13 Best Plus-Size Yoga Pants And Leggings For 2020 – Women’s Health
September 28, 2020 - Short Yoga Pants
If you’ve ever shopped for plus-size yoga pants, you’re fully aware of the challenges surrounding fit. Certain styles refuse to stay put at your waist while others cling way too tightly around the calves and ankles. Then, there’s the old “squat test” to determine whether or not a fabric is too sheer, but when shopping online, how can you really tell?
Of course, everyone has a personal preference on fabric and fit; are you a cropped or full-length yogi? Do you want a high-rise, sculpting silhouette or something mid-rise and less constricting? Finally, style! There’s much to consider in terms of color and print. Black leggings tend to be the most widely-offered style for plus sizes, but for a good reason: It’s usually the most popular!
That said, more and more, brands are turning out fresh colors, cool patterns and designs, and stylish motifs from animal print to tie-dye for extended sizes right now. You gotta love options!
Still, between the various cuts, fabrics, and performance properties, it can be hard to narrow in the best plus size yoga pants and leggings for you. So, I did the legwork (pun not intended…OK, somewhat intended) and rounded up an edit of the best plus-size leggings for downward dogs, warrior twos, tree poses, and beyond.
How did we narrow down our list to just 12 styles? Easy! By taking overall style into account, of course, but also choosing comfortable silhouettes, fresh colors, and trendy prints. To give you the real-deal scoop on fit and performance, I went deep in the comments sections of online sites to dig up the styles with rave reviews from shoppers like you. It can be tricky to decipher the best style of yoga pants for you, but who better than the shopping community to tell you what they really think? Keep scrolling for all the intel ahead.
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1 Live In High Waist Leggings
These simple black leggings are a best-seller on Nordstrom, featuring an opaque, moisture-wicking fabric (to keep you cool and covered) and figure-sculpting construction (ideal for that “held-in” feeling) as you break a sweat. They boast a “slip-free waistband,” too, and according to several reviews, the claim proves true.
Reviewer rave: “Zella leggings are my go-to. I normally wear a 3x but sometimes a 2x. Leggings are one of those garments that really need to be excellent quality to size down, and these are, hands down, great quality. I can order them in 3x for a comfort fit, and in a 2x for more of a compression fit, and both hold up very well to wear and washing. Love Zella leggings!”
2 Spectrum Yoga High Waist Legging
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If printed leggings are your jam in a buttery-soft performance fabric with clean lines and a high-rise, look no further than this under-$40 pair of leggings from Core 10. To wit, the 7/8 length is ideal for a not-too cropped, not-too-long fit, unless you’re petite in which case they’ll likely hit you right at the ankle.
Reviewer rave: “The Large 7/8 length legging is about the perfect full-length legging for me—and I’m 5’6″ wearing a size 14-ish. As with the other Core 10 leggings, the fit at the waist and hips is fantastic—and with the 7/8 length, there is no bunch at the knees.”
3 Infinalon 7/8 Tights Yoga Luxe
Nike has many a popular plus-size legging, but when it comes to yoga pants, it doesn’t get better than the Yoga Luxe collection. This pair is made from super-soft Infinalon fabric with gentle compression that holds you in but allows you to breathe and stretch deeply.
Reviewer rave: “I am obsessed with these. Think Lululemon Align pants except WAY more durable. They are soft, they keep everything in, and they DO NOT ROLL. I REPEAT, DO NOT ROLL. I do CrossFit and Spin and they stayed up. HIGHLY recommend.”
4 High Waist Mixed Animal Leggings
For all you cool cats and kittens who love animal print, this pair of high-rise leggings from Good American is a stylish and trendy pick that’s designed to flatter. The paneled design smooths over curves while providing adequate support during high lunges, arm balances, and inversions.
Reviewer rave: “Thanks for making these in plus size! Love the colors, high waist, and sass. A definite ‘like very much’ but just not a ‘love’ — probably due to a very slight oddness in how they fit around my calves. Probably perfect on someone else.”
5 HeatGear Cropped Leggings
For a lightweight compression legging, this Plus Size style by Under Armour is a best-seller. Featuring an elastic waistband and moisture-wicking technology, these are our pick for a heated yoga flow or an under-the-sun session.
Reviewer rave: “I wear a size 20/22 but know that leggings tend to run small, so ordered a 3X, and I’m glad I did. They fit me great and wash up nicely. I hang dry clothes, so not sure about if you use a dryer. I’ve used them for walks and no thigh chafing, which is so nice!”
6 Simplicity Mid-Rise 7/8 Leggings
Target shoppers know how well the retailer does activewear, and these super-soft, mid-rise leggings are no exception. The moisture-wicking fabric is ideal for breaking a sweat while flat seams help to smooth. The best part? A hidden pocket to stash small essentials.
Review: “Wow, I love the stretch of these. They’re not loose-stretchy; they are elastic-y but soft at the same time. Most activewear/leggings that are moisture-wicking feel too thick or static to me, but these are soo buttery. Love it, and the price is right!!! Per other reviews, rather than get a 2X like I am in some other brands (Torrid or Bebe/Spalding), I got a 1X, so I guess it technically runs small, but they’re not too loose or too big, I just went one size down than I normally would.”
7 Colorblocked Cropped Leggings
These cropped leggings feature sporty color-block design, four-way stretch, and smooth, flat seams. Translation: They’re comfortable, built for performance, and flattering. With a mid-rise waist, they suit those who don’t care for the restricted feel of high-cut styles.
Review: “Really like how comfortable these are. I went up a size because I don’t prefer the compression feel. I’m glad I did. Just right. These seem to run small compared to other similar items I own. The fabric has a slinky feel, but weighty enough not to see through. The contrast colors are nice. I got coral and aqua.”
8 Ultimate Stash Pocket 7/8 Tight
Hit pause on your black leggings routine in favor of this dusty violet shade (if you can’t break from black, they come in the go-to hue, too). This sleek style offers supportive compression and a booty seam designed to enhance the derrière with multiple pockets to stash your essentials (two at the sides and one in the back of the waistband).
Review: “Love these leggings, they are high waisted and hug all the right areas. The pockets on each hip are great for putting your phone in it while you work out. Highly recommend!”
9 Spacedye Out Of Pocket High Waisted Midi Legging
If you’ve never felt Beyond Yoga’s insanely soft Spacedye fabric, you are seriously missing out. This high-rise legging features a midi length and pockets at the hip in that can’t-fail shade of black, but heathered for a slightly softer look.
Review: “I purchased the 1X and wear about a size 16; they fit high in the waist but go low in the back — if I had a bigger booty, I would size up. They have a buttery soft cottony feel.”
10 High Waist Midi Leggings
Beyond Yoga is known for insanely soft fabric, and this midi legging lives up to the hype. With a wide waistband designed for comfort and support, the heathered fabric is an excellent option if you’re looking for a dark legging that’s not an opaque shade of black.
Review: “I purchased the dark charcoal heather, and they are super soft! They have a bit of weight, so they would be perfect for fall and winter workouts. In terms of sizing, I would go by the size you wear in 1X to 3X vs. the 14W, etc. If you’re short, these will go to your ankles. I plan to purchase other colors.”
11 Linear Logo Tights
Love a logo? Word. (hah!) Show your Adidas affinity in these jersey tights, which feature an elastic waistband and high rise. The dark grey shade is plenty versatile while being a stylish alternative to black.
Review: “I bought plus size 1X. And I’m absolutely satisfied. Great tummy control without being restrictive. Moves with you not restricting any type of movement. They don’t roll down either, which is harder to find than you think. Overall. I’ll definitely be buying more. :)”
12 Pieced Mesh Active Leggings
For a sporty-meets-fashion-forward yoga pant look, mesh detailing is the answer. This moisture-wicking pair features a high-rise, compressive fit with mesh insets at the calves for extra breathability.
Review: “I am a ‘curvier’ woman who wanted to start getting healthy. A Lot of the clothing for us ‘curvier’ women is either black, grey, or blue. I wanted to find something that was cute and comfortable. These leggings were it! They are sleek and cute but are comfy. I also feel like they hold everything together if you know what I mean. If you’re looking for something great to work out in and look stylish, you have to get these.”
13 High-Waisted Plus-Size Capri Leggings
We love this Capri legging as a comfortable option for yoga pants, but it’s one you’ll feel relaxed in when lounging, too. Made from super-soft, lightweight jersey, you could easily ditch your favorite sweatpants in favor of this comfy style.
Review: “Most comfy leggings ever!!!! I went back and bought two more once I got these and felt them on! Great price also compared to other plus-size companies!!!!”
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