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7 yoga brands doing it way better than Lululemon

Sasha Brown-Worsham


Sasha Brown-Worsham

Sasha Brown-Worsham has written for dozens of publications over the course of her years as a journalist and blogger. She lives outside NYC with her three children, husband, and multiple pets. She is working on her first novel.

Stop buying Lululemon and buy these brands instead

For a little while, Lululemon, home of $100 yoga pants and sweatshirts close to $200, was the reigning queen of activewear. Any yogi worth her salt had a closet full of Lulu and wasn't ashamed to let everyone know. But several controversies from the brand and a massive influx of new active-wear brands are rendering Lulu obsolete.

Now, it seems Lululemon has become more a punchline than anything else. "Those Lulu clad moms," has become shorthand for a certain kind of woman. A kind most of us don't want to be. Besides, who really wants to wear a brand famous for mocking overweight people and selling $100 see-through pants?

Personally, I still own a few pieces of Lulu and the quality is still high for a person who does multiple activities (I am both a runner and a yogi), but I have also been endlessly impressed by a number of new companies on the market and plan to wear their items just as much. Here are a few of them:

1. Kira Grace:

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I bless the day I discovered Kira Grace. Their clothing is simple, but oh so beautiful. The fabric they use is thin enough for hot yoga, but also stands up to pounding it gets from running. The fits are flattering and the tops are supportive. I can't say enough about this brand. The above leggings are $98, which is steep, true. But the quality is high and the price point is similar to Lulu and what you get feels like a whole lot more. These are outfits you truly want to wear to coffee after yoga is done.

2. Om Shanti:

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Om Shanti is really just for yoga. If you want clothing that also will take you on runs and through a spin class or two, this is probably not the brand. But what they lack in versatility, they make up for in style. And how. These pants have flair for days. My two pairs of these pants get more attention than any other pants I own. They are beautifully cut and their weight, while not versatile, really is perfect for hot yoga — and since I take at least one class daily, that makes them perfect for me. The above pants are $75, but they also have crops that run about $70 and loose fitting tank tops and other great clothing to help bring out the inner yogini.

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3. Onzie:

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This company makes absolutely stunning sports bras with fancy backs that would make any one want to try out a backless top. But they also make perfect leggings for hot yoga that manage to be both effortlessly comfortable as well as highly stylish. I get compliments on my Onzie pants all the time. The skull print, in particular, has been a big hit.

4. YogaSmoga:

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Before YogaSmoga, I mostly wore yoga tops with built in shelf bras. These are fantastic for running as well. But what I loved about the tanks I got from YogaSmoga is the fact that they worked almost entirely for yoga. They have tight bottoms that stay put when you invert, but they have loose middles that feel flowing and cool in hot yoga. I also like the open backs that show off pretty sports bras. It's a win all around!

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5. Montiel Activewear:

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Image: Montiel

Simple yoga clothing that feels good on, moves with the body, and makes you look hot, too? Yes, please! The pants featured here (Lea Leggings in lilac grey, $74) are incredibly comfortable and also lift and firm the butt in ways I never knew possible. Their comfy tops and sports bras round out the look and their simple covers are effortless and incredibly stylish. Plus they are less expensive than Lulu.

6. Liquido:

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These leggings feel sturdy, which makes them perfect for both running and yoga. They also have a great length, as in, no bagging at the ankles, but they are not crops, either. They have tons of fun patterns and at $89 feel like a little bit of a saving. Liquido also has great tanks, some with writing, that will make you feel perfectly yogic, indeed.

7. Vimmia:

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These leggings are as versatile and as high quality as anything Lululemon puts out. If you are looking for an all-around great legging, look no further. Their capris seem pricey at $92, but they really seem like they will last a few years and will carry you through hard cardio, hot yoga and more. The only issue I see is that they tend to get hot, which is why I would choose the capris over the long leggings for a heated vinyasa class.

Stop buying Lululemon and buy these brands instead
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