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Style Remix: Long-Sleeved Tee and Yoga Pants


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Hi, I’m Victoria, and welcome to my new segment (and first post) here at CF! Style Remix is all about how to get the most mileage out of the wardrobe staples that are already in most collegians’ closets.

Today, we’re starting with two college staples: yoga pants and a long-sleeved tee. In my opinion, they’re crucial for getting through the winter, whether I’m studying at the lib, lounging in my apartment, or trying to get a little exercise when it’s chilly outside. Below, I’ll show you how to wear them in three different ways.

Before We Begin, a Quick Note:

Before we start, I have to offer a quick caveat: as a longtime reader of CF, I know many of you are staunchly against the leggings-as-pants trend! I’m with you. I can’t stand leggings as pants.

Some of the yoga pants I’ve featured in today’s article are skinny-fit; however, they are not to be confused with leggings. A true yoga pant is opaque, body-skimming rather than body-squeezing, and is never less modest than a pair of skinny jeans. Today, I’ve featured the skinny-fit yoga pant alongside the classic boot-cut simply because they tend to be more versatile than the boot-cut styles (as they fit inside boots without lumps). The end point? “Legging-cut” does not mean leggings– opt for a true yoga pant.

1. Clean-Cut on Campus for an Early Morning Class

Style remix yoga on campus
Products:: Jacket – Abercrombie & Fitch, Shirt – UNIQLO, Pants – Victoria’s Secret PINK, Earrings – Betsey Johnson, Scarf – Target, Boots – Target, Bracelet – Forever 21

For being comfy and well-layered for those early-morning classes (at least, in coastal California weather), a long-sleeved tee with a denim jacket and oversized scarf hit the mark. Pair with classic boots and a touch of jewelry to keep the whole look polished.

2. A Little Glam for the Gym

Style remix yoga gym
Product Details: Hair Ties – Simply Soles, Shirt – Target, Blotting Papers – Sephora, Pants – JC Penny, Shoes – Zappos, Jacket – Adidas

A long-sleeved shirt is also good for light workouts when it’s chilly outside, though not so fab for cardio workouts! This look is for yoga, pilates, or other flexibility-based training that doesn’t get you warm enough on your own. (For high-intensity workouts, it’s better to sub out for a short-sleeved tee or workout top.) Blotting papers are great for a girl on the go, too: you can dab off light sweat or oils, dust your face with a translucent powder, and poof — you’re presentable again!

 3. Lovely Lounging

Style remix yoga lounge
Product Details: Sweater – Forever 21, Earrings – Modcloth, Headband – Free People, Pants – Forever 21, Shirt – H&M, Shoes- DSW

An oversized sweater can be a fabulous (and warm) addition to a long-sleeved tee and yoga pants. Whether you’re spending late nights at the library or just lounging in your dorm or apartment, a little touch of metallic in your shoes or jewelry can help a comfy outfit appear more fashionable.

What do you think?

The key to all of these outfits is working with the basics you already own and using accessories to make a simple outfit a lot more interesting. Now I want to hear from you. Would you wear these outfits? What wardrobe essentials do you want to see in the next Style Remix? Comment below and tell me what you think.

Posted on on January 16, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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44 Responses to “Style Remix: Long-Sleeved Tee and Yoga Pants”

  1. 1
    January 16th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Great, great post! I’m looking forward to your next article! :) Maybe you could feature simple skinny jeans and a white tee, and the different ways they could be worn

  2. 2
    January 16th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    What great timing! I was just about to ask about posting something similar.

  3. 3
    January 16th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this article! The first outift is absolutely adorable.

  4. 4
    January 16th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I love the way these outfits are lazy-cute. With just one or two extra minutes, it’s not hard to put something cute together out of comfy or simple pieces from your wardrobe. And if you do it often enough, people start to look up to your style.

  5. 5
    January 16th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I’m sorry but I would never wear yoga pants in public. I tried once, and got many inappropriate looks from men. They are just like leggings! Unless you have really thick yoga pants. but even then, if you aren’t working out, it’s a big “no” for me.

  6. 6
    January 16th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Nice idea, but leggins or yoga pants, living in an European country I would never ever go out like that. Sometimes even jeans feel wrong and sloppy. People are dressed nicely for classes, not to mention what they wear for drinking coffe etc.

  7. 7
    January 16th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    That’s a great point, min! I studied abroad in England this summer, and you’re completely right– these outfits would never pass as appropriate for classes in most of Europe. These outfits are based more on the American college culture. However, the first and third outfits could be altered just a little for more fomal occasions: with a slim-fit, non-denim trouser, you could have a completely different look. Thanks for your feedback!

  8. 8
    January 16th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I don’t think it’s suitable to ever wear exercise clothing as regular clothing…
    No matter how hot guys think it is – we don’t go out in just our bra either.
    Just opt for a legging and a longer top that will cover your bum if you want to be comfy AND stylish :)

  9. 9
    January 16th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Love all these outfit ideas! The first option is a great pick for the spring season!

  10. 10
    January 16th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Love this article, thanks for mentioning the difference between leggings and “legging-cut” stretch/yoga pants. I think sometimes girls shy away from anything resembling a legging for pants in an effort to avoid a faux pas, but I’m not sure there’s anything cuter or more comfortable than an over-sized sweater with skinny cut yoga pants and boots in the winter!

  11. 11
    January 16th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I’m sorry, I still think yoga pants shouldn’t be worn anywhere outside of home or the gym. In the first outfit, it is just as easy to throw on some skinnies. I like the lounging look though.

  12. 12
    January 16th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Love outfit #1! I would also love to see a post dedicated to what to wear to the gym!

  13. 13
    January 16th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I love this post! All of the outfits are cute and cozy, a great (very casual) alternative to jeans. I think it’s important to get the kind of yoga pants with a fold over waist so they won’t be confused as leggings. Plus, those kind are cuter more flattering, in my opinion

  14. 14
    January 16th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I love this post. I work full time with kids, and my go to choice is yoga pants. This gives me some ideas of how to change up my wardrobe. Thanks college fashion!

  15. 15
    January 16th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    This is a gear idea. I’m excited to see what you come up with

  16. 16
    January 16th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Still don’t see what’s so wrong with wearing leggings as pants…

  17. 17
    January 16th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Love this post! Excited to see what else you’ve got Victoria.

  18. 18
    January 16th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    the other pieces are cute, but i don’t wear yoga pants or leggings in lieu of real pants unless i’m working out/dancing, and then i prefer to wear shorts. and i plan to keep it that way, since i’ve made a sort of promise to myself that i will always dress nicely, even if “dressing my best” for that day means jeans, a t-shirt, and a cardigan. i just don’t want to be one of those people who stop trying to look nice at all because they just get too lazy to try anymore.

    that being said, the outfits are still super cute, and i know a lot of people who would like them. i would just substitute jeans for yoga pants. and i really love the accessories in the first one and the heart sweater in the third. lovely as always. <3

  19. 19
    January 16th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    There are certain occasions where leggings are a much better alternative to pants. I have a number of tops that are just long enough to cover my bum and would look ridiculous with jeans or trousers. I usually add some nice boots and I feel comfy and chic at the same time. The problem I see is when you have the girls wearing the see-through, skin tight leggings (basically Spanx) and you can see their underwear (if they’re even wearing panties God forbid).

  20. 20
    January 16th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you for this post!! I really like the clean-cut class look! Will be definitely be wearing something similar soon!

  21. 21
    January 16th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Yeah, I still don’t see what’s so bad about wearing leggings as pants .. they are comfy, slimming, and show off my legs! All these are great outfits, and yes while it’s super easy to substitute a pair of jeans for a pair of pants, leggings/yoga pants will always be more comfortable then denim!

    I don’t know why it’s sooooo inappropriate to go out in a pair of leggings or yoga pants. God forbid someone can see your butt. Because its such a HUGE secret that girls have butts. LOL

  22. 22
    January 16th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    LOVE THIS! I am glad im not the only person who wears yoga pants on a daily basis. These are some great ideas! Outfit number one is adorable!

    I own a couple pairs of yoga skinnies. Which are completely different from leggings because of the thicker material. In this case i think they are definitely appropriate to wear in public. I only wear leggings if i have a shirt that covers my butt.

  23. 23
    January 16th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Last year, a huge group of guys at my school made a list of which girls look hottest in yoga pants/tights. While they were punished almost immediately, I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing yoga pants while out and about, and especially tights. I feel like anything that tight is almost the same as wearing nothing at all.

  24. 24
    January 16th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Leggings aren’t appropriate to wear as pants because they’re NOT pants – they’re basically just a second skin. They aren’t thick enough to cover anything, so you might as well just go outside naked or in stockings. No one wants to see every part of your butt like that; personally I hate when people do that because then I’m like “uhm, if I wanted to see a basically bare butt I’d go to a strip club”. It looks trashy, and if your denim’s not comfortable maybe its not the right fit. Honestly, I could sleep in my jeans; I find them perfectly comfy. I’d never wear yoga pants or sweat pants in public, and leggings only if my butt is covered.

  25. 25
    January 16th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Love this post! And so practical….maybe for your next posts, you could style a basic t-shirt/jeans combo? It’s so easy to just throw on a solid shirt and jeans and call it a “casual day’ but I’d like to know how to accessorize to make it look nicer :)

  26. 26
    January 16th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Yoga pants as acceptable daywear? Sounds like prepping for a life of soccer-mom-hood.

  27. 27
    January 16th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I think the first look is super cute! I’m definitely looking into getting a jean jacket for the fall to go with all my black pants.

    Also, I don’t think there is anything wrong with wearing yoga pants or leggings (so long as they aren’t see-through!), especially as college girls! They’re a comfortable, cheap, and lightweight alternative to jeans. And, as opposed to faded or ripped up jeans, their black color can look more streamlined and pulled together.

    I would love to see more posts about ways to wear yoga pants and leggings!

  28. 28
    January 16th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I think that people should wear what they’re comfortable with… honestly if I see someone walking around campus who looks like they just rolled out of bed my reaction is “Hey, good for you getting up and going to class”. It’s better than staying home because you didn’t have time to look perfect that day.

    I liked this post, although I feel that if you’re going to go for casual you should commit to it. Something about wearing ballet flats with yoga pants doesn’t mesh well to me. Still this is a cool segment! Can’t wait to see what the next one is.

  29. 29
    January 16th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Like a lot of these other people, I’m not a fan of yoga pants being worn outside. But I do appreciate trying to dress them properly. And I appreciate your distinction of what is appropriate for yogas and what just isn’t. They’re still not for me, but I’m glad you justified how they are more suitable than other thinner pants.

  30. 30
    January 16th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Oh and also I do really like the concept of this segment! You got some mixed reviews for your first post, but I am looking forward to hearing more from you, girl!

  31. 31
    January 16th, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    I wear my yoga pants ALL THE TIME and see nothing wrong with wearing them out! I have a pair of the skinny fit yogas and I wear them just like pants because they are much thicker than leggings. I do wear the ones with the fold down waist just so you can see there is a distinction though, and because it adds a little extra coverage. I love this post especially outfit one, though I agree wearing flats with yogas seems kinda odd. It seems to me like that’s trying to pass them off as trousers when they obviously aren’t!! but yeah, great segment, and i’m looking forward to the next one!! :)

  32. 32
    January 17th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Finally someone from UCSD!!! Haha Almost every girl at this school lives in these outfits.

  33. 33
    January 17th, 2013 at 3:47 am

    I’m not a big fan of fashion rules….who the hell care if someone wear leggings as pants…I don’t but I don’t care if others do. I don’t care if they wear sweats either. Style is about being an individual. I like taking risks but I also like sweats every now and then.
    But to the post, I like the idea of the first outfit :)

  34. 34
    January 17th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for all of your feedback, guys! Glad you like the new column! Just to clarify, we’re definitely not changing our stance on wearing yoga pants in lieu of regular clothes – we still think jeans are preferable to workout gear for daytime wear.

    The first outfit (for an early morning class) is definitely not meant for all-day wear – it’s for those super early mornings after all-nighters when you don’t have more than a few minutes to get ready or maybe are sick, sort of saying “if you’re going to wear sweats, here’s how to make them a little more presentable”. The outfit is also intended for girls who have fallen into the college “yoga pants, uggs, sweatshirt” routine and want some subtle ways to make their look more stylish. But, of course, regular skinny jeans would be our #1 choice for comfy daytime wear.

  35. 35
    January 17th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    be sure to wear black yoga panties (VS PINK <3) and not anything shiny, patterned or with words on the but because you can see right through some yoga pants. I've seen too many instances of girls around campus where you can see their underthings. tacky and gross!

  36. 36
    January 17th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    First, I actually squealed when I saw that this post is by a fellow Triton! Second, I particularly love the “lounging” look; I spend a lot of time studying/lounging in my dorm, but still want to look cute in case anyone drops by. This is perfect inspiration!

  37. 37
    January 18th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    IDGAF I live in yoga pants!!

  38. 38
    January 18th, 2013 at 12:17 am


    I have to agree with you on the yoga pants thing. I recently took up yoga, and had to change my workout wardrobe when I realized that most yoga stretches require a large range of motion. The choices you have on here are practical, simple and comfortable – the Yoga trifecta. Thanks for the post!


  39. 39
    January 18th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    As I mentioned, in Europe it would seem strange, but for those who love the outfits and want to wear them on holiday or as exchange student, I would just use tights instead the yoga pants and a simple and cosy skirt (the one for 6$ at H&M) or dressy black hotpants, maybe faux leather.
    If the sweater is long enough you can just wear it with colored tights, it’s super cosy in winter with woolen ones + overknee socks and high boots (sometimes snow goes up to the thigh).
    I don’t know about snow in Paris, I was there in summer, and no matter how cosy my outfit was I always had a scarf, hat or sunglasses go with it, since everyone did ;)

    (If my English is weird, I’m from Vienna.)

  40. 40
    January 18th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Love the third look! I have the same ballet flats from CL by Laundry, they are such a great basic!

  41. 41
    January 20th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Why not just wear hot pants (thick leggings that hit at the belly button or higher) instead of yoga pants? They’re as comfy as yoga pants, but more stylish. They’re meant to be worn with short or tucked in shirts, but can also be worn as leggings depending on the outfit. I got an oxblood pair from Target, and they’re great!

    Also, I saw another person mention using yoga pants for dance. I practice dance pretty much every day, but I hate changing before practice. I also refuse to wear yoga pants to class because I agree with College Fashion’s view on them. From lots of experience, I’ve discovered that hot pants are great for both class and dance.

    An article about how to style hot pants would be super cool. I feel like a lot of people are not aware that they even exist.

  42. 42
    June 14th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I am loving this segment, I am reading through all your posts now and they’re giving me great ideas. The first ensemble is basically what I always wear to morning classes (or just lazy days in general) because I don’t have an easy time getting out of bed and putting on anything less than super comfortable.

    I do have to say though that I wear leggings often, and lots of other girls at my school do, too, and I think we pull it off fine–the thing is to wear a top that covers your butt, and to wear good quality leggings that are thick enough. I always make sure to pull on an extra long sweater so that no one has to see the outline of my backside, so I don’t think this is entirely a no-no! But it does all just go back to personal preference.

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