We're going to kick things off by saying yoga isn’t just a hobby for girls who wear tight pants and say “om.” (Though we're betting there will be some of those girls in your class should you venture to one to find out!) The ancient practice has some of the same benefits as a trip to the gym but doesn’t involve all the aggressive grunt work. In fact, yoga is one of the best ways to de-stress, increase flexibility, and boost stability and overall athletic performance (and that’s only a few of the benefits).
There’s a number of different yoga styles you can practice like power yoga, hot yoga, hatha yoga, and vinyasa yoga. Regardless of the type you choose, getting into a downward-facing dog or any number of other popular poses can be quite complex. That said, there’s appropriate attire you’ll need (and want) to wear when it comes to stepping on the mat.
Much of what you wear is based off of personal preference, but there’s some standard fashion rules that all guys will want to follow in order to stay covered, comfortable, and feel supported during each step. For one, loose clothes aren’t the best option; the excess fabric will get in the way, distracting you from the workout. Stretchy clothes, on the other hand, are a must. You’ll also likely be working up a sweat (yes, really) so clothes with water-wicking properties are a plus.
Unlike women, who have had dozens of brands with yoga apparel to choose from over the last decade, men are more limited in their selection. But thankfully, in the last couple of years, a few brands—like Lululemon, Prana, and Manduka—have filled the gap for this need and have emerged as reputable brands with quality yoga apparel for men. We scoped out the best tanks, shirts, pants, shorts—and more—for men on the market, which we’ve compiled on the following 10 slides. Whether you’re a dedicated yogi or a beginner interested in picking up the habit, here’s the top 10 pieces of clothing you need to master your every class.
Lululemon has a knack for offering high quality apparel with functionality and versatility. Proof: This Intent Pant. Starting at the waist, it's designed with a drawstring for a fixed fit and is capped with metal pieces to prevent fraying. The pants offer just enough leg room for a relaxed feel but narrows at the knee and tapper at the ankle for a no-fuss fit. Deep side pockets mean your essentials will be safely stored and an internal gusset will provide support for your manhood during those bending-in-every-direction poses. And to top it off, it’s made of entirely sweat-wicking, four-way stretch fabric allowing you to move freely without being that sweaty guy no chick wants to flow next to.
Most brands fail to deliver the full package when it comes to attire that's made to perform at a budget-friendly price. Gap, however, did it right with their new line, GapFit—especially with this ventilation tank. It's constructed with moisture wicking materials in a stretchy fabric so your clothes can move with you but your body can breathe. The seams lay comfortably on the skin to avoid irritation. Its round neckline and sleeveless cut won't restrict your movement during class while its slightly longer hem on the backside will keep you covered should you opt to go all-in with stretchy pants as your bottom option.
Vuori, an up-and-coming performance brand that launched on the west coast is slowly but surely making its way across the country. It's no wonder given the cool aesthetic and top-notch performance tech of their apparel. Their Kore short is a solid option for men wanting yoga shorts with a liner which provides support to personal parts, while keeping them dry thanks to infused, internal "coolmax" technology. Four-way stretch fabric means they'll be a perfect fit on just about any body type while anti-odor specs ensure you'll smell fresh all class.
If tanks aren’t your thing, then upgrade your basic t-shirt to this Dunning crew neck tee to wear during yoga—and to grab a post-class smoothie with that cute girl. The athletic fit is made to perform but its effortless style in the light blue hue can pass for an off-duty look. The luxurious-feeling fabric is ultra lightweight so it won't weigh you down, and moisture-wicking properties shed off any unwanted sweat that comes your way.
Stay cool during an intense yoga class even when your top half is covered in this lightweight performance tank form FL2. The back is constructed of perforated holes allowing air to reach your skin when things get sweaty. The deep arm holes and relaxed-yet-fitted style gives you full range of motion.
This pair of shorts from Manduka is specifically made for yoga. They're built with an elastic waistband that’s finished with a stretchy drawcord in a circular design to ensure a personalized, locked-in fit. It has flattened seams throughout to ward off chafing as well as ventilated pockets to promote airflow. They're slightly tappered at the knee to keep you covered but are stitched in a supery strechy material that won't restrict your movement and will naturally wick sweat, too.
Here's another option that's built to perform, but looks stylish enough to wear for leisure. The tank has an internal rubber trim along the neckline to ensure it remains in place. The material is made of 100% cotton—so it's comfortable against the skin, but is infused with top-notch moisture-wicking technology and fast-drying properties so you can keep cool during an intense sweat session.
These cutting-edge leggings will work for your yoga needs as well as your training or running activities. Their most impressive feature stems from the "smart" yarn which compresses against the body to boost blood flow, transforms body heat into energy, and speeds up recovery. (Vimmia also says the yarn can help enhance skin's appearance by ridding it of blemishes, per their website). The fit won't dissapoint, either. It comes with an internal drawstring at the waist for a personalized fit, is made of four-way stretch fabric that's combined with cotton to ensure comfortable, full range of motion. Plus, the special technology used to make the tights is embedded into the DNA of the yarn, making the performance properties able to withstand wash after wash, and ultimately making the high price worth it.
Given the "minimalism" of most yoga apparal, a cool hoodie is pretty much an essential for getting to-and-from sessions. Make this option from RYU your go-to. Its tailored fit will flatter your upper-body build hugging you in all the right places, and it's made with quality fabrics that are exceptionally comfortable. The materials include multi-way stretch fabric for seamless movement, anti-odor properties to ensure you're stink-free, and has sweat-wicking specs to keep moisture at bay. Plus, it has small-but-clutch features like an internal locker loop, flattened seams to fend off chaffing, as well as a hidden zippered back pocket for storage.
A pair of hemp pants may sound (understandably) too woo-woo, but hear us out. They're incredibly lightweight, breathable, and are highly durable thanks to those hemp properties. They include an elastic waistband with a drawcord for a stay-put, personalized fit. The legs are wide enough to give you room but snug enough to not be a distraction. Plus, their strech will allow you to move freely.