What to Wear to Pilates? 10+ Pilates Outfits Ideas

What to Wear to a Pilates Class? 10+ Outfits Ideas

Recently, a new workout, Pilates, has become widely recognized. Among celebrities and professional athletes like Jennifer Aniston and Megan Fox, Pilates is no longer a secret to building abs and staying in shape. From Pilates classes to Pilates outfits ideas, it has become trendy in fitness and beauty fields.

You may want to know what to wear for your practice before you step into a Pilates class. We're here to give you some ideas! From full Pilates outfit sets to leggings and sports bras, they make sure you're comfortable, fashionable, and ready to move with ease!

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility, and overall body awareness, developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. It is a low to middle-impact exercise, helping strengthen muscles, improve posture, enhance flexibility, and finally promote overall well-being and body awareness. 

The benefits of Pilates are obvious. “Pilates is always challenging. ” Kate Hudson, one of the most famous American actresses, has said, “Pilates is the workout my body really responds to. It’s all about alignment, elongating your spine, and strengthening your core. It makes me feel my strongest. ”

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What are the Ideal Pilates Outfits?

When it comes to choosing the perfect Pilates outfits, you know comfort, flexibility, and support are key considerations. Based on this, here are some popular options:

Sports Bras and Crop Tops

For optimal support and comfort, choose sports bras with moisture-wicking fabric and adjustable straps. They keep your full practice comfortable and fit at all times. Check out our strappy sports bras, these cute pilates outfits provide the necessary support for your chest and back while allowing for full range of motion during Pilates exercises.

Goddess Strappy Sports Bra

Goddess Strappy Sports Bra

$45  Shop Now

Tiger & Rose Strappy Sports Bra

Tiger & Rose Strappy Sports Bra

$48  Shop Now

Luna Mesh Strappy Sports Bra

Luna Mesh Sports Bra

$45.7 Shop Now

We also recommend the sports bras with removable pads, which ensure that your chest doesn't get pressed, and are easy to put on and take off. You can find medium support bras with removable pads at Silverwind.

Additionally, some of the more conservative top options - tank tops and crop tops, are equally suitable for your Pilates class. These tops offer a beautiful round neck design rather than a low cut.

Dreamy Flight Criss Cross Tank Top Bra

Dreamy Flight Criss Cross Tank Top Bra

$54  Shop Now

Nostos Mesh Strappy Sports Bra

Nostos Mesh Strappy Sports Bra

$43  Shop Now

Airflow Built-in Tank Bra - Dark Grey

Airflow Built-in Tank Bra - Dark Grey

$45.8 Shop Now

Workout Leggings and Tights

When it comes to bottoms, a pair of workout leggings or tights makes for the ideal Pilates outfit. The tight-fitting leggings not only highlight your shapewear line and beautiful contours, but also provide incomparable comfort and performance. They ensure that when you stretch on the spring bed, excess air will not hinder your movement.

The best bottoms for Pilates are the workout leggings with high-waisted designs and stretchy fabrics:

High-Waisted Leggings for Support

High-waisted leggings offer ample coverage and support for your practice. During the sessions, you often engage in exercises like crunches, and abdominal core movements, while a high waistband ensures your pants stay in place without sliding down.

Our unique high-waisted leggings provide compression around the waist and hips, aiding in stabilizing your core and maintaining proper alignment throughout your workout.

Eternity High-waisted Leggings

Eternity High-waisted Leggings

$50.4  Shop Now

Violet Moonlight High-waisted Leggings

Violet Moonlight High-waisted Leggings

$39.9  Shop Now

Nirvana High-waisted Leggings

Nirvana High-waisted Leggings

$52.7 Shop Now

Stretchy Fabric for Ease of Movement

    To make your sessions stay focused and comfortable, try leggings made from stretchy fabric that allows for unrestricted movement. What’s more, if your Pilates class leave you sweating buckets, the clothes tailored with sweat-wicking materials would be excellent outfits for your needs.

    Do not Choose Loose or Baggy Pants

    Give up those loose or baggy pants when enter a Pilates class. You can put those pants into your jogging or aerial workout, but not Pilates. They may interfere with your movements and potentially get caught in Pilates equipment. We recommend form-fitting leggings that contour to your body without restricting movement.

    Two-tone Flow Leggings - Tardis Blue

    Two-tone Flow Leggings - Tardis Blue

    $43.9  Shop Now

    HeyCloud High-waisted Pocket Leggings - Classic Black

    HeyCloud High-waisted Pocket Leggings - Classic Black

    $46.9  Shop Now

    Workout Shorts

    If you’re not into pant leggings or prefer a cooler option for your Pilates workout, consider wearing workout shorts.

    Opt for shorts with a high waist design to ensure coverage and support during movements like leg lifts and stretches. Our high-waisted biker shorts are compressive, lightweight, and designed for low to moderate-intensity exercise including Pilates workout. 

    Meadow V-front High-waisted Shorts

    Meadow High-waisted Shorts

    $34.9  Shop Now

    Illusion High-waisted Shorts - Ocean Blue

    Illusion High-waisted Shorts - Ocean Blue

    $52  Shop Now


    For a streamlined look and minimal fuss, a jumpsuit can be a convenient option for Pilates attire. Look for our eco-friendly animals print jumpsuits with a supportive built-in bra and adjustable straps for a customizable fit.

    Non-Slip Socks

    If your Pilates class includes mat Pilates and some Pilates moves that need to be done standing up, then you should get a pair of non-slip socks with grippy soles. The socks provide extra grip during exercises, offering traction on studio floors and Pilates equipment, enhancing stability and safety during your workout.

    Other Accessories for Pilates Workout

    Scrunchies or Headbands

    Use scrunchies or headbands to hold your hair in place. These simple accessories keep your focus on your moves and avoid your hair getting stuck in the springs throughout your Pilates session.

    Sweatbands or Wristbands

    With some accessories of sweatbands or wristbands, you can stay dry and comfy during your workout. They help prevent sweat from dripping onto your face or hands, making you maintain a strong grip on equipment safely.

    Minimal Jewelry

    As with many workouts, when considering your athletic look, try to avoid adding accessories such as jewelry, earrings, etc. They distract you from your workout and may be dropped during training.

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    FAQs for Pilates

    Is Pilates Similar to Yoga? 

    If you’re a yoga practitioner, then you might be interested in Pilates. The two types of exercise share some similarities, such as focusing on breath control and mindful movement.

    But they are differences. Pilates typically need specialized equipment, targeting specific muscle groups to improve strength and stability. While yoga incorporates a broader range of poses, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. It usually does not require instruments to accomplish.

    For those who are a beloved yoga or cardio workout, Pilates is an appropriate supplemental training. You can get some core training and sculpting benefits from Pilates, as well as flexibility and relaxation from yoga.

    How Can I Start My Pilates?

    Try to start with beginner-level classes or private sessions can help you learn the fundamentals and build a strong foundation.

    How Often Should I Do Pilates?

    For beginners, it is recommended to practice Pilates 2-3 times per week. As your program progresses, you may consider increasing the frequency of your exercises, such as 4-5 times per week.

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