Shoppers are stocking up on leggings to add comfort and versatility to their wardrobes, but not all leggings are created equal. The
best leggings for women offer stretchiness without being see-through, whether you plan on wearing them for working out, going to work, or for all of your everyday activities.
If you’re looking for leggings to wear to work, to meet friends, or just to slip on before running errands, the overall best pick on this list is a stretchy and opaque versatile option that uses a rayon, polyester, and spandex to achieve a smooth stretch. For workouts, look for leggings made from moisture-wicking fabric and high waists that provide extra coverage and support while you're moving, bending, and stretching are great options to consider.
Other styles on this list include denim leggings (otherwise known as jeggings), fun print leggings, and capri leggings. On cold days, the pair of fleece-lined leggings listed below can be worn alone or even under your jeans for an added layer of warmth.
Plus, there are also leggings with pockets to hold your phone or other small items. The styles gathered here come in a wide range of colors and sizes so you can find the
comfiest pair of leggings to suit your needs. 1 The Best Overall Workout Leggings
comfy workout leggings feature a high waist and soft performance fabric made from a polyester-elastane blend. The medium-weight fabric promises to be "squat-proof" and not see-through. There's also a convenient drop-in pocket at the waistband that fits a phone or card. These leggings are available in a variety of colors including light purple and gray to complement your workout style and have breathability and stretch to make it through a variety of workouts. Editor’s note: I’m a huge fan of Core 10’s workout leggings, and love the high elastane blend in this pair. They’re truly comfortable and great for all manner of workout. They’re definitely squat-proof. — Amy Biggart Rave review: "I have a lot of workout leggings and these leggings are by far the winner. The fabric is very soft. There is the perfect amount of comfortable compression. The legs are seamless except for the middle seam which I love. I wear these for working out and as everyday pants as well. Love, love, love!” 2 The Best Budget Workout Leggings
Not only are these
affordable workout leggings are made from a stretchy, non-see-through polyester-spandex blend, they also feature two side pockets to hold your phone, keys, and cards. There's a wide range of colors and patterns to choose from like maroon and space dye in a variety of colors. With moisture-wicking and interlocking seams that prevent chafing, these are a comfortable pick for yoga, the gym, and more. However, if moisture-wicking is of utmost importance, a few reviewers didn’t find them the best option out there. Rave review: "These feel AMAZING when you put them on! Literally slide on so easily. Perfect fit, thick like workout pants should be and not see through. They come right up to my belly button and stay up while I’m working out. My new favorite workout pants.” 3 The Overall Best Everyday Leggings
Made from double-knit ponte fabric, these
high-waisted leggings hold their shape all day and offer the comfort of leggings with the look of dressy pants. Ponte fabric makes these thicker and more opaque, so you don't have to worry about them being see-through. They're also available in several colors including heather and wine to suit your style. Plus, these are available in short, long, and extra-long sizes. Rave review: "Love these pants! Was looking for a comfortable yet thicker legging style for my business casual work place. These were exactly what I was looking for. Thick not see through, enough stretch but keeps it shape all day and plus comes in lengths which I especially need for my short legs.” Available sizes: X-Small —XX-Large, including short, long, and extra-long 4 The Best Budget Everyday Leggings
With more than 8,200 glowing reviews on Amazon, you can't go wrong with these
affordable everyday leggings, available in a huge range of colors and prints, from basic black to coral. Made from a brushed polyester and spandex blend, they’re soft and stretchy without being see-through. They also have a high waistband for added comfort and support. Rave review: "Truly love these leggings and have only good things to say about them. Oh, and they stay on my waist and never feel like they are slipping! I have stuck to black so far, but they have many many tempting colors and even patterns.” Available sizes: One Size (0 to 12) — One Size Plus (12 to 24) 5 The Best Cheap Capri Leggings
If you'd prefer a shorter legging, these opaque polyester-blend
stretchy capri leggings with a high waist are a great option and less than $15 each. Available in more than 40 different colors and a wide range of sizes, these leggings can be worn alone or layered underneath dresses, long shirts, and more. Rave review: "These are so soft!! They are perfect under dresses instead of tights. Living in Florida these are so much easier to put on and wear sandals with dresses all year long. They don’t pill, and I’ve owned several pairs for at least [two] years now.” Available sizes: One Size — 5X 6 The Best Fleece-Lined Leggings
Made with a soft micro-fleece lining, these leggings provide cozy warmth on cold days. The polyester-spandex fabric is smooth and stretchy without being see-through, and with enough moisture-wicking to keep you dry and comfortable. An inner pocket on the elastic waistband holds small items. These comfy
fleece-lined leggings are available in several colors like olive, dark blue, and purple. Rave review: "This is the fifth pair of Baleaf workout leggings I’ve purchased, I’ve been so pleased with every one. The fleece pair is great for winter, thick enough to be cozy and warm but still breathes great for jogging or the gym.” Available sizes: XS— 3X-Large 7 The Best Denim Leggings
Made from a cotton, polyester, and spandex blend, these
comfy denim leggings offer the look of jeans but with added stretchy comfort. They feature faux front pockets and a faux fly with real back pockets. Topstitching on the pockets, side seams, and leg openings add to the overall denim look and they're available in white, black, and dark denim looks. Rave review: "These No-nonsense leggings are the best I've found so far! The fabric is excellent and provides both comfort and support. Great fit. Go for it!” Available sizes: Small — XX-Large 8 The Best Plus Size Cotton Leggings (& They Come In So Many Colors)
Scan the more than 2,800 positive ratings from Amazon customers, and you'll know immediately why these
plus size leggings are a go-to for both relaxing at home and wearing out for errands, brunch, or really any way you want. They're constructed from a blend of cotton and spandex, and according to reviewers, perfectly opaque. They are also lightweight and breathable enough that you can wear them layered underneath other clothes in cooler temperatures. Choose from more than 30 solid colors and fun prints. Rave review: "Love these! There's nothing not to love about them! I could wear these forever! So soft and so comfortable! The best ever!” Available sizes: X-Large — 5X
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This article was originally published on
Oct. 20, 2019