There are so many reasons to love leggings. But there's one negative thing about many leggings that's a deal breaker for a lot of people: they can be sheer.
Leggings that aren't see through are are made from quality cotton or polyester blends and have plenty of reviews to back up their squat-worthy claims. Once you find a pair that won't make you look like you're flashing the neighborhood, you covet that pair forever and quickly become a loyal devotee of that brand. Because let's face it: leggings are the best.
To score leggings that aren't see through, it's important to consider the quality of the fabric. Thicker fabrics or leggings that are lined with fleece tend to be less transparent, but that isn't always the case. Some thin, well-made, and incredibly
comfortable leggings also happen to be opaque, so you can get away with wearing colorful underwear and no one will be the wiser.
When shopping for leggings in a store, it always helps to put them through the stretch test: bend over in front a mirror and check out your behind, stretch your legs as far to the sky as you can without injuring yourself — these mini tests will ensure you know what you're getting into before you hit the pavement and unknowingly give everyone a show. And, when shopping online for leggings, reading reviews and paying close attention to top-rated merch (like these 15 opaque pairs of leggings) goes a long, long way.
1 These Athletic Cropped Leggings With Detailing
With a lattice detailing, these
non-see-through leggings are made of a performance material perfect for yoga, pilates, or a high-impact workout. These come in a cropped length and have a handy pocket in the back for your key or card when you're on the go. With a healthy amount of spandex in their blend and a moisture-wicking design, these leggings are super comfortable and will keep you dry. These come in six different colors, but reviewers rave that the black ones are particularly opaque. They've earned more than 1,000 Amazon reviews. Reviewers say: "They are VERY squat proof!! I was so pleased about that because I've had a hard time finding a thicker yet breathable material that fits comfy but isn't see through when you bend or squat. They have very durable seams and don't show any signs of ripping thus far." Available sizes: X-Small - 2X Available colors: 6 2 The Moisture-Wicking Athletic Leggings
If you're planning on moving around a lot, these
Baleaf yoga pants move with you — without chafing, irritation, or over-heating. The anti-drop waist, flatlock seams, and gusseted crotch keep the pants in place and feeling comfortable while you squat, run, or pose. Then there's the four-way stretch fabric which wicks moisture and keeps you cool; you can even opt for mesh panels for improved ventilation. Get this pair in several colors and designs, all of which are totally "squat-proof," according to reviewers. Best of all, there's a hidden pocket. Reviewers say: "They fit wonderfully, and they're so comfortable I don't even feel like I'm wearing pants (wore them for my run tonight). The waistband comes up high enough to cover what I want covered without squeezing the hell out of my belly. Super breathable, moisture-wicking, not see-through!" Available sizes: X-Small - 3X Available colors: 26 3 A Cult-Favorite Pair With More Than 60,000 Reviews
Reviews don’t lie — and this pair of buttery soft
high-waisted leggings has accrued more than 61,000 reviews and a 4.3-star rating. These are made from a proprietary “peachskin” fabric with 8% spandex that is completely opaque and comfortable. The soft leggings have a high waistband and come in full length and capri options, with and without pockets. Reviewers say: "These leggings are the real deal. They’re incredibly fuzzy and soft, definitely the softest leggings I’ve ever worn. They’re thin (I’m thinking perfect for when it gets a bit warmer outside) and somehow super stretchy without ever being see-through.” Available sizes: One Size — One Size Plus Available colors: 55 4 A Soft Jersey Pair With 12,000 Reviews
soft jersey leggings are fantastic for lounging, and reviewers swear they're not see-through. Designed with a cotton-spandex blend that stretches and a tag-free waist, these leggings couldn't be more comfortable. The inseam measures 26 inches (pretty squarely in the middle, length-wise), and these are even machine washable. You can get them in classic black or gray. At just $11, these leggings are one of the best deals on Amazon, and even come with the backing of more than 12,000 Amazon reviews. Reviewers say: "I was surprised by how nice the material is. It’s not cheap feeling or see through. Great quality." Available sizes: 1X - 5X Available colors: 2 5 The Super-Customizable Capri Yoga Pants
Core 10 Build Your Own yoga capris are well-loved for a multitude of reasons — including the hidden back pocket and high-stretch fabric that wicks moisture — but reviewers are especially thrilled about the customization abilities. With this pair, you can choose among three waist options. Reviewers say: "These are comfortable, not see-through, stay in place, and look great. I don’t have to think about them when I’m wearing them, and that’s the gold standard in my book!" Available sizes: X-Small - X-Large Available colors: 1 6 These Leggings That Won't Ride Up Or Down
leggings are described by reviewers (and they have more than 7,000 reviews) as super soft and the kind of leggings that never sag at the knee or slip down. They have a wide elastic waistband and thick enough not to be see-through, but not so thick that they can only be worn in cold weather. Reviewers say: "My absolute favorite leggings! I’ve been buying these for a few years now and they are my go to black leggings. The high waist is very comfy and the color doesn’t fade for a very long time." Available sizes: X-Small - 3X Available colors: 7 7 A Pair Of Super-Soft Leggings In Extensive Sizes
Available in 43 different colors and patterns, these
wildly-popular leggings are designed with a cotton-spandex blend that is stretchy and soft, but thick enough to provide plenty of coverage. These are definitely more of a leisure legging than an athletic pair (no moisture-wicking properties here), but for just $19, you could pick up a few of these pairs to have when it's time to cozy up on the couch or run out for some errands. These have earned reviews from over 6,000 Amazon users and come in solid shades and wild prints like zebra and abstract eye. Reviewers say: "I usually prefer a silkier legging and when these arrived, I was put off by the cottony feel that is a little heavier & stiffer than other leggings. But I changed my mind when I put them on. They are comfy, opaque, and fit pretty well." Available sizes: X-Large - 7X Available colors: 43 8 The Full-Length Yoga Leggings With A High Waist
full-length, high-waisted yoga leggings are a fan favorite thanks to their stretchy design that isn't remotely see through. In fact, Core 10 even claims these leggings are squat-proof, a fact that many reviewers confirm. Designed with a hidden pocket in the back you can tuck a key or card into, these leggings are functional and machine-washable. They also come in 15 colors and a wide range of sizes. Reviewers say: "Omg! These leggings are buttery soft and thick enough to not see through when I squat at the gym. They aren’t high compression, but still super comfortable. I’ll definitely be buying more!" Available sizes: X-Small - 3X Available colors: 15 9 A Pair With Roomy Pockets For Your Smartphone
Need a pair of
leggings that you can’t see through and that have pockets large enough to hold your smartphone and other items? The popular pair has a high, wide waistband and two roomy side pockets, along with a hidden key pocket and a slightly shorter 25-inch seam so they won’t bunch up at your ankles. They’re made from a blend of moisture-wicking polyester and a high 24% spandex and feature light compression along the waist. With the backing of a 4.5-star rating and more than 23,000 reviews you can feel in this opaque pick. Reviewers say: "I have purchased so many workout leggings that claim to be squat-proof and roll down the second I lean forward [...] but these bad boys are different. I wore them for the first time today (so they aren't even broken in) to do a barre workout, and although they did roll a little during some floor exercises where my torso was curled up, they stayed put the entire rest of the time - through squats, lunges, barre work, planks, push-ups, you name it.” Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large Available colors: 29 10 A Cotton-Blend Pair That Adjusts To Your Body Temp
comfy cotton-blend leggings have over 14,000 Amazon reviews for good reason: they're soft, machine-washable, moisture-wicking (thanks to the addition of polyester) and have spandex in their design for extra stretch. The fabric is designed to adjust to your body temperature and they have a long 29-inch inseam. On top of that, this pair comes in eight great colors and patterns that are easy to dress up and wear out, or put on to lounge around your house. Reviewers say: "These are my absolute favorite leggings. I love how opaque they are. I love how soft they are. I love the reasonable price." Available sizes: Small - 3X Available colors: 8 11 These High-Performance Leggings For Intense Workouts
performance leggings from Under Armour are designed with moisture-wicking fabric with four-way stretch to move with you during your toughest workouts. The lightweight HeatGear fabric offers the perfect amount of coverage without feeling too heavy or thick. That said, these are definitely not see through, according to reviewers. This pair is also designed with odor-neutralizing technology, and comes in short, regular, and tall sizes. They have a high 4.7-star rating and more than 3,000 reviews. Reviewers say: "These are great for a high intense workout. They stay where you put them due to the tight waistband. They're a thicker material, preventing them from being see through." Available sizes: X-Small - XX-Large (short, regular, and tall lengths) Available colors: 7 12 A Pair Of Opaque Leggings For Petite Sizes
petite leggings fit heights of 4' 11" - 5' 3.5", sit above the waist, and are made with a warm, thick stretch knit fabric that isn't see-through. They come in 13 shades, including a range of bright colors and neutrals, and reviewers say they aren't "skin tight" like a lot of other leggings and that the length is just perfect. Reviewers say: "They are not see through AT ALL which is amazing, and the petite is a great change of pace from needing to alter everything due to my [...] shortness." Available in sizes: Small - 6X (regular and petite) Available colors: 13 13 The Splurge-Worthy Compression Yoga Leggings
Lululemon's signature luon fabric is the star of these splurge-worthy
yoga leggings. The pre-shrunk, stretchy trademarked material both wicks moisture away from the body and never loses its shape — no matter how often you wash it. These high-rise leggings have a secret pocket in the waistband and allover light compression. Reviewers say: "Amazing!!! I love the way the Wunder Under fits and to top it off, you cannot find this color in stores, they are a beautiful vibrant green! The high waist is amazing and all [over] compression is just right. These are NOT see through like the newer material lulu is using. I am beyond happy with this purchase!" Available sizes: 2 - 12 Available color: 5 14 A Lightweight, Breathable Plus-Size Leggings Option
Whether you choose to wear these comfy
leggings alone or under a dress or tunic, they won't disappoint: they are the rare breed of pants that are both thin, breathable, and opaque—though reviewers suggest sizing up if you don't want them to be see-through. Reviewers rave about how the don't feel restricting on the body, are very soft, and how they provide enough length at the bottom to pair well with a variety of shoe styles (this also makes them the ideal pair of leggings for tall, plus size women). Reviewers say: "They fit very well and I don't feel like I am squeezing into them. They are thick enough to not be see-through which I really like as well. I liked them so much I bought a total of 4 pairs! I wore them a ton during the winter and not once did they run or snag. I would definitely recommend these." Available sizes: 1X - 4X Available colors: 11 15 The Money-Saving Pack Of Three Opaque Leggings
pack of three leggings is perfect for budget-conscious shoppers. The ankle-length leggings, which have more than 20,000 reviews, are made from moisture-wicking polyester and 8% spandex for supreme comfort and stretch. They also have a high waist, light compression, and they’re opaque and perfectly squat-proof. Choose among 17 color options that include everything from neutral black to camouflage and polka dots. Reviewers say: "The buttery soft feel, the high thick waistband, the stretch, the coverage... you have it all with these leggings! You won't go wrong!” Available sizes: Small — X-Large Available colors: 17
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This article was originally published on
June 12, 2017