Best Clothes for Yoga: 10 Essential Pieces for Men

Yoga is a fun and relaxed way to stay in shape. It doesn’t require heavy machinery or an expensive gym subscription. You can even do it at home! However, when you’re working out with a group or outside, you also want to look good. Putting extra effort into what you wear to yoga is two-fold. The first reason is simple. Regardless of the workout session, it is vital to wear proper attire to lessen the risk of injury. Research also indicates that there is a positive relationship between your clothing and your performance.

Just wearing something that we feel confident in can motivate us to work harder and more intensely, resulting in future gains. The term ‘dress for success is one adage that greatly applies to exercise. When choosing men’s yoga clothes, you need to consider several factors such as fit, ease of movement, aesthetics, and even the price.

While classic yoga pants are the quintessential attire, there are several other clothes that you can wear that would look good on you when you’re doing the downward dog or the warrior pose during your yoga class. 

Whether you’re an experienced yogi or a beginner just about to start your first day of yoga class, you always need to be prepared with a yoga outfit. Here are ten essential pieces for men when doing yoga! 

Tops

Synthetic Shirt

Synthetic shirts, or as they’re more popularly known as Dri-Fit shirts, are made from a combination of nylon, spandex, or polyester — synthetic materials that push sweat away from your skin. Synthetic shirts are generally created for working out and exercise, so you will have no problem finding a synthetic shirt that would look good on you. Top brands like Nike, Asics, and Under Armour always have fully stocked shelves with different styles for you to choose from.

Personally, I prefer wearing synthetic shirts as it has high breathability. The material allows air to pass through, which makes it easier to work out during the heat. Hot yoga is definitely not It’s also the more convenient option — it’s lighter and easier to wash.

Short-Sleeve Cotton Shirt

You can never go wrong with a trusty cotton shirt. Loose-fitting shirts are a popular choice among male yogis. Many believe that they are the best yoga attire. Cotton shirts are comfortable. The best thing is that you don’t have to go to the shop and spend a load of money. Just open your closet, and you’ll be able to find a cotton shirt you will feel comfortable wearing.

Tank Top

Tank tops allow more freedom of movement. Without sleeves, you get to execute more poses, and it cools you off more quickly than a shirt. Additionally, tank tops make you look sexier even beyond yoga. A snug-fitting tank top will get you some looks and boost your confidence. It also makes for an Instagram-worthy selfie that will surely receive many likes.

Shirtless

Going shirtless is always an option. It’s very comfortable and obviously offers the most breathability. You can sweat right off, and you won’t have to worry about soggy shirts or too much dirty laundry. If you’re working out indoors and alone, then consider going shirtless! If you go to yoga classes though, you might want to throw on a shirt.

Bottoms

Yoga Lounge Pants

Lounge pants are a staple yogi attire. Yoga lounge pants are totally super relaxed and uber comfortable loose pants. Many sportswear brands advertise it as multi-purpose. There’s a lot of room to move in, thanks to the open balloon legs. The added space also creates more airflow, which effectively cools you down faster.

Spandex Harem Pants

Whenever you’re looking for workout attire, it’s always a tug of war between comfort and style. Well, with spandex harem pants, you can get both. This pair of pants are stylish and come in a variety of patterns. You can find them in solid color, tie-dyed, or even faded—no need to worry about looking drab during yoga class.

The signature elastic waistband and balloon legs make Spandex Harem pants perfect not just for yoga but for other exercises such as martial arts, dancing, and even muay Thai. 

Gym Shorts

The go-to pair of bottoms for men will always be gym shorts. They’re loose, relaxed, and most importantly, we feel comfortable when we wear them. Gym shorts are lightweight, easy to wash, breathable, and are specifically designed for more mobility.

While I know many yogis who wear gym shorts, I don’t. Digging from personal experience, I got rug burns all over my thighs and calves during an intense yoga session a couple of years ago. There’s a lot of exposed skin when you’re in gym shorts, and moving around too fast results in a lot of friction. I didn’t notice the damage until I hit the shower, and my legs felt like they were on fire and not the good kind of muscle pain after a fitness workout.

For over a week, I had to deal with dry, itchy patches of skin on my thigh. It wasn’t the least bit of fun. Make sure that you use a soft and wide yoga mat when you bring gym shorts to yoga class so you can avoid chafed skin. 

Compression Yoga Leggings/Shorts

Compression shorts allow for a broader range of motion while providing you with a great deal of comfort. Almost skin-tight, you can wear compression shorts as is or under gym shorts/loose pants. They apply pressure to areas of the body, aiding in better muscle recovery after exercise. Groin strains, for example, is one prime example of an injury you can avoid when you wear compression shorts.

Shoes

Sneakers

Your casual, day-to-day running sneakers will do just fine. Any pair of shoes that you can move around in without feeling uncomfortable would be great for yoga. Take note, however, that if you’re joining a class, it’s considered respectful to bring your yoga mat. No one wants to use a dirty and muddy yoga mat that’s been stepped on by your shoes. Most yoga poses require yogis to lie down on the mat. You want to keep it as clean as possible.

Barefoot

It is highly recommended that you wear only socks or go barefoot when you do yoga. Shoes, and even certain types of socks, to that extent, can restrict your movement and limit the pliability of your feet. Some advanced yoga poses require you to focus your entire body weight on your toes, and if your shoes don’t permit it, then you’re best going barefoot. 

Additionally, practicing yoga while barefoot helps give you a feeling of stability and connectivity of your body to the mat, which helps with balancing and alignment.