Where’d You Get Those Crazy Ass Yoga Pants?

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For the last several months, you’ve seen me prancing around Instagram, blog conferences, and, let’s be completely honest here, real life in the most amazing (or obnoxious) pants known to man. And for the most part, I’m pretty sure you love them as much as I do. Many people have asked where I find my yoga pants (which are really just my daily drivers, because I work in a surprisingly lax office that lets me wear tie-dye and bright patterns). I’m not a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination, but I am real…and I’ll give you the DL on my yoga-wear obsession.

My personal preference is to wear cotton yoga pants, as they stretch nicely and fit comfortably without digging. I’m also a huge advocate for the fold-over waistband so that I can 1. smooth out the area from my waist to my hips without some horrible elastic waistband creating more rolls and wrinkles and 2. not have a horrible elastic waistband digging into my belly, but I’ve managed to find a number of delightful leggings and yoga pants to suit my needs.

And to be completely fair and transparent, I’m going to tell you my pants size. I wear anywhere from an 18 to a 22.

Pants with matchy matchy sports bras and tanks (Fabletics –  Salar Capri Fold-Over and Ayni Sports Bra – size XXL)

I've been a Fabletics subscriber since March, and I'm really enjoying the sports bras, shirts and yoga pants.
Lots of older Fabletics looks. They change monthly

I’m a Fabletics junkie (the link is a referral that earns me $40 credit to buy more leggings if you sign up). I used to max out the sizes here, and sometimes it was hard to catch the XXL before they were sold out or waitlisted, but now they go up to 34X, are easier to catch, and are oh so comfortable! When I catch the ones I want, I love them. Their stock changes over regularly, which is both good and bad. Whenever I find a pair with lace in them, I snatch ’em up, because they are super sexy and great for nights out in winter! These leggings aren’t cotton, but they’re still pretty comfortable. I’ve tried a lot of the pants, but my faves are the high-waisted leggings. The sports bras are ideal for me (racerbacks tug on my neck and shoulders thanks to my boobs, so I prefer sports bras that have different strap options), and there are other fun add ons like tops and jackets and even dresses!

The OG pants (Victoria’s Secret Most Loved Yoga Pant – size large)

My go-to leggings, yoga pants, and shorts have always been Victoria's Secret. They also double as dress pants.
Green top – Victoria’s Secret, White top – Soybu, Swimsuit – Swimsuits for All, Sports Bra – Bare Necessities

The Most Loved Yoga Pant from Victoria’s Secret was my be-all, end-all favorite when I first allowed myself back into leggings. I had them in legging, cropped legging, capri, and short versions. To say I live in yoga pants is an understatement. I wear them under skirts and dresses or on their own. The fold-over waistband is amazing (I always unfold that waistband up to my waist). I wear a size large. I’ve tried the extra large pants, and they’re not tight enough for holding my shit in if you get my drift. Now, I no longer shop at Victoria’s Secret because of this statement (and yes, I know that they are trying to make up for the discriminatory statements with new leadership etc, but when I hold a grudge, I HOLD. A. GRUDGE.) Pro-tip: If you’re going to keep the waist unfolded, opt for the non-sequined versions.

Tie-Dye Dream (Shining Shakti – Classic Pant – size large)

I love the colors and designs of Shining Shakti yoga pants and leg warmers.
Shorts – Victoria’s Secret, Swimsuit – Swimsuits for All, Tee – Victoria’s Secret PINK, White tank – Soybu

My first pair of funky yoga pants came from Shining Shakti, a retailer based out of the Chicago suburbs. The website is shut down, but you can still find a few rogue pairs here and there (like on yogadirect and Etsy). My yogi girlfriend is BFFs with the former owner and told me I absolutely HAD to try them. I was skeptical because…size. She promised they were super stretchy, much like my beloved VS pants. I discovered they went up to size XL, and was ecstatic, fearing they would be ridiculously tight. When the owner saw a photo of my yoga-ing on Instagram, she told my pal I should start with a large. I did, and went back for 3 more pairs plus two pairs of leg warmers to spruce up my VS pants.

Banana Pants and Other Fan Faves (Couture Tee – Fold-Over Flare and Legging – size extra large)

I am obsessed with Design Your Own Yoga Pants by Tristan Christopher - I seriously wear these Couture Tees yoga pants everywhere. (1)
Teal cami and black tee – Torrid

I ordered a surprise pack of these magical pants and was not disappointed. The Etsy shop by Tristan Christopher takes several months to make, dye, and ship your pants, but once they arrive, you’ll be thrilled with the product. The were definitely worth the wait. Not only will it be exciting the day your pants arrive, but you’ll also have the added joy of surprise designs! If you give them your measurements, the designers will guarantee a perfect fit, so I highly recommend you do that. They recommended an extra large, and the pants fit me exactly as I wanted them to. The surprise pack also goes up to a size XXXL, so girls of any size can rock these amazing pants.

You will occasionally see me don other colorful pants from other brands, but I don’t fully stand by those brands just yet. These three are my tried-and-true lower body besties. They hug me on the daily. These are the ones that I would recommend to you. If you want a complete list of the brands that haven’t worked out for me or that I’m still trying out, you can send me an e-mail and I’ll hook you up with the rest of my legging and yoga pant finds.

I have spent the last 8 months on the hunt for the best plus-size yoga pants around. These are my favorites.

No one asked me or paid me to write about my love of yoga pants. Some of the links are referral or affiliate links so if you click through, I may earn points or money to buy more yoga pants. Oh and keep this blog running smoothly.

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6 Responses

  1. I am entirely too poor for those pants, although I desperately want the Double Rainbow pants from Shining Shakti. 74 dollars hurts though. I shop for my Yoga pants at Walmart haha

  2. Marika is my go-to brand for yoga pants. Super comfy and they last! Zulily has a sale on them fairly often, so I can get them at a discount too. I wear XL in them, and my waist size probably matches up with yours pretty well.

    Thanks for this post!

  3. which lines or styles would you suggest for not rolling down? I am plus sized and have been wearing Emily Hsu’s but they only go up to large. I am thinking of trying SuperFit Hero or Lineagewear but they are often out of stock on the smaller sizes.

    1. I have a pair of Emily Hsu’s, and they just didn’t fit me well. I haven’t tried SuperFit or Lineagewear, yet. I’ve really been digging the high waisted leggings from Fabletics lately. They’re a thicker material, so they feel sturdier. Right now, they have a 2 for $24 deal if you sign up for their monthly plan (I’m a monthly subscriber, and just skip months when I don’t need a new pair). They are really good about exchanges if a size doesn’t fit right. (my referral link: http://www.fabletics.com/invite/quirkychrissy/). I’ve tried a few one offs from Zulily and Amazon, but Fabletics is still my fave. I was also surprised by American Apparel, which was similar to Victoria’s Secret.

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