How To Wear Yoga Pants 4 Ways Outside Of The Yoga Studio

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It’s true, girls love to wear yoga pants even if they never went to yoga that day. I say this because it’s so very true and I have done this time and time again. We throw them on to get brunch with friends on Sundays. We put these comfy flattering pants on to travel across the country. Also, we wear them to run errands. But I know you’ve wondered how to wear them more because who wouldn’t want an excuse to put on their favorite yoga pants even to get lunch or dinner or cocktails with friends.

My FAVORITE yoga pants are the lululemon align pant. They’re AMAZING. They come in a crop and 7/8. I have both but styled today’s looks with the 7/8 as they hit at my ankle.  They’re kind of game changer and my go to for workout gear. I know they’re a tad pricey, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my old age and also trying a dozen or so crazy ass workouts, lululemon holds up to anything and everything. And is flattering! Plus you can bend over, do squats and everything in between and never worry about the butt being see-through.

How To Wear Yoga Pants

Now onto some cute outfit ideas to take your favorite yoga pants off the mat and out to dinner or cocktails. Trust me when I tell you that you can wear these to even business casual events. I shall show you how! There are a few tips to keep in mind when getting away with yoga pants outside of the gym and yoga mat. Follow these 3 rules for ultimate success.

Rule 1: Get GOOD yoga pants that aren’t see through and are flattering. Yes, invest in some lululemon ones, they’re LIFE CHANGING.

Rule 2: Cover your lady bits. Yes please do. Or at least close to it. You’ll see all these outfits that my goods never really hang out anywhere. Leggings are still leggings and you should have your areas covered.

Rule 3: Add layers. I really think that’s the trick to fooling people into thinking you’re wearing black skinny jeans instead of your favorite comfy yoga pants. Since the yoga pants are tight fitting, you’ll want to add looser layers too. A few ideas to add to your layers, a cozy scarf, long cardigan, over the knee boots, etc.

4 Outfits With Yoga Pants

Now to inspire your next brunch, drinks with friends, or even cocktails with that Bumble date. Here are 4 outfit ideas to take your yoga pants to the next level.

Running Errands

We’ll start easy here. Running errands in your yoga pants is probably something you’ve already done once this week, right? Same. But here’s the thing. You can easily elevate your look effortlessly with yoga pants by adding a great sweater and your favorite oversized denim jacket. Instead of just a tee and sweatshirt, this look is now more put together. You won’t mind bumping into people you know while out and about at Target buying all the things.

what to wear with yoga pants for errands

Dinner With Friends

This look also works for errands or brunch, but the leather jacket and buckle booties make it a fun edgy casual outfit to wear out for dinner.  My friends and I often do fairly low key dinners but still want to be put together. Insert yoga pants, my favorite boyfriend tee, leather jacket and of course, a blanket scarf. Bringing it back to all the layers again. Casual wear with layers is a great way to look put together without having to do too much!

what to wear with yoga pants for dinner

Weekend Brunch

Why do girls love to wear yoga outfits to brunch even though they never went to yoga? I don’t know the answer to this other than yoga pants are LIFE.  So if you’re heading to brunch and you find yourself putting on your beloved yoga pants and a tee, but then also putting on makeup, I beg of you to stop right there. If you’re going to put on the makeup, do the hair, at least put on something better than a tank and sneakers! You can still wear the yoga pants, just add a (longish) sweater tank, cozy cardigan and your favorite over the knee boots. You can even do just a knee high boot but I love the idea of an OTK boot!

what to wear with yoga pants for brunch

To Cocktails

The fourth and final way to wear yoga pants is a bit more daring! I know it is typically frowned upon to wear yoga pants to a nice lounge or upscale event. But guess what friends, it’s TOTALLY possible. Insert the perfect tunic sweater, leather jacket (because they’re just that easy and versatile!) and suede over the knee boots. No one will know your perfect lululemon align yoga pants aren’t great black pants. Instead, you’ll be enjoying your comfortable outfit while out celebrating with friends over cocktails.

My number one trick for getting this to work is to DEFINITELY have your bum covered. A beautiful tunic sweater is so easy to find (I love this one and this one) and is a great way to take your yoga pants out for a fancy event! Plus you can swap out the leather jacket for a boyfriend style blazer like this one. I think that would be a great way to add to this look.

what to wear with yoga pants for cocktails

Photos by Hannah Michelle

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 10.29.18
    Beth said:

    Great post! I love learning how to incorporate different styles using one piece of clothing, in this case, yoga pants. Your suggestion for wearing yoga pants as an outfit in the four different scenarios was spot on!


  2. 10.29.18

    Nothing better than yoga pants disguised as “real” pants! Love all these outfits!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  3. 10.29.18
    Emily said:

    Yes!! Who wouldn’t want to wear comfortable pants all the time? I love the looks you styled around this comfy staple!


    • 11.9.18
      Jessica said:

      Couldn’t agree more. So comfy! Thanks for reading.

  4. 10.29.18
    Dana said:

    Omg yes girl! I love wearing yoga pants when I have a ton of layers on or OTK boots — they’re MUCH less bulky and easier to wear with them!

    The Champagne Edit

    • 11.9.18
      Jessica said:

      I didn’t even think of that but you’re so right! So much less bulky than jeans with the OTK boots.

  5. 10.31.18
    Laura Leigh said:

    The dinner with friends look is EVERYTHING on you! Love it! Weekend brunch is definitely a combination I would wear.

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

    • 11.9.18
      Jessica said:

      That’s my go to look these days. Those black boots are my favorite and so so comfy.