Probably one of the biggest and unrecognized complaints in yoga today is the issue of finding good-fitting yoga pants. I'm still in the process of reviewing various yoga pants for this website, and I'm finding much sympathy for women who are bigger than a size 2 (that includes me!). Not only do the sizes run towards the teeny weeny, it seems that yoga clothing manufacturers today make the mistaken assumption that those of us who do yoga all want our butt cracks to show. This whole "low-rise" yoga pant to me is an oxymoron - if it is so low-rise that you cannot workout without having to constantly pull your pants up, how on earth are these pants designed for working out?
I just tried on yet another pair of yoga pants. I will get into more detail when I review the actual yoga pants in the Esteem Yoga "Gear" section - but I had to just vent a little bit before doing that. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? The extra large, while generous in the waist area (too generous for my pear body), is still low rise to the point of absurdity. And then the calves are sewn to be the circumference of a doll's leg. Seriously - these pants have skinny little calf legs that then balloon out to thunder thighs and a waist seemingly twice the size of the hip. I could barely fit my legs into the bottom half but the top half was so big and baggy it looked like I had my pants on backwards in the front.
On what planet would these pants fit a real woman?
If I had the money and the wherewithal to do it, I would start a business offering yoga pants for women with curves. STEAL MY IDEA. I bet you'll make good money off of it.
It also boggles my mind that yoga clothing manufacturers are making clothes in junior sizes, when it's OLDER women who have the money to spend on $80 yoga pants! Wake up people!
I will be starting a section on this website soon that will offer some sewing solutions to some of these issues. (I love to sew.) For starters, I am aiming to fix the low-rise issue myself by sewing on an extension at the top of the pants. We'll see how it goes. I am waiting for some Supplex fabric that is being shipped from eBay as I type.
It is only recently that jeans manufacturers have clued into the fact that a lot of women have butts that need some room in their jeans. You'd think by now someone would have designed some high-quality curvy yoga pants, but I have yet to find any. If you do know of someone who makes them, please share in the comments below! The best I've found so far are cheap knit pants at a plus-size catalog company, but nothing made in top quality workout fabric. Do plus-size women usually have to settle for crappy fabric? Geez.