The world has been on pause for most of the year, but fashion trends have not. Thanks to social media platforms like TikTok, fashion favorites have been pushing trend after trend to inspire our next online shopping session: sweatsuits in about every iteration, tie-dye, and now, flared leggings.
If the name doesn’t ring a bell, “yoga pants” will. Along with other early 2000s favorites like Ugg boots and low-rise jeans, yoga pants were a hot commodity. They perfectly bridged the gap between comfortable workout gear and and everyday-appropriate attire–after all, this was before the athleisure boom in the late 2010s, and it was up for debate whether leggings qualified as pants. Victoria’s Secret Pink’s fold-over branded yoga pants were especially treasured, and even more so now as Y2K styles continue to take over resale apps like Depop.
Slowly, and then all at once, the style made its way back into our current fashion repertoire. Lululemon’s Groove pant and Bleusalt’s Kaia pant were welcome alternatives to the traditional skinny legging, but it was YouTuber and Gen Z influencer Emma Chamberlain who really made yoga pants blow up.