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Prancing Leopard Yoga Wear: Organic Cool

I love my Prancing Leopard Toulouse jumpsuit. Here I am, practicing a bit on my front lawn. I look a bit goofy, but I’m definitely happy. Goofy = Happy, don’tcha know? 🙂

Sevda and Bert Holland couldn’t find what they wanted in yogawear, so of course (don’t you do this?) they made their own. Prancing Leopard was born out of the couple’s need for genuinely stylish, but still functional yoga wear. And they would only make it superethically, of course. That means organic cotton (but not just any organic cotton…read below), a program to benefit animals in need, connections with local artisans, and more do-gooderness. Yay! We love a company that thinks beyond the obvious and into HOW they can truly make a positive impact while filling a niche.

Reversible Rhineu tank top

Prancing Leopard is all about the details – from attention to fit (I have both the jumpsuit shown above and a reversible top, and let me tell you, they feel GOOD), to looking quirky-great to being truly functional in a yoga-doing situation. The details extend to a proprietary super-soft quick-drying high-performance “peached” Turkish organic cotton jersey with a four-way stretch fabric. It’s called Zeugma® and it is as awesome as it sounds. (By quick-dry I’m talking about sweaty fabric drying while in savasana, so you walk out of class feeling – but not looking – like you just kicked your own butt).

The Carmague one-piece is perfect for layering, as seen here, or solo for a hot yoga class.

Besides being made from organic material, Prancing Leopard, which is sold via yoga studios (and their online store), has its eye on other ways to benefit the world. According to the site, “Locally, a percentage of online sales goes to the buyer’s studio of choice. On a global scale, we offer handmade artisan pieces, in addition to our core line, to benefit underserved women’s communities who make them. To support our shared environment and community, a percentage of our profit goes to the Snow Leopard Trust, dedicated to saving the rare and beautiful snow leopard from extinction.”

The cropped Harem Pant is one of Prancing Leopard’s perennial best sellers, and you can probably see why. Supercomfy, stylish and original.

And they make men’s yoga clothes too! My boyfriend has their supersoft Instanbul pant, and they are gorgeously flowy, cut perfectly and he has worn them to death!

The Kuray High/Low Sweatshirt is a great layering piece for post-yoga class or would work with a great pair of jean shorts and sandals for a summer evening at the beach.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.