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The 10 Best Printed Leggings

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PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28: A guest wears sunglasses, a black coat with fluffy parts, a gray wool turtleneck crop top, military camouflage pattern printed gray and green leggings, a leather bag, outside Balmain, during Paris Fashion Week - Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021, on February 28, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
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You’ve stocked up on black leggings in triplicate and maybe bought a few pairs in sporty mesh, but if you haven’t dipped your toe into patterned leggings yet, get ready to meet your new athleisure obsession. Although usually designed with the gym in mind, the best printed leggings come with on-point style details that will keep them in regular rotation all week long. (And they might even inspire an #OOTD selfie or two.)

If you’re looking to subtly embrace the patterned look, you’ll probably feel most comfortable in styles that mimic natural textures or prints like marble, faux leather, or even a low-key animal print. To really ease in, keep it tonal with different finishes in the same color — for example, black leopard print with a bit of sheen or a black and gray brushstroke.

When more is more, however, consider this your permission slip to taste the rainbow. There are printed leggings in sugary tie-dyed tones (including the “scrunch butt” leggings that went viral on TikTok) and in metallics like a shimmery monarch butterfly pattern. You’ll find abstract crystal motifs and artsy-chic screenprints here too. For the truly dedicated, there’s even a buttery-soft legging that comes in 100 novelty designs for when you want whimsy (or irony).

And here’s the best part: Most pairs featured below come with various prints available in the listing, so you might come for the tie-dye but leave with the space dye. Whichever option (or options!) you end up adding to your cart, these nine leggings are all wildly Instagrammable.

1

Some Chiseled Marble Leggings With Matching Tonal Seams

These marble-printed leggings stand out as some of the best in the category because, unlike other brands, they don’t feature black contrast stitching that distracts from the Pinterest-worthy look. In a moisture-wicking nylon blend, they’re fully squat-proof with a gusseted crotch and four-way stretch. They also boast a single drop-in pocket on the high yoga waistband so they’re just as practical as they are pretty. “Buy them and never look back,” one fan raved. “They are a thick matte fabric and not see through at all; I tested with my best striped granny panties.. [...] “[They’re] stretchy enough to be comfortable but supportive enough to workout in...wash and dry perfectly.”

  • Available options: 46
  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large

2

Some Cropped Leggings In A Digital Brushstroke

For a subtle print that still packs a punch, these patterned crop leggings have a muted tonal brushstroke that’s easy for even ultra-classic types to wear. The 24-inch inseam hits at just the right spot for a breezy fit that won’t get into capris territory. They come with two deep pockets, and a smaller “stash pocket” inside one hip, for plenty of carrying capacity. “Looove these. So soft, so much support/compression while still being ridiculously comfy!” a reviewer attested. “I wore them all day on a recent Disneyland trip...The pocket is big enough and snug enough to hold [an] iPhone plus size phone while on an upside down rollercoaster.” Talk about trial by fire! It’s no wonder this stretchy poly-spandex blended pair has an impressive 4.5-star rating after nearly 1,000 Amazon reviews.

  • Available options: 16
  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X

3

The TikTok-Famous Leggings In Fabulous Tie-Dye Colorways

These tie-dye leggings are offered in 13 different shades from cotton candy to stormcloud gray, and you can even pick them up in two-packs if you fall in love with more than one hue. (And with so many options, you very well may.) You can score the viral TikTok leggings style shown here, which rocks a textured fabric and deep yoke combined with strategic ruching — but they also come in a classic flat knit, if that’s more your speed. Either way, the quick-drying polyester-spandex fabric wicks sweat and feels soft to the touch to keep you comfy during (and after) your workout. “These are exactly what I wanted, they look and fit as described. Bright colors, good fabric, well sewn,” a reviewer summarized.

  • Available options: 44
  • Available sizes: XX-Small — 3X-Large

4

These Faux-Leather Leggings In A Subtle Animal Print

In an ever-so-subtle pattern that’s certainly not flat, these chic leatherette leggings add texture and interest without the aesthetic commitment of bolder prints. They’re built for style, with a high rise and seamless bonded waistband, for a streamlined look and delicate raw hem at the ankle. Go for street style athleisure with a white V-neck tee and leather sneakers to match or take them out at night in a crop top and boyfriend blazer. “Everyone needs a pair of these sleek leggings for their wardrobe. They can be dressed up or down...I know that I’ll be ordering more,” a fan commented.

  • Available options: 9
  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X

5

These Fierce Leopard Print Leggings That Fans Compare To Lululemon

Leopard is so classic it practically counts as a neutral, and the ankle-grazing 7/8 cut on this pair of animal print leggings hits at a nearly universal length. The sweat-wicking polyester blend is woven with four-way stretch for a squat-proof finish and sewn with ergonomically shaped flatlock seams for a flawless fit that prevents chafing. There’s even a super-secure waistband pocket. Their buttery soft feel, with a deeply angled yoke on the waistband, makes them a worthy alternative to designer pairs, according to fans. “100% worth it,” a shopper declared. “I probably spend too much money on big name brands but these are not only inexpensive but even more comfortable than the expensive ones. They fit perfect, are soft and very comfortable to run, do yoga and kickboxing in. I ordered a few more!”

  • Available options: 36
  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large

6

The Coolest Metallic Snakeskin Leggings

They look like a fashion pair, but these foil snakeskin leggings are surprisingly sturdy with moisture-wicking four-way stretch (in abundance, thanks to a whopping dose of 25% spandex that’s blended with polyester) and a gusset that provides full range of motion. There’s a large drop-in pocket on the back of the waistband that’s big enough for a phone so you can keep it close yet out of the way. “Beautiful and comfy,” a fan praised. “They are light and comfortable for street wear, but do stay mostly in place for working out. It feels like I’m not even wearing leggings.”

  • Available options: 8
  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large

7

These Yoga Leggings In Zen-Worthy Prints

These printed yoga leggings have the most intricate look of all with full-length screenprints that were practically made for practicing asanas. They have four-way stretch with a gusset and flatlock seams to keep you moving through your flow, and shoppers rave they’re squat-proof enough to handle tougher workouts as well. You won’t find oversized pockets on the legs to distract from the print, but there’s one tucked inside the waistband for convenience. And, like any good workout legging, they’re moisture-wicking — this time in a recycled polyester blend that’s a bit more environmentally friendly. “The soft peach skin surface helps keep me from slipping out of arm balances, even during my sweatiest of practices,” a yoga teacher praised. “The fabric is breathable, comfortable, durable, and moves freely with my poses. They dry quickly and stay comfortable all day. I own almost every single design they offer...and stalk the brand waiting for new arrivals.”

  • Available options: 31
  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large

8

Some Workout Capris In A Shimmery Butterfly Print

These one-of-a-kind printed capri leggings are too pretty to pass up with their monarch butterfly motif in jewel-tone shades. The performance fabric is moisture-wicking to keep you dry during a workout and so comfortable that reviewers confessed to wearing them around the house. Although not explicitly four-way stretch, fans were pleased to note they passed the squat test with flying colors. The only thing you could possibly want is a hidden pocket, but they’re still one of the best pairs of workout capris on Amazon. “These are amazing! They are silky smooth, non-binding, and opaque. The seams are incredibly well-made...Have worn them for walking, working and exercise classes with no problems, and they wash well,” a shopper gushed.

  • Available options: 5
  • Available sizes: 1X — 5X

9

These Opaque Leggings In A Crushed Crystal Print

These kaleidoscopic leggings look like crushed amethyst, but you can also get them in a range of other prints like starry red. They have two generously sized pockets, one on each leg, and drop-in storage sandwiched between the wide yoga waistband. Four-way stretch in the poly-based fabric and a gusseted crotch gives you plenty of room to move, while the waistband is cut high in the back to keep you totally covered every which way you bend. “These pants are amazing. They are not see through at all. They are comfortable and wick the moisture well during my runs. I ran 8 miles with them last night and no issues,” a shopper reported. “They do not slide down or bunch up when exercising. Stitching is strong on seams. I now own several pairs.”

  • Available options: 13
  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large

10

The Cult-Favorite, Buttery-Soft Leggings In So Many Prints

If you’re looking for a LuLaRoe alternative, these from Leggings Depot have nailed that buttery soft fabric in a dizzying array of patterns to choose from. They’re woven from a precise blend of polyester and spandex that’s brushed for added softness, with a stretchy elastic waistband that’s just wide enough to feel sturdy without digging in. “I bought these in several prints and absolutely love them,” one repeat fan chimed in, noting they were on par with “other expensive leggings for a third the price.” With nearly 19,000 Amazon ratings, you might find yourself owning a couple pairs as well. If this selection isn’t enough novelty for you, check out the brand’s second set of printed leggings with everything from florals to tacos.

  • Available options: 100
  • Available sizes: Small — 5X