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With luxury yoga brands dominating the market, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking yoga is a wellness trend exclusively reserved for those who can afford $100 pants. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and we’re happy to share some brands that make yoga accessible for its intended audience: everyone. Enter Yogalicious, an affordable yoga clothing brand whose ultimate mission is to provide flattering, quality activewear at an accessible price point.

As far as we can see, they seem to have hit their mark. This brand has been widely reviewed and compared time and time again to Lululemon, but rings out at a fraction of the cost. The Nude Tech High Waist Ankle Leggings have a soft, buttery material that is very reminiscent of the old Lulu Aligns, providing premium comfort with a reasonable price tag.

While it’s difficult to be a direct replacement for Lululemon, we think Yogalicious holds its own in a few categories. With only a few noteworthy drawbacks, the Nude Tech leggings provide comfort and style for active enthusiasts and fashion consumers alike, making them a fantastic option for yogis on a budget.

Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the Yogalicious Nude Tech Leggings:

Our Overall Review

4.5

Things we like:

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    Extremely soft and comfortable
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    Great value - affordable price point
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    Opaque

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThin Fabric – doesn’t provide full cellulite coverage
  • check-markA magnet for lint and pet hair
  • check-markFabric pills between thighs
  • check-markOnly one option for inseam; not ideal for particularly tall or short women

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Yogalicious High-Rise

Rating 4.3

DiveIn Score: 4.5/5

Quality: 4/5

Comfort: 4.9/5

Performance: 3/5

Price/Quality: 4.5/5

Soft at a Cost

Based on the initial feel of the material, we had a few concerns about pilling, coverage, and sweat showing.

We stated earlier that the fabric is very reminiscent of the Lululemon Aligns, which were re-engineered because of pilling issues. For this reason, we were particularly skeptical about pilling, so we tested the pants ourselves and scoured the internet for reviews. This issue came up for some buyers, but pilling was mild and consistently occurring between the thighs. This wasn’t a deal breaker for us, seeing as even the most expensive, reputable brands deal with some degree of pilling. You can minimize this issue by being mindful not to over-wash and to only wear them for mild to moderate workouts – you’ll want to find something a bit more heavy-duty for those HIIT classes.

The material is incredibly soft, but it is also noticeably thin. We were concerned about the opacity, but these leggings passed the proverbial “squat test” and remained opaque even as they were stretched. Even so, women with cellulite should be aware that the fabric is thin and may be unforgiving, particularly in the lighter color options.

The Nude Tech leggings do a decent job of wicking moisture, though they are not the best option for perspiration. These leggings can hide a good amount of sweat, but we don’t recommend trying hot yoga in these – especially the lighter colorways. If you needed another reason to stick to low-intensity workouts while sporting these, this is it.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited for: Yoga, pilates, and leisure
  • Material: 86% Polyester 14% Spandex
  • Inseam: 28”
  • Care Instructions: Cold wash with light colors, tumble dry on low
  • Finish: Matte
  • Other Specs: Moisture wicking, 4 way stretch
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Features

Before even trying them on, the most notable feature is the distinctive softness of the fabric. The leggings have a smooth, matte finish, but the texture has almost a peach or apricot-like feel to it. The fabric itself is the most striking feature.

The leggings sport a small pocket located on the top of the waistband, on the left side of the font panel. The pocket is small and discrete but large enough to hold a key or a credit card. The pocket is also large enough to hold a phone, but it’s not very snug, so we don’t recommend using it while exercising.

The construction of the garment is well thought out. The waistband is just compressive enough to be flattering, finding the perfect medium between so tight it’s digging into your tummy or too loose that it gapes when you squat. The gusseted crotch allows you to move freely (ideal for yoga) and prevents the infamous cameltoe.

Shorter or taller women may have qualms about the 25” inseam, but otherwise, the shape is quite flattering, with the top of the waist hitting right at the navel.

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Quality

The quality and softness of the fabric are evident upon trying these yoga pants on. However, the thinness of the material raises questions about their longevity and how many wash cycles they can endure before losing their compression, softness, and opacity.

The seam construction is solid with only a few minor imperfections. Before even trying them on, I did a once-over and noticed a couple of worrisome spots showing signs of potential fraying.

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Comfort

These leggings are truly the apex of comfort. The material feels like a soft second skin, with the lightest compression to make you feel snug but free. The only reason we didn’t give this pair a perfect comfort score is the lack of options for the inseam. For shorter women, it’s uncomfortable to have excess fabric bunching at the knees and ankles, and for taller women looking for a full-length legging, it’s uncomfortable to have exposed calves in the winter months. Inclusive sizing options would make these the perfect comfortable leggings.

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Performance

If you’re looking for a pair of leggings that can keep up with your active lifestyle and won’t need constant replacing, it’s probably best that you keep shopping. These are certainly a top pick of ours in terms of comfort, but the thin fabric, low compression, and proclivity to pilling make them inferior to many performance leggings out there.

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Price/Quality

This would definitely be our “best value” pick for those who opt for lower-intensity workouts. They are the softest, most comfortable yoga pants we’ve ever tried for under $40. Yogalicious is constantly compared to luxury yoga brands but sits at an accessible price point for yogis on a budget, so it feels safe to say you’re getting a decent bang for your buck.

Do We Recommend Them

We highly recommend this brand to those who don’t need as much coverage and to those who are looking for comfort rather than performance. These leggings are perfect for around the house and low-intensity workouts.

For those seeking activewear that can deliver high performance, we recommend looking elsewhere. These leggings are great for Yin Yoga or running errands, but there are far better options if performance is your priority.

Our Overall Review

4.5

Things we like:

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    Extremely soft and comfortable
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    Great value - affordable price point
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    Opaque

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThin Fabric – doesn’t provide full cellulite coverage
  • check-markA magnet for lint and pet hair
  • check-markFabric pills between thighs
  • check-markOnly one option for inseam; not ideal for particularly tall or short women
FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Is Yogalicious similar to Lululemon?

Yogalicious and Lululemon as brands couldn’t be more different.

Lululemon is laser-focused on quality and performance as an athletic brand, while Yogalicious is far more of a fashion brand that places an emphasis on style and comfort with performance as an afterthought. That being said, the Yogalicious Nude Tech Leggings and the Lululemon Align leggings are often compared for having a strikingly similar look and feel.

What are Yogalicious leggings made of?

Yogalicious leggings are a blend of polyester and spandex, specifically 86% Polyester 14% Spandex, yielding a buttery soft, lightweight “hardly there” kind of feeling.

Are Yogalicious leggings sweat-proof?

Yogalicious leggings are decent at wicking moisture, but if you’re looking for hot-yoga-worthy leggings, there are far better options. The Nude Tech leggings aren’t suited for high-intensity workouts anyways, it’s best to use them for errands, yin yoga, and light exercise.

Do Yogalicious leggings pill?

The Yogalicious Nude Tech leggings have a mild pilling issue between the thighs. It’s hard to avoid with soft fabrics, but it can be minimized by proper care during wash cycles and not overworking them with running or other high-intensity workouts.

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