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I rarely feel better than I do after a good yoga class. Practicing yoga has been a passion of mine for almost a decade now, and finding sustainable yoga clothes has become almost as important as the practice for me. Wellicious has been my latest discovery: a yoga and active wear brand based in the UK, they design circular yoga clothing with high quality sustainable materials and construction. I’m so pleased to have found them!

Their activewear is not only ethically made, it’s also sustainable and circular, making for a kinder impact both on and off the mat. I’ve been wearing this set for a while now, and wanted to share with you my review.

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What To Look For In Sustainable Yoga Clothes

The number one thing I look for in yoga clothing is movement. It’s got to feel supportive, without being constrictive. And if you’re like me, you’ll likely want some sustainable credentials that ensure fair production, safe materials, and longevity, too.

Finding the right balance (literally) comes down to looking at material composition, clothing quality, and good design. Here are my top recommendations, as informed by the designs at Wellicious and my personal experience with a good few sets of yoga clothes:

Materials

I always prefer natural fibres over synthetic in my clothing. In my guide to sustainable fabrics, I list organic cotton as one of my favourites, and note that the crème de la crème of organic cotton is cradle-to-cradle certified organic cotton garments. This certification signifies low-impact manufacture, and that the garment will biodegrade at the end of its life. It’s a mark of real circularity.

All performance-wear at Wellicious is cradle-to-cradle certified, which goes to show their commitment to creating environmentally-friendly yoga clothing. Pieces are made with a high percentage of organic cotton, and blended with elastane to give them their necessary stretch.

Elastane is a synthetic fibre, but Wellicious uses a very special, innovative type of elastane which breaks-down without releasing any harmful substances in the environment. This is quite revolutionary, and it has been verified and tested by Hohenstein, receiving an ‘Environmental Compatibility’ certificate. It is the only elastane worldwide rated from Hohenstein as non-ecotoxic.

Quality

Next, let’s look at the quality of yoga clothing. The quality of clothing can vary greatly in general, and it’s important to consider a garment’s construction, textile choices, and design, when assessing quality.

Wellicious yoga clothes are super soft, and they stretch well while still being supportive. The textile composition blend of organic cotton and elastane creates a soft, breathable fabric that is so nice against the skin, and still feels comfortable even when practicing a particularly intense yoga routine. I have to say, I was particularly impressed by the weight of the fabrics, and how they smoothed my silhouette without being constricting. They truly feel luxurious to wear.

My Wellicious yoga clothes have been constructed and finished to a high degree, too. There’s definitely been particular attention paid to the fit and hold of their designs. To illustrate: I’m 5′ 5″, and my body sits somewhere between as UK 8 and UK 10, so I often find exercise gear doesn’t fit me quite right. However, my 3/4 Crop Top sits so nicely on my body, giving me support and breathing room at the same time. And The Easy Pocket Leggings are equally as impressive – they conceal a little pocket sewn into the waistband at the back and yet they still sits flush with my body.

Design

Finally, let’s talk about design. Personally, I go for quite minimal, monochromatic clothing, and that extends to my exercise gear. Wellicious designs contemporary activewear and yoga clothing that also fit into this minimal aesthetic, while also prioritising performance and support.

The key here is that all designs are functional and timeless. Put simply, they’re not catering to passing trends. This means you’ll be a lot more likely to wear them again and again, too. Sizes range from XS to XL too, which is great to see.

I like exercise gear in black because of its versatility to work with the rest of my wardrobe, and it also doesn’t show swear marks. However, I understand if you prefer their collection of ocean inspired pieces, in a range of sea greens and ocean blues!

My Review of Wellicious Yoga Clothing

Over the last few years I’ve mixed up my exercise routine to cover a lot of ground (running, swimming, yoga, rowing, and strength training, predominantly), so my exercise gear is pretty varied. For yoga, I like to wear full-length leggings, and a supportive top that gives me space to breathe deep, while also supporting my chest and back.

The 3/4 Crop Top by Wellicious is a perfect choice because it’s supportive while still being breathable. Most of the support comes from the shoulders and waistband, giving the chest room to expand and contract. I’m actually quite excited to try this top on my next run too because it enables me to take a really full, deep breath. When doing any exercise, I really like to focus on my breathing, and find a lot of tops can be quite constrictive. This one isn’t the case!

The Easy Pocket Leggings have also quickly become my favourites for yoga. They’re a perfect weight, meaning they stretch with ease, while still feeling comfy. I’m considering a second pair to wear as loungewear because of how comfy they are!

Finally, I have to add that as a circular business, Wellicious offers a take-back scheme for their clothing when they come to the end of their life. This means they provide a responsible way for me to dispose of my clothes once I’ve worn them out (which will take a good few years yet!)

My Top Picks from Wellicious

Fresher Cropped Tank – Sea Green/Shoreline Blue
3/4 Crop Top – Caviar Black
Easy Pocket Leggings – Caviar Black
Fresher Tank – Diamond White
New 3/4 Crop Top – Shoreline Blue
Easy Pocket Leggings – Shoreline Blue
Fresher Cropped Tank – Sea Green/Shoreline Blue
3/4 Crop Top – Caviar Black
Easy Pocket Leggings – Caviar Black
Fresher Tank – Diamond White
New 3/4 Crop Top – Shoreline Blue
Easy Pocket Leggings – Shoreline Blue
Fresher Cropped Tank – Sea Green/Shoreline Blue
3/4 Crop Top – Caviar Black
Easy Pocket Leggings – Caviar Black
Fresher Tank – Diamond White
New 3/4 Crop Top – Shoreline Blue
Easy Pocket Leggings – Shoreline Blue

P.S. Get an additional 10% off at Wellicious with my code: CURIOUSLYCONSCIOUS

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Wellicious. All views and opinions expressed remain my own. Photography by Beatrice Turner.

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