Difference Between Yoga Pants and Leggings

Difference Between Yoga Pants and Leggings

With an emphasis on fitness, we are seeing more athletic styles being taken out of the gym to be worn for other activities. This is a trend that is causing the worlds of fashion and fitness to collide. Therefore, fashionistas who want to stay up to date will need to know the difference between leggings and yoga pants.

If you are still trying to wrap your head around the two styles and how to tell one from the other, here are some key differences that you will want to be aware of.

 #1: The Waistband

If you look at leggings and yoga pants side by side, the most obvious difference will be the waistband. While most leggings have a basic elastic waistband, yoga pants will have a thick, sometimes double fabric waistband. These are made to be flexible, so you won’t feel pressure while performing complicated yoga positions.

#2: The Leg

Both leggings and yoga pants are tight in the butt, but most leggings will be tight fitting going down the leg as well. Yoga pants, on the other hand, tend to be looser in the leg. Although they used to only come in a fit and flare cut, in recent years, yoga pants are being made that are more fitted in the ankle. The looser fit of yoga pants is another feature that makes it easier for wearers to get into complicated yoga poses.

#3: Length

Leggings are tight fitting and can come in a variety of lengths including knee length, capri, and full length. Yoga pants have a looser fit so a shorter pant would get in the way when performing exercises. Therefore, yoga pants almost always come to the ankle.


#4: The Style

Because leggings have a tighter fit, they are versatile and can be worn in several ways. Of course, they are perfect workout wear. You can also wear them with a long sweater or t-shirt for a casual everyday look. You can wear them with a skirt in lieu of tights or with heels, boots and a dressy top to hit the clubs.

Yoga pants have a more definitive look and are a bit less versatile style wise. Of course, they are perfect for working out and are becoming more acceptable for everyday casual wear. But because of their looser fit, it is difficult to pair them with items that don’t look work out ready. Therefore, they may not be best for more formal looks. 

However, we make yoga pants in a variety of prints and materials giving them an office appropriate and often fun appearance.

#1: Purpose

Leggings were originally made to provide flexibility and warmth to dancers and acrobats. Yoga pants were made exclusively for those that practice yoga.


#2: Gusseted Crotch

Unlike leggings, yoga pants have a gusseted crotch. This is an extra triangular piece of fabric sewn where the seams of the crotch come together. It allows for extra movement and stretching and works to keep the pants in place.


#3: Stitching

Legging have overlock and cover stitching making for less noticeable seams and a smoother finish. Yoga leggings have double flatlock stitching that is more noticeable and gives the pants a more athletic appearance. It also makes the pants more durable.



With athletic looks coming out of the gym, it is essential for those who want to stay on top of the latest fashions to learn the difference between leggings and yoga pants. Hopefully this article has made you an expert on the subject matter. How will you be rocking these looks?