The day I wore ‘leather pants’ to yoga class

I’ll never forget the day I had complete strangers walk up to me after a Vinyasa yoga class at Flow Athletic and ask me how I’d managed to do it in leather pants! Truth is they weren’t leather, but from a range of amazing workout wear that looks just like it (and is far comfier than leather too).
Bodyism shiny tightsThey were, in fact a pair of I Am Shiny Panelled Stretch-Jersey Leggings that I had been gifted. As soon as I pulled them out of the packaging, I thought “ohhh leather tights, these are way too nice to wear for exercise”.

I was so in need of a pair of classic leather pants, but I always found the regular fashion variety too long. These Bodyism ones actually fitted my short little legs perfectly, and soon became the new staple pants I wore constantly with a denim jacket, flats and white T-shirt. Little did anyone suspect they were actually workout gear.

Read → Are yoga tights the new jeans?

I put those leather lookalike pants to very good (and regular) use, but the day I finally busted them out in a yoga class to see how they actually performed, I was greeted by half the class touching and pulling at my ‘leather’ yoga tights.

Nobody could believe they were stretch fabric, and off the record, most were keen to buy them just to wear out at night as I’d been doing.

So there I was post yoga class with phones flashing me and pens scribbling the brand name on bits of paper. I don’t think I’ve ever had that much attention in my life (well, certainly, my legs hadn’t – thanks Bodyism!). Since then, these look alike leather yoga pants, have become a fashion cult item far beyond my yoga circles.

So I guess you want to know where to buy them from? Just head here!

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As one of Australia’s leading fitness models and health bloggers, Bianca Cheah is a picture of glowing wellness. A businesswoman, entrepreneur, brand ambassador and one of the country's most high profile models, Bianca is a force to be reckoned with and is dedicated to sharing her wellness and health philosophy to Australia and the world. With a background in design, media and both the beauty and fitness industries, the Queensland-born beauty has spent the past decade becoming an authority on health, stylish living and wellbeing. Seeing a gap in the market for a stylish health and fitness site, Bianca launched a blog called Sporteluxe in December 2012 and in less than a year transformed it into the country's most innovative and exciting digital publication. Today as founder and Managing Director of, Bianca is not only the face of Sporteluxe but oversees the strategy and direction, is the driving force behind the brand and has built the go-to site for everything luxe health, luxe fitness and luxe living and has now become a mini health empire for those who seek out inspiration daily. The Bianca Cheah empire continues to grow as she embarks on a number of exciting new collaborations, projects and business ventures in the beauty and health spheres.