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Whether you’re running outdoors, stretching it out in your living room or simply getting through the day-to-day, there’s no doubt the need for comfortable clothes is greater than ever right now.
There’s little double leggings are the MVP of our wardrobes during these uncertain times.
But if you’re looking for a new pair, it can be a daunting task — from compression to stretch to colours, there’s a lot of factors at play.
Whether you’re looking for leggings that shape and compress, have extra-thick (and extra-cozy) material or you simply want pockets, we’ve founded up the best leggings to shop by category, as chosen by reviewers.
Best shaping leggings: Spanx Seamless Camo Legging
It only makes sense that Spanx, ne of the leading shapewear brands, would take the title for best shaping leggings. The Spanx Seamless Camo Leggings do the most in terms of shaping and flattering your body. The seamless feature of these leggings mean your curves are streamlined and comfortable. Plus, a thicker fabric promises the very best in support.
“The fit is wonderful and true to size, they hold you in and are 100% opaque (thicker). I also like that there's no seam in the crotch area. The only bummer is the green is not as noticeable in person – so overall they look more charcoal camo versus green camo, but I'm keeping them,” says one customer.
SHOP IT: Shopbop, $95
Best ‘buttery-soft’ leggings: Everlane Perform Legging
Made from premium performance fabric, the Everlane Perform Legging does it all: an extra-high waist tucks you in while lightweight compression provides support and sweat-wicking properties. Probably the biggest selling point for these pants, however, is the butter-soft feel of the fabric. And better yet, they’re on sale this week for 25% off.
“These are amazing leggings. I’ve ordered two more pairs! They feel like butter and you can go from workout to dressy. Love them!” reads one review.
SHOP IT: Everlane, $61 (originally $82)
Best extra-thick leggings: Girlfriend Collective Full Length Legging
Using fabric made from recycled water bottles, the Girlfriend Collective High-Waist Full Length Legging promise to support you with a comfortable, high waist and compressive fit. Loved for their extra-thick support, these leggings are a luxe take on the wardrobe staple.
“Amazing fit and comfort! Best leggings I've ever bought. Girlfriend Collective's environmentally conscious brand makes it an even better purchase. They are true-to-size, wear really well with age, no pilling, can be washed in the washing machine on cold and then hung to dry,” raves one fan. “They are also slightly thicker material, so they are super flattering!”
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $100
Best leggings for petites: GapFit Full Length Legging
Mid-rise with a fitted silhouette, the GapFit Full Length Leggings in Sculpt Compression flatter all body types. With petite-specific sizing, these pants are a fan favourite for workouts and relaxing at home. A rarity for petites, these leggings fit perfectly with no need to roll up the bottoms or visit your tailor.
“These are the best leggings I’ve found to date, my first pair has lasted me almost three years and I just keep buying more. They’re great for working out and/or casual wear, not see-through and the high-waist band tucks the tummy in just slightly while still being extremely comfortable,” reads one review. “Seriously, you can’t go wrong with these and I hope Gap never discontinues them.”
SHOP IT: Gap, $68 (originally $85)
Best compression leggings: Lululemon All the Right Places Crop
Made for running and training, the Lululemon All The Right Places does just what the name says: it sucks you in in all the right places, ensuring you feel comforted and supported during a workout. Using zoned compression these pants move with you with sweat-wicking and four-way stretch technologies.
“The fit is absolutely perfect. These pants accent all the right places! They definitely live up to their name,” says one shopper. “They feel amazing and they keep form very well. Please make more colours.”
SHOP IT: Lululemon, $128
Best thermal leggings: Under Armour Cold Gear Doubleknit Legging
When it comes to cold weather base layers, Under Armour’s Cold Gear range is just the thing for Canadians everywhere. Whether you’re fitting in an outdoor run or simply looking to feel cozy at home, these leggings feature a double-sided knit that locks in warmth. Tight compression feels like a second skin, making these leggings a favourite for Canadians everywhere.
“I love the feel of these leggings! The material is smooth, so that a tunic hangs nicely and does not ride up on you,” says one customer.
SHOP IT: Under Armour, $60
Best high-rise leggings: Zella Live In High-Waist Legging
Made from moisture-wicking fabric with a no-slip waistband, these stretchy leggings tick all of the at-home, loungewear boxes. Stretchy and sculpting, these leggings are a cult favourite for good reason. With thousands of ratings, the Zella Live In High-Waist Leggings are a top contender when it comes to the best leggings on the market.
“It’s tough to find quality leggings these days for a reasonable price. These leggings live up to the hype. They’re soft, the material is thick, and they give me great coverage in the abdomen area. I’m tall and oftentimes leggings cut me off in a weird spot, but these hit me perfectly right below the belly button,” raves one fan.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $65 (originally $87)
Best pocketed leggings: Alo High-Waisted Cargo Legging
Not only do these leggings have plenty of pockets to store your essentials whether you’re going for a run, lounging on the couch or practicing yoga at home, they’re also made with Alo’s airbursh fabric. Made to sculpt, shape and lift, these leggings are both flattering and comfortable. A high waist helps you feel tucked in and supported while cargo pockets ensure nothing is left behind.
“These are by far my favorite leggings I own by Alo! They fit perfectly, the pockets are not ‘bulky’ and are flush with the fabric, and they are actually high-waisted which is great for someone with a longer torso! I even ordered a second pair. The fabric feels high quality, and is not thin,” reads one review.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $204
Best cropped leggings: Athleta Elation Capri
With compression that’s described as a “gentle hug,” the Athleta Elation Capri with powervita technology is perfect for practicing yoga, running errands or lounging around the house. Promising a buttery-soft texture, these leggings are loved for their stretch technology, hugging your body in all the right places.
“So comfortable. The fabric holds you in just enough but not to the point that makes you feel stuffed in. Flattering and holds up, from the gym to going out for brunch. Love them so much I have three pairs,” says one customer.
SHOP IT: Athleta, $79
Best celeb-approved leggings: Lululemon Align Pant
Loved by Gisele Bündchen, Meghan Markle and Kendall Jenner alike, Lululemon leggings are often spotted jet-setting around the world, strolling in New York City and leaving pilates classes. The Align Pant is loved due to their super-soft fabric and versatility. Promising to wick sweat, stretch in four ways and support you all over, these leggings are loved by many.
“I absolutely love Align Leggings. I have tried so many other brands and I always come back to them because they are the best! Great for everyday wear or for the gym – these are amazing,” reads one review. “I own multiple pairs and am still growing my collection.”
SHOP IT: Lululemon, $98