Here’s Why You Should Consider Getting Yoga Clothes

Source: Moon and Son

Source: Moon & Son

A growing number of men are supplementing their weight and cardio training with time on the mat. While this is great for gains in flexibility, stamina, and strength, most men don’t yet dress the part. “I looked everywhere for simple, well-made practice shorts and I just couldn’t find them,” Town & Country contributing editor and former Men’s Vogue fashion director, Stephen Watson, told The Cheat Sheet. With that in mind, Watson started Moon & Son, a fitness range dedicated to the practicing male yogi. So what exactly does the male yogi need? Watson gave us the lowdown.

Shorts: “A slightly looser short, preferably made out of a non-absorbent, super stretchy fabric. Cut above the knee to help get a wide range of motion, but not so short where a full wheel pose becomes ‘nuts.'”

Shirts: “A moisture wicking T-shirt or tank — ideally a little longer for a quick tuck-in before arm balances or inversions. The longer length also has a better chance of staying put when forward folding and downward dogging.”

Shirtless: “If you have the confidence, shirtless is probably the way to go, especially for super hot rooms.”

Underwear: “Fitted underwear is key. A moisture-wicking style, polyester or nylon works great. In a pinch, a speedo bathing suit under a short works terrific. In general try to avoid cotton underwear; the fabric is too absorbent and becomes wet and uncomfortable in a hot class. Compression shorts under a loose short works well too.”

Yoga Mat Towels: “While not a clothing item per se, yoga mat towels are a key part of a hot yoga practice. The best ones are made out of cotton chamois-type material, similar to the towels made for drying off cars but much bigger. You simply throw them down on top of a regular yoga mat and they really help with grip, feet slippage, and pouring sweat.”

Source: Moon & Son

Source: Moon & Son

It’s also worth noting that “wearing performance fabrics can reduce fluid loss, fatigue, and inflammation, all of which can increase calorie expenditure,” says HPE clothing line Founder and Human Performance Specialist, Nick Harris. “Compression-based fabrics specifically can increase blood flow back to the heart and reduce the risk of injury as well as reduce the buildup of lactic acid.”

Denise Lee, designer of ALALA, a luxury women’s activewear brand, adds that choosing fabrics with spandex and moisture-management properties can vastly improve the way you feel when you work out. “Spandex allows the garment to move with you during yoga,” she explains. “And moisture-management means your sweat is wicked away from the body, allowing you to feel cool and dry vs. being drenched in sweat. Some fabrics even feature silver woven into the fabric, which guards against odor and means you can work out more and wash less.”
Lee also notes that it’s important to focus on seaming. “Chafing is never good and a lot of times it happens at the seams of garments where the pieces are sewn together. Choose pieces with flatlock seaming, which tends to chafe less. Some brands even offer seamless or bonded seams which have no threads at all making them exceptional for comfort.”
Lastly pay attention to details. While most men do go shirtless, especially for hot yoga as Watson mentioned, if you’re opting for a tank or T-shirt, go for one with a rubber grip at the hem. “They’re less likely to ride up when you’re doing a downward dog,” says Lee.

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