Review: BetaBrand Yoga Work Pants

My ideal uniforms: super casual/equestrian ... or cocktail attire.
My ideal types of attire: super casual … or cocktail. #EndOfList

By Laura Braden Quigley

Fashion-wise, I operate in two modes: super casual and cocktail attire.

I hate, hate, hate, hate wearing work clothes. I’ve been “fudging” it for years – wrap dress with a blazer versus a full suit, you get the idea. Standard office attire just isn’t comfortable, rarely practical and can cost a fortune in dry-cleaning bills (adding another errand to a personal to-do list I already dread).

So I’m always on the lookout for ways I can remain professional and comfortable.

Enter BetaBrand’s YOGA WORK PANTS.


BetaBrand, based in San Francisco, started in August 2010 as a clothing company that wanted to offer unique items in limited quantities (NYT profile on the company here.). 

I first heard about the yoga work pants on a friend’s Facebook page back in 2014, and instantly ordered a pair. And then another. And another. And hey, they make pencil skirts now!

First, they look great. Plenty of compliments, and no one guessed they were yoga pants. I seriously had colleagues grabbing and pulling the fabric because they didn’t believe me. They’re also incredibly comfortable (no shock there) – they run true to size and are extremely stretchy (so no more crunched-knee-look from sitting at your desk for hours). And lastly, they actually performed well during during a class at Humani Pilates and Instaphysique. My only complaint is that my first pair shrunk a bit so you should follow instructions and avoid the dryer and wash on cool/cold. Other than that? They’re PERFECT.

Bonus? Purchase any pair of Dress Pant Yoga Pants in September and Betabrand will donate $5 to the Techstars Foundation, a nonprofit working to improve diversity in technology entrepreneurship. They’ve also created a cute gallery of pictures profiling 30 diverse, female entrepreneurs and started a job board for aspiring entrepreneurs. Learn more at


Wearing the black Tuxedo, straight leg pants (thanks BetaBrand!) while multi-tasking at an Instaphysique class. #YogAID #SheWearsThePants
And BetaBrand pants aren’t just for yoga … Wearing the black, straight-leg Tuxedo pants (thanks BetaBrand!) while multi-tasking at an Instaphysique class. 🙂 #YogAID #SheWearsThePants

Try them out for yourself, and let us know what you think! Happy shopping!



Originally posted on September 2014.

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  1. Beth says

    I am toying with the idea of buying a pair. I am the director of a private preschool, and we can not wear jeans to work. Seriously a problem. My issue is not putting them in the dryer. With the high price, I don’t think myself or my teachers would be able to afford more than one or two pairs, which laying flat to dry would take a long time, and wouldn’t be able to wear daily. Yes, they need to washed daily. The site says no dryer, but have you dried them? If I get a pair, I plan to share the site with my staff. I know they would love them, but I wash and dry my yoga pants and don’t understand why I can’t with these.

    1. Lin Lin says

      Rayon, girl.

  2. Freedom Miller says

    I always dry. Haven’t had any issues

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