The Return of the Yogatard

This entry was posted on Jul 12, 2018 by Charlotte Bell.


We’ve all heard this old fashion trope: If you wait long enough, everything comes back into fashion. It seems that day has come for a longtime yoga wear staple: the Yogatard. A “one-and-done” garment, these great made-for-yoga unitards are comfortable, functional and as it turns out, once again fashion forward.

Back in the 1990s, yogatards (a.k.a. “unitards”)  were all the rage in the yoga world. At that time, Iyengar yoga was blossoming. With its focus on alignment precision, Iyengar yogis were especially keen on wearing one-piece yoga wear. Yogatards give teachers the ability to show alignment details—without showing everything else. When students wear yogatards, it’s a lot easier for teachers to evaluate whether their poses are aligned in a healthy way.

It was also in the 1990s that Hugger Mugger developed our signature yogatard, a design that we still make today. Now that yogatards have come back into style, we’re happy to say that our original design still holds up quite well, both function-wise and fashion-wise.

Photo From 1990s Hugger Mugger Catalog

Yogatards Built for Function and Fashion

The defining feature of our yogatard design is the open back. Originally designed to prevent wedgies when you bend forward, the lumbar opening is quite stylish these days. Today’s athleisure styles feature strappy tops and bras, along with yoga tops with back cutouts, making our time-honored yogatard a rather fashion-forward item. In addition, the open back provides skin-to-skin contact for your hands in Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand). The open back gives extra ventilation, a plus for people who practice Hot yoga styles.

Our yogatards come in two styles: Ankle-Length and T-Back Capri. Made from a cotton/lycra blend, they’re breathable and comfy. There’s a Coolmax liner in the front torso and seat that wicks away perspiration. The liner, along with the unique seam pattern of the yogatard’s torso, allows you to go “commando” (without underwear) with confidence.

Since the 1990s, we’ve hand sewn our yogatards right here in our Salt Lake City-based manufacturing plant. Customers tell us that they’re still wearing yogatards they bought in the 1990s. Check out the reviews.

About Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Bell discovered yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Charlotte is the author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. Her third book is titled Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain (Shambhala Publications). She writes a monthly column for CATALYST Magazine and serves as editor for Yoga U Online. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and folk sextet Red Rock Rondo, whose DVD won two Emmy awards in 2010.

One response to “The Return of the Yogatard”

  1. Avatar Laura Smyth says:

    They were just as much in use for us aerobics crazies in the ’90s lol, because the leotards had become all thong bottomed by then and there was no way for the waistband of regular leggings to stay put under leotards soooo sky high cut. Thank goodness THAT part is gone(!); however, I love the “yogatard” coverage and support for someone my age (nearly 60, ouch!) taking Pilates classes. Sincerely yours.

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