‘Flared leggings’ a.k.a. yoga pants are Gen Z’s favorite athleisure trend

Laura Galvan
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Fashion trends come and go, but the best ones make us feel nostalgic. Case in point: Gen Z is obsessed with flared leggings. But what TikTokers don’t realize is that flared leggings are actually one of the most era-defining fashion trends of the early 2000s.

The difference? Millennials called them yoga pants.

With brand like Hard Tail and So Low among the most iconic during the trend’s peak, modern athleisure brands have since reimagined the boot leg, body-hugging yoga pant and made it cool again. For example, Lululemon took it’s cult-classic Groove pants and relaunched it with new sweat-wicking and lightweight fabric, along with a super-high rise waistband.

Emma Chamberlain, one of Gen-Z’s pioneering influencers, is partially responsible for the revival. After she posted a series of Instagram Stories wearing the pants, it seems like the rest of her generation followed suit.

Suddenly, “flared leggings” became the new it-style.

Ahead, check out these flared leggings a.ka. yoga pants that will take you from workout class to brunch — and will also score you major cool points.

Shop: Lululemon Groove Super High-Rise Pant, $98

Groove Pant Flare *Nulu | Lululemon EU
Groove Pant Flare *Nulu | Lululemon EU

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Shop: Athelta Studio Flare Pant, $89

Studio Flare Pant
Studio Flare Pant

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Shop: Foldover Plus–Size Yoga Pants, $22.47+

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Shop: Core10 Mid-Rise Flare Yoga Bootcut Pant, $34.53

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Shop: Hard Tail Rolldown Slim Bootleg Yoga Pants, $60

Hard Tail Rolldown Boot Leg Yoga Pants & Reviews | Bare Necessities (Style  330)
Hard Tail Rolldown Boot Leg Yoga Pants & Reviews | Bare Necessities (Style 330)

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Shop: Yummie Jodi Slim Bootcut Cotton Legging, $56

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Shop: Splits59 Raquel High–Waist Pants, $59

Splits59 Raquel High Waist Pants
Splits59 Raquel High Waist Pants

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Shop: Aerie Offline OG High-Waist Flare Legging, $22.46

OFFLINE OG High Waisted Flare Legging
OFFLINE OG High Waisted Flare Legging

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Shop: Kohl’s Gaiam Zen Bootcut Yoga Pants, $50

Women's Gaiam Zen Bootcut Yoga Pants
Women's Gaiam Zen Bootcut Yoga Pants

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