What to wear for hot yoga

My first hot yoga experience was about 10 years ago. My then colleague introduced me to hot yoga and claimed she reduced her weight within a month.

I did not really understand the benefits of hot yoga but gave it a try anyway. I was told I need to get yoga outfits. “What the heck is yoga outfit?”, I thought to myself. Back then, there was not much of an option. I wore sports bra under my t-shirt and tights for the bottom.

Personally, I think yoga outfit should be something comfortable for the wearer and others too. What do I mean by that? I have seen so many disturbing views while doing yoga. A lady in front of me was wearing loose shorts with lacy underwear.

As I was doing my forward fold and flat-back, I could not help but stare… Everything at the same time. I could see her cellulite and lace underwear… I was very traumatised and learned how to pick who to seat behind…

Anyway, yoga outfit is accessible for the past few years. Even fast fashion like H&M sells sports wear. I started with Cotton On sportswear. It seems fashionable and affordable.

My BFF got into hot yoga after I asked her to join me. She was very serious about yoga and wanted to look good while doing it. At first, I introduced her to Cotton On but she wanted better material and quality, price would be secondary. She checked and decided to try Lululemon.

After exploring yoga outfits for some time, I would like to summarise my findings.

No Overview Cotton On Alita Active Lululemon
1 Origin Australia Asia Canada
2 Founded 1992 2016 1998
3 Sports Bra/tank
SGD 25 SGD 34 USD 68
(SGD 96)
4 Tights/Shorts
SGD 30 SGD 34 USD 148
(SGD 216)
5 Total Outfit
SGD 55 SGD 73 USD 216
(SGD 305)
6 Quality Minimun Acceptable Great
7 Design Simple & colourful Trendy Sleek
8 Comfort Minimun Acceptable Great
9 Discount Price SGD 40 (-27%) SGD 62 (-15%) SGD 223 (-27%)
10 Outlet in Singapore Yes Yes
The Heeren
11 Outlet in
Hong Kong
Yes No
Online Store

The total outfit price difference for the 3 brands is huge based on retail price. Of course, I got them during sales period (store/online) or from outlet mall.

1. Cotton On

Photo Credit: http://sporteluxe.com/

I wear them for both yoga and dance classes. Outlets around Singapore island and constantly on discount. Once, I got yoga pants for SGD 10 each. However, it is not as comfortable as it looks. There has been times where underwear rides up your butt…

Workout Yoga Crop (size S / Black), SGD 24.95

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Photo Credit: cottonon.com.sg

Active Core Capri (size XS / Grey), SGD 29.95

Photo Credit: cottonon.com.sg

2. Alita Active

I saw Alita Active while shopping at Robinsons, in Singapore. I really liked the vest but there were no more stock for my size. Hence, I decided to google about the brand and realised I could purchase it online. I decided to get the whole set for jogging.

I got Motion Mesh Drawstring Shorts (size M / Black), SGD 34

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Photo Credits: Alitaactive.com

Athena Lace T (size S / Black), SGD 34

Photo Credits: Alitaactive.com

Elite Hooded Crop Vest (size M / Black), SGD 39

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Photo Credits: Alitaactive.com

I really like the trendy & sleek design. The comfort level was good. I wear the shorts for jogging and wore their sports bra for both yoga & dance.

The whole outfit look for jogging (SGD 107 excluding shoes)

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Photo Credits: Alitaactive.com

3. Lululemon

I was skeptical at first. I mean just a pair of yoga pants at USD 150?! It has to make me feel awesome to buy a pair of pants to sweat in it… It does feel wonderful.

I got Tight Stuff Tight II (size 2 / Midnight Navy), USD 148.

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 3.30.00 PMPhoto Credits: lululemon.com

I broke my nail while trying though. It is so tight and keeps everything in place with great comfort. I can wear it for yoga or jogging.

I matched it with Fit Physique Tank (Size 4 / Hero Blue), USD 68.

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Photo Credits: lululemon.com

It has a built-in bra. Absolute love when I wore it.


The only thought that came to my mind when shopping at the store was, do they have plus sizes? Honestly, all the staff who works there are sporty & fit. Customers who visited were all pretty fit too. It kind of reminded me Abercrombie & Fitch for some reason.

I did some googling and found the founder has made some controversial statements about his clothing are designed for certain body types.

Anyway, the 3 brands are what I am wearing. Just make sure to wear correct outfit for your own comfort and others.

Till then…

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