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This is our latest in an occasional series on weekend clothes with a specific personality — see all the posts in the series here. Today: the best leggings!
I think 2020 may have officially become the year of the jogger (or maybe the Zoom-shirt-and-PJ combo?), but leggings are definitely up there, too — so today we’re rounding up the best leggings for weekends, working out, and working from home. (The three Ws?)
In the past, we’ve looked at the best athleisure brands that are worth the splurge and the best leggings to wear with skirts, and we’ve also discussed whether you can wear leggings to work.
The Best Leggings of 2020
We recently included Zella in our list of the best athleisure brands that are worth the splurge — plus, they’re one of Kat’s frequently recommended brands, and their leggings often show up in our monthly posts of readers’ most-bought items.
As for me, on Black Friday (or thereabouts), I took advantage of the big Zella sales at Nordstrom (it’s one of their house brands) and bought these high-waist crop leggings for workouts. I love them — they’re so comfortable, and they fit really well. Unfortunately, they’re almost sold out — but the pictured leggings ($59) are the most popular Zella style: their live-in high-waist leggings, available in sizes XXS–XXL.
Note: As of 12/15, some sizes & colors will arrive before Christmas.
Girlfriend Collective is a great brand to support! Their sustainable, ethically made clothing is made from 100% post-consumer water bottles and is available in sizes XXS–6XL. They also upcycle used pieces (with a customer incentive of $15 off a future purchase).
This extremely popular high-rise style (3,000+ reviews!) comes in nine colors and two inseam lengths and is $78. (I wish every brand offered more than one length!) And they have two pockets big enough for a phone, keys, and so on. They are machine washable/dry flat.
These bestsellers from reader-favorite brand Under Armour come in four colors and three lengths (25″, 27″, and 29″) in sizes XS–XXL. I love the light purple — pictured is the “baroque green.” The fabric is lightweight and breathable and is designed to wick sweat away and dry fast — it also contains anti-microbial/anti-odor technology. The leggings have one pocket (big enough for a phone), and they are machine washable/tumble dry.
Note: Order from UA by 12/16 at 1:00 p.m. ET for delivery by Christmas Eve.
I’d never heard of the popular brand Outdoor Voices until last year, when my husband bought me a sports bra (which I love!) — and I didn’t know about the company’s focus on sustainability until I just saw the detailed info on their website. (For example, they’re reducing their use of conventional fabrics and incorporating sustainable design in their new stores.)
The bestselling Flex 7/8 Legging ($82), which comes in the pictured leopard print as well as three solid colors, is made from their TechSweat™ fabric, which is designed to be lightweight and breathable. Sizes are XXS–XXXL, and the leggings are machine washable/tumble dry. (Readers: Do you prefer solids or fun prints when it comes to leggings?)
Note: Order by the end of today (12/15) for guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.
Looking for something warmer — perfect for lounging around and running errands rather than doing double-duty as a workout legging? We’ve recommended the brand Plush in the past — and not only do they make fleece-lined leggings that are excellent for wintertime, but also fleece-lined joggers, tights, track pants, and more — including maternity sizes. (The whole brand was based on that very concept, actually.) Yay for a world of fleece!
This high-waisted matte-spandex pair — a nice option if you’re looking for something very stretchy but not shiny — is available at Zappos for $79, marked down from $84. They’re machine washable/tumble dry, and the waistband can be folded down or left up.
If you prefer ponte for leggings rather than sportier and/or ultra-stretchy fabrics, these high-rise ponte leggings from Halogen are a good bet — they’re very well reviewed and are 40% off right now, bringing the price down to only $29.40!
Reviewers note that the fabric is thick and opaque and that these can be dressed up or down. They have a wide elastic band at the top for comfort and are machine washable/dry flat. The leggings are available in sizes XS–XXL in straight sizes (but alas, all petite sizes have sold out).
What are your favorite leggings for relaxing at home, running errands, and … actually running? What style of leggings do you prefer, and what are your favorite types for different seasons?
Stock photo at top via Stencil.