10 Best Plus Size Yoga Pants

Finding the perfect pair of yoga pants is only made harder when you’re plus size. A lot of companies simply don’t cater to plus-size needs and it can be frustrating to try and find a good quality pair that come in your size.

It’s a common and frustrating misconception that only ‘smaller’ people want to exercise and so most workout gear is only designed for them.

That is exactly the kind of stigma we want to steer away from because anyone can and should exercise - and we should all be able to look cute doing so.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 best plus-size yoga pants (in no particular order), that are both comfortable, good quality, and look good!

This way, you’ll know which brand to invest in and which is going to be the most suitable for you, and what you want. So, if you are in the market for some new sportswear, carry on reading...you may find your perfect pair! 

OUR TOP PICK

UnderArmour HeatGear Cropped Leggings

Best-selling from UnderArmour, these leggings are lightweight and use a compressing fabric so that you feel comfortable and secure during exercise.

The leggings also feature moisture-wicking technology, so no need to sweat about visible sweating!

These leggings also have an elastic waistband which again helps with comfort and helps fit the leggings exactly to your body shape. 

They are perfect for yoga or working out in the sun because of how light and comfy they are!

Because of the material they use there’s no chafing either, meaning you can wear them for longer without having to worry. 

They are the perfect leggings for anyone who wants a pair of yoga pants for a hot workout or day!

Pros

  • Moisture-wicking technology
  • Machine Washable
  • Elasticated waist for a secure fit
  • Lightweight
  • Compressing

Cons

  • Can run a size too small

EDITORS CHOICE

Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket ⅞ Tight

The next pair of yoga pants we want to draw your attention to are the Ultimate Stash Pockets by Athleta.

We all know the frustration of having nowhere to hold your phone while you’re working out, and a lot of the time we don’t just want to leave it unattended. 

Luckily, these leggings have multiple pockets to hold any essentials you may need. How handy is that? These leggings also have compression support, as well as a seam to enhance and make your booty pop!

They are available not only in black but also in dusty pink! This way you can add some color to your workout clothes.

Pros

  • Available in different colors
  • Three pockets for essentials
  • Compressing
  • Booty enhancing

Cons

  • Runs short in size
  • Not ideal for cold weather

BEST VALUE

Beyond Yoga High Waist Midi Leggings

If you know Beyond Yoga then you know they are well known for their super soft materials - and these leggings are no exception!

If you are more of a comfort over anything else type of person, these will probably be the yoga pants you’re looking for. 

These leggings, in particular, have been designed with a wide waistband, so that they are comfortable when they sit on the body, and also help so that they don’t fall during exercise - because who would want that?!

Additionally, they come in a range of colors so you will be sure to find some that suit you.

The soft fabric of the leggings makes them quite weighted, thus these are great yoga pants for the fall or winter as they will certainly keep you warm.

Pros

  • Super soft fabric
  • Supportive waistband
  • Multiple color choice
  • Perfect for colder weather

Cons

  • Not good in hot weather
  • Some customers report the fit to run large

RUNNER UP

Just My Size Pieced Mesh Active Leggings

If you are looking for more trendy-looking yoga pants - these may take your fancy. The stylish mesh detail makes them stand out from any other plain leggings.

They are fashionable and sporty - think fashion meets purpose.

They use moisture-wicking technology so that they don’t become uncomfortable, damp, and sweaty, as well as being compressing to support your body in every way they can. 

The mesh inserts are placed strategically on the calves, to provide breathability to the wearer. So they aren’t only cute but practical.

Pros

  • Stylish mesh design
  • Breathable
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Compressing

Cons

  • Thin material
  • Not good for cold weather

RUNNER UP

Old Navy High Waisted Plus-Size Capri Leggings

If what you are looking for above any other quality is comfort, these will be a good match for you.

They are made out of a jersey material that is lightweight and movable. You don’t just have to wear these for working out - they make great loungewear too because they are so comfortable. 

The fabric is soft and stretchy and moves with your body. They are Capri length, so good for warmer months as well as being a layering piece in the winter.

They come in a range of colors - you could even get a pair to match every outfit you have!

They are so comfy, you’ll probably find yourself wearing them for every occasion that you can. They are machine-washable and durable.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Machine Washable
  • Variety of Colors

Cons

  • Not very sweat-absorbent

RUNNER UP

Core 10 Women's Plus Size Spectrum High-Waist 7/8 Crop Yoga Legging, Black/Grey, Tie Dye, 3X

Are you sick of only finding colored leggings? Are you looking for something a bit louder and out there? These leggings may be the ones for you.

The fabric has a printed pattern, is soft with clean lines, to create a comfortable and stylish look. You will be the center of attention with these pants!

They are ⅞ in length, meaning they should go to your ankles - which is perfect if you want to be more covered up!

They have a thick waistband that offers support while keeping them in position during exercise - we all need squat-proof pants after all!

Pros

  • Patterned
  • Comfortable
  • Thick, supportive waistband
  • Great length

Cons

  • Sometimes, you can see underwear through the fabric
    Waist is large - not ideal for pear-shaped bodies

RUNNER UP

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

These pants are some of the best-selling products when it comes to simple black leggings. They are a staple for anyone’s wardrobe and no one would be complete with them.

Think about it - black goes with everything. It can hide stains easily and they’re not likely to be see through.

So, if you are looking for the perfect simple black leggings for your workout needs - we’d recommend the Live In High Waist Leggings from Zella. 

You can’t beat the classic. These leggings have moisture-wicking technology that keeps you cool and dry when working out, as well as using a compressing fabric that offers support.

The waistband is ‘slip-free 'meaning these pants won’t be falling down any time soon!

Pros

  • Slip-free waistband
  • Moisture-wicking technology
  • Compressing
  • Washable

Cons

  • Thin fabric
  • Customers say they are small to size

RUNNER UP

Nike Yoga Luxe Women's High-Waisted 7/8 Tights Plus Size 2X (20W-22W) Pants Leggings

When it comes to finding a pair of plus-size yoga pants, Nike is a pretty good brand. They offer a fair range of different styles and types of pants for plus-size people.

But if you’re looking for the best ones - it is probably these. They are made from Infinalon fabric, which is extremely soft but with gentle compression.

This helps when you are moving around or stretching - and it is quite often you are in yoga class! They are cheaper than some competing brands, but still the best quality.

And of course, they are available in a range of colors, including the classic - black.

Pros

  • Infinalon Fabric
  • Compressing
  • Durable
  • Movable

Cons

  • Falls down at waist

RUNNER UP

Good American High Waist Mixed Animal Leggings

Maybe you’re the type of person who likes animal print, but everywhere you look is just plain, boring, and simple? Well, look no further.

These high-waisted leggings from Good American have not only one, but TWO animal print patterns!

Cheetah and zebra print fuse together to create an almost clashing (but in a stylish manner) unique design to the pants. 

They are certainly the most fun pair of yoga pants that we have covered so far.

The two prints are designed in a way that shapes and flatters your legs and body so that you look and feel amazing. The design is paneled to smooth your body during any type of exercise.

Pros

  • Fun pattern
  • Shaped to your body
  • Lightweight material
  • Flattering

Cons

  • Thin fabric unsuitable for cold weather

RUNNER UP

All in Motion Simplicity Mid-Rise ⅞ Leggings

Did you know that you can get quality gym wear in Target?

Well, you do now! These plus-size leggings are made by the retailer (meaning they’re a very reasonable price too!) and available in a range of sizes. 

The material describes itself to be super soft and uses moisture-wicking technology to keep you cool during active sessions. The fabric has a slight stretch to it so that it can move with your body.

And if you’re the type to love pockets - these pants have one! A hidden pocket is sewn into the leggings for any essentials you may need to carry with you as you wear them and work out.

Pros

  • Stretchy, lightweight material
  • Affordable
  • Soft, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Hidden pocket

Cons

  • Thin fabric not suited for colder climates

Best Plus Size Yoga Pants Buying Guide

Fabric

Jersey

Using this fabric for yoga pants makes them great for both athleisure and loungewear. The fabric is soft and stretchy so that it fits most bodies with giving room.

10 Best Plus Size Yoga Pants

Not only this but it is a relatively light fabric that is also breathable.

This fabric is a great choice for yoga pants, especially if you are looking particularly for a pair that’s going to be comfortable in any setting.  

Synthetic

Synthetic materials include those such as polyester, nylon, and spandex.

These are the materials that help to shape the wearer of the leggings. The qualities found in this fabric are what help any leggings compress and shape the body. 

Alongside this, these fabrics are great at absorbing and keeping moisture away from your body - essentially so that you feel less sweaty by the end of your workout.

Alongside this, these materials are stretchy and can move with your body during yoga, exercise, or whatever else you may be doing. 

Durability

If you want leggings that are going to last a long time without losing their shape or sagging, look for those that are made with lycra.

This is an aspect that provides elasticity to the garment, helping it shape your body while also letting the garment still be moveable.

Lycra allows the product to maintain the qualities of its fabric, meaning that your yoga pants will last longer.

Comfort And Movement

Let’s be honest, when we are exercising or doing yoga the main thing we want to be is comfortable with. No one likes to work out in clothes that stick to your body or itch and irritate your skin.

It is important when choosing new yoga pants that you choose some that fit your body type and will stay fitted to you. This might mean a bit of trial and error - but that’s what changing rooms are for!

It is not only the fabric that makes a pair of pants comfortable, it is also very important to find some that are going to fit and be comfy for your specific body shape.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should Yoga Pants Be Tight Or Loose?

It depends on the specific pair as some are designed to be loose, however, it is generally expected that yoga pants are tight to your body.

Not tight so much that you can’t breathe of course, but so that they fit and shape your legs in a compressing manner so that they fit and move with you during exercise - rather than falling.

How Do I Know What Size Yoga Pants To Buy?

This can be a tricky question because every brand may use a different sizing chart.

Because of this, it is best to look up the sizing chart for the brand of pants you want to buy from, and compare them to the measurements of your body. 

This way you’re going to get a better fit. You could also always try on a few pairs in the changing room if that is easier for you.

To Conclude

The market is ever growing when it comes to plus-size fashion - and yoga pants are no exception from that.

There are a multitude of companies that provide a range of different athletic wear for plus-sized people. 

From fun, clashing patterns to simple black leggings - out there somewhere there will be a perfect pair of yoga pants for you!

Hopefully, this guide has helped you find some new yoga pants that you want to give a go!

Laura Simmons
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