga pants are super comfortable. I take at least one pair when I travel because I do practice yoga when I’m away from home and because I practically live in them anyway!

Of course, yoga pants are perfect for workouts in the gym or in your hotel room, and even light hikes, but a great pair of yoga pants can be styled for all sorts of activities. For long travel days, a tunic top over yoga pants is comfortable and stylish. Yoga pants can be layered like leggings under a dress or skirt for extra warmth. Comfy yoga pants can be used for lounging in the evenings or as sleepwear on chilly nights.

Flissy in a dressy tunic and yoga pants.
Flissy wearing a dressy tunic over yoga pants.
There are lots of brands that will do the job, so here are some general things to look for so you have the most versatile yoga pants with you on your travels.

Neutral colors. Black will match anything you put on top.

No logos. There’s no need to advertise that you’re trying to get away with wearing yoga pants at a nice restaurant.

Tapered leg. Skinny legged pants can pass as leggings under skirts, dresses, or tunics and look invisible tucked into boots. You could also go with cropped tapered legs in warmer weather, which look super cute with sandals or ballet flats.

Wide leg. If the skinny look is not your style, be on the lookout for wide leg style yoga pants that have the easy breezy look of palazzo pants. These look great accessorized with bangles or a bright scarf.

Breathable fabric. This is essential for workouts and hot weather. I prefer cotton blend pants, but they can take forever to dry. Keep that in mind if you don’t have access to a dryer and go for some hi-tech fabrics that will dry quickly instead.

Durable. If you plan on wearing your yoga pants for yoga, hiking, sleeping, and everything else, they’ll take a beating with all the wearing and washing. The fabric should be thick and the seams should be sturdy.

>> Check out more of Flissy’s yoga and travel tips in her yoga travel packing list and yoga travel mats post.

Written by Flissy

Flissy has been a life-long traveler, having been spoiled by parents who took her all over the US and abroad throughout her childhood and young adult years. An E-RYT 200 yoga instructor and professional tribal style belly dancer, she loves to travel to study belly dance and yoga, as well as for hiking and fun with her husband. She can be found blogging about yoga, dance, and travel at or on Twitter, @omchantress.

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  1. Diana M says

    I wear yoga pants to work everyday, I own a pet grooming salon. I love Nike’s dryfit line, I get wet pants everyday and they dry very quickly. I plan on taking some of these with us on our next trip, but more the legging style.


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