Layer It Up!
We are smack dab in the middle of winter and, although it was around 50 degrees out yesterday, cooler weather is here today and here to stay for a while. Winter brings to mind warm spiced drinks, sparkly snow, chili, and layers. Lots and lots of layers! Winter is a great time to stock up on layers to keep you comfortable, no matter the weather, and yoga clothes are a great choice for layers both outside and inside the yoga studio.
Start from the Bottom Up
When you are thinking about putting together your next outfit, start with a solid color, ankle-length yoga pant that allows for movement for walking to or from work or for Adho Mukha Shavasana (downward-facing dog pose) at your next yoga practice. If you want to go beyond a solid color, look for a yoga pant that has a geometrical design with a contrasting color. If black yoga pants are your go-to color, spice up your wardrobe a little bit by choosing black yoga pants with gold dotted geometric designs.
Top It Off
Now that you’ve got the lower half of your outfit figured out, it’s time to plan the top half. A yoga bra should be comfortable and breathable, yet still provide shape and support. For this layer of your outfit, choose a cool design that will function as well as be fun. Try a crop top bra in a bold color with mesh overlaying a sweetheart shape top. A crop top with soft, formed cups and a wide bottom band will keep you covered and still looking fashionable. Choose one that has straps as well, for a little extra design and to keep everything in place during your next Surya Namaskar (sun salutation yoga sequence).
A tank top is a great next layer. It’s a versatile layer that can keep you cool and collected while holding Vrikshasana (tree pose) and warm you up under other layers. Mesh cutouts are a hot “athleisure” wear trend so pick a tank top that has mesh cutouts in the back and sides. This combination of fashion and design is breathable and airy. To emphasize the layered look, don’t go too short with this layer. A longer, hip-length tank top will keep you covered in any type of situation or pose you find yourself in. Pick your loose-fitting, hip-length tank top in a great accent color such as a coral or peach so it will peak out beneath your top layer and go with your black yoga pants. This will provide nice movement in your overall outfit.
A long-sleeve, lightweight sweater is the perfect top for your layered outfit. A sweater made out of natural fabrics will keep you cozy while still being soft against your skin. Keep it a little on the short side, with a high crew neck for a flattering look with your other layers. A light color will help your winter look stay fresh all season long.
Pick a comfortable sneaker that is more stylish than a running shoe but not quite a dress shoe. This will allow you to easily go from the office to the yoga studio and back without having to haul around two different pairs of shoes. If you went with the black yoga pants, a charcoal and black two-toned shoe is a nice choice. Finish off your look with a yoga mat on a strap or a black tote bag that can get you from your early morning yoga practice to your night out with friends.
With this combination of layers, you’ll be winter-stylish, cozy, comfortable and ready for anything that comes up in your day.