My first post about yoga pants for curvy girls has been one of the most viewed on this site. I’ve got to say, I was also disappointed by the boring mainstream brands I posted. They are all ones I have purchased and worn myself but I want more style and distinction from my workout clothes. Not for gym vanity but I do wear them most of the day and want to look and feel good. That’s one of the things that Lululemon does really well, always releasing new and adorable patterns and styles but I can’t buy them because they just don’t fit right (even the bras made for busty ladies), the price, and the quality isn’t what it used to be.
Fortunately, there is lots of competition out there for the yoga pants and activewear market. The bad news is they are still mostly catering to ultra slim women – seriously, there is almost never thigh-touching in the model photos. We’ve all been there, trying on every pair of tights and pants at the Rack, Marshall’s, or discount store of your choice but sometimes those clothes are there for a reason – they just don’t look good.
I’ve spent some more time scouring the internet for yoga pants designed for curvy women. They still only go up to a size XL, which is often smaller than usual with athletic clothes, so for plus sizes my first yoga pant post is still your best bet. Otherwise, give one of these yoga pants a try:
1. Mika Bella Pant – This on-line only brand strives to produce “affordable, fresh, flattering, feminine workout wear for women.” Their designs are designed to contour and move with your body and shown on real athletes, not models. If you don’t already love them, this is the only activewear brand I’ve seen catering to the many women and professionals staying fit with pole dancing plus! This is their loose fit pant and currently waitlist only for XL sizing. These are your best bet for showing off this curves in comfort and style!
2. Athleta Bettona Classic Pant – Owned by the GAP, Athleta has the same quality and pricing you’ve come to know and love. These yoga pants are different than the rest with jean styling from a fly at the front and pockets at the back. I like that this creates less of a focal point on the bum/panty line than other yoga pants.
3. MPG Tresor Dance/Lifestyle Slouch Capri – I’ve found a few items from MPG at Marshall’s in less favored colors and really like the style and quality. I initially thought that these harem-style pants wouldn’t flatter but the cut minimizes the tummy and inner thighs that I feel self conscious about while highlighting more defined calves. I love the just below knee length because longer capris usually make me look squat. These are going to get tons of wear this summer.
4. Zobha Performance Trouser – Another growing Lululemon rival, you can feel great about this purchase becuase Zobha is dedicated to fair labor practices. This pant is basic but everything a curvy woman is looking for with a wide waist, thick fabric, and straight leg.
5. Gaiam Eco Flow Studio Pant – Let’s be honest, my yoga pants are 90% for lounging and errands and 10% for exercise. That’s why I need so many of them! I’m a sucker for pockets where there usually aren’t any and that would sell me on these pants even if they weren’t also a flattering straight leg and ultra soft organic cotton and bamboo rayon.