UPDATE: Check out my Spring Walmart Workout Haul

Now that the shine’s worn off my New Year’s resolutions, I’m looking for a good incentive to get off the couch.   A new addition to my workout wardrobe usually does the trick to bring a little freshness to my routine.

My daughters’ generation is exceedingly comfortable with their own curves and imperfections, but my insecurities come to full tilt when fabric stretches tight across my backside.  Although I love the freedom and comfort of today’s new fabrics, I also want to feel I’m wearing something that supports and flatters my shape.

With that in mind, let’s put today’s essential workout piece front and center and talk about: yoga pants. Let’s face it, we’ve all seen the yoga pant gone so very wrong on women of every age. Read on for some quick tips and tricks to choose a pair that will serve you well in function and style.

Check the fit

Lately, I’ve been loving trying on items in my own home versus the retail dressing room.

I buy several sizes of the same item, bring them home to try on, and then return what I don’t like.  The comfort of trying yoga pants on at home, where I can actually do a few exercises in them, far outweighs the hassle of making returns.

Clothing subscription services sound really appealing, but I haven’t tried one yet.  If you have a favorite, please leave your advice in the comments.

Look for slimming elements

As I’m writing this, I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs of Avia leggings.  Two features that made me love them were the high waist and the vertical stripe down the side.  Both features make me look and feel a little slimmer, and that’s great motivation to keep moving. Priced under $20, there’s no reason to have just one pair.

Take the lightbulb test

Many of us have unfortunate stories of standing behind someone who wore a yoga pant that failed her when exercise class got tough.  Before you buy your bottom half, hold the single layer of fabric up to the light and make sure you can’t see your hand through it.  Need I say more?

Armed with this checklist, be brave!  Get out there and check out the spring workout fashions at your local retailer.  I can see you killing that yoga routine right now…

For more great ideas on updating your workout look, check out these posts from 40 Plus Style and Fabulous After 40.