A while back the lovely Kristine Deer of K.Deer Haute Yoga Wear contacted me about trying out her yoga pants designed for hot yoga. Take a look at the photo below and you will see that these are not your typical hot yoga pants. Affectionately known as Bum Bums, there is no way my close to 50-year old ass is ever going to be caught dead in a yoga studio wearing something with a name like that! After graciously turning down the offer, I asked Kristine if I could try out her colorful and comfortable headbands, and a yogini friendship was formed.

I told Kristine that if she ever came up with a pair of yoga pants that would cover more of my Bum Bum and thighs I would gladly accept her offer. Well, Kristine remembered my request, and I’m thrilled to announce that she now has a line of super-fun Haute Shorts and Capris.

I recently test drove a pair of the St. Tropez capris in a hot yoga class and while teaching yoga, and these capris quite simply ROCK! I won’t lie, they do fit snug, but the nylon/spandex blend feels great on the skin. And once the fabric gets wet, it relaxes and stays put. The waistband does not have elastic, but it magically stays in place, keeping you covered and free from distraction and preventing the dreaded muffin top. There is a cute little pleat at the cuff to give your knees the space to bend and be free and  the flat front of the capris avoids showing off any part of the anatomy you don’t want to show.

Kristine uses domestic-printed fabrics, which are made with natural dyes and never treated with chemicals. I put these capris to the test, and when washed properly, the fabric retains no smells and dries super fast. From fabric to labels to packaging, Kristine strives to use only local and all-American sources and recycled packaging.

What I love the most about these capris are the creative prints that allow me to break out of my boring black yoga pant routine and show up to class in style. I guarantee your fellow yoginis will ask about the playful print designs. When I wore mine, I got a lot of compliments.

I like the new collection of prints so much I decided to match them up with the colorful hot yoga towels from NamaSTAY® to create my own hot yoga fashion pairings.

Ruby NamaSTAY Yoga Towel paired with Kali Capris

 For those fiery days when you need to get in touch with your root chakra!

Aqua NamaSTAY Yoga Towel paired with St. Tropez

For those days when I’m dreaming about beach yoga bliss in Aruba!

Techo Parade Capris paired with Purple NamaSTAY Yoga Towel

For those days when I need a parade of color in my life!


Downtown Capris matched up with Charcoal NamaSTAY Yoga Towel

For those days when I’m feeling urban sophisticated!

Win Your Very Own Fashion Pairing

Leave a comment below and let me know which pairing is your favorite, or go to the NamaSTAY Towel and K. Deer Haute Yoga Wear sites to check out the styles and colors and make up your very own design. On February 3 at 12:22 PM EST, I’ll pick one lucky winner to receive a NamaSTAY Yoga Towel and K.Deer Haute Capri pairing of their choice. This giveaway is open to participants outside of the United States. If you enter, please share the love and also tweet or share this post on Facebook, and if you are really feeling the love, like NamaSTAY Towels and K. Deer Haute Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

Tweet (just copy and paste): Bye-Bye boring black yoga pants. Hello @kdeerHauteyoga & @NamaSTAYtowel! Enter to win a colorful pairing @downwarddog http://bit.ly/VhbMmO

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I love that – as an RYT 200-certified Barkan method teacher and Syracuse University-educated fashion designer – Kristine took her two passions and put them together to create her yoga line. She is truly an inspiration to take what you love and create meaningful and enjoyable work.

I said it when I wrote about her headbands, and I’ll say it again: Thanks, Kristine, for creating products that help me feel unique and seriously stylish on the yoga mat! Keep up the haute work!

It may be cold outside, but it’s getting haute here at The Daily Downward Dog – we turned up the electric with an Electric Yoga giveaway this week as well!

Save 20% on NamaSTAY Yoga Towels with discount code DOWNWARDDOG at checkout or when you buy direct from The Daily Downward Dog.

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