What is the Difference Between Yoga Pants & Leggings?

What is the Difference Between Yoga Pants & Leggings?

With the rampant rise of the activewear and athleisure trend, an entirely new vocabulary has been introduced to our everyday lingo:

- “I just feel like wearing yoga pants to work today, I want to be comfortable.”

- “That top will go perfectly with boots and leggings!”

- “Yes I can wear yoga leggings to school, they’re pants, dad.”

Yoga pants and yoga leggings have taken center stage in pop culture’s current fashion obsession, and they aren’t going anywhere soon. As you can imagine, we hardly talk of anything else here at the KiraGrace office. What isn’t quite so clear are the specific category types, definitions and fabrics. With so many styles of yoga pants and with many emerging companies in the yoga apparel and clothing industry, the line between yoga pants and leggings is blurry.

If you take a moment to observe the product names on a yoga company’s website, you’ll find everything from yoga pants, yoga bottoms, yoga leggings to yoga tights. When we’re working with customers, we often get asked about our yoga leggings and pants offerings and many people get confused about the difference. So, what is the difference between yoga pants and leggings? And is there one?

Yoga Pants vs. Yoga Leggings

Yoga Pants

Yogapants are traditionally a thicker, looser fit than other yoga bottoms and can function as workout pants for a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities. When yoga pants first became popular, companies like Victoria Secret became well known for their flare yoga pants which could be worn for working out, but are often worn for the casual day in, day out of life - around the house, running errands, dressed up or dressed down, etc. Yoga pants serve more like a trendy version of sweat pants or loungewear rather than workout apparel.

Traveler Pant

Our yoga pants allow you freedom of flexibility, full coverage, body-slimming compression, and performance enhancing features like moisture-wicking properties, anti-chafing fit, and UPF protection. These stunning designs are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. With a highly versatile and flattering cut, our premium designer yoga pants feature heavy weight yet moisture-wicking fabrics with anti-chafe seaming. The low to mid-rise waistbands provide body contouring shape that will keep you feeling smooth in any flow.

Our stunning track pants combine fashion and function as they transition comfortable from the office to the streets to the track. Some of our track yoga pants also provide practical side pockets and zip closure on both legs. Our yoga pants are perfect for those who do it all: working, workout out and working it.

For those looking for comfort, our slouchy pants and yoga joggers will easily convince you to go for days in them without bringing yourself to take them off. The relaxed slouchy silhouette, big pockets and comfy waistband make these cozy joggers absolute perfection. Shop KiraGrace’s yoga pants for divine style that simply can’t be replicated. 

Navy Glen Plaid Pant

Yoga Leggings

Yoga leggings tend to be tighter and thinner than other types of workout pants and bottoms. They are most often worn under longer shirts, tunics, or dresses. The beauty of our yoga leggings is that they are thick enough to wear without a long length yoga top or shirt, but breathable enough to wick away sweat and keep you cool while you practice yoga, pilates, or your sport of choice.

We are experts in crafting the best yoga leggings for women. Our workout leggings are made from a luxe performance fabric that offers moisture-wicking powers and 4-way stretch and holds its shape wash after wash. Fashioned with anti-chafing properties and flat lock seaming for a smooth fit, our yoga bottoms provide all the details you need for lasting compression, coverage, and performance. Available in a variety of rises, fits, and lengths, our yoga leggings cater to your unique beauty.

We elevate the simple silhouette of a yoga legging with bold cutouts, edgy mesh, gorgeous grommets, intricate patterns, sophisticated textures and ballet-inspired ties. The slimming shape make these yoga bottoms an absolute classic, perfect for powering through your favorite yoga class. With high waisted yoga leggings, 7/8 yoga leggings, cut out yoga tights, high rise yoga tights, and grommet leggings, we have something for everyone. Whether you need a pair for running, yoga or the gym, our yoga leggings are made to keep up with your toughest workout and beyond. 

Elena Brower Collection

Yoga Tights

Although yoga leggings and yoga tights are often used as interchangeable labels, which is the practice of most yoga clothing companies, we tend to think of leggings as the main umbrella term and yoga tights as a sub-set of leggings. Both leggings and tights are skin-fit, but sometimes we will use yoga tight to describe a longer, lighter weight legging. However, you will find yoga leggings more and more commonly used, as tights tends to be confused with very thin materials to be worn under skirts and dresses whereas leggings can be worn as is.

Navy Medallion Renew Legging

When Kira, founder and CEO of KiraGrace, started labeling her line of yoga bottoms, she found that yoga tights and leggings better described the tight-fitting, compressive yoga bottoms she had to offer. The term yoga pants tends to be reserved for our more loose-fitting silhouettes. However, we do recognize that the global meaning is not black and white, and people more and more often use the terms interchangeably, so we do tag all of our yoga tights, capris, and leggings under yoga pants and bottoms. We have also recently expanded to offer a wider array of yoga pants that go beyond the yoga studio and support you in other facets of your life, like the workplace.


We do offer a variety of different fabric weights among our yoga leggings and pants so you can choose the coverage that works best for you.

PowerStrong: a heavyweight, luxurious supplex/spandex, our PowerStrong leggings and pants offer you the most coverage, compression, and support. It is moisture-wicking and breathable with four-way stretch.

Available in our yoga legging: Grace Ultra High Waist 7/8 Yoga Legging in Black

Available in our yoga pant: High Waist Wide Leg Pant in Prince of Wales Plaid

PowerLuxe: a midweight, poly/spandex blend, our PowerLuxe leggings have a brushed interior that lends a creamy soft touch to the skin. It feels luscious on, but it takes care of you if you know what I mean! It is moisture-wicking, breathable, ultra-soft, and compressive with four-way stretch.

Available in our yoga legging: Grace Ultra High Waist 7/8 Yoga Legging in Moroccan Paisley

PowerSoft: a heavyweight, ultra-soft, poly/spandex, our PowerSoft leggings blend the compression of PowerHold with the softest feel. This fabric is deliciously soft, while offering moisture-wicking, breathable, ultra-soft and compressive features with four-way stretch.

Available in our yoga legging: Pocket Yoga Legging in Black

Available in our yoga pant: Ultra High Waist Goddess Bootcut in Black

Ultra High Waist Goddess Bootcut

French Terry: a ultra soft blend of Lyocell, Organic Cotton and a hint of Spandex, our French Terry yoga pants are luxuriously cozy and still breathable with four-way stretch.

Available in our yoga pant: Wide-Leg Terry Yoga Sweatpant in Black

Wide-Leg Terry Yoga Sweatpant

Every yoga legging and yoga pant on our site lists the type of fabric they are designed with, as well as the product attribute icons that describe that fabric, so that you know exactly what the material is that you are purchasing. This will also help with future purchases, so you can come back and know which yoga leggings and yoga pants are designed with the fabric that fit you so well the first time around!

From sophisticated printed leggings to high waisted yoga pants, to simply supportive yoga tights and more, you can find a variety of options from KiraGrace. Effortlessly luxurious and supportive, our women's designer yoga bottoms are a love story for the legs. From crops, yoga capris, activewear leggings, high waisted leggings, to prints, patterns, mesh details, and floral leggings, we offer a wide selection of luxe looks for every girl’s fancy. All of our workout pants and yoga bottoms are made from the best, most luxurious fabrics with no-hassle care.

From lusciously lightweight to comforting compression, our yoga leggings are handcrafted in the U.S.A. with superior, imported fabrics. We offer a variety of best workout clothes for women that cater to your goddess shape and style, as our yoga bottoms are slimming, form-flattering, and available for athletic to curvy shapes. These are the best yoga pants you will ever own, so beware, once you go KiraGrace, you won’t be able to go back! Explore the beauty of designer yoga bottoms designed by women for women. Designed to fuse fashion with function and make everyone woman feel her most beautiful and confident self, check out our full collection of yoga pants, leggings, and tights here.

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