Five Pairs of Leggings that Look So Much Like Pants, You’ll Never Risk Missing a Flight

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There are plenty of occasions that come to mind when jeans are the absolute last thing that we would choose to wear – long car rides, flying anywhere in general, hanging at home, movie night with your friends – you get the point. The solution? Leggings, of course. We had thought that the age-old debate of whether leggings are an acceptable form of pants was a thing of the past thanks to the rise of athleisure in fashion (as well as the continued domination of the Kardashians) – not to mention, the fact that they’re just comfortable as well. But following the recent outrage on social media over United Airlines appearing to ban passengers for wearing leggings (find out why here) we’ve decided to round up five styles that look so much like pants you’ll never have to worry about getting kicked off your flight. Bon voyage!

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Buy It! Wilfred Free Daria leggings, $135; aritzia.com

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Buy It! LPA Pants 26, $128; revolve.com

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Buy It! rag & bone/JEAN High Waist Leggings, $198; nordstrom.com

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Buy It! BLANK NYC Patent Vegan Leather Leggings, $98; freepeople.com

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Buy It! Karen Kane Denim Leggings, $79; bloomingdales.com

What’s your favorite legging style? Sound off below!

The Latest Denim Trend Is Perfect for People Who Love Yoga Pants

From acid washes to ultra-high rises, it’s pretty safe to say that not all trends in denim work for everyone. (Like, remember those ridiculous butt jeans?) That’s why we were super excited when we realized that this season (and for the past few, really), there’s a trend happening that we can really get behind: jeans that feel like leggings.

True, jeggings (denim-looking leggings) and legging-cut jeans (a.k.a. “skinny” jeans) have been around forever, but this is a whole new category of fabric and cut we haven’t seen before. Forget about the tight and pinchy feeling of skinny jeans! The future of denim is all about comfy, performance-focused fabrics that give you stretch and compression-just like the activewear you wear on the reg.

“As the athleisure category has grown, the consumer demands the same comfort level in the rest of her wardrobe as she is used to in her athleisure wear,” explains Peter Berta, show director of Accessories Circuit and Intermezzo Collection, a fashion industry trade event that curates and showcases hundreds of the best brands. In other words, it’s safe to say he knows all about denim (and pretty much every other fashion category, too.)

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It makes total sense that as we’ve gotten more used to being comfy in our activewear, we’d start to expect that from our regular clothes, too. “This is why we are seeing a more technical approach to denim fabric itself. There is an emphasis on more stretch and lighter weight denim that moves and feels as comfortable as athleisure,” he explains. Sounds good, right? Current favorites in the industry are James Jeans’ super stretchy Twiggy style (above, $180; jamesjeans.us), which comes in sizes 23 to 34 as well as 12 to 26.

The brand also carries a yoga legging style, which features extra-soft fabric and no seams down the sides for a seriously comfy fit. Industry insiders also love DL1961’s technical Instasculpt fabric, which is über supportive, kind of like a legging with light compression, if you will. (Related: Are Your Jeans to Blame for Your Back Pain?)

For his part, Berta definitely sees the activewear and denim industries working together now and in the future. One example? Ultracor’s Fake Believe, a new denim collection dropping this fall that’s engineered and designed by an activewear brand-meaning it prioritizes comfort and mobility all while having the look of a fashion forward jean. It’s safe to say we’ll be setting a calendar alert for the day it launches.

“I think we are going to start seeing a lot more of this-athleisure companies getting into the denim business,” Berta predicts.

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And if you really just want to stick to leggings, there’s something for you, too. Activewear brands like W.I.T.H. (above, $82; wearittoheart.com) are making denim-look leggings that are so realistic, it’s *almost* hard to tell the difference between them and real denim. Wear them with a long top and ankle boots, and most people would probably never know. In the end, it’s all about wearing whatever you feel best in, and it’s awesome to see that there are more options than ever.

The debate over whether leggings are are acceptable pants (looking at you, airlines) may have been heated at times, but the results are in: Yes, your stretchy, cozy second skin totally counts as pants. The ubiquitous-as-avocado-toast activewear item is designed for your non-constrictive comfort anywhere, anytime—even at work.

The popularity of leggings tasked stalwart denim brands with what seemed liked something totally impossible: making jeans as comfortable as your yoga pants.

Athleta flipped the script by launching its own line of denim, which no, are not jeggings, leggings, or leggings that look like jeans. Rather, the bottoms are 100 percent real denim but feature the same stretch and support you’d get from your favorite pair of Athleta black leggings. The secret sauce is brand’s all-star fabric innovation, Sculptek technology.

You could definitely sit cross-legged without a problem, probably do dead lifts while wearing them, or even paradise pose without busting a seam.

The product, currently landing rave customer reviews, is available in a classic denim blue and in a light gray wash, and both are practical dupes of say, a pair of beloved J Brand or Rag & bone skinnies. However, these differ from the norm because they allow you to actually move around the way you could (and would!) in yoga pants. You could definitely sit cross-legged without a problem, probably do dead lifts while wearing them, or even paradise pose without busting a seam.

At $98 (way less than some cult-fave jeans), it’s no wonder why customers are already begging in the reviews section that Athleta roll out more denim styles and cuts with the Sculptek fabric. And who knows? Maybe you’ll be working out in jeans someday soon.

Pair your jeans with a denim jacket for a Canadian Tuxedo, or consider a metallic bomber.

I have a fashion confession to make. Before I found my beloved Uniqlo Denim Legging Pants, most of my wardrobe choices revolved around trying to wear high-performance athletic leggings everywhere.

Not only were my leggings comfortable, they also made my legs, butt and “abs” (ha, ha) look amazing. I wore leggings to the shops, to school drop-off, to meetings and appointments. I was a woman obsessed.

I still love my leggings – I wore them to the zoo yesterday, actually – but sometimes, I crave that elusive, polished-yet-cool look that only jeans can deliver. And that’s when I unleash my secret weapon: the Uniqlo Denim Legging Pants.

The jeans. Image: Supplied.

These jeans are the ultimate secret fashion hack. A pair of jeans that looks and feels like denim, but have all the flexibility and comfort of leggings, without that too-tight compression feeling? And they only cost $29.90? My brain just exploded, trying to figure out that fashion riddle. Then again, the Japanese brand Uniqlo is renowned for its classic-yet-clever designs that also tick all the fashion boxes.

Don’t be fooled – while there is the word “leggings” in the name, the Uniqlo Denim Legging Pants are NOT the jeggings you’ll find in teen fashion emporiums. You know the ones: from a distance, they look like jeans, but up close you’ll find they are slippery lycra printed with a denim and stitching. They’re terrifying, and resemble what an alien would produce from its UFO if asked, “what do human jeans look like?” Those jeggings are more like the idea of jeans. And a far cry from the perfection of the Uniqlo Denim Leggings Pants.

Instead, my Uniqlo babies have the thick and slightly textured feel of real denim. Like “real” jeans, these pants are made mostly from cotton, but they differ beautifully thanks to the extra elastane and polyester added in to make them super stretchy. There is a little bit of fashion trickery going on to create the true jeans effect, with a button at the front that doesn’t actually button, and false pockets at the front. But that’s all okay, because I’m lazy and hate undoing buttons and zips, and also, the jeans have two functioning pockets at the back. Which is two more pockets than any of my leggings have.

  • Patagonia — Again hitting both men’s and women’s categories, Patagonia is well known for finding that sweet spot between performance and style. It’s performance jeans combine cotton, COOLMAX and polyester, and claims its dying process minimizes energy and water use. It features a water repellent finish, sits at the waist and comes with five-pocket styling.
  • If there’s a downside to performance denim, it is price. The cost can range from about $79 on up to near $200. The price tag, however, is right in line with traditional premium denim and makers of performance denim are banking on the idea that jeans with the right stretch are worth every penny.

    Orr expects to see the category continue to expand, which is nothing but a positive for the consumer. “There’s so much versatility here, along with a comfortable fit,” she says. “The beauty of more options is that everyone can choose what is right for them.”

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    If you love yoga you’ll probably be pleased to discover a pair of workout leggings that you could actually wear to work, too. Well, if you work in a pretty chill office anyway.

    Because really, wearing comfort workout trousers daily is like the dream and thanks to one US brand we might be about to realise it.

    Lucy IndiGO has designed a collection of workout clothing that not only does the job, is comfortable and has all the techy bits you need from your yoga wear, but it also looks great, too.

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    And when we say great, we mean, not at all like workout wear. In fact, they look like jeans.

    As explained on the website: “It’s a hyperreal printed fabric with the look of denim and the benefits of brilliant contouring” – which basically aims to make your bod look its best.

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    “Style any piece of Lucy IndiGo like your favourite denim, but it moves and breathes like activewear. Never heating up, squeezing or slowing you down.”

    The trousers come in a few styles including flare, skinny, boyfriend and jogger (which is probs our fave). But the really sad news? These bad boys are only available in the US at the moment. SOB.

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    5 Crazy Comfy Jeans and Pants

    While I’m sure most of us would love to live in joggers or leggings everyday, unfortunately not all of us can. Thankfully I’ve found some extremely comfortable jeans and business casual slacks that I want to share with you! These range in comfort level, with some having not only super stretchy legs but also super stretchy waistbands. Make sure you read up on each piece!

    (A couple of months ago I posted 3 Comfy but CHIC Tops and followed up with a post on how to dress each of them up and down. This post is a bit delayed, but I thought it’d be helpful to share a few super comfy jeans and pants as well!)

    1. THE BOOTCUT JEANS THAT FEEL LIKE YOGA PANTS

    Not only are these jeans pretty darn flattering, they are possibly the most comfortable pair of jeans I own. I’ve had them for 2 years, and through out those years I’ve said multiple times that they feel like yoga pants. Several handfuls of PMT readers have told me they were skeptical that jeans could feel like yoga pants and bought them to try and challenge this claim. They discovered the truth: these really do feel that good.

    The legs are really soft and suuuuper stretchy, which is where the yoga part comes in. You can do all sorts of stretches in them. But oh, wait, there’s more. While the waistband has a standard button and zip fly closure, it also has elastic panels on the side for lots of extra give. That’s what makes these jeans uniquely comfortable and why I say they feel like yoga pants. All around, legs and waistband, there’s comfortable stretchy. Honestly, they feel like side-panel maternity jeans without any stigma of wearing maternity jeans. (Not that I think maternity jeans should have a stigma, but we all know they do.) And they are flattering as heck if you wear them with heels! These are FANTASTIC for stuffing your face and belly during Thanksgiving, btw. 😀

    See the jeans HERE. They come in regular and petite lengths. I’m 5’6″ and typically wear 6/8 or S/M (medium on bottom, never small). I wear these in size 8. Size 6 fit me everywhere since there is so much stretch. BUT due to them needing to stretch and spread out more over my thighs and hips, the size 6’s were much shorter in length and less flattering. If you can, I would purchase two sizes to try and send the other back. Nordstrom always has free shipping AND free return shipping on all orders, so you can just send back whatever doesn’t work by slapping the pre-paid shipping label on the box it came in and handing it to your mailman.

    Below are two outfits I’ve worn recently with these jeans. You can see all my other outfits with the jeans HERE.

    Shop for the Look:
    Top: c/o ModCloth (exact–wearing M)
    Jeans: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 8)
    Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)
    Shoes: Old Navy (similar)
    Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
    Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

    Shop for the Look:
    Top: Nordstrom (almost exact, almost exact but long version)
    Jeans: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 8)
    Shoes: Sole Society (similar, similar)
    Bag: c/o Sole Society (similar)
    Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)
    Watch: c/o JORD (exact)
    Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (exact)

    2. BLACK SKINNY JEANS WITH ELASTIC PANELS IN THE WAISTBAND

    I got these at the latest Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July because they are the same brand and line of the jeans above. Obviously I’m a fan of this line, so when I saw a skinny jean version I HAD TO try it! The legs are also soft and stretchy, though because they’re skinny jeans versus bootcut jeans they naturally hug your legs a little more. The same way leggings might hug your legs. And the elastic panel in the waistband? Also fantastic. I’m currently 17 weeks pregnant with my second kid and these have been LIFESAVERS until I can find some true maternity jeans. The pic below is from a while back when I was 12 weeks pregnant. These jeans are so comfy. I have the ankle version which you can find HERE in regular and petite lengths. I’m wearing size 6. There’s a full length version HERE, though I have not tried them firsthand and cannot speak to how soft or stretchy the legs are. However, they should have an elastic waistband since they are part of the Ab-solution line, and elastic in the waistband is what defines that line. While we’re talking about it, you should see ALL the jeans in the Ab-solution line HERE. They’ve added a lot of colors and washes since I last looked, so it appears that I’ll need to do some shopping! Shop for the Look:

    Top: Nordstrom (similar)
    Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar, similar, similar)
    Jeans: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 6)
    Shoes: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 9)
    Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
    Necklace: Nordstrom (very similar)

    3. WIT & WISDOM JEGGINGS

    These are the same brand as the two pairs above, however they are NOT part of the Ab-solution line, meaning they unfortunately do not have elastic in the waistband. The legs are quite soft, stretchy, and comfy though, which is why they made this list. I was still wearing these jeans up to 16 weeks pregnant with an elastic hair tie looped through the button hole because I just loooove how the legs on these jeans feel.

    Please note these *are* jeggings, which I think means the legs are softer and/or thinner than regular denim. However, functionally I don’t feel the difference between them or other jeans except that these are way more comfortable. They hold their shape through multiple wears before washing, which is a requirement for ALL of my jeans. (The same is true of the jeans above as well.)

    See them HERE. I wear size 4! I tried them in size 6 a year ago and thought, “Geez, these are terrible. They stretch sooo badly and they’re loose everywhere.” Never had I thought to size all the way down to a size 4, but I finally did this year and they fit perfectly. If you are unsure, I’d again advise to order multiple sizes and return what doesn’t work. These are also from Nordstrom so you’ll get a free return shipping label for a pain free return.

    Another note: Some people have ordered them recently and reported a strange whiskering on them that sticks out a lot. They showed me pictures of them wearing the jeans and I was surprised how noticeable the whiskering was on compared to mine (see below). Not sure what to make of that, but just wanted to warn you.

    Other brands of jeans that are thicker and extremely soft and stretchy are Kut from the Kloth. The Diana line is thicker than the Donna line, at least last time I checked. Those jeans are fantastic, and the only reason I don’t own any is because the rise tends to be too high for me. I usually wear them in size 6 or 4 as they run large and/or stretch out. (See my tips on Tests to Do With Your Jeans to Ensure You’ll Love Them to combat jeans stretching out.)

    Shop for the Look:
    Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing XS, S works too)
    Jeans: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 4, runs large)
    Scarf: Nordstrom (exact)
    Boots: c/o Sole Society (similar, similar)
    Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
    Watch: c/o JORD (exact) Shop for the Look:
    Top: J.Crew Factory (exact–wearing S)
    Blazer: J.Crew Factory (exact–wearing size 4)
    Jeans: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 4)
    Shoes: H&M (similar)
    Bag: Amazon (similar, similar)

    4. BLACK OFFICE SLACKS THAT FEEL LIKE YOGA PANTS

    Maybe there are tons of black pants out there now that feel like yoga pants, but since I shop business casual so infrequently, I don’t have a good grasp on what’s out there. That said, I did find these black slacks a couple of years ago and the same way the yoga-like bootcut jeans I spoke of earlier revolutionized the way I look at jeans, these black slacks did the same for office attire. The legs are extremely stretchy and decently thick, and these have an entirely elastic waistband with no button closure, just a zipper on the side. Aside from being extremely comfortable, the other reason I love them is because they actually work with my larger hips! Whenever I’d tried black slacks in the past, the pockets would always stick out as they hugged my hips, and that’s never cute. One downside about these pants is that they don’t have pockets, but the upside is that they lay flat against my hips. One other note is that the waist is a tad high for my liking, but because the waistband is fully elastic, I am able to roll the waistband down once. See my pants HERE. I wear size 8. Another brand I’ve tried that is also thick and stretchy is Vince Camuto. A few Halogen pants have also been very stretchy. I haven’t tried enough of each brand to know if all their pants are stretchy or just a select few, but the couple pairs from each brand that I have tried have been great. Vince Camuto pants felt especially luxurious. Shop for the Look: Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing XS) Pants: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 8) Necklace: Nordstrom (similar, similar) Bag: c/o Sole Society (similar) Shoes: Sole Society (similar)

    Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

    5. PONTE PANTS IN 3 COLORS

    Lastly are these ponte pants. They unfortunately not have elastic in the waistband but the legs are thick and very stretchy. At least that part is comfortable! The waist is on the higher side which could be annoying to some or favorable to others. I have them in maroon and grey, and they come in black as well. They maintain their shape and do not stretch out through out the day–something I found was untrue of similar Old Navy slacks. (Though, I need to give them another shot soon as I know they have been improving their lines over the last couple of years.) These are a nice option to have in multiple colors that is fairly comfortable! They are currently 25% off HERE! I wear size M.

    Below are two outfits I’ve shown with these pants.

    Shop for the Look: Top: c/o ModCloth (exact–wearing M) Pants: c/o ModCloth (exact–wearing M)
    Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact) Shoes: c/o Sole Society (similar, similar) Bag: Nordstrom (similar)
    Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)
    Shop for the Look: Top: c/o ModCloth (exact–wearing M) Pants: c/o ModCloth (exact–wearing M)
    Necklace: c/o ModCloth (exact) Shoes: c/o Sole Society (similar)
    Bag: Nordstrom (similar) Have you tried any of these, or do you have any extremely comfortable jeans or pants to recommend? The requirements are that the legs must be soft and stretchy, and even better if they have elastic waistbands. The closer they feel to being yoga pants while still being jeans or business casual appropriate, the better!

    10 Reasons Why Yoga Pants are Better than Jeans

    We know your wardrobe can be a constant source of stress. Some clothes look great in the dressing room, but disappoint the first time they come out of the closet. Some bunch and squeeze in all the wrong places! Others only look good in just the right situation. What is a girl to do?

    Grabbing a pair of jeans has been a “go to” for women of all ages for what seems like an eternity, and while a great pair of jeans is invaluable – our beloved denim can have some serious limitations. This is why so many women have decided to ditch the denim for snug and comfy yoga pants!

    You may not be ready to replace all your Levis with yoga pants yet, but after reading these 10 reasons that yoga pants are better than your favorite jeans in almost every way, you may just reconsider.

    Comfort

    Don’t get us wrong, a well broken-in pair of jeans can be comfortable – but no pair of jeans, no matter how well worn, will ever be as comfortable as a pair of yoga pants. That’s just a fact!

    Yoga pants don’t ride up, they don’t bind and they are literally built to move in. No matter what the situation (standing, sitting, laying down, walking running, jumping…) yoga pants are ready to be the most comfortable attire for the job.

    Mobility

    It’s obvious the studio is where you need to move most, but there are tons of times outside of the gym where you need a little extra wiggle room. It doesn’t matter if you are climbing the 7 flights of stairs at your apartment complex, doing housework, taking a bike ride, or out walking the dog – yoga pants hug your body, so you’re free to move any way you want! Yoga pants are built for activity, so of course they’re going to be the best during the active moments of your day.

    No Restrictions

    You might think that your favorite jeans are comfortable – but just wait until you try to sit crossed legged on the floor or curl up on the couch to get some rest. Jeans simply aren’t made with flexible movement in mind, and skirts are just begging for an embarrassing accident!

    You’ll never experience these problems in a good pair of yoga pants. Your yoga pants not only allow for a full range of motion in every direction but, unlike your favorite short shorts or skirt, they also keep you covered while you move, so you don’t have to worry about any accidental wardrobe malfunctions.

    No Extra Gear Required for Closure

    Jeans have buttons and zippers that can pinch and dig into you when you’re trying to do simple things like sitting or bending over (especially during “that time of the month,” you know what we mean). And if you need to wear a belt, the buckle makes it even worse!

    Buttons and zippers are more pain than they’re worth – zippers get stuck, buttons begin to rip through denim, and this usually happens at the worst possible time, like after a trip to the restroom while you are out on the town and far away from a needle and thread!

    A popped button or stuck zipper can create a seriously embarrassing situation and render your “go to” outfit temporarily useless.

    Yoga pants just fit well, plain and simple, with no additional closures or accessories required!

    Perfect Fit All the Time

    Speaking of “that time of the month” – your period can be a real nightmare when it comes to clothing. Nothing fits well, nothing feels comfortable, and in some cases you’re too bloated to even get into your favorite pair of jeans. A good pair of yoga pants completely changes all that!

    Even though yoga pants give the appearance of being skin tight, they actually have tremendous give. If you’re carrying extra water or feeling all bloated up, your yoga pants will be there for you. Plus they’ll still look outrageously comfortable and super cute – which is exactly what you need from your outfit to get you through those rough times.

    Cost

    A pair of designer jeans may look good, but they can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars! Who wants to pay that much for a pair of pants?

    You can often get your hands on multiple pairs of yoga pants, in different colors, for the cost of a single pair of jeans. That means you can skip one pair of jeans and redo your whole wardrobe with yoga pants! We’re just saying, you won’t break the bank.

    Space Savings

    Even if you could afford several new pairs of jeans, where would you put them? Jeans take up a ton of room in dresser drawers and closets, while yoga pants can be folded or rolled down into a tiny package.

    Yoga pants are the perfect addition to your wardrobe that take up almost none of that valuable dresser real estate, which leaves plenty of room for more cute outfits!

    Versatility

    With most clothes you have to change between the office and going out dancing. Why not get a single piece of clothing that works well in just about every situation.?

    Yoga pants are obviously great in the gym (it’s what they were designed for), but that is literally just the beginning!

    Yoga pants can quickly slip on and off when you’re trying on fab outfits on a shopping trip.

    They’re perfect for the movies or a show where you’ll be sitting for several hours and want to be comfortable.

    They can dress up for work and then easily dress down for the weekend. And flexible, stretchable yoga pants are perfect for dancing the night away!

    They are so comfortable that they can even be the perfect pair of sleeping pants when you don’t have, or are too lazy to look for, your PJs.

    They’re Fashionable

    Yoga pants come in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can mix and match with your favorite tops and accessories to create the ideal look. Jeans, shorts, and skirts all have a place in your wardrobe, but all also have their limitations when it comes to fashion versatility.

    Yoga pants look great when paired with boots, flats, sneakers, flip flops, and just about any top that you’ve got in your closet!

    Add a button up shirt over your tank top and you can go right from the gym to brunch or shopping.

    Add a long shirt and you’ve got a cute and comfy outfit for the office. Pull on a pair of boots and you’re ready to strut your stuff for a night on the town.

    They Improve Your Look

    Appearance may not be everything, but what woman doesn’t want to look and feel good. Yoga pants accentuate your curves like no other pair of pants out there.

    Simply sliding into a pair of yoga pants slims your waist, hips, and thighs and they really have a way of making your booty pop (even if you don’t have much of a butt in other pants or shorts). If you need an outfit that is really comfortable, but that still makes you look good- yoga pants are there for you!

    There aren’t a whole lot of garments out there that can go from the gym to the office to the dance floor without alteration. Yoga pants can do all that and more (including serving as the most comfortable lounging pants you’ve ever put on).

    Whether you are a yoga fanatic who practices every single day, or you spend more time in line at the supermarket than you do on the yoga mat – you need to have a few quality pairs of yoga pants in your wardrobe! So trust us, toss out the jeans and bring in the yoga pants – you’ll thank us later!

    5 Reasons Why Jeans Can Be Just As Good As Those Yoga Pants

    Many people have started switching jeans for yoga pants. Just go to a college campus and you’ll see more college girls wearing yoga pants rather than jeans. And I can understand why. I enjoy yoga pants just as much as the next person as they are comfortable and easy to wear.

    However, I still wear jeans more than yoga pants. Why? Because contrary to what others may believe, jeans can be just as comfortable and nice to wear as yoga pants.

    Here are 5 reasons why jeans aren’t as bad as others may lead you to believe.

    1. Not all jeans are uncomfortable.

    There are jeans that are exactly like leggings. They’re called ‘jeggings’ and they are the most comfortable type of jeans that you can find! They are soft and can be easy to fit into if you find the right size just, like leggings. The only difference is that they are still considered jeans. Check out stores like Old Navy, Hollister, and American Eagle to find jeans that are just as comfortable as leggings and yoga pants to wear around campus!

    2. Jeans are better for colder weather.

    One reason why yoga pants aren’t always the best thing to wear on campus is that they don’t always keep you warm in the winter. Yoga pants are designed for exercising which means that they’re not made for keeping you warm, but rather for cooling you off. Although there are some yoga pants made for warmth, such as cashmere or fleece, these types can be more expensive than jeans. So, when you’re walking across campus in yoga pants with the temperature in the teens, it’s not a fun experience.

    3. Jeans can give you a great shape.

    People who say that jeans can’t give their legs as good of a shape as yoga pants have obviously not worn skinny jeans. When you find the right size, skinny jeans can show off your legs and curves the same way that yoga pants can. Plus, they can give you a cute and stylish look!

    4. They can be just as stylish.

    Who said that jeans weren’t stylish? Wearing a pair of jeggings with a long sweater can give you just as much style as a pair of leggings can. One style with jeans that is popular right now is high waisted jeans with a short crop top in the spring and summer, you can even find celebrities wearing them! Jeans are super versatile and come in so many different styles! Plus, they’re perfect for pairing with cute boots in the winter to give your outfit an extra boost.

    5. Yoga pants have health risks.

    A major problem with wearing yoga pants is that they can cause skin problems, specifically if you wear them all the time. According to Today.com, yoga pants can lead to skin problems because they prevent your sweat glands from properly cleaning. This can cause red, irritated, and itchy skin, and none of those skin problems sound that fun, especially if you have sensitive skin like me that breaks out just from trying a different cleanser.Jeans, however, won’t cause any skin problems, no matter how often you wear them!

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    So, before you decide to give up your jeans for yoga pants, you might want to think about it. Just because everybody is wearing yoga pants right now doesn’t mean that you need to. Besides, who knows! Maybe this whole yoga pants fad will eventually wear off… hopefully?

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    THE FIRST pairs of yoga pants Lululemon sold in 1998 were a simple item for women to wear at the studio. They were a mix of nylon and Lycra — synthetic elastic fibers that provided the stretch and softness needed to manage all those sweat-inducing contortions during a lengthy session on the mat.

    Yoga, first as an exercise and later as a cultural phenomenon (or cliché, depending on your cynicism), had yet to take hold. At the turn of the century, the pants filled a niche for yogis who were simply looking for a higher-end alternative to plain cotton leggings.

    Two decades later, they’ve conquered the closet, even for people who never see the inside of a yoga studio. In 2014, teenagers began to prefer leggings over jeans. Then people started wearing athletic clothing (or athleisure, but it’s mostly just yoga pants) to run errands. Now they’re wearing yoga pants to the office. US imports of women’s elastic knit pants last year surpassed those of jeans for the first time ever, according to the US Census Bureau.

    Fashion trends seesaw constantly, but rarely does an entire category shift. Over four decades, rubber-soled sneakers gave way to basketball shoes, which in turn fell to trainers. Boxer briefs didn’t exist 25 years ago — drawers were still filled with plain old briefs. But now the hybrid is America’s most popular men’s underwear. Yoga pants have similarly managed to plunge denim into an existential crisis, threatening Levi Strauss & Co. so deeply that it had to scramble to adapt. The company added stretch and contouring to its jeans while hoping to retain some of their rugged essence.

    The popularity of yoga pants has, predictably, led to a flood of competitors as brands fill every market segment, from Old Navy’s $20 pants to Lucas Hugh’s $230 versions. Lululemon Athletica Inc., largely credited with bringing stretchy pants to the masses, has poured money into developing new fabrics to fend off rivals — a pack that now includes the world’s biggest athletics companies.

    “Consumers expect a lot more,” said Sun Choe, chief product officer at Lululemon. “They’re washing their garments more and more, and from a quality standpoint, it needs to stand up. They’re expecting some versatility in their product. They expect to be able to wear that pant or tight to Whole Foods or brunch.”

    FABRICS

    Lululemon’s original fabric, Luon, with a high proportion of nylon microfiber as opposed to a more typical polyester blend, was trademarked in the US in 2005. Many of its newer fabrics are branded and geared toward specific uses. Luxtreme is a moisture-wicking, four-way stretch fabric that’s meant to fit like a second skin. Nulux is a compression fabric meant for sweatier workouts. Silverescent is sold as Lululemon’s “stink-conquering technology,” using silver bonded to the surface of fibers to stop bacteria from reproducing. A T-shirt made from the material costs $68.

    Leggings from market competitors use a similar strategy, promoting the versatile pants through branded fabric combinations. For Adidas, pants boast fabrics like its sweat-wicking Climalite material or the thermal-regulating Climacool and Climawarm to accommodate training conditions. Likewise, Nike’s Dri-Fit material keeps sweat at bay and trainers dry. Even Target’s C9-branded fitness collection flexes high-functioning fabrics: Freedom Fabric is a soft blend of polyester and spandex for lifestyle or fitness, while its Embrace Fabric hugs tight to the body for a cozy feel.

    What was once a simple stretchy legging, it seems, has become an engineering marvel. Not too surprising, though, when you realize that about $48 billion is being spent on activewear in the US every year.

    NOT RESTING ON LAURELS

    The story of a breakthrough product made by an upstart company that gets swallowed or crushed by America’s corporate behemoths is an old one. Lululemon is dead set on not letting that happen this time.

    Tucked away in the basement of its Vancouver headquarters is a lab called Whitespace, the retailer’s research and development skunkworks. Here a team of about 50 employees works to come up with the brand’s next big idea. It’s developed lightweight seamless bras and made yoga pants with repurposed yarn combinations normally used in lingerie. The staff isn’t made up of just textile workers tasked with making new fabrics. It includes scientists as well as physiologists, mechanical engineers, neuroscientists, and biomechanists.

    Dr. Tom Waller, a sports technology PhD whose work has been tested in everything from Olympic swimming to soccer’s World Cup, runs Whitespace. When it first opened six years ago, the R&D center was intended to explore what the company calls the “science of feel” and to better understand sensory experiences. “The mission at the time was to take some of our talent a little further into the future to explore human behavior and the macro trends shifting around us,” he said.

    Yoga pants are tangible, but Waller aspires to the ethereal. He speaks of sweat as currency and using technology to unlock human potential. He talks about the “spectrum of sensory experience and desires” when describing the different kinds of fabrics Lululemon sells. “We unpack the physical, emotional and mental components of what it is to be human,” said Waller, “and then we drive the difference experiences of the sensory.”

    “You have to be doing something pretty wrong to not have success in this type of product.”

    BIG BOOBOO

    Alexandra Plante, director of innovation management at Whitespace, is responsible for taking what she calls “duct tape prototypes” and turning them into actual products. With a background in materials engineering, she delves into fabrics, yarns and polymers. Years ago, research was limited to focus groups and feedback from store associates who would query their shoppers. Now there are fabric labs, especially in the athletic-wear space. Lululemon’s research arm does motion-capture testing and uses pressure sensors that allow researchers to test how garments work as they move. The team can even test “hand feel” to help it figure out how to “engineer sensations” for that critical commercial moment when you feel the fabric for the first time, said Plante.

    Back when Lululemon sold nothing but Luon, the company saw customers using the pants for all sorts of workouts, including high-intensity training the fabric was never meant for. So after R&D identified how consumers wore them, and for what, Lululemon developed material specific to each activity — hence the creation of pants for runners or dancers. Even Luon itself, the company’s original fabric, is different from what it was 20 years ago after years of tweaks and integration of new tech.

    This watch-and-learn strategy became a virtuous circle, one that helped the craze turn into a full-on commercial earthquake.

    Mistakes have been made, including one that was inherently — and spectacularly — calamitous. In 2013, Lululemon recalled pants for being too sheer, attributing the see-through problem to a manufacturing error. The subsequent destruction of the pants resulted in a loss of $67 million in sales. Choe said that problem has since been solved.

    Now that it has a spectrum of products suited for most every movement, Lululemon has opened a pair of stores for those customers interested in still-experimental items. One of them, located in downtown Manhattan (the other is in Vancouver), looks more like a fashion boutique than a place to buy gear for the gym or yoga studio.

    YOGA AND LEGGINGS

    Yoga, as you might know, had been doing just fine for thousands of years without a stretchy uniform. The rise of yoga pants owes a lot to simple timing. Lululemon appeared on the scene at the tail end of the (perhaps unfortunate) leggings revolution, right about the time longer-term trends were leaning toward more casual dress.

    The practice of yoga, a trifecta of physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines involving specific postures and movements with origins in ancient India, was first popularized as an exercise system in the West in the 1980s. It dropped off for a while, only to return more commercialized than ever in the early 2000s. A 2016 study from Yoga Journal found that more than 36 million people in the US practice yoga, up from about 16 million eight years ago. Boutique fitness followed, as women (and more than a few men) flocked to sparkling new studios to work out in groups for SoulCycle spin classes, sweat at Barry’s Bootcamp or sculpt their cores at Pure Barre. None of these expensive fads has anything to do with yoga in practice, but yoga clearly blazed a trail for them — and the clothing their adherents wear.

    COMPETITION

    The biggest businesses now in the athletic wear space have invested heavily in growing their womenswear lines — especially in developing new fabrics and features for the once-simple yoga pant. In 2014, Nike Inc. began working toward a $7 billion sales target for its women’s business, reporting almost $5 billion in revenue. Executives realized women were “driving a larger global movement of health and fitness.” A year later, the company reported that the global growth for women’s business was outpacing that of men. That same year, Adidas AG began directing its youth brand, Neo, toward younger women. The German sports giant even brought on former Lululemon Chief Executive Officer Christine Day as a strategic adviser.

    Adidas quickly became a formidable threat to Lululemon’s dominance. Early steps turned into exclusive designs for women through the PureBoost X line, leading to an even larger emphasis on active tops and bottoms, using technology called Climachill and Techfit, both focused on women’s training. Last year, women’s sales for Adidas grew by 28%, making it one of the company’s strongest segments.

    Active bottoms and leggings are now a $1 billion industry, according to NPD Group analyst Marshal Cohen. Their appeal to consumers has yielded rapid sales growth that shows no sign of going away, he said. Where Lululemon found success with female consumers by providing a niche product that could satisfy casual and active uses, major brands such as Adidas and Nike completed the picture, confirming just how strong the athleisure trend could be.

    These days, there are more than 11,000 kinds of yoga-specific pants available at retailers worldwide, according to data from retail research firm Edited, across both men’s and women’s apparel.

    “Now that this easy-to-fit, easy-to-find, easy-to-wear, easy-to-care-for product has emerged as a fashionable product at the same time, you’ve got the perfect storm,” Cohen said. “You have to be doing something pretty wrong to not have success in this type of product.” — Bloomberg

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