One of the most versatile items of activewear, high waisted yoga leggings for women are a must for your workout wardrobe. We take a closer look at this exercise staple.
Workout leggings for women
Thanks to a rise in stylish activewear and athleisure, workout pants are now acceptable for everyday wear as well as to the gym. Gone are the days of cheap, poor quality leggings which are see-through and provide little coverage. Ladies can now comfortably wear workout leggings for any occasion from lunch with friends to a casual client meeting and can look great in the process. Workout leggings for women are the new jeans and we're wearing them more and more.
This item of activewear is so versatile that you can wear your leggings for almost anything. Yoga, gym, exercise, or just sitting around the house or meeting friends. One of the most popular uses for women's leggings is yoga. This type of exercise requires the widest range of movement so that you can stretch and pose unrestricted. If you want more protection, then high waisted yoga leggings are the perfect solution.
High rise gym leggings
So, what are high rise gym leggings? Well, there are three types of rise when it comes to women's gym bottoms. Low rise are bottoms that reach your hips. In jeans and trousers, low rise will have a very short zipper and will fasten near your widest point. This can be a little uncomfortable for those who are curvy or for those who don't like their stomach. Low rise was very fashionable and popular in the early naughties but has since fallen out of favour with most women due to the dreaded 'muffin top' effect.
Next we have mid-rise. These types of leggings and trousers will be about as high as your belly button. Mid-rise leggings can be favourable if you don't want your leggings too high and have a sensitive stomach which gets uncomfortable with too much restrictive material around it.
Finally, we have high rise gym leggings and trousers. These can realistically finish as high as the bottom of your sports bra, depending on the individual product. High waisted gym leggings are favoured by those who wish to completely hide and cinch their middle and possibly by those who wish to wear a sports bra without showing too much skin. High rise leggings can feel a little restrictive if you're not used to them and can be uncomfortable if you don't like wearing tight clothing. However, they have a lot of benefits including providing more coverage and protection when working out and skimming over any problem areas you may think you have.
Women's leggings for yoga
Despite being very low impact, yoga incorporates a lot of movement and so you'll want to be as comfortable as possible in what you're wearing. As such, high waisted yoga leggings can be ideal as they provide more coverage and protection and so if your loose flowing yoga top ends up exposing your midriff, your leggings will have you covered.
Some of the best yoga pants will be made in a seamless design with multi-way stretch materials, as this will provide unrestricted and complete freedom of movement. When buying women's high waisted yoga leggings online, make sure you check what they're made from and what technology they include. You want your yoga leggings to feature sweat-wicking so that you stay dry even during a hot Bikram yoga session, as well as super soft premium materials. It's also important to check where your activewear is made as poor quality construction could leave you with holes and tears after a few intense yoga sessions.
Sundried has a range of women's yoga leggings which are made in a seamless design from quality Italian and Portuguese materials which will serve you well and come in either mid- or high-rise to suit you and your needs.
Who said comfort has to be casual? Joggers have become smarter, more fashionable and more versatile than ever. Jogging bottoms for men are traditionally a very casual and relaxed item of clothing. But what if they could be dressed up to be a little more formal while still being super comfortable and practical?
That's where athleisure comes in. Mens gym clothing has started crossing over into our casual wardrobes and blurring the lines between fashion and activewear, and it's not exclusive to women. Gone are the days of baggy sweatpants and grey joggers, this trend has seen jogger pants and even tracksuits becoming part of a man's everyday wardrobe, both for the gym and social events.
Why wear men's jogging bottoms
Men’s joggers are a versatile fashion accessory and due to their increasing popularity they are no longer exclusive to the gym or days spent on the sofa. In fact, these men's trousers have become a staple in the modern man’s wardrobe and can be worn dressed up or down.
Easy to style
Men’s sweatpants and joggers are easy to style for a relaxed look, or can be dressed up with a smart t-shirt and jacket.
The main reason for wearing joggers is their functionality. These bottoms are made to move with you; the skinny joggers style allows for you to train without tripping on loose ends or baggy loose material. Large, secure pockets allow you to easily store your smart phone, wallet, and keys without causing a reduction in movement or comfort.
The Sundried Ortler 2.0 slim fit joggers take the comfort of jogging bottoms and combine this with smart style and technical function. All the comfort and flexibility of joggers, but with the added luxury of a smarter, tapered structure allowing you to wear your joggers for more than just your workout.
Whether you’re training in the gym, out socialising or having a chilled out day on the sofa, men’s joggers provide the ultimate comfort - rivalled perhaps only by your pyjamas. Soft materials, a loose fit and elasticated waistband make these a brilliant style choice when comfort is key.
As we now enter the colder, darker months, men's sweatpants and jogging bottoms are the perfect winter warmer to see you through the cooler temperatures.
At Sundried we’re responsible – we deeply care about the environment and we don’t just want to maintain the status quo, we want to go a step further and make things better than when we found them. We are deeply passionate about charity work and we also focus on our surrounding community. We’re lucky to be doing what we love and that’s why we seek to be generous. Read on to find out how our activewear is different.
Sundried use responsibly sourced materials crafted with low environmental impact. It is our mission to protect both people and the planet. We are proud of our transparent European clothing production, sponsored by The Low Carbon Innovation Fund.
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What makes our activewear so ethical?
Recently, the world has put its attention on the global plastic pollution problem and Sundried are proud to be pioneering in our field by producing activewear made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
This material lends itself perfectly to being activewear as it dries 200 times faster than cotton, meaning you're not left a sweaty mess after a workout. It is also naturally odour-blocking and even gives UV protection.
Women’s Sleeveless Top Styles
When it comes to working out there's a multitude of different style we can choose in a sleeveless gym shirt. Here are some of the best and most popular.
Racer back women's gym tops allow freedom of movement around the shoulder joint, ensure your straps stay in place whilst performing difficult moves, and allow your skin to breathe where it needs it most. Unlike traditional bra straps, a racer back top won't slip down your shoulders as you move and will be more responsive during a tough workout.
Sleeveless tops with a cut out provide improved ventilation and a stylish, flattering style. Perfect for extra sweaty sessions and warm summer workouts, a cut-out gym top will allow your skin to breathe and for any perspiration to evaporate away and reduce the risk of chafing. Not only this, the cut outs can look incredibly fashionable and attractive.
Strappy tops are very popular in recent times as it becomes more of a fashion statement to let your colourful or patterned sports bra peek through. Strappy tops provide a flattering fit which is ultra lightweight, however support across the shoulders and chest is minimal so this fit is better for a more relaxed training session such as yoga or Pilates.
A drop hole style top is one with very loose arm holes which allows more freedom for your skin to breathe under your arms. These types of gym top are also great if you're worried about sweat patches as there is more space around the under arm instead of tight, clingy material.
Crop tops work well in summer or for strength training workouts where you don't necessarily need the protection. Working out in just a crop top or sports bra without a long vest over the top won't be for everyone, but some ladies prefer not to have close-fitting clothing restricting them and feel more relaxed and comfortable with less material.
Typically these are rocked by the men in the gym to flash their muscle, but women can rock the look too. A stringer fit allows freedom of movement at the shoulder blade and can work for women as long as they team it with a supportive sports bra.
Women’s Sleeveless Top Materials
Whilst cotton may survive low - moderate intensity exercise, once you crank up the intensity, cotton no longer becomes soft on the skin but soggy and can leave an athlete soaked after a heavy workout.
Polyester is the most popular choice because it is breathable, lightweight and dries quickly. It can however become frustratingly static.
Nylon has similar features to polyester. It is both lightweight and strong. Nylon does not absorb much moisture, it is also fast-drying and easy to maintain.
Spandex has the ability to stretch up to 500 percent of its original size and then recover its original shape. This material is also lightweight, making it ideal for fitness wear. One common form of spandex that is often seen in fitness wear is Lycra, which is a synthetic elastic fabric. Lycra is comfortable and breathable as well as quick-drying and resistant to bacteria, ultraviolet rays, and chlorine. This fabric also eliminates static cling and pilling.
Women's Sleeveless Tops Style Tips
- Find a comfortable fit: Opt for tops which don’t drape or move too much if you're bending over. The last thing you want is for your clothes to be a distraction and mess up your workout.
- Function first: Always opt for functional wear, rather than what’s in fashion, some trends may end up impractical.
- Support: The right sports bra should support you enough that you shouldn't need any extra support from your gym t shirt, however often strapless tops have built in bras, these can be great for lower impact sports to wear bra free, or combine with your sports bra for higher impact workouts adding an extra layer of support.
- Choose technical: The chances are you’ve opted for sleeveless because you plan on getting sweaty, so go for a top made with technical fabrics which will help keep you dry during an intense workout and enhance your performance.
Guide to buying a sleeveless top
Buying workout clothes requires you to look for different things than when you're picking outfits for you regular wardrobe. Opt for companies who specialise in workout specific clothing rather than casualwear to get the best from your performance. The highest valued workout gear is almost always valued for its durability and how long the clothing will last. This style of clothing is put under far more pressure than your regular clothing and so needs to be more robust, as well as being capable of supporting your every flex and move.
When buying a top, make sure you want to wear it. Your gym clothing can be motivational, without having a slogan. Gym Wear that looks good makes you feel good and encourages you to stick at it and achieve your fitness goals.
Gym tights and leggings are a staple of every active woman's wardrobe. These versatile bottoms can enhance your performance, keep you warm in winter, cool in summer and flatter your figure all year round, so it’s essential to find a pair that’s right for you. This is Sundried's handy guide to women's fitness tights and leggings.
Women's Tights Fit
Full Length: Full length gym tights are best for winter workouts, keeping you warmer in the cold and protecting all of your bottom half. These are also better for floor workouts such as yoga, where you may drag your legs across the floor and graze your skin. For heavy lifts such as the deadlift, opt for full length bottoms to protect your calves from getting scraped and bruised by the bar.
Cropped Leggings: Cropped leggings, also known as Capri pants or three-quarter length tights help the skin to remain cool. ¾ lengths also work well for women with shorter legs who find full length tights are too long and baggy.
High Waist: High- waisted gym tights or running leggings are great for multi-functional workouts where your body needs the freedom to be able to move in multiple planes of motion. These types of womens gym leggings are also perfect for slimming your figure and hiding any problem areas. They give extra coverage and protection for when you raise your arms and your top inevitably raises up, or for if you wish to wear a crop top or sports bra without showing too much flesh.
Low Waist: A low waist sits comfortably and suits a larger figure or workouts of lower intensity.
Elastic: An elasticated waistline helps to ensure a personalised fit and will adapt naturally to your body. An elastic waistline offers the greatest flexibility and is also good at keeping you comfortable and staying up!
Wide waistband: A wide waistband ensures maximum comfort and leaves a smooth silhouette, holding you in all the right places. It is also less likely to dig in when you move and will be more comfortable than a narrower waistband.
Drawstring: Drawstrings are great for a personalised fit and are customisable to your exact size. Drawstrings also offer a fit which stays true, whereas elasticated bands can sometimes stretch out of shape.
Tights for your body type
Women come in all shapes and sizes and we’re self conscious at the best of times, so when it comes to compromising positions in the gym, we want to feel comfortable and look our best. Fortunately, women's fitness clothing can be flattering and there is a shape and style which will suit almost everyone.
Straight Up Straight Down
If your figure is basically straight up and down, you’ll have narrow hips and a small bust. Opt for fitness tights which provide shape with defining seams and clever contouring. Seams which line the curves provide shape to define your figure. The Sundried Ruinette tights have curve-enhancing reflective strips which define your quads and hamstrings and flatter your figure, as well as enhancing your visibility when running at night. Seams around the seat of your tights will also add curves to a flat bottom, whilst you work on that with your squats!
Hourglass or Pear Shape
Women with curvier legs should opt for tights which downplay thicker thighs, a wide supportive waistband will help keep everything tucked in and a ¾ leg will draw attention to your ankle and the thinner part of your calves.
For petite women, the first battle is always finding tights with bottoms which don’t drag along the floor behind you. Combine this with a higher waist which provides the illusion of lengthier pins and you're onto a winner. Women's tights made with spandex are easy to mould to a shorter leg due to the material's stretch properties, whereas cotton would need to be tailored.
Gym Tight Materials
Nylon is thin and lightweight, it wicks sweat away quickly and dries fast. Nylon can also have rip-resisting properties, making it a strong and durable material. Nylon dries quickly, making it a good choice for high intensity workout tights.
Cotton is often picked for gym tights as it is the most comfortable against the skin. It is particularly good for resistance training where there won't be lots of chafing or perspiration risk and comfort is prioritised over function, however cotton loses its shape after continuous wear.
Cotton blends combine the comfort and feel of cotton with the technical function of other materials. Combining cotton and spandex allows cotton to retain its shape and elasticity.
Spandex has 4 way stretch properties and is often used in compression tights and much of our gym wardrobes. Spandex is great for keeping you covered in compromising positions such as yoga or gymnastics. It is less likely to ride up you legs and moulds to your shape.
Microfibers are small synthetic fibres woven into cloth. Microfiber fabrics are lightweight and fast drying, making them an increasingly popular choice.
Top Tips For Buying Women’s Tights
- Look for high quality materials which will not turn see through when stretched, otherwise known as squat-proof leggings!
- Buy drawstring leggings which are guaranteed to not fall down thanks to a personalised fit.
- Opt for tights with a pocket if you’re training outside so that you can safely store your valuables such as keys.
- Confidence in your clothing will give you confidence in your workout, make sure you buy a pair which will make you feel good about yourself.
- Look for flatlock seams, particularly important in gym tights as chaffed thighs can be incredibly painful.