The Best Sustainable Yoga Clothing For Your Vibe

Need some motivation to get into yoga class? Finding the best sustainable yoga clothing for your vibe can help!

By Diane Small

Choosing the perfect yoga class can be challenging!

You need a teacher you can hear and understand perfectly. One who checks your body alignment and who chooses positions and movements you enjoy doing. In short, you need to feel comfortable and challenged at the same time.

But there’s another task that can prove to be just as confusing for newbie yogis: choosing the best sustainable yoga clothing.

I mean, how many times have we seen ‘that’ new girl struggling to do a spinal twist in her huge track pants and sweatshirt? And don’t even get me started on people who do yoga in swimwear. Or even pantyhose! (Yes, I have actually seen this!).

How to choose the best yoga gear

There’s a lot more to choosing great eco yoga clothing than (what I would imagine to be) the obvious.

For example?

  • Your clothing needs to fit close to your body without suffocating it
  • It needs to stay in place whilst you’re twisting around
  • Garments need to ‘breathe’ whilst you work up a sweat
  • Your yoga wear should suit the climate of the class. Hot yoga requires different clothing than yoga in a studio in NYC in winter, for example.
  • Given the fact that chemicals in clothing can seep through your pores (especially when they’re more open due to exercise), your yoga gear should be made of natural materials and dyed with vegetable dyes
  • And of course, your sustainable yoga clothing should fit your own personal style!

Here are some tips that should make picking the right yoga (or Pilates, or dance class) gear a whole lot easier.

The Best Sustainable Yoga Clothing For Your Vibe


Picking the best yoga tops isn’t just about choosing what looks nice  – comfort and practicality are also highly important. Stay away from tops that are too loose, or they’ll ride up when you’re doing inversions, covering your mouth and inhibiting your breathing, and maybe showing bits you’d rather not have on display. Look for something that’s tight but not overly binding. Yoga tops should have some stretch and be made out of natural, breathable material, of course.

Perfectly Fitted

For some, a tee shirt is too loose. But a tank top is too revealing. So this fitted top by Stella McCartney for Parley for the Oceans is the perfect yoga gear for staying comfortable whilst forming your favourite poses – looks good with jeans, too! It’s is constructed with breathable mesh panels at the back and sides, to keep you cool no matter how intense your workouts are. This close-fit style is made from moisture-wicking Climalite® fabric that’s woven with recycled polyester yarns to reduce its environmental impact.

Price: $70

The Best Sustainable Yoga Clothing

Something Warmer

This long sleeved shirt by Earth Yoga is some of the best sustainable yoga clothing for cooler classes. Made from a mainly organic cotton jersey, their chic dip-dyed tunic features a comfy slimming style that’s perfect for not only yoga class, but for casual weekends with jeans, too. No wonder it’s one of their best sellers!

Price: $48

How To Choose The Best Sustainable Yoga Clothing

Loose and Flowing

If you prefer to dress in loose layers, this top by Sundried is ideal. It goes perfectly with a snug sports bra underneath, but the best part of this design is that it’s made from – wait for it – recycled coffee grounds! Yes, really. The very idea of it kinda perks us up! The fabric feels light and cool and (unfortunately?) doesn’t actually smell of coffee…

Price: $30

How To Choose The Best Sustainable Yoga Clothing

Classic & Comfortable

When it comes to sustainable yoga clothing, you want your clothes to move with you. You don’t want to step into a downward dog while fighting to keep your top straight. Redefine Your Mind creates clothing that’s ethically made of just the right blend of hemp and organic cotton. This combo makes it the perfect material for activities such as yoga.

Their relaxed and roomy 3/4 length top features sleeves which fall just below the elbow. The flattering round neckline adds to making this the perfect attire for yoga. Easily pair it with shorts or some yoga pants.

Price: $52


Most – but not all – prefer yoga pants that are form fitting. This prevent your pants from hindering you while practicing yoga moves and makes it easier for your yoga instructor to see your form. Others prefer something a bit looser, as they may not feel fully confident or comfortable in second-skin like pants. It’s fine to wear looser yoga pants, just be sure they’re not too baggy, or you could get injured if your clothes that get twisted or stuck easily.

Cute with Compression

Girlfriend Collective is focused on making some of the best sustainable yoga clothing in the world, by using  ethical manufacturing, meticulous design, and sustainable materials. These tights are made using recycled water bottles- 79% RPET and 21% spandex – which comprise a breathable fabric with a four-way stretch. Perfect for any kind of yoga class, or any kind of exercise, for that matter! You can choose from six solid colours, too.

Price: $75

The Best Sustainable Yoga Clothing

Loose & Easy

Sustainable Modal Genie Pants  are the ideal choice for those who prefer a looser fit. Whether you’re doing your downward dog, a warrior pose or just sitting in lotus, these soft, modal genie pants are super comfy and roomy, allowing for a wide range of movements without displaying your crotch to the world.

Price: $21

How To Choose The Best Sustainable Yoga Clothing

Casually Cool

If you’re looking for sustainable yoga clothing that’s casually cool enough to wear to lunch and to yoga classes, look no further than Public Myth! This green brand makes their pants from 60% organic cotton and 40% bamboo viscose. Milled in Montreal, their textiles are fully sustainable and ethically produced.

Although organic cotton is already softer than conventional cotton, the bamboo added to this fleece makes it really stand out, as do the brand’s designs. We particularly love their pocket leggings, below.

Price: $139


In some cases, full on yoga pants may simply be too warm, so yoga shorts are a perfect substitute. To avoid embarrassing displays, you’ll probably want to get some shorts that are stretchy and tight, that stay in place as you move. Just make sure the fabric is thick – some materials become transparent as they stretch. Also, black may be a good choice since you’ll be sweating a lot, and dark colors tend to show moisture less.

Butt Hugging Bottoms

Tripulse TENCEL shorts are one of our favourite items of sustainable yoga clothing. These shorts are made for maximum movement and are designed for all training intensities. Designed with love in Sweden, all materials sourced and ethically made in Europe.

Price: $65

Tripulse TENCEL shorts

Longer and Stronger

We love this luxuriously soft short body sit by SKIN. Made of organic Pima cotton blended with a bit of stretch for comfort, it’s double-layered for opacity. The bicycle-length is flattering for all figures.

Price: $150

yoga body suit


The Designer Bra Top

If you prefer wearing a 2-in-1 bra top, you’ll love this one by Stella McCartney. Seamless technology makes for a flattering and comfortable fit, and it’s got great support, too.

What we love the most is that it has a ribbed hem for added grip and has been designed with a super sexy, strappy, racer back style to make you really stand out in your class!

This is the kind of sports bra that’s also a top. Why would you cover up such a gorgeous garment with a tee?

We also love that Stella makes sports bras for pregnancy, too.

Price: $180

stella mccartney sports bra

Basic But Pretty

Your bra might be one of the most vital components of sustainable yoga clothing. We like Sundried sports bras. They are made from recycled cloth, and offer some serious – and I mean serious – support.

Stylish and flattering, Sundried activewear features the most advanced technology on the planet, including anti-odour, UV protection, and temperature control, all created ethically and sustainably and sold at a fair price, with delivery around the world.

Price: $25

The Best Sustainable Yoga Clothing


You may not think of socks when you think of sustainable yoga clothing, but the truth is this: some people’s feet are manky. They may have weirdly shaped toes; a bit of a pong, or just be in need of a pedicure. Or, maybe your yoga class is just in a really cold place and your feet are turning blue with cold. In such cases, yoga socks may be the solution to all your problems.

Open Foot

Namaste Yoga Socks  by Free People are made with  organic cotton. They both keep your tootsies warm and with their non-slip grip bottoms and half-toe design, they ensure you won’t slip around when you’re doing Pilates, yoga, or dance.

Price: $15


Let’s move away from sustainable yoga clothing for a moment. Because who can do yoga without the perfect mat? Many yoga mats are made from highly toxic PVC or plastic, which take hundreds of years to degrade. Not to mention, they contain a plethora of other harmful chemicals like dyes, which are not what you want to be inhaling while you’re trying to keep your body healthy!

Ethical Toxic Free Mat

Liforme has launched the ideal yoga mat: the Majestic Carpet Mat. This baby already has some loyal celebrity fans, such as Meghan Markle and JLo. And no wonder!

The mat, which took five years to perfect, has been carefully designed to bring the warmth and comfort of home to wherever you choose to practice. It features high quality, non-toxic and planet friendly materials which help maintain a grip.

Unlike your usual yoga mat, this one has no icky chemical smell. That’s because it’s PVC-free, biodegradable in 1-5 years, and is printed using non-toxic, eco-friendly ink. But that’s not all!

If you’re prone to sweaty hands during yoga class (as I am!), don’t sweat it (haha)!  The surface of this unique mat was designed to whisk away moisture. So no more slipping during downward dog. Yay!

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