What to Wear and Buy?

Yoga mat

Wearing the wrong things can make it harder to do aerials or other activities. If you’ve ever done a silks drop that catches you in your armpits in a tank top, you’ll know what I mean. Here’s what I would recommend wearing to any particular activity. Of course personal preferences vary, but this is what I’ve found to be most practical for me.  

For all activities


  • no jewelry. You don’t want anything getting caught in the equipment.




  • long high-waist leggings
  • sports bra
  • tight-fitting t-shirt (maybe cropped)
  • a long-sleeve layer until you’ve warmed up
  • socks for hoop, but not for silks/climbing
  • hair: up in a ponytail

Tight-fitting clothes can help with with checking alignment and engagement of the right muscles. They also won’t get stuck on the apparatus. For aerials, you usually want to cover as much skin as possible, in order to minimise pain and bruising. In a typical class you would share the apparatus with another person, and watch the instructor demonstrate a sequence. This means you get some time to rest and cool down (and are less likely to get hot and sweaty).  


  • apparatus
  • crash mat
  • optionally, rosin for grip on silks (some people use it for hoop too, but I haven’t felt the need)



  • long high-waist leggings
  • sports bra
  • optional tight-fitting tank top
  • a long-sleeve layer until you’ve warmed up
  • bare feet
  • hair: side braid (not uncomfortable when lying down on the back or performing a headstand. Falls in your face less often than other styles)

I don’t like t-shirts for yoga as raising your arms will make them ride up constantly. Any loose tops will basically fall off as soon as you do downward dog or other inversions unless you tuck them in.  


  • mat or rug (or both, or a towel on top too)
  • mat cleaning spray & cloth
  • optional: blocks, strap, bolster(s). I mostly like these for yin and restorative poses
  • I quite like an eye bag for savasana, and in colder weather a blanket



  • shorts (shorter -> more grip)
  • sports bra
  • optional tank top
  • long-sleeve layer until you’re warmed up
  • in cold weather, leg warmers for the warm up and cool down (or just waiting around)
  • usually bare feet, but socks if you’re doing any moves where toes are sliding on the floor
  • hair: up for warm-up, down when spinning (fun)

In pole, you generally want to expose as much skin as possible because you need it to grip the pole. Otherwise, the number of moves you can do is more limited.  


  • pole
  • crash mat when learning to invert
  • optionally, grip aid
  • knee pads if you have any knee isues



  • almost any sports clothing; I prefer tight fitting in case you’re ever (partially) upside down
  • some places require trainers, but often you can also do it barefoot or in socks


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