Do you live in yoga pants? Be honest. Are they your favorite pair of pants (at least when you’re not leaving the house)?
If you’re raising your hand, join my club. I definitely appreciate and intend to be presentable in public, particularly at work. But around my house, yoga pants are “it.”
I know many don’t agree with this “lazy girl” style strategy, but I’m on the yoga pants train. They’re just too comfortable to pass up.
Not just any yoga pants will do, though.
My Favorite Leggings Brands
You know my shtick around here. When it comes to style, it’s all about finding sustainable and socially responsible solutions.
You can buy yoga pants (or leggings, if we’re being generalists) from a load of retailers. Many are cheap and poor quality. They’re not flattering. They fall apart in the wash. And they’re probably made in a third world country under conditions you’d be embarrassed to fully understand.
I own four pairs of pants from this Made in the USA retailer that focuses on higher-end fitness and leisure apparel, 3 pairs of leggings and one pair of joggers. Simply put, these pants rock. They’re M’s favorite, hands down. In other words, they’re flattering.
While home for Christmas, my sister loved them so much she bought two pairs of her own (the blue ones in this post and the joggers I have as well). Her boyfriend also loves them… just saying.
Made in the USA & Philanthropic
In addition to making domestic production a priority, Beyond Yoga also participates in a number of philanthropic events, most notably their Moms for Moms program. In conjunction with their maternity section (which I’ll get back to shortly), they partner with charitable organizations serving under privileged moms-to-be around the world. That checks off two of my socially responsible qualifications.
Years ago, when I was pregnant with my first son, I searched high and low for good quality maternity yoga pants. No such luck (though I guess I missed Beyond Yoga).
I even emailed my favorite retailer at the time to inquire if they would make a maternity line. They seemed less than interested and still don’t have one today. Since then, they’ve had some pretty dismal years, including problems like a tanking stock price and see-through pants debacles.
Doesn’t a maternity line seem obvious? Is there a group of women more interested and more deserving of great yoga pants than pregnant women?!
Beyond Yoga understood that and made one. I haven’t tried it (and am done having babies, so I won’t be a future customer). But presuming the quality meets that of their standard lines, any buyer will be more than pleased.
It’s All Good News
So as not to sound like a paid advertisement (which I’m definitely not), I like to provide cons for full disclosure. But honestly, I haven’t found any with these pants yet. They’re flattering, super soft, wash well, and generally are just great. You’re sure to love them!
Did I mention you can get 15% off your purchase with this referral link?
I fell in love with their loud patterns and snagged my first pair of these Made in the USA leggings about 8 – 10 months ago (my memory is a bit faded).
While I really like them (as evidenced by the fact that I bought a second pair during Black Friday sales last year), they are very different than the Beyond Yoga styles I have.
Bring on the Heat
At least for me, living in the frozen tundra of Chicago, the Rebel Affair pieces are definitely summer leggings. While the Beyond Yoga options are a softer, warmer cotton material, these nylon/spandex leggings are a bit cooler and thinner. This makes them great for sweaty workouts when you want to stay cool, but not the best for perusing the streets of Chicago in January. (Yes, I have worn these bad boys in public… And no, M didn’t think it was a good idea, but I disagreed.)
In the Details
When I received my first pair, I was surprised to find they had unfinished hems at the ankles. The leggings have extra length to allow for wearing them over your heels, but I didn’t expect the raw edges. I don’t mind them at all, but it’s something to consider if it doesn’t suit your taste.
Lastly, while we’re starring at the fabrics, how cool are these patterns?! I adore them.
Both pairs make great investments in your workout (or leisure) style wardrobe. Certainly, they have very different appeals, so it depends on what you’re looking for.
More Socially Conscious Brands
If you’re interested in more socially responsible brands, I’ve been compiling (and adding to over time) a list of great brands I’ve discovered and (some of which) I’ve tried. While both Beyond Yoga and Rebel Affair can be purchased at certain brick-and-mortar retails, many conscious brands limit their presence to online spaces. I’ve profiled several socially conscious brands I’ve tried to help you build a more responsible wardrobe and know, before filling your closet, what’s mostly likely to work for you.
Do you have any other great socially responsible fitness or leisure brands you love? Share in the comments!
P.S. Once you’ve got your leggings on, you may as well sneak in a little yoga, right? Check out this playlist of 13 songs perfect for an invigorating yoga practice (no matter your level of experience). You’ll surely find something you love.