Long live yoga pants. They’re comfortable, they’re flattering… and did we mention they’re comfortable? Whether in workout class, lounging on the couch or in the line at the grocery store, we’re never ashamed to wear them—even when some people for some reason think we should be wearing something else.
A recent New York Times opinion piece even went so far to shame women for wearing yoga pants, even going so far as to say that they were “bad for women.” The Twitter-sphere went up in flames in reaction to the hot take, noting that not all women wear them for the same reason, and that women shouldn’t have to justify why they’re wearing yoga pants to anyone besides themselves. Yesterday, InStyle published a piece retorting the whole controversy, asking “Can’t a Woman Wear Yoga Pants in Peace?”
We’d hope that yes, a woman can wear yoga pants in peace. Why give up the snugness of our favorite cotton (or Lycra) pants just to please a stranger? There is no reason! So slip into your favorite pair (you know, the one you’ve had since college) and toast looking cute and comfortable. Haven’t met the love of your yoga pants life yet? They’re out there, we promise! Here, six of our staff’s favorite picks to try out.
Old Navy High-Rise Boot-Cut Yoga Pants
These tried-and-true favorites are an affordable favorite of many of our staff members. Their high-rise waistband and slim-fit keep everything in check—even after years of washing.
To buy: $15; oldnavy.com.
90 Degree by Reflex Women’s Power Flex Yoga Pants
Struggle to find a pair of yoga leggings that fit both your hips and waist? Try on a pair of 90 Degree by Reflex black leggings. They come highly recommended, receiving more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.
To buy: $20; amazon.com.
Zella Live In High Waist Leggings
Yes, these yoga leggings for women really have “live-in” in their name. Loved for their no-slip waistband and their high-quality, don’t be surprised when you start reaching for these in your closet every morning.
To buy: $54; shop.nordstrom.com.
Victoria Secret The Most-Loved Yoga Pant
Victoria Sport’s Most-Loved are not just another pair of yoga pants for women boasting its critical acclaim in their name. They feature a soft cotton and modal blend, a fold over waistband, and come in a range of lengths and sizes, so you can find a pair, no matter your figure.
To buy: $39.50; victoriassecret.com.
Nike Bliss Lux
Love the material feel of yoga pants but want something less constricting? This pair of Nike yoga pants come with a tapered design, so you get the sleekness of yoga pants without the tightness.
To buy: $90; nike.com.
Lolë Burst Edition Leggings
Mesh! Millennial pink stripes! This pair of Lolë yoga leggings combines all the fun and funky details of athleisure with all the comfort of your favorite cotton pants. They also provide sun protection, so you can wear them well into the Spring and come with the holy grail of all women’s clothing: Pockets.
To buy: $78; lolewomen.com.
This article originally appeared in RealSimple.com.