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Athletic Leggings vs Yoga Pants: Is There a Difference?

by Dylan Johnson 07 Aug 2022

Group of woman doing yoga in athletic leggings

Whether you’re headed to a workout class or running errands, yoga pants and legging are both great options for staying comfortable and stylish. But, what is the difference between yoga pants and leggings? 

These two athletic bottoms are often thought to be interchangeable, but there are slight differences between them. Read on to learn more about the distinct qualities of leggings and yoga pants. 

Athletic Leggings vs. Yoga Pants

At first glance, leggings and yoga pants may seem identical. Both are typically form fitting and made with sweat wicking, stretchy material. Both activewear leggings and yoga pants can be worn for exercise or as a casual outfit.

However, there are some differences when it comes to style and fit.

Style & Fit 

There are a variety of styles of leggings and yoga pants. For instance, while yoga pants are designed for exercise, you can find fashion leggings that may be too sheer or weren’t designed for this purpose (think like tight faux leather pants). However, leggings are almost always high-rise, full-length, and skin tight. They are often thicker than tights but thinner than yoga pants.

The styles of yoga pants can vary more. While they are typically made from thicker moisture wicking material and have a high waist, they’re not always skin tight. You’ve likely seen a pair of yoga pants with flared bottoms, with wide legs, or even as capris. All of this is to say that yoga pants can be looser than leggings in some cases.

Which Is Right For You?

When it comes to deciding between athletic leggings vs yoga pants, it’s truly up to your preference. You can wear yoga pants for all different forms of exercise and the same is true for athletic leggings. However, you may opt for yoga pants if you’re looking exclusively for comfortable, practical pants to wear to the gym. 

Some of the pros of yoga pants are:

  • Usually not see-through because they’re made with thicker fabric
  • Thicker, more comfortable waistband 
  • Not as restrictive, which can be beneficial for yoga

Some of the cons of yoga pants are:

  • Can be more expensive than athletic leggings
  • More difficult to style
  • Few fashionable options available

On the other hand, athletic leggings are a more versatile option and are typically easier to style. Because athletic leggings are skin tight, they look great with everything from boots and sneakers to casual sandals. They also come in a variety of colors and patterns that can pop in your wardrobe.You can easily dress up a pair of athletic leggings for brunch with your friends or to run errands or wear them to the gym. 

Some of the pros of athletic leggings are:

  • Affordable and easy to find
  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Versatile to wear as a base layer or on their own
  • Thin, body-hugging fit
  • Variety of styles available

Some of the cons of athletic leggings are:

  • Thin fabric can be see through which isn’t ideal
  • Not always designed for stretching or vigorous exercise
  • Tight band can dig into stomach if you don’t purchase the correct size

Best Athletic Leggings

Woman doing yoga on dock in yoga pants

If you can’t decide between yoga pants and leggings, athletic leggings are the perfect choice! At LA7 our athletic leggings are buttery and provide gentle support to give your body the perfect support and sleek look for a day out.

And the best part? All of our leggings are under 10 dollars!

Our athletic leggings are truly the best of both worlds. They are always:

  • Made with non-sheer fabric
  • Designed with soft four-way stretch fabric
  • Breathable, smooth, offers a cooling effect
  • Offer compression in all the right places for comfort and support
  • Quick drying for ultimate comfort when breaking a sweat

These athletic leggings are perfect for a gym session or a day spent with friends. Here are a handful of our favorite pairs:

High-Rise Crossover Waist Four-Way Stretch Legging

These are some of our best selling leggings for a reason. They are great for yoga, pilates, or running errands. They come in a variety of colors so you can find your perfect neutral or add a pop of color to your wardrobe.

High Waisted Four-Way Stretch Pocket Legging

These are your classic athletic leggings perfect for all your needs. The soft moisture wicking technology four-way stretch fabric is buttery soft with gentle support giving your body the perfect hug.

Metallic Detail Legging

Add some sparkle to your wardrobe with these everyday leggings. The metallic detail adds a little something extra to your outfit no matter where you’re headed.

Ready to upgrade your outfits with fashionable, affordable leggings? Shop our complete collection from LA7 today.
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