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Where can I find cute yoga pants for under $100?! I’m trying to get back into my practice and am hoping some new options will help with my motivation. I love the pairs I have from Lululemon, but I can’t afford them unless they’re on sale. I usually go for colors and fun patterns, but I’ve only been able to find super basic leggings or crappy quality in the price range I’d like to spend ($30–$50). —Alexandra
Confession: I have a total weakness for ridiculously expensive workout gear. I was against it until I was gifted a few “fancy” items, including leggings, last holiday season, and now I completely get the appeal. It looks really good on, feels great while you’re working out, and comes with all kind of features, like secret pockets in the exact spots you need them.
If you own and love a few fancy pieces too, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to spend an arm to get good workout clothes. But there are definitely brands out there that can give you similar quality (or at the very least, similar design) for a fraction of the price.
For starters, check out indie brands that might be stocked at your yoga studio. That’s how I found Pop Flex, a brand that prices its leggings around $50 and under and offers some bigger sizing options than a lot of other yoga brands. If you’re into colors and prints, you’ll find a lot to love here, including many pairs with mesh cut-outs.
If you really don’t want to sacrifice the luxury thing, don’t forget that February is a great month for sale shopping. Trendy athletic e-commerce site Carbon 38 has a ton of leggings on sale at the moment in every color of the rainbow. Of the brands they offer, I can personally recommend Onzie, which prices its bottoms between $50 and $80 — still a pretty penny, but a far cry from $100. (It’s worth a visit to Onzie’s own site too for a much wider selection of styles and prints.)
For more sale prices (including Onzie), yoga retailer Yoga Outlet is having a pretty massive sale right now too, with leggings starting around $30.
The Gap empire also has some surprisingly great, affordable options. Skip Athleta in this case and instead check out GapFit and Old Navy, which both make leggings in a variety of colors and patterns that start around $20. (Size down if you’re going to wear the GapFit leggings for running as well as studio workouts; I have a pair that stretches out at the waist mid-wear, and nobody likes to be stuck hoisting the whole time you’re going for a jog.)
The Old Navy leggings are actually surprisingly durable and come in a lot of different functional styles, like reflective running tights and mid- and high-rises. The best part, though? Nothing is more than $34.