Searching for practical yet figure-flattering workout pants that you can suit up for the gym and beyond? No sweat(s)! These styles will keep you rocking!
Check out these great styles for every body type!
Trying to hide a tummy?
Try to find: A higher rise and wide waistband to hold in your muffin top and smooth out the midsection. To flatten your belly even more, try workout pants with built-in tummy-control panels.
What To buy:
Trying to hide full hips and thighs?
Look for: Pants that have seams that go inward, to help “sculpt” your legs. Also, try to find a dense fabric, to help minimize any jiggle. Lastly, straight or bootcut type pants will help balance out your hips.
What to buy:
If you’re petite…
If you’re tall
Try to find: Pants designed for “tall” frames, which usually have inseams of 33 inches or longer. Crops should be fit at the hem to avoid the “Where’s the flood?” look. Also, ladies beware of camel toe (yeah, we’re going there): Short-rise cuts can cause this issue on a longer torso.
What should you wear under those perfect fitting workout pants?
Ladies, ditch the cotton underwear, seriously! They soak up sweat, can cause chafing and create a moist, unhealthy environment. Instead, you want to choose a breathable fabric, like microfiber, which also wicks away moisture. To banish dreaded panty lines, you can exercise your options with a stretch-mesh thong (try the Moving Comfort DriLayer thong, shown here in blue; $14, zappos.com) or seamless shorts for extra coverage (like the Calvin Klein hipster in micro-fiber, $8.49, zappos.com).
Other important tips features in a good workout pant:
Make sure they are appropriate for your activity. For instance, flared leg pants can create an annoying flutter during cycling or running, also a drawstring can be uncomfortable when doing facedown yoga poses.
Performance fabrics: You may see them called technical or wicking fabrics, these are synthetic blends, like Supplex and Coolmax, they are designed to keep you dry and draw sweat away from the skin. You also want to be sure the fabric has at least 8% stretch, so check the label.
Flat seams: Lumpy stitches can rub you the wrong way, opt for flat seams. Or try seamless pants, like hosiery, just thicker.
Bonus features: Anti-microbial treatments, reflective accents, hidden pockets, and ventilation panels behind the knees are all great bonus features!