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