Best leggings
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There’s nothing quite as motivating as new workout clothes to help get your butt moving. When you feel confident, you can take on any challenge your workout routine might throw at you. The cornerstone of any active person’s workout wardrobe? A great pair of leggings. We’ve scoured the internet and found 14 pairs we’d be thrilled to own.

From cute ribbed pairs that are super flattering to lightweight, breathable styles perfect for sweaty activities, there’s a pair everyone will love. Whether you’re someone that prefers to go on a run, commit to a yoga flow, or mix it up with a bit of both, these leggings will move with you. Keep reading to shop our picks!

Best For Lounging: Lululemon Align Pant II

Fair warning: you’re going to want to live in the Align Pant II ($98). It is so buttery soft, you’ll feel like you’re not wearing anything — which, in fact, is the purpose of the fabric it’s made of, Nulu. This is definitely a yoga pant, but it’s also an errands pant, a brunch pant, or really just an anytime pant. These leggings come in 25, 28, and 31 inch lengths, so there’s something for everyone. They, like almost all Lululemon pants, are high rise; mine come up just past my belly button. I’ve had mine for years at this point, and they feel just as soft and comfortable as the day I bought them.

Best Affordable Leggings: Old Navy High-Waisted Elevate Powersoft 7/8-Length Side-Pocket Leggings

The powersoft fabric is so cozy, you’ll never want to take them off. We love the color of these Old Navy High-Waisted Elevate Powersoft 7/8-Length Side-Pocket Leggings ($35, originally $). Plus, at under $50, these leggings are both affordable and adorable. The side pockets really are game-changers, and they’re great for holding your keys, phone, or mask while you work out.

Highest Rated Leggings: Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

These Zella Live In High Waist Leggings ($47, originally $59) have thousands of positive reviews, and for good reason. They’re sleek and comfortable, our everyday go-to for any activity. We live in them.

Most Comfortable Leggings: Beyond Yoga Spacedye Caught In The Midi 7/8 Leggings

These Beyond Yoga Spacedye Caught In The Midi 7/8 Leggings ($97) are made of the softest material that you’ll never want to take off. You’ve never worn leggings that feel like this, we promise. We have them in two colors, they’re that comfortable. Plus, we’ll find excuses to wash them and wear them again. Pick these for winter workouts, or lower impact activities.

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Best Leggings For High Impact Workouts: Alo High-Waist Airlift Legging

These Alo High-Waist Airlift Leggings ($118) are so easy to move in, and they’re also breathable. Plus, like much of Alo’s clothes, they look so good on. There’s really nothing better than that. Wear these for your sweatiest, highest impact activities.

Best Size Inclusive Leggings: Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Leggings

These Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Leggings ($88) are made from recycled water bottles, so they help the planet and your workout. Plus, almost every piece in the collection has a matching sports bra, so if you love a good set, this is the one to shop. The high waist ensures these will stay put through your toughest workouts, and they come in sizes XXS – 6XL.

Most Versatile Leggings: Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight

I’m someone who likes to switch up my workouts; one day I’m doing my favorite Pilates workout, and the next I’m sweating it out on my Peloton bike. While I respect the fact that different pants are built for different activities, sometimes you just want one versatile piece that can move with you. Enter the Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight ($128). It’s specifically designed to take you through a multitude of workouts; it’s made of Everlux so it’s sweat-wicking and breathable but thick enough to provide support, and it doesn’t have a back zipper, allowing you to lie down in Pilates or yoga. Plus, it has side pockets. So basically, sold.

Best Crossover Leggings: OFFLINE By Aerie Real Me High Waisted Crossover Legging

The crossover legging is a huge trend for 2022 because, you guessed it, the crossover waistband is super flattering. These OFFLINE By Aerie Real Me High Waisted Crossover Leggings ($45) are the ones that started the trend. They’re light and breathable, sweat-wicking, and under $50. We’ll take two.

Best Leggings For Yoga: Alo 7/8 High-Waist Airbrush Legging

You can’t go wrong with these bestselling Alo 7/8 High-Waist Airbrush Legging ($82). These are some of our favorite yoga leggings, and they’re super thick, so your butt looks like it’s been airbrushed. Even though the material is thick, it’s also soft and comfortable, but still holds you in. If you’re doing something that won’t leave you drenched in sweat, these are a great option.

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Best Thick Leggings: Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II 7/8 Tight

We all know that some of our leggings are thicker than others; they’re the ones we love for winter, when it’s a bit colder outside. The Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II 7/8 Tights ($98) are the go-to leggings when you want to feel comfy but still held in. These are great for low-impact workouts like yoga and Pilates where you aren’t getting drenched in sweat.

Best Ribbed Leggings: Carbon38 Ribbed Regular Rise 7/8 Length Leggings

Ribbed styles are making a comeback right now. They look like elevated loungewear, and they hug the body beautifully. So many people are obsessed with these Carbon38 Ribbed Regular Rise 7/8 Length Leggings ($98). They come in a bunch of colors, and this pink is so fun. They also have a super thick waistband that’s both comfortable and flattering, plus it stays put.

Best Compression Leggings: Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Leggings

How do we love the Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Leggings ($85)? Let us count the ways. They come in the prettiest color combinations, are ultra-comfortable but still supportive, and make our butt look good. If you’re someone that likes compression leggings, these are the pants for you.

Best Black Leggings: All Access Center Stage Leggings

If you’re looking for the ideal black leggings, meet the All Access Center Stage Leggings ($98). They’re sleek, hold you in, and fit in with every activity, from pilates to boxing. Plus, the fabric is super lightweight, so if you want your leggings to feel comfortable and breathable, these are the ones to pick up.

Best Lightweight Leggings: Nike One Lux 7/8 Tights

You can’t go wrong with these Nike One Lux 7/8 Tights ($90). The material feels like second skin, so you can move freely and with ease.

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