Yoga is a billion dollar-a-year industry, and brands like Lululemon are keeping men and women in comfortable pants. And sure, they are comfortable, but they were also one of the reasons Vancouver was named the third worst-dressed city in 2011. So, what happens if you don’t want to look like you’re wearing activewear? What if you want to have the comfort of a jogger, a legging or a Lycra or Tencel-made fashion, but you don’t want to look like you’re perpetually living between a Whole Foods salad bar and your neighbourhood yoga studio? The truth is, there are many ways to pull off comfortable clothes in a stylish way, and we’ve got 14 tips on how to have your yoga gear and look stylish, too:
How to wear yoga pants every day without looking like a lazy person
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideIs it a sweat or is it a tuxedo pant? If you're going to opt for casuals, fool the eye. Details like this colourblocking create the illusion of tailoring.
Merino Colourblock Sweatpant, $88 at J CrewJ. Crew
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideThis pair looks like a luxe velvet, but it's not. Texture is important for getting sweats right, because if you're going to pair it with a blazer, it should look the part (at least).
Napoli Sweatpant, $38 at ASOSASOS
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideDraped sweats, much like harem pants, have the casual feel but with an added statement. Keep the volume down below and pair the look with a simple blouse (tucked in).
Joggers, $30 at H&MH&M
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideThe tuck. We know it sometimes doesn't look good, but turning sweats into business casual requires you stuff your shirt. This pink-hued jogger revitalizes the traditional white shirt.
Drapey Wool-Blend Track Pants, $127 at Net-A-PorterNet-A-Porter
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideFit is essential for a non-sloppy sweat pant. Achieve the cleanest lines without any awkward bunching by picking a slim cut. Black and white is right on trend, too.
Slim Fit Sweatpant, $19 at Joe FreshJoe Fresh
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideWe call this the off-duty model look. It's for those days when you want an easy look to run your errands without looking like you just woke up.
Jersey Joggers, $15 at H&MH&M
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideMaking sweats happen isn't so difficult. Try layering it with some of your existing staples. A leather jacket amps up pretty much anything.
Vintage Cotton-Blend Track Pants, $247 at Net-A-PorterNet-A-Porter
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideIf you're a yoga legging gal, there is a way to make 'em work outside of the studio. Try something with linear details. It'll create an excellent shape and you'll look like you're wearing a tailored pant in the outside world.
Seamed Yoga Legging, $34 at Joe FreshJoe Fresh
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideIf you're basic, and you like it that way, try a slight tweak on your favourite greys. This pair has a supple leather panel and a slim fit.
Takin Sweatpant, $289 at Club MonacoClub Monaco
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideWe aren't saying you can't go full-on comfortable with your sweats. These have a modern fit (check), linear details (check), colour blocking (check) and they don't frump up the blouse. And she still looks mighty comfortable.
Combined Jogging Pant, $26 at Zara Zara
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideThese look like they're made from denim, but they're actually made from Lyocell, a synthetic fabric created from wood pulp. It's a comfortable, lived-in look and a stylish take on the Canadian tuxedo.
Lyocell Joggers, $40 at H&MH&M
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsidePregnant mamas want to be comfortable, but they also want to be stylish, too. We love the skinny pant that still fits over a blossoming belly. Style and practicality for the win.
Monrow Maternity Skinny Sweatpants, $144 at ShopbopShopbop
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideThese sweatpants are quite expensive, but no one will EVER know you're wearing sweatpants because these look like dark jeans. We would wear these every day.
Demylee Sweatpant, $336 at J. Crew J. Crew
How to Wear Yoga Pants OutsideIf you love Jean Seberg or simply want to play the part of a casual French New Wave actress, the perfect pairing for a Breton stripe is a simple and elegant slim pant.
Weekend Sweatpant, $103 at J. CrewJ. Crew