Leggings are comfy, cozy, great for workouts, and not likely to go anywhere for the foreseeable future.
While leggings as pants are controversial in the fashion community, we love the look and there’s no doubt that warm leggings under a long cardigan make for a perfect autumn and winter look.
Whether you prefer your leggings as fashion items or you take them with you to the gym, there are plenty of leggings brands for you to choose from that won’t go sheer on you. Here are some of our favorites!
Gym leggings have to be special. Not only do you want them to be stylish and comfortable, but they can’t go sheer even when you’re working out.
While runners and other non-weightlifters aren’t as focused on an opaque legging, anyone who’s done squats and lunges knows that leggings being “squat-proof” is an absolute must. No negotiations allowed.
These are a few of our favorite gym leggings brands that have great squat-proof options with style.
Gymshark, the popular activewear brand from the United Kingdom, has been a leggings powerhouse for the past few years. They’re in the mid-range price-wise, but they compete with other more expensive brands when it comes to quality and their generous (though infrequent) sales make them accessible to those who aren’t keen on spending a fortune on their gym clothes.
They were popularized by YouTube fitness gurus everywhere with their first big hit, the Flex leggings. With stretchy, breathable fabric and a playful butt contour, fitness fanatics everywhere were hooked.
They come in all different colors and designs (as well as leisure options) so you can work out in style.
Lululemon is another huge name in the leggings game. This brand is on the pricier side, but the quality is worthwhile to those willing to pay the price.
They pride themselves on their custom fabrics that are described as “buttery-soft” by many customers. They have plenty of great, squat-proof leggings that are cult favorites, as well as normal lounging and fashion leggings.
It’s best to try these on in-person to get accurate sizing.
If you’re not looking for leggings that put a huge dent in your wallet, Colorfulkoala might be right for you.
These leggings rival more expensive brands. They have soft and durable fabric that’s great for any strength or cardio workout as well as a good yoga or pilates session. They come in plenty of colors and designs. You can get plain leggings and joggers for a more subtle look or cute seasonal designs.
They can be found on Amazon or sometimes at shops like Marshalls, but the largest variety of leggings is on their website.
Nike is well-known for its athletic gear, and leggings are no exception. You know that these leggings are going to be sports-level quality.
Nike leggings aren’t the most fashionable. You won’t be wearing these on a night out, but you will love wearing them to all of your difficult gym days.
As with all of their products, their high quality comes at a price. Leggings average around 60 dollars, but some go up to over one hundred dollars. You get what you pay for, though, and this brand doesn’t disappoint.
This is another one of the popular activewear brands that’s only available online.
This is a bit of a unique situation. Fabletics, while popular, utilizes an interesting system. If you want to get their leggings for a good price (often going down to two pairs for under twenty-five dollars), you’re going to have to be a subscriber.
If you’re someone who is always rotating leggings in and out of your wardrobe, this is going to be worthwhile to you.
You’ll pay fifty dollars per month (that seems to go into a credit system for future purchases) unless you shop or manually skip that month. This gets you %50 off of the normal legging price.
If a subscription-style system works for you, this might be right up your alley.
Leisure-Wear and Fashion
Not all leggings have to be for the gym. Sometimes you just want to don a pair of fashionable, warm, or comfortable leggings for a day lounging around or going out with friends.
While some of the previous leggings can be worn for leisure, and some of the brands offer leisurewear, the next few are the opposite. They offer athletic leggings but they shine when it comes to fashion and comfort.
Here are some of the best leggings brands for leggings that you don’t need to put through the trials of the gym.
Blackmilk has waned in popularity, but with that loss of popularity comes lower prices (and the same great quality).
They’re an Australian fashion brand that used to only focus on leggings. They’ve now expanded their clothing options, but their leggings are the real draw here.
They come in all different styles, from plain black to novelty themes that draw inspiration from popular movies, books, and games. They always have a finger on the pulse of pop culture so you can expect a new release anytime there’s a trending piece of media going around.
Their most common material isn’t as comfortable as it could be, but they can’t be beaten as far as style goes.
There’s something for everyone at Blackmilk.
Aerie is a fan favorite in the leisure world. They use great marketing strategies, using unretouched models for their ad campaigns, and their clothing is high-quality and comfortable. They’re a side-project of popular fashion brand, American Eagle.
While popularized by bralettes, their leggings are great.
Most of them are meant for sitting around the house or pairing with large comfy sweaters for an autumn outfit. They even offer pajama leggings for ultimate comfort.
What Are Your Favorite Leggings Brands?
We love all of these leggings brands for fashion, leisurewear, activewear, and athleisure wear.
Whether you’re looking to stick to a budget or you’re ready and willing to spend big bucks on quality, there’s something for you. Are you opting for high-priced Lululemon and Blackmilk, or are Colorfulkoala and Aerie more your style?
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