The 13 Best Plus-Size Leggings for Working Out (& Working from Home)

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Shopping for comfortable leggings can oftentimes feel damn near impossible. Some pairs pinch in all the wrong places while others suffocate your waist and offer no support, making unearthing that golden, never-want-to-take-them-off pair quite the feat. So we took it upon ourselves to scour the internet for the best of the best plus-size leggings, vetting each pair with three things in mind: wearability, soft and supple materials that help give your booty a boost and enough flexibility and stretch that they move with you, not against you.

Below, 13 of the best leggings for plus-sized women—from fan-favorite brands like Athleta, Lululemon and Skims—that will hug your curves and are so cozy, we wouldn’t blame you for wearing them 24/7.

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1. Zella Live In High-waist Leggings

Zella’s leggings are moisture-wicking and figure-sculpting, plus they have a slip-free waistband that won’t roll down or dig in. Not to mention, thousands of positive reviews from happy shoppers note that these are well-worth their price tag.

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

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2. Spanx Look At Me Now Seamless Leggings

There’s simply nothing worse than seams digging into your legs and waist while you’re trying to power through an at-home HIIT class. Which is why Spanx made these leggings without a seam in sight—just soft, flexible yarn and a supportive high waistband that moves with you.

Available in sizes XS to 3X

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3. Girlfriend Collective High-waist 7/8 Leggings

If you live for compression leggings, you’ll want to try this high-waisted pair from Girlfriend Collective. They’re also made from recycled plastic water bottles, so you can look good and do good at the same time. Editor’s tip: Buy the matching bra for all the Instagram likes.

Available in sizes XXS to 3X

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4. Skims Cotton Rib Thermal Leggings

Kim Kardashian knows a thing or two about curves, so it comes as no surprise that these ribbed leggings from her sought-after shapewear line flatter all body types. They’re soft, breathable and feature a comfy ribbed design that’s ideal for lounging or light exercise (like stretching, yoga and Pilates).

Available in sizes XXS to 4X

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5. Commando Control Faux-leather Leggings

Whoever said leggings aren’t pants never owned a pair of the faux-leather variety. Commando’s signature style is cool, edgy and super opaque, which means you don’t even need to wear a bum-covering sweater to rock them. This specific style features an internal tummy-smoothing panel, so you can worry about other things (like if everyone in the Zoom meeting can tell you’re not wearing a bra).

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

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6. Beyond Yoga High-waist Midi Leggings

Sure, most leggings are comfortable. But this ridiculously soft pair from Beyond Yoga is like wrapping your body in a little slice of heaven. They’re made of quite possibly the most buttery, four-way stretch material we’ve ever felt and we want nothing more than to live in them 24/7.

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

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7. Core 10 Women's All Day Comfort High-waist Full-length Yoga Legging

Oh, Amazon. Your insanely comfortable and affordable leggings are just another reason we love you. Four-way stretch, moisture wicking technology and a smoothing fit make them our go-tos for under $20. They have more than 700 positive reviews, including one buyer who raves, “I’ve tried many athletic options/brands on Amazon and these are the BEST ones yet. I'm a very critical reviewer, especially for plus sizes, and I wouldn't recommend unless I would reorder myself.” Consider us sold.

Available in sizes XS to 3X

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8. Lululemon Align Super-high-rise Tight

When it comes to athleisure, it’s safe to say that Lululemon knows what it’s doing. So it comes as no surprise that its leggings—known for being buttery soft—ace our comfort test with flying colors. And while reviewers rave about these best-sellers for their lightweight feel and form-flattering fit, the fabric still provides enough support for low-impact workouts without digging into your waist.

Available in sizes 0 to 20

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9. Adidas Adicolor Classics Tights

Another eco-friendly pick, this pair is woven with yarn made from plastic waste found on islands and beachside communities. (Three cheers for looking cute and saving our oceans!) And don’t let the sporty vibe fool you, these have plenty of stretch in them, so you’ll be just as comfortable wearing them to your next workout as you will vegging out on the couch.

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

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10. Madewell Plus Mwl Form High-rise Leggings

If you’re as in love with Madewell’s jeans as we are, might we suggest giving their leggings a go? Taking inspiration from their best-selling denim, these hit at just the right spot on your ankle, while hugging you in all the right places and flattering your curves. Plus, they have flat seams, so you can go into your zoomba class without fear of chafing. But our favorite feature is the sneaky ID pocket hidden in the waistband, letting you tuck away your cards for easy, on-the-go access.

Available in sizes 1X to 4X

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11. Knix Go With The Flow High Rise Leakproof Legging

Pants that poke and prod us in all the wrong places? During that time of the month? No thank you. These life-savers are crafted with targeted support for your legs and bum, and are uber lightweight and breathable. But best of all? They’re made with leakproof technology, providing added protection to help absorb any extra moisture so that you can worry about other, more pressing things, like what kind of Ben and Jerry’s to snag at the grocery store.

Available in sizes XS to 4X

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12. Athleta Altitude Tight In Polartec Power Stretch

You look forward to your daily outside jog to keep you sane during a hectic workweek. And if you plan on continuing your ritual, despite it being the dead of winter, a pair of thermally insulated leggings are an absolute must. We recommend reaching for this pair, ideal for medium- to high-impact workouts, that help keep in the heat without suffocating your tummy and legs.

Available in sizes XS to 3X

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13. Universal Standard Ronda Stirrup Legging

Looking for a pair that won’t budge an inch no matter how many squats, lunges or pull-ups you do? These beauties are your best bet. With an ultra-high waist and stirrup-style pants that prevent them from rolling up, you’ll stay supported and secured on the go. Or, as one rave reviewer puts it, “These are magic. I can sleep in them. I can dance in them. I can climb Mt. Everest in them. Bravo!” Bravo indeed.

Available in sizes 00 to 4X

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