I (Kristen) was sitting on my mat the other day, watching my fellow yogis wander in and set up their spaces, and, I had a thought: What we look for in yoga clothes has quite a bit in common with what we seek out in a class.
The most important thing, of course, is function. Obviously, if I’m attending a class, I’m there to get something out of it — a workout, a stretch, maybe a spiritual connection. And whatever I happen to be wearing needs to move and stretch and stay put no matter what positions I find myself in … and regardless of how sweaty I get. (Because, believe me, I’m gonna sweat … even if the yoga class isn’t actually considered a warm or hot yoga class.)
But there’s also something to be said for appreciating the way something looks. The yoga studio that I attend, for example — The Yoga Shack — is clean and sleek and radiates both peace and power starting the moment I step inside, and that influences my practice.
And KiraGrace’s Black Etched Floral collection that Jenn and I had a chance to check out? It’s just gorgeous.
Obviously her practice (and what she looks for in her yoga gear) has shifted a bit over the last few months, but here’s what we both thought of each outfit we tried. (And, yep, we love this stuff so much that we’re an affiliate — so if you decide to order something, you help to support the site!)
That pattern on the Grace Vinyasa Racerback (which is also available in black as well as white) subtly shifts from darker to lighter, which just looks darn cool. The built-in shelf bra offers sufficient support for yoga (although we’d add a bra if you’re planning any medium- or high-impact activities), and it’s long enough to fit well on even the longest-waisted among us. Plus, the fabric was lightweight enough to feel comfortable throughout a warm yoga class — not that I’m opposed to stripping down and being a Bra Girl! But sometimes, you feel like having more coverage, and this provides it.
I also received the Grace Ultra High Waist 7/8 Yoga Legging in black, and it’s quickly become one of the items I wash almost as quickly as I wear them because they’re just so versatile. The high waist means they’re great with a crop top or with a fitted top (or, honestly, with just about anything). However, they’re also available in that cool Etched Floral (as well as a variety of other colors and patterns), and I’m not gonna lie — I am tempted.
And if Kristen is feeling tempted, this probably won’t help. Because I got to try the Grace Ultra High Waist 7/8 Yoga Legging in Black Etched Floral and, yep, they’re awesome. Soft, stretchy and buttery — without slipping down when you move — I ordered these a size up to accommodate my growing twin bump and they felt really great on. The pattern and the fade in the pattern is fun while still being pretty neutral, and I loved the long length of the pants (I also imagine I’ll love the high-waist support post-babies!).
I’ll echo everything Kristen said about the Grace Vinyasa Racerback. I tried it in black, and adored the fit, length (again, I ordered a size up and it was long enough to cover my 20-week twin bump!), and the feel of the fabric — stretchy and luxurious without feeling heavy. If you’re larger chested (which, I am these days), I would definitely recommend pairing with a bra for additional support.
What’s most important to you when it comes to choosing what you’ll wear for yoga? If you want to see what else is new over at KiraGrace, you can see it all right here. —Kristen & Jenn