15 Pairs of Summer Leggings That Won't Cause You to Overheat

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Maybe it’s your return to the hot yoga studio. Or your sprints through the park. Or heck, just a cookout when the most exercise you’ll be getting is hoisting a glass of rosé. No matter what your summer pursuit, you want to wear something cute and a little sporty but isn’t a pair of gym shorts. Thanks to technical fabrics and strategically placed mesh, the best summer leggings have you looking cool in so many ways.

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1. alo High-waist Snakeskin Vapor Legging

Alo’s Vapor fabric is engineered to be extra lightweight with cooling moisture wicking, perfect for 103-degree hot yoga rooms. Size up to achieve a roomier streetwear look that you can still wear in class, but also to go shopping. And it’s a whole mood when worn with the matching snakeskin bra.

Buy It ($114)

Available in sizes XXS to L

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Saks Fifth Avenue

2. koral Drive High-rise Blackout Leggings

Sure, these are engineered to keep wearers cool and dry in challenging indoor and outdoor fitness situations. But let’s be honest, these leggings had us at the Day-Glo colorway named “citrina.”

Buy It ($95)

Available in sizes X-Small to X-Large

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3. electric Yoga Strut It Mesh Legging

Mesh blocks are inserted seamlessly into this breathable legging that makes it breezier than a solid legging. And the parts of the legging that need more streamlining, the high-rise waist and the hips, are solid and supportive.

Available in sizes XS to L

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4. onzie Selenite Midi Legging

This brand innovated the next-to-weightless legging for yogis and continues its on-trend styling with this techno-bright pair that’s shot through with ribbed stitching and cooling perforations.

Available in XS/S, S/M, M/L

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5. ultracor Diamond Mesh Ultra High Legging

This nylon-lycra-spandex legging has a superhero vibe thanks to laser cut-outs at mid-thigh and at the calf. Those mesh sections ensure you don’t overheat while wearing these for everything from cross-training to running to Pilates.

Buy It ($208)

Available in sizes XS to L

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Saks Fifth Avenue

6. varley Luna Tie-dye Leggings

A compressive fit that still manages not to choke wearers thanks to its polyamide/elastane fabrication, this wide waistband is made to lie flat against the body so that it looks sharp whether you’re pairing with the matching bra or a long white T-shirt.

Buy It ($110)

Available in sizes X-Small to Large

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7. fabletics M365 Trinity High-waisted Pocket 7/8

Four-way stretch in a 75-percent nylon formulation means these are comfy enough and lightweight enough even for beach workouts, which makes sense since this Los Angeles brand founded by Kate Hudson is all about Cali cool.

Buy It ($75)

Available in sizes XXS to 4X

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8. knix Good To Go Seamless Legging

Second skin is an overused phrase, but that’s the feel of this high-waisted knit that’s 93-percent polyamide and seven-percent elastane. The silky lightweight vibe makes sense since this is the first legging from Canadian brand Knix. And lest you think it’s not going to be substantial enough, behold the ribbed waistband that holds you up and in.

Buy It ($50)

Available in sizes XS to XXXL

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Tory Burch

9. tory Sport Printed High-rise Weightless Side-stripe 7/8 Leggings

Part of the prestige brand’s Weightless Collection, this nylon-lycra blend is moisture-wicking and breathable, made expressly for ultra-hot conditions indoors or out. And the lavender, green, rust and orange colorway, complete with leg-lengthening side stripe, is way cool.

Buy It ($168)

Available in sizes XS to XL

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10. splits59 Techflex Jaden High-waist 7/8 Leggings

OK, we’re kind of obsessed with the figure-flattering leg-up-to-the-butt stripe of these leggings from Los Angeles company Splits59. There’s a lot of lightweight spandex, so there’s not going to be any crotch droop or overheating. And these get our vote for most stylish workout-to-café pair of leggings.

Available in sizes small to large

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Sweaty Betty

11. sweaty Betty All Day Workout Leggings

These ultra-lightweight leggings are constructed to be squat-proof, which is a boon in a legging whose fabric is thin enough to wear even in summer. The polyester-elastane fabric is moisture-wicking to keep any perspiration off your skin (and since it’s quick-drying, evaporating away). And the figure-flattering wide waistband has an inner drawstring to tighten just as snug (or, honestly, loose) as you like.

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

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Free People

12. free People Self-hem Ecology Leggings

Made in Italy (land of perfectly milled fabric), this nylon-spandex seamless legging comes in seven intense shades that keep their cool with swirls of breathable cutouts working their way down the leg from the upper thigh. And if your legs are on the shorter side, you can custom hem them by snipping along one of three hem lines.

Available in XS to L

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13. tracksmith Session Tights

These are UV-protective running tights, which are lighter and thinner than the leggings that we’ve come to associate with yoga and cross-training. Their silky feel isn’t daunting, even on the hottest days, especially once we sized up because we’re not looking for the maximum streamlining that our usual size yielded.

Buy It ($98)

Available in sizes XS to L

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Outdoor Voices

14. outdoor Voices Move Free 7/8 Legging

Made of a high percentage of nylon, the brand’s buttery-soft TechSweat fabric feels as much like a pair of jammies as it does performance active wear. The exposed seams lessen any uncomfortable rubbing points, and the colorblocking is placed just so to lengthen the silhouette.

Buy It ($88)

Available in sizes XS to XL

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15. everlane The Perform Legging

Italian-milled fabric (it’s especially eco-conscious, thanks to containing 58-percent nylon recycled from water bottles) makes it soft and sweat-wicking, along with a light compressive fit. Bonus: It’s squat-proof in even the sunniest studio and park workouts.

Buy It ($58)

Available in sizes XXS to XXXL

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Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...