Are You Wearing the Right Leggings for Your Body? Find Out
OK, so maybe you have put on five pounds around your waist. Or your butt isn’t all you want it to be. Or blah, blah or blah. The good news is, no matter what you’d like to surgically alter disguise about yourself down there, there’s a pair of leggings designed to help you. From big butts to short legs, there’s something here for you.
Best for Jiggly Thighs
The Takara legging sold out three times online, and we know why: Its 80 percent nylon, 20 percent Lycra compression firms up any jiggle while its subtle leather sheen makes it über-wearable.
Carbon 38 ($98)
Best for Thick Legs
Optical illusion much? These leggings have a nice wide stripe of black running down the side, so they lop off an inch or two of width faster than any boot camp. Bonus: They also come in extra-large.
Beyond Yoga ($110)
Best for a Flat Booty
The Flex legging has contoured areas of dark and light fabric so that your rear end looks more rounded, without all the squats.
Best for Short Legs
The 7/8 length is fast becoming a third industry standard (along with capris and full-length leggings). Opt for a pair in petite to make sure it hits in exactly the right place and there’s none of that unattractive bunching at the ankle.
Best for Long Legs
The ankle area can be pulled down over your heel a little or a lot, depending on just how Charlize Theron your gams are.
Alo Yoga ($102)
Best for Muffin Tops
A wide, flat waistband really sucks the doughy bits into a nice, smooth line. Plus it’s not super high-waisted, so you won’t have that dreaded woman-sewn-together-at-abdomen look.
Vie Active ($88)
Best Plus Size
Mesh panels circling the leg are stylish and cooling in this legging, which comes in 1X to 3X plus sizes but also short and tall inseam options.
Best for Big Calves
Presenting a legging with a loose lower leg, to balance the line of your stems. Also, they are so lightweight and comfy.
Best for Poochy Tummies
Leave it to the company that made ladies look sleeker in their business pants to innovate an extra-long panel to suck in her stomach (comfortably) during off-duty hours.