We run almost solely in leggings with pockets because they’re infinitely better (and more convenient) than wearing a running belt. In our view, leggings with pockets are the perfect workout garment because there’s no need for adjusting, thanks to their compressive nature, and they’ve got just enough room for our phone, ID and keys. Even if you’re just going to the store on your day off, you can simply slip your essentials into one of the pockets and head out the door, totally hands-free.
26 Pairs of Leggings with Pockets That Are Big Enough to Hold All Your Essentials
What to Look for When Buying Leggings with Pockets
First off, they should be tailored to your workout needs. If you're going for a long run, you'll want a side pocket for your phone and a secure (preferably zippered) waist or leg pocket for your ID. Doing an outdoor HIIT or indoor CrossFit class? You might opt for a waist drawcord design so your leggings don't fall down with all those squats. Need a pair that you can just run errands in? This PureWow favorite is as appropriate for casual Fridays as it is for a quick jog around the block.
TikTok-Recommended Leggings with Pockets
There's a lot of show-and-tell in the TikTok leggings community. We appreciate the TikTok fitness instructor who turned us on to leggings with pockets suitable for "thick thighs and a booty" like the Ododos Tummy Control leggings on Amazon, Aerie drawstring and lululemon Align leggings. TikTok also turned us on to leggings made with GOTS-certified cotton (and created in maybe the cutest animal print ever) from Pact.
Baleaf Sports also impressed us with a slideshow of their stylish leggings on a wide range of bodies. And of course, the ongoing debate about lululemon dupes remains unabated on TikTok, with the Amazon-sold HeyNuts brand getting some love for its lulu-similar pairs that cost under $30. Shannon at thislovelylifeofmine says they're squat-proof and stay in place in all their high-waisted glory. While we're not replacing our dependably great lululemon leggings, we will be making room for HeyNuts in our leggings drawer due to their deep inventory and overnight Prime delivery option (you know, for those times when we just need a fresh fit to motivate us).
The Top 5 Leggings with Pockets at a Glance
- Best Overall: Girlfriend Collective Pocket Leggings
- Best Drawcord Design: Vuori Stride Leggings
- Best for Everyday Wear: Nike Zenvy Leggings
- Best Cold-Weather Leggings: Outdoor Voices Frostknit Leggings
- Best for Long Runs: lululemon Swift Speed Tights
1. Girlfriend Collective Pocket Leggings
• Why We Love It: comes in 11 sizes and two inseams, 79 percent recycled water bottles and 21 percent spandex
After showing so much love for the brand's high-waist leggings, Girlfriend Collective fans asked for a version with pockets. Its newest style comes in six colors, two inseam lengths and a whopping 11 sizes, so you can find that perfect fit. Oh, and they feature two pockets, one on either side of the hips, large enough to stow an iPhone 13.
Size range: XXS to 6XL
2. Vuori Stride Leggings
Best Drawcord Design
• Why We Love It: stash and zip pockets, 24.5-inch inseam
These quick-drying, polyamide-and-elastane leggings are high-rise and have an interior drawcord so they stay up even when you're running around with a phone and keys in the side and the back zip pocket.
Size range: XS to XXL
3. Nike Zenvy Leggings
Best for Everyday Wear
• Why We Love It: reviewers say they don't roll down, has a body-hugging feel, thanks to their lightweight InfinaSoft fabric
While these leggings were intentionally made with fewer pockets to give you a super slim fit, they still have a drop-in pocket on the back that's big enough to hold your phone, as well as a card and key if that's all you need. One reviewer shares, "These are perfect for everyday activities because they're not compressive but stay put with the higher rise on the waist. I've run in them a few times, and the pocket at the back waist does fit my phone."
Size range: XS to 2XL
4. Outdoor Voices Frostknit Leggings
Best Cold-Weather Leggings
• Why We Love It: fabric brushed on the inside, reflective details
Want a legging that stands up to snowy conditions? Outdoor Voices has a cold-weather legging that's built for freezing temps in fabric that's a cozy 36 percent lycra, 34 percent nylon and 30 percent polyester, all tricked out for safe outdoor exercise. Besides having two side pockets for your phone and keys, these leggings have subtle reflective piping that keeps you visible in low-light conditions and an internal drawcord that keeps your leggings in place, for the long run.
Size range: XXS to XXXL
5. lululemon Swift Speed Tights
Best for Long Runs
• Why We Love It: continuous drawcord doesn't get lost in the wash, breathable thin Luxtreme fabric doesn't chafe
Side drop-in pockets for your handheld, a zippered pocket in the back to secure your keys and a row of unobtrusive reflective dots along the outer calf to keep you visible. All that, and lululemon's signature flattering design, keep you on the trail for an extra mile.
Size range: 0 to 20
6. Offline By Aerie Warmup Leggings
Best for Lounging
• Why We Love It: fuzzy interior fabrication, cuffs on the bottom
Forget the high-compression, mega-sweat-wicking superpowers of so many performance leggings and cuddle up in a pair of these hybrid leggings-sweatpants. The 90 percent polyester/10 percent elastane fabric blend has a fleecy fabric inside and plenty of stretch, and the wide waist and cuffs design makes them look as much like casual pants as they do workout clothes.
Size range: XXS to XL
7. Ministry of Supply Joule Active Leggings
Best Temperature Regulating
• Why We Love It: high compression, four pockets total
These leggings have a unique and figure-flattering side panel construction, and their fabric, an anti-pilling polyester blend, was developed by NASA to regulate body temperature. All that, plus there are two side pockets, a third one tucked over your bum and a fourth one tucked into the waistband for convenience.
Size range: XXS to XXL
8. Yummie Gloria Leggings
Best for Short Legs
• Why We Love It: soft material is 88 percent cotton, 12 percent spandex fabric, petite-friendly 22 1/4-inch inseam
Deep 9-inch side pockets and a shaping waistband (it dips in front to control your stomach and curves up in back to lift your rear) are standouts in this super-soft pair of leggings. The high cotton content makes these leggings cozy, matte and comfortable in the hottest weather.
Size range: XS to 1X
9. lululemon Fast and Free Tights
Best for the Hard-to-Fit
• Why We Love It: comes in 11 sizes and two lengths, has a no-slip continuous drawcord
For starters, the fabric on these leggings are just thick enough to ensure total confidence while squatting and the numeral sizing means you’re more likely to find a pair that fits exactly right (not too small here, nor too large there). There are even two different lengths so you can pick the length that's tailored to your height and ankle-bearing preference. As for storage space, there are two side slots and two hidden pockets in the waistband. They may not be big enough to fit your cell, but they’re the perfect size for your ID or set of keys.
Size range: 0 to 20
10. Ewedoos Fleece-Lined Leggings
• Why We Love It: buttery soft interior, tummy control
Two side slots make these convenient, and a fuzzy-warm lining means they're also winter-proof. When you warm up from your exertions, the moisture-management fabric wicks away wetness so you're comfy enough to stay out in the chill to work on your endurance.
Size range: XS to 3XL
11. Eddie Bauer Trail Tight Leggings
Best Zipped Pockets
• Why We Love It: UPF 50+ sun protection, 100 percent polyester is moisture-wicking
Worried things might pop out of your pockets while you’re out on a trail run or bouncing up and down during an intense HIIT session? Zippered pockets are the way to go. The two side pockets aren’t quite as deep as some of the others on this list, but they make up for that with the security of anti-chafe zippers guaranteed to keep all your belongings safe and sound. (There’s also an ID/key pouch in the waistband.) Plus, the FreeDry moisture-wicking fabric has SPF50 built in, so you can protect your skin as easily as you protect your phone.
Size range: XS to XXL
12. Alo Yoga Cargo Leggings
Best Sculpting Leggings
• Why We Love It: smooth and soft Airbrush fabric, front panel smooths for a sleek profile
For the gal who needs more than two pockets, let us introduce you to Alo Yoga’s Cargo leggings. There are not two, not three, but four pockets packed into these babies so you’ll never have to choose between bringing your wallet or a tube of sunscreen ever again.
Size range: XXS to L
13. Athleta Salutation Stash Tights
Best Matte Finish
• Why We Love It: supersoft Powervita fabric, pockets placed comfortably high
These Athleta leggings feature a high waist to keep you covered while fitting your body like a glove. And the breathable, quick-drying Powervita fabric does a neat trick of providing light sculpting while caressing your body with buttery-feeling fabric. These guys also wash up like champs, so there are no loose seams or faded areas to take away from the leggings' high-end appearance.
Size range: XXS to 3X
14. Old Navy Powersoft Crop Leggings
Best Crop Leggings
• Why We Love It: light-reflecting logo on the waistband, chafe-proof flatlock seams
These are great for anyone who just wants soft, supportive leggings without too many bells and whistles (read: two stretchy hip pockets and nothing more). Minimal seams and subtle side pockets give you a super-clean, chic silhouette, so you can really hit the ground running.
Size range: XS to 4X
15. Gapfit Full Length Leggings
Best for Tall People
• Why We Love It: single side pocket, wide waistband
One reviewer gives these high marks for their full-length fit. "I am 5'9" and wear a 34-inch inseam in most pants, size 14-16 and a large in all Gap-brand stretch bottoms," she writes. "Amazingly, the regular length is the best fit on me." Long-waisted women will appreciate the wide waistband on this style from GapFit and the durable, stretchy 79 percent recycled polyester and 21 percent spandex fabric blend.
Size range: XS to XXL
16. Nike Pro Therma-Fit Leggings
Best Fleece Legging
• Why We Love It: rear invisible zippered pocked for valuables, no-slip elastic waistband
With breathable fleece on the inside to keep you snuggly while still wicking sweat, these three-pocket leggings are ready for comfortable cold-weather outdoor running. The 80/20 polyester/spandex fabric is tough enough to endure the elements, wick your perspiration, then keep you feeling cuddly during your post-run stretch session.
Size range: XS to XL
17. Wolven Summit Leggings
Best Crossover Waist Design
• Why We Love It: suede-like finish feels luxurious, made from 84 percent recycled polyesters
We'd love this L.A.-based brand's leggings for the super-soft fabric, unobtrusive two side pockets and figure-flattering crossover waist alone. But the sustainable way the workout clothes and swimwear are made—16 percent spandex and 84 percent RPET made from plastic bottles—makes wearing these practically virtuous.
Size range: XS to XXL
18. Sweaty Betty Aerial Power Leggings
Best Cooling Leggings
• Why We Love It: high-waisted, Breezy mesh inserts
These leggings keep what devotees love about Sweaty Betty—the signature bum-lifting design that flatters all wearers—and adds two imperceptible on-seam pockets at the wide waistband seam. The fabric is nearly completely opaque in squats, thanks to the 78 percent polyamide/32 percent elastane fabric blend. And the high waist is engineered to stay up, no matter if you're doing a downward dog or deadlifts.
Size range: XXS to XXL
19. Ododos Yoga Leggings
Best Tummy Control
• Why We Love It: wide side pockets accommodate larger phones, 41 colorways
An ultrawide waistband is the secret sauce here: There's a thin band of elastic to keep it in place, and an entire tummy control mesh layer added to really look like you've been working those lower abs. The fabric is a 72 percent polyamide and 28 percent spandex blend, so it has some serious opacity (no flashing during squats) as well as a four-way stretch (so it bounces back after every move). At this price and in this many colors, there's no reason not to round out your rainbow of leggings by trying a pair.
Size range: S to XXL
20. lululemon Invigorate Tights
Fastest Drying Leggings
• Why We Love It: nylon and Lycra blend is engineered to wick sweat, 25-inch length gives you maximum breathability
Drop-in side pockets and a hidden back waistband pocket mean you've got more than enough room for everything from your phone and keys to energy gels and spare adhesive strips, in case your blister acts up on those last couple miles. The fast-drying nylon-Lycra blend means your sweat will be wicked away and evaporated before you know it—and a drawcord waist means you won't have to fiddle with pulling your leggings up throughout your workout.
Size range: 0 to 14
21. Every.Wear Icon Leggings
• Why We Love It: antimicrobial finish, center seam eliminated for camel-toe prevention
These leggings by Spanx have eliminated the waistband altogether, with a reinforced control tummy area holding you up and in (see if your posture doesn't increase immediately on pulling them up). The side pocket and leg details are made of opaque performance fabric that makes these look as appropriate for wearing to lunch or to spin class.
Size range: XS to 3X
22. New Balance Impact Run Tights
Best for Running at Night
• Why We Love It: reflective taping down the leg, loop to thread layers through for a hands-free run
These leggings from New Balance are breathable, lightweight and feature a mid-rise. The two mesh pockets fit all the essentials, even when that includes gels or goos for an extra-long run and a tube of sunscreen in addition to a cellphone, wallet and keys. There’s even an extra zippered slot in the waistband just in case we think of yet another item we want to bring along.
Size range: XS to 2XL
23. Fabletics Boost Leggings
Best Booty Accent
• Why We Love It: hidden back waistband pocket, laced details draw the eye to your backside
Criss-crossed straps on the rear waistband make this workhorse of a legging look pretty, while the chafe-resistant, all-way-stretch fabric provides strong compression. The pockets are hidden (the two in the waistband are up front and there's one in the back), which we appreciate for a streamlined feeling when we're having a quick jog around the park. And the 88 percent polyester fabric is opaque enough that we feel confident wearing white leggings without flashing everyone.
Size range: XXS to 4X
24. Zella High Waist Flare Pants
Best WFH Pants
• Why We Love It: opaque fabric, 88 percent recycled polyester
One reviewer of these explains how they are the perfect work-life balance pants: "I have purchased multiple pairs of these—not because they break down, but because I like having multiple pairs to wear within the week. They are great for yoga (I don't wear them for more intense workouts as I prefer my leggings to be tight through the calves for those), and lounging around the house," she says. "I work from home and am frequently in video conference calls. I love these for work days too, as I can put on a nicer top and they look nice enough you can't really tell I'm wearing yoga pants (over video of course, I wouldn't wear these to the office). They're fitting at the top so I'm not pulling them up frequently, and have an overall flattering tummy/butt fit." Be advised, though, that the inseam is 32 inches, so shorter women will want to hem them.
Size range: XXS to XXL
25. Colorfulkoala Leggings
Best for Running Errands
• Why We Love It: comes in 32 colorways, 75/25 polyester/spandex blend is soft and opaque
PureWow Commerce Editor Olivia Dubyak enthuses, "I love the feel of these leggings for low-impact workouts or casual wear. The pockets are deep enough to hold my iPhone 14 Pro Max without feeling like it's bouncing around or pulling one side of the leggings down. The thick, double-lined waistband is a game-changer for keeping your waist supported and sculpted, too." Add to that the flatlock construction ensuring the seams don't rub when you're running around, and you've got a great pair of go-to leggings.
Size range: XS to XL
26. Eleven by Venus Williams Backspin Leggings
Best for Tennis
• Why We Love It: made for outdoor workouts, flattering stripe trim
Compressive fit and side pockets that hold more than a can of tennis balls between them mean tennis players (and joggers and CrossFit types) have an efficient and chic workout). The 7/8 length has a 25-inch inseam, so petites can wear them as full-length leggings. Plus, the high-polyester content of the fabric makes these warm and durable for outdoor workouts.
Size range: XS to M
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