Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 2.10.33 PM.png

Welcome to Fifth & Finest, a forty-friendly fashion blog with zero frump. Have a nice stay!

The Yoga Clothing Brands You Need to Know About

The Yoga Clothing Brands You Need to Know About

Yoga pants are now a mainstream part of most women’s wardrobes. And you don’t even need to be a yoga practitioner to wear them. Such is their place now as general clothing, not specialist sports apparel.

Being lucky enough to not work a 9–5 job anymore, and also having taught yoga for the last 4 years, I spend a disproportionate amount of time in leggings, those bralet things (technical term, obvs) and tanks. And even during those last 4 years I’ve seen the number of yoga clothing labels explode. So which are the brands you should be looking out for? And where?

Well, one great place to start would be the website of my fabulous local store, Hello Yoga. As well as selling in their brick and mortar space, the HY ladies (Danelle and Jennifer, the joint owners) sell online. They make an effort to only stock brands which sell in a range of sizes and which adhere to ethical and sustainable practices.

I’m delighted to have been made an Ambassador for Hello Yoga, which not only means I get to support a fantastic, local, woman-owned business, but I also get to indirectly represent all the great brands they stock and offer you, dear readers, a 20% discount on them (just enter the code “finest” at checkout). What’s not to love?

I also got to do a fun try-on session the other day and these were some of my favorite pieces. There were many, many more, I just didn’t have time to wear them all, so I’ll be posting more here and/or on social media as I basically work through everything in the shop!

Hello-Yoga-Glyder-pants-Soybue-tank-front-min.JPG
Glyder marbled pants and Soybu woven-back tank

Glyder marbled pants and Soybu woven-back tank

Glyder

These marbled pants by Glyder are super comfortable and flattering - they pull you in enough to be flattering, but not so much that you feel your internal organs are being rearranged (I have a pair like that, not fun). Glyder prides itself on the softness and versatility of its pieces (not just for yoga), and donates 3% of all online sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Soybu

I love this woven-back top in rich aubergine. I just about got away without a bralet underneath, but more boobacious babes would probably need one (or a closer fitting size top for more support at least). Soybu has been around since 1998 and has a loyal following who love the fact that its pieces last years, even with regular wear and washing.

Hello-Yoga-Senita-joggers-Onzie-top-full-length-min.JPG
Senita Athletics joggers and Onzie top

Senita Athletics joggers and Onzie top

Senita Athletics

I’m very tempted by these Senita joggers - very comfortable, a great shape and soft and stretchy enough to get your yoga on. Of course they’d easily translate into everyday wear. You might never wear anything else, to be honest.

Senita is not a brand I had heard of before. It was only founded in late 2015 but with a great goal “…to provide durable, fashionable, and functional products at a fraction of the price of our competitors”. Given the exorbitant sums some brands charge, I’m digging this mission.

Onzie

If you yoga on the regular, you’ve probably heard of Onzie and its funky print leggings. Onzie is female owned and operated and 99% of its sewing, cutting and dyeing happens in Los Angeles. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this lush green top was by the same brand. It works great with these joggers and could also crossover into your everyday wear, especially as temperatures rise.

As I said, watch this space for some more great, sustainable yoga clothing brands courtesy of the great ladies at Hello Yoga. And don’t forget to enter “finest” at checkout to get your discount!

And if you’d like to sample some of my yoga instruction, my husband and I have just started a YouTube channel called Old Guy Yoga to help those who are stiff, sore and new to yoga to loosen up. Check us out!

If you’re in the Reno/Tahoe area, I also teach two classes at the beautiful Rishi Yoga, and one class for the fabulous organization Good Elephant actually at the Hello Yoga store. Namaste!

The Five Summer Essentials You Should Buy at Walmart/Asda

The Five Summer Essentials You Should Buy at Walmart/Asda

The Cool, Affordable Jewelry Brand With Something for (Almost) Everyone

The Cool, Affordable Jewelry Brand With Something for (Almost) Everyone