6 Things to Look for When Shopping for Yoga Pants

Here’s how to find the best leggings for your body and your needs.

We believe that the right workout gear can make a difference in getting you to the gym. The right gear can help you feel comfortable, good about your body, and even safe. And because yoga pants are everyone’s favourite piece to slip on (whether going to the gym or otherwise), we’ve come up with a checklist to make shopping for them a little easier.

Here, what to look for to find the perfect pair of leggings. (Also, be sure to check out our favourite Canadian yoga brands that aren’t Lululemon.)


A drawstring waistband can help customize your fit.


Look for fabric that is smooth and cool to the touch for running and training. If you’re doing yoga or Pilates, look for a soft, stretchy fabric that won’t restrict movement.


Find a fit that is snug enough to make you feel secure but leaves enough wiggle room for you to move comfortably. A high waist is our pick for a supportive, flattering fit. (Psst: Need more gear? Check out our roundup of the best yoga mats.)


Pockets on the legs are perfect for stashing your credit card or phone. Look for a zippered pocket on the inside to stow nutrient packs or your keys.


Check for reflectors for added visibility on early-morning runs and bike rides.

Temperature Control

Sweat-wicking and quick-drying are your BFFs, especially if you handwash your tights between sweat sessions. If you’re running, stylish mesh cutouts make for great ventilation.

Next, check out the ways to update your workout look.

Originally Published in Best Health Canada