I love yoga, but I do not enjoy wearing yoga clothes. I change into them at the very last minute, and change out of them as soon as I get home after class. I don’t like the way workout wear looks, or how it feels. Tight spandex from top to toe is my worst. I have no explanation for the intolerance really, but it means that I procrastinate terribly when the time comes to replenish items in my yoga capsule.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon Zella’s Stellar High Waist Crop Leggings in mint. I liked the fabric more than the regular stuff you get at Lululemon and Athleta. It’s very soft and silky, and feels like you’re wearing a cotton-silk blend instead of polyester spandex. The gauzy insets are fun, the high waist sufficiently secure for yoga poses, the ruching unique, and the colour is pretty (darker in person). They run big so size down. They handle beautifully in the washer and dryer, and are available in an assortment of colours. 

I tried on Zella’s Adventure Hooded Pullover in black to wear with the yoga leggings. It also feels quite silky, and most importantly – isn’t skintight. The roomier fit allows me to wear a black cotton camisole underneath, which is great because I like the feeling of that fabric against my skin. The mesh insets are ventilating and so is the fit of the top. It works well for a “Yin”, “Hatha” or “Slow Flow” yoga class. I wouldn’t recommend it for a fast “Vinyasa” class because the hood flaps about too much. It runs big so size down, and is available in an assortment of colours.

I won’t go so far as to say that I feel fabulous in this yoga outfit, but it’s better than my other yoga gear. It feels less synthetic, less tight, and I can wear a cotton camisole under the top. It’s a step in the right direction.

The collection below shows the same items in some alternative colours. There are lots of pastels in workout wear this year, which I think is a nice change, especially if you wear pastels with black and grey.