Not to sound melodramatic, but when I mysteriously misplaced my favorite pair of Lululemon leggings last year, I felt a small piece of myself die. That’s because when you find a pair of comfy, flattering workout leggings that make you look like you go to one or two Pilates classes a week more than you actually do, you hold on for dear life.
As editors, we have strong feelings about which pieces we think are the most flattering workout leggings on the market: In such a saturated athleisure scene, you can trust that these 11 picks are mad comfortable, will last year years without stretching out, and (importantly) make you look like you have lower abs, long lean legs, and the ass of an angel.
Looking to drop a little cash on the best workout leggings you can get your booty into? We got you. Keep scrolling to discover new york fashion
1. Girlfriend Black Girlfriend High-Rise Leggings
Loved by: Victoria Hoff, wellness editor
Available in sizes XXS to XXXL.
“I’ve been hooked on my Girlfriend leggings since the moment the brand launched. I love the message of sustainability (they’re made from recycled bottles!) and inclusivity—its designs are made for all body types and its lookbook highlights that, which is novel (even if it shouldn’t be). But above all else, these leggings are so comfortable and flattering and maintain their shape even after more than a year of regular use. I highly recommend picking them up in all colors (and snagging some matching sports bras to boot).” — Victoria
2. Varley Huntley Marble-Print Performance Leggings With Mesh
Loved by: Maya Allen, assistant editor
Available in sizes XS to M.
“I’m very open about my addiction to cycling. My week isn’t complete without going to Flywheel—I haven’t found an outlet that relieves my stress the way riding all my worries out on these bikes does. With that being said, I need sturdy leggings that can outlast a high-intensity workout. For one, I love the way these marble-print leggings look. I’ll still feel cute and presentable grabbing a smoothie after my workout because you can easily repurpose these into your wardrobe. More importantly, I can move around in them, and they’re fast-absorbing, so I can avoid that sticky sweat aftermath.” — Maya
3. Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity Run Leggings
Loved by: Kaitlyn McLintock, news writer, and Amanda Montell, features editor
Available in sizes XS to XL.
“They’re high-waisted, which means two things. The first is that they look amazing with a crop top. The second is that they stay fitted and secure around the waist without any of that annoying readjusting that so many workout leggings require. They also have a stripe down the side the elongates the legs. Most importantly, though, they’re the most comfortable pair of leggings I’ve ever worn. They fit like a second skin and never stretch out, no matter how far you run, jump, stretch, or brunch. I’m obsessed.” — Kaitlyn
4. Athleta Up for Anything Tights
Loved by: Aimee Jefferson, social media editor
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
“These tights are incredible. They’re sweat-wicking, high-waisted, and they have pockets! It took me a while to try this popular mall brand, but now that I’ve tried Athleta, I seriously want to buy five more pairs of its leggings. If you love to exercise, you need to add these to your closet ASAP.” — Aimee
5. Mott50 Reese Athletic Leggings
Loved by: Amanda
Available in sizes XS to XL.
“Mott50′s leggings are top tier for so many reasons: First of all, they’re UPF 50, so you can wear them doing rooftop yoga and know your skin is being protected. Second, they’re quick-drying, so you can wear them SUP’ing. And third, they are ultra-high-waisted and shockingly slimming, which never hurts. Pair them with the brand’s matching long-sleeved Stella Crop Top ($78), and your athleisure ‘fit will be so good, it would be a crime not to Instagram it.” — Amanda
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