Unless you’ve been off the grid on an ashram, you’ve probably heard the news about Lulu’s Lemons – their recall on a batch of see-through black yoga pants, resulting in the largest wardrobe malfunction in fitness fashion history. Since Lululemon pulled these offending pants off shelves, there is now a shortage of black yoga pants made with its signature performance material known as Luon.
Every woman knows that you can never have too many black yoga pants. They are the multitasking little black dress of an active woman’s wardrobe that takes you from the gym and beyond. In fact, it’s estimated that 55% of yoga apparel are worn for casual wear.
Lululemon addicts, don’t panic. We’ve got your back-side covered with a variety of high performance little black pants that will tide you over until the Luon crisis is over.
The sweat-wicking fabric is light and breathable, yet doesn’t show any sweat stains or dreaded wet spots after a grueling workout. The gusset in the crotch keeps your lady business under cover and the wide waistband magically compresses without creating undesirable bulges. The color-blocked panels on the calves give the basic black tights a fun jolt of brightness that makes you stand out from the crowd.
For those who prefer a full length legging, the Kym tight offers a moisture wicking high tech fabric that still manages to feel like cotton. Whatever the secret sauce is in the fabric and design, all Splits59 pants had serious butt-lifting and shaping properties on every female staff member at Barry’s Bootcamp and a wide waistband that doesn’t create muffin top ((NOTE: Barry’s Bootcamp trainer Rebecca Kennedy, pictured, needed none of these properties). Barry’s offers the Kym tight with the Barry’s logo emblazoned on the leg. This L.A. based active wear brand is a favorite of Kim Kardashian’s and countless pics of her wearing their gear plasters the internet.
Show off those well-toned legs in little black shorts. Adjustable side-tied ruching at the makes for a flattering and customizable fit that emphasizes curves instead of creating rolls. The wide waistband adds a cheery pop of color in a choice of blue, lilac and green.
These comfy and super-soft leggings are made with Eco-Lycra Jersey and the subtle yet interesting detailing like the back seams and criss-crossed loops create cute keyhole shaped ventilation on the back of the calves. In addition to basic black and grey, these leggings also come in a beautifully wearable berry shade.
This bohemian chic lifestyle brand is branching out into workout wear with its FP Movement line. These stretchy cropped leggings with foldover waist has seriously cute frilled trimming that manages to give a girly detail that gives a little extra coverage for your butt. No need to modestly tie a sweatshirt around your waist or cover up after your workouts to run errands.
These leggings are also eco-friendly – Eclon is a performance fabric that is moisture wicking and is Blue-Sign certified sustainable (which is the textile industry’s leading standard for environmental sustainability).
The Bailey Capri is seamless and offers total comfort for any kind of workout. They’re also thin enough to make fantastic tights under mini skirts and dresses, or as an extra layer under sweats. Best of all, their pants are one size fits all, so you don’t have to agonize over which size to buy.
These performance pants are designed for everything from yoga to boot camp yet these black glitter pants are anything but basic and add a little sparkle to your sprint, without being over-the-top.
The beauty of their workout pants is that they come in a variety of lengths: short, medium and tall and an array of sizes from XXS to X Large. These ultra-slimming Perfect Core black pants are simple and sleek, without any adornments. The mesh panels in the tummy area manage to compress that lunchtime food baby without creating unsightly rolls over the waistband. Part shape wear and part performance enhancing thanks to their patented compressive fabric, these are the ultimate workhorse of workout pants that also make you look a size smaller.
Minsun Park is a blogger, writer and a black belt in taekwondo who gets her ass handed to her daily by her two sons. She’s written for iVillage, SheKnows, ePregnancy and is featured in “The Hot Mom’s Handbook” by Jessica Denay. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter