Autumn maybe synonymous with sweater weather, but winter, as any woman knows, means one thing: legging weather. When the temperature drops below 40 degrees, who wants to be wearing a pair of crunchy jeans? No one, that's who — which is why you need to find the best winter leggings.
Even though your favorite pair of cropped Lululemons may perform well in the gym, they're no match for snowstorms or wind chills. Instead, a snug pair of winter leggings will protect you from freezing temperatures with added insulation or a denser fabric construction. And while most athletic pants are made from spandex or polyester, cold-weather leggings use fabrics that trap heat close to the skin, like acrylic and wool.
Additionally, many of the best winter leggings also work as a base layer under trousers, dresses, and ski pants. Their tight fit and thin construction makes them an easy solution for bundling up against the cold without adding extra bulk. And these days, they even make super stylish leggings that'll keep you warm during nights out on the town.
From fleece-lined, faux-leather designs to moisture-wicking thermal leggings, here's a list of nine cute and functional pairs to keep you warm this winter.
1. Fleece-Lined Yoga Pants That Have A Hidden Pocket
Balelaf's fleece-lined yoga pants have a soft brushed inner fabric that traps heat and a polyester-spandex blend that wicks away moisture to keep you warm and dry. Other features include a gusseted crotch to improve stretch, flat-lock seams to reduce chafing, and a hidden pocket. The waist rises nice and high, and they come in three neutral colors — black, navy, and grey — all at a great price.
2. Plus Size Leggings That Won't Become Sheer Over Time
Zerdocean's leggings are made from 100 percent high-quality cotton that keeps things opaque and prevents annoying pilling. The fabric is extra-thick, which helps to capture extra heat along with a plush fleece lining. Each pair has a stretchy elastic waistband and an inseam just under 27 inches. Reviewers rave about how warm and comfortable they are, even referring to them as "skin-tight sweatpants."
3. Luxe Silk Leggings That Balance The Body's Temperature
Hanro's high-end leggings use a blend of Merino wool and silk to create a thermal knit that offers insulated warmth that's still breathable. Each pair features an elastic waist and foot cuffs for a custom fit, and saddle tailoring along the crotch and inner leg for additional comfort. Designed with transversal seaming and a flat trim, these leggings are great for layering under other bottoms and come in three colors, including white and black.
4. Chic Faux Leather Leggings With Velvet Lining For A Night Out
Stay stylish in freezing temperatures with these faux-leather leggings that are lined with a plush velvet. Despite the furry inner lining, these leggings maintain a slim fit thanks to their spandex coating. Choose between a black, navy, or red red faux leather exterior and a variety of inner velvets that peek out when cuffed.
5. Wool Leggings That Regulate Your Body Temperature In Both Freezing Temperatures And Mild Fall Days
These leggings are made with 100 percent Merino wool that regulates body temperature year-round. In sub-zero temperatures, the non-itch wool in the leggings traps heat to keep you warm, while on milder days, the absorbent textile keeps your body cool and dry. They're easy to keep clean, have a high waist, and come in six cute colors.
6. Thermal Leggings With Technology That Keeps You Dry
Champion's Duofold's fleece-lined leggings have a soft brushed interior that traps body heat for improved insulation all winter long. They're designed with X-Temp technology, which adapts to your body temperature and evaporates moisture, keeping you nice and dry. The non-bulky insulation also guarantees a full-range of movement, while super soft stitching prevents chafing. Great as as base layer for outdoor activities or as everyday pants, this style come in seven different solids and prints.
7. Low-Rise Leggings With A Long Inseam That Are Extra-Stretchy
Each pair of these fleece-lined leggings is made from polyester and spandex which results in a flexible fit that can easily transition from workout gear to loungewear. The 28 inch inseam offers full leg coverage while a gusseted crotch and interlock stitch provide extra warmth and prevent chafing. Cut with a lower rise on the hip, these leggings are available in four cute colors, including vibrant pink and purple. Reviewers say they're ultra-flattering, extra-stretchy, and aren't see through.
8. Dual-Layer Leggings That Eliminate Chafing
Under Armour's ColdGear leggings have dual-layers made up of a heat-trapping interior and rapid-drying exterior, which are great for running in cold temperatures. Made with the brand's moisture-wicking technology and anti-chafe seams, these leggings provide ultimate comfort, even with all day movement. The second-skin fit also offers compression, which is great for muscle recovery, and prevents bagging, making these great option for layering.
9. Wool Leggings That Naturally Resist Odors
Recommended for hiking, camping, snow sports, and everyday wear, Minus33's wool leggings have an interlock knit that provides UPF protection up to 50+. Designed to work as a base layer, these leggings offer a super tight fit with flat-lock seams, a stretch cuff, and tagless labeling for maximum comfort. Each pair also features moisture-wicking technology, natural elasticity, and anti-microbial resistance, thanks to the natural qualities of Merino wool. Choose between five colors for your perfect wintertime fit.
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