The Best Leggings for Every Butt and Budget
Kick off your goals on the right foot with a pair of leggings that won’t just stand up to your sweat sesh, but also make you look good while doing it. We scoured the web for the top-rated leggings across the internet, no matter your fit or budget. Now if only buying new workout clothes counted as actually working out.
Best for All-Around Comfort: Phat Buddha JFK Leggings
When it comes to leggings, sometimes classic is best. Reviewers on Saks Fifth Avenue rave that these are the Goldilocks standard of leggings: Just long enough to hit above the ankle, just tight enough to stay put without getting baggy and just thick enough to be completely opaque.
Phat Buddha ($82)
Best for Sweat-Wicking: Koral Lustrous Leggings
If style points are as high up on your list as fitness specs, these leggings are it. Reviewers across Nordstrom, Revolve and Saks Fifth Avenue love that they can easily transition from class to brunch—some even wear them as leather leggings for a night out. But note that they are also sweat-wicking and don’t lose shape after multiple wears and washes.
Best for Everyday Wear: Alo Yoga Moto Leggings
Who’s here for the leggings-as-pants option? Look no further. Not only are these pitted as one of the most flattering and comfortable options out there according to reviewers on practically every fashion website, but the biker-chic moto panels look just as good at the club as they do at the barre.
Alo Yoga ($110)
Best for Tall Girls: Zella Live In Terra Slim Fit Leggings
If the 4,200 reviewers are correct, these leggings work for literally every shape and size. But those long-legged gals might have the best luck. Made with a super-soft knit fabric, they are a bit longer than most so your ankles will be kept warm.
Best for Showing Off: Adidas Originals Logo Leggings
Old-school throwbacks your thing? This legging from Adidas has been around for decades, but looking cool isn’t the only benefit. Reviewers on Nordstrom swear by their comfort and applaud them for their muscle-flattering hue (if showing off toned glutes is what you’re going for, that is).
Best for Slip-Free Waistband: Beyond Yoga High Waist Leggings
If you have an apple or pear body shape, a higher cut might be exactly what you need. These buttery soft leggings hit right above the hips, so there’s no chance of slipping or sliding during class. Plus, the wide waistband ensures no rolling down (which can get real annoying during downward dog).
Beyond Yoga ($97)
Best for Curves: Zella High Waist Crop Leggings
Let’s just say the brand knows how to make a good legging. While the “Live-In” pair above is a perfect everyday legging, the “Twin” is a great sporty option. The thick waistband gives a flattering silhouette (not to mention lifts the backside nicely) while the cropped length and mesh panels allow for great breathability during workouts.
Best Splurge: Michi Shadow Leggings
For a few more bells and whistles, the high-end brand Michi has a clear winner, according to fans from Shopbop, Amazon and Bandier. While thin, this pair still feels slightly like compression tights and offers a few varying textures and fabrics to really flatter and define legs. Plus, they get bonus points for helping you stand out in a sea of all black.