Though a wife-beater and old gym shorts will do the trick, not all yoga clothes are created equally. These picks have the superior cuts, fabrics, and technology that will keep you dry without getting in your way, allowing the range of motion and comfort needed for your practice.
72k Yogawear for Men
From 72k the only line of yoga clothes made for men, the Nidra pant ($52) is made from a super soft hemp/cotton jersey knit, has an elastic waist, an inside drawstring for extra security and an easy straight leg. Their Pillar Drawstring Shorts ($39) are a looser-fitting short with an elastic and drawstring waist, moisture-wicking Dryflex fabric, and a Coolmax "bathing suit" liner which provides support and keeps you dry.
Nuala, Christy Turlington's line of yoga-inspired clothes for Puma are designed for layering, like the cotton fleece pullover Off-Shoulder Top (left) that features a boat neck, puffed sleeves, and pockets, which make it ideal for wearing on the way to the studio. Paired with the draping all-bamboo jersey Mandarin pants, which have a roll down waist and can be worn either open or closed at the ankle, it could almost double as a legit outfit. Available at select retailers in the U.S. and abroad.
Borrowing its name from an ancient Sanskrit word meaning "life, energy, and vitality of the soul," the Prana Flow Sleeveless is one of the few tops out there designed specifically for men who practice yoga. Perfect for Bikram lovers, the tank is made from high performance fabric that breathes well, dries quickly and is anti-microbial, allowing it to be odor-free and comfortable when temperatures are high. Available in five colors for $35 from Vickerey.
Like all American Apparel garments, their wide variety of fresh colors and back-to-basics designs are a no-frills choice for clean style and function. The 100% cotton Capri Pant ($26) hits mid-calf, has a drawstring waist, and is a good choice for summer months. For the bold, the Unitard ($32) is an all-in-one solution or great for layering. Made from a 95% combed cotton / 5% Spandex blend, its low scooped back, spaghetti straps, and rouched front V-neck may distract your fellow yogis, but the durable construction and snug fit will ensure that everything stays in place.
Stella McCartney for adidas McCartney's skirt layer updates run-of-the-mill sweats while still allowing full, unrestricted movement. Like the pair from nuala, these make use of eco-friendly bamboo fibers, which also lend naturally antimicrobial benefits. And, thanks to their sportswear heritage, the pants wick moisture. $90 from adidas.
Hanoman by Verve
Designed by rock climbers, Verve's Hanoman Knicker is engineered to provide a layer of fabric between arms and legs for more challenging asanas. Cut just below the knee, the bottom hem is loose enough so that it can be pulled up and the wide wasteband won't cut into hips. $48 from OmTime.
The Be Present Practice Pants ($63) have gusseted knees for improved mobility and are made from a stretcthy cotton/nylon/spandex blend, a high-performance fabric to keep you cool and comfortable. Made from the same great fabric, the Be Present Shorts ($58) also feature a polyester lining, with a special coating that dries quickly and helps keep you comfortable in a wider range of climates, and a pocket for keys.
The Athlete Tee from Nike has unique design detailing that provides ventilation and ergonomic seaming to allow mobility and comfort in even the most strenuous poses. The lightweight rayon jersey shirt is $40 and comes in three colors from Nike.