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11 Amazing Pairs Of Leggings You'll Want To Try Out ASAP

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1. Opaque ankle leggings that won't yell "SHE'S WEARING POLKA DOT GRANNY PANTIES!" to the entire world.

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"If an angel came down from heaven and said, 'You are destined to wear leggings for the rest of our life,' I would throw that angel a party. I love leggings that much. But finding leggings? That can be an issue. So when I stumbled upon this pair on Amazon and saw they have over 2,000 reviews, I obviously had to try them for myself. Science.

Here is my criteria: I like my leggings to be on the thicker side (to avoid full undie outlines), and I actually scream at the dressing room mirror when leggings are see-through. WHO THE HELL WANTS THAT?? Which is *exactly* why I was excited to try out these babies: none of the reviewers seemed to have any of those issues. And guess what? THEY WERE RIGHT. On top of being made from a super cozy material, these leggings do not show any sort of color — at all. (I actually wore my brightest pink and orange underwear on several occasions to confirm that this was true, lol). Even when I bend over! The only con is that they can sometimes show lint. But — hack alert! — if you have dryer sheets in your house and give the leggings a quick wipe before you leave, your legs will be lint-free.

Basically, these are a fantastic pair of go-to black leggings. My sister asked to borrow them the other day and I actually laughed. Lik, no, you cannot borrow my favorite leggings." —AnaMaria Glavan

Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in six colors).

AnaMaria is wearing a size small.

2. Cozy leggings perfect for days when the thought of wearing constricting skinny jeans makes you want to sob. Uncontrollably.

"Let me just say — I’m not a leggings person. I’d wear jeans every day from now until forever if you’d let me, but sometimes they are too constricting. Like, denim is known for being unforgiving. So, I decided to try this pretty, high-waisted number by Aerie. When I slid them onto my short legs, I instantly felt comfort, love, and joy without sacrificing the skintight look I love whenever I wear skinny jeans. They don’t bunch when I sit down (even though they give me that high-waisted realness) and they keep my legs warm (which is a feat in itself, because lord knows my real father is probably Jack Frost or something — I’m always cold). These leggings would be amazing for all of my fellow shorties and petites who have short torsos" they come up high, but not so far up that you can’t wear your crop tops and all of that. They aren’t sheer, so you won’t feel like you’re wearing tights out in the wild (I know that’s the only feature y’all care about anyway, LOL). The only thing I wish = that I'd ordered them in the *short* size instead of regular. I like to show a little ankle and I had to cuff the ends on these, but you know, that’s life?! Anyway, if you’re looking for a dependable pair of leggings that can give you the same look as denim without the denim feel, look no further!" —Ignacia FulcherGet them from Aerie for $15 (originally $19.95, available in sizes XXS-XXL and in short, tall, and regular lengths). Ignacia is wearing a size XL.
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"Let me just say — I’m not a leggings person. I’d wear jeans every day from now until forever if you’d let me, but sometimes they are too constricting. Like, denim is known for being unforgiving. So, I decided to try this pretty, high-waisted number by Aerie. When I slid them onto my short legs, I instantly felt comfort, love, and joy without sacrificing the skintight look I love whenever I wear skinny jeans. They don’t bunch when I sit down (even though they give me that high-waisted realness) and they keep my legs warm (which is a feat in itself, because lord knows my real father is probably Jack Frost or something — I’m always cold).

These leggings would be amazing for all of my fellow shorties and petites who have short torsos" they come up high, but not so far up that you can’t wear your crop tops and all of that. They aren’t sheer, so you won’t feel like you’re wearing tights out in the wild (I know that’s the only feature y’all care about anyway, LOL). The only thing I wish = that I'd ordered them in the *short* size instead of regular. I like to show a little ankle and I had to cuff the ends on these, but you know, that’s life?! Anyway, if you’re looking for a dependable pair of leggings that can give you the same look as denim without the denim feel, look no further!" —Ignacia Fulcher

Get them from Aerie for $15 (originally $19.95, available in sizes XXS-XXL and in short, tall, and regular lengths).

Ignacia is wearing a size XL.

3. High-rise and mid-rise compression leggings that you can wear for anything. Lounging around! Working out! Traveling! The world is your oyster, and so are these leggings.

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"Flashback to three years ago when I was heartbroken over a boy and my mom took me shopping to heal my wounds…as one does. We went to an Old Navy where I came across these compression leggings. I immediately bought a few pairs after I saw the price (they were on sale for $15, but regularly $30, which is still not bad IMO!).

It's been three years and I still wear the same leggings. I’ve bought more since then, but they hold up so well, that I could own a pair or two and be totally fine. (I won’t do that, though, because there are SO MANY cute prints and I must own them all). They’re high-waisted compression leggings, so they’re fairly tight, but stretchy at the same time. I can easily lounge and workout in them, and they’ve also become my go-to plane pants. Also! You can wash them a million times, and they will still look as new as the day you got them. And, because Old Navy rocks, you can almost always get them on sale if you keep an eye out!" —Kayla Suazo

Get them from Old Navy for $15+ (originally $32.99, high rise) and $15 (originally $32.99, mid-rise) (available in sizes XS-XXL and in regular, tall, and petite lengths and in four colors).

Kayla is wearing a size small.

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4. Splurge-worthy lightweight leggings you may want to marry. Like, you will want to spend the rest of your life wearing them. Nothing else.

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"Look, I get it. Lululemon is fuckin’ expensive! That reality is not lost on me. But I love these leggings too damn much. If you find me on a Saturday or Sunday, there is a 100% chance I am in a pair of their Align pants. And it’s not because I am working out or doing any of that nonsense — I’m simply living my everyday life in them. I’ve tried other brands, desperately searching for an awesome dupe at a fraction of the price, but all I’ve managed to do is waste money on leggings that just aren’t as good; pants that are literally never worn because I ALWAYS go back to the buttery softness, high-waisted wonder, and hold-everything-together firmness that is the Align Pant. When I wear them, I don’t worry about anything, because they keep everything in place and are just so damn comfortable. Let me repeat this because it’s a very important part to justifying the price: they are SO. DAMN. COMFORTABLE. Like, you know that softness and ease you feel when you snuggle up in a really cozy blanket or bathrobe, that’s what these feel like. Except they aren’t fuzzy, or particularly warm. They’re just...THAT comfortable.

I currently own about six pairs in black and navy (I keep some at home in San Francisco), and when I say they’re the best investment I’ve ever made, I am not playing. Yes, they’re $98. Yes, it’s SO MUCH MONEY. But let’s be real, I wear these SO much that it probably breaks down to about 23 cents a day. Less than a cup of coffee!"

Get them from Lululemon for $98 (available in sizes 2-12 and in three colors).

Elena is wearing a size 6.

5. High-waisted leggings you'll want to pack in your emergency apocalypse bag. These babies last forever — even after being washed and worn a gazillion times.

Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

"Leggings > pants. We all know it. No use pretending anymore. But finding the right pair (not too expensive, not see-through, not with a hole in the thigh by the third wear) can be challenging. LUCKILY FOR YOU, I'm about to spill the beans on the best leggings out there, and they're from TARGET: C9 Champion Freedom High Waist Leggings.

I have *six pairs* of these babies. I've been so afraid of Target no longer carrying them that every time I saw them in my size, I had to buy a pair. That being said, I have yet to have a single pair of these stretch out, fade, tear, pill, or ANYTHING. And I've had some of these for years. *Every* single other pair of leggings I've ever had have eventually gotten that dreaded hole in the thigh. NOT THESE. Yay leggings, yay comfort, yay saving money! Pro tip: Some reviews say to size up, but I'm a 4-ish in pants and wear a size small in these bbs, so choose your own size accordingly!" —Maitland Quitmeyer

Get them from Target for $24.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in regular, short, and tall lengths).

Read the full review here.

Maitland is wearing a size small.

6. Moisture-wicking leggings that ACTUALLY help keep you dry...even during hot yoga. And there is A LOT of sweat involved with hot yoga. A lot.

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"I'll admit that I wanted to try these leggings from Outdoor Voices after seeing multiple people wearing them on Instagram and on the streets of NY. I'm an easy target. Sue me. But honestly? These leggings are incredible and HERE IS WHY!

I like to take hot yoga in the city (I know, I am the pinnacle of health), but then have to hop on a bus and train for my hour-long commute home. Yes, that's right, I am basically sitting in sweat for an hour. BUT! The fabric of these leggings is so great at wicking moisture, that I feel almost dry by the time I walk to the train. I've tried a ton of other leggings in the past that claim to be 'dri-fit', but they were all BS. These leggings are truly amazing for taking a workout class and then heading to grab dinner or a drink with a friend; ~athleisure~ that can actually be worn for exercising purposes — who woulda thunk!

ALSO! The waistband never slides down, and I actually find that they fit better and better each time I put them on, like they're truly molding and conforming to fit my legs perfectly. It's like they were made for me and my body. And while I realize that these are pricy, I do find that having workout-wear I feel good and confident about wearing motivates me to get in some exercise — which is so important, especially if you're sitting down for eight hours a day! Seriously, give these babies a try. The color schemes are gorgeous." —AnaMaria Glavan

Get them from Outdoor Voices for $95 (available in sizes XS-XL and in nine colors).

AnaMaria is wearing a size small.

7. Joggers with a fitted silhouette: if you love the look of leggings but hate how tight they fit, these babies were made for you.

Robbie Mackey / BuzzFeed

"Okay, full disclosure: these are not leggings, they're joggers. So if you're looking for leggings to take the place of tights under dresses and such, I'm sorry to disappoint you, and you are excused from reading the rest of this section. HOWEVER! If you're looking for the most comfortable pants ever, pants that you'll fantasize about any time you have the misfortune to be wearing a different pair of pants, and that are somehow also slim-cut and flattering and cute enough to wear outside, then OH BOY, do I have the pants for you.

My sister gave me these Athleta joggers for Christmas, probably because she touched the fabric and couldn't imagine anyone she loved living without such outrageous softness for a moment longer (she also got some for our mom, and herself). The fabric is called modal, and it might be the greatest gift science has ever given us. Well, fabric science, at least (don't @ me, seriously). Look, I am no stranger to cozy pants — I went to grad school. But these pants are, without a doubt, the most comfortable article of clothing I have ever put on my body, full stop. They are also — miracle of miracles! — pretty dang cute.

They're slightly baggier than leggings, but still slim cut. And like the best pairs of leggings, they're very flattering in the butt area. Plus, they have nice, roomy pockets! I put them on when I get home from work, and live in them on the weekends. When I have to wash them, I feel a little bit like a child when their security blanket is in the laundry. Whoops, I guess I'll just have to buy another pair! —Jessie Gaynor

Get them from Athleta for $31.99+ (available in sizes XXS-2X and in regular, tall, and petite sizes).

Jessie is wearing a size small.

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8. Compression leggings comfy enough to lounge around in, but if you add some booties and some bling? BAM! You can wear 'em for a night on the town.

"Before trying out these Soma leggings, I didn't realize how much I was missing out on. The black is super opaque, so you shan't be needing to worry about undies peeking through — I've frequently worn these with full undies in a full range of colors, and none of them have made a guest appearance. These leggings don't feel elastic-y, either: they're just a nice soft cotton. Plus, no matter how many times I wear and wash them (which is A LOT), they never fade or look worn down. They seriously still look like I bought them yesterday. Basically, if you want to look like you tried, but also want to essentially live in pajamas... these are for you. They're super easy to dress up (they're just as easy to wear with booties as they are with sneakers) and always make me so freaking comfortable and confident!" —Emma McAnaw Get them from Soma for $54 (available in sizes XS-XXL). Emma is wearing a size small.
AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

"Before trying out these Soma leggings, I didn't realize how much I was missing out on. The black is super opaque, so you shan't be needing to worry about undies peeking through — I've frequently worn these with full undies in a full range of colors, and none of them have made a guest appearance. These leggings don't feel elastic-y, either: they're just a nice soft cotton. Plus, no matter how many times I wear and wash them (which is A LOT), they never fade or look worn down. They seriously still look like I bought them yesterday.

Basically, if you want to look like you tried, but also want to essentially live in pajamas... these are for you. They're super easy to dress up (they're just as easy to wear with booties as they are with sneakers) and always make me so freaking comfortable and confident!" —Emma McAnaw

Get them from Soma for $54 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

Emma is wearing a size small.

9. Ankle leggings guaranteed to become your new go-to LBL: Little Black Leggings. Seriously, you'll wear them all the time.

Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

"The search for the perfect pair of leggings has been an uphill battle for me. I’ve encountered the kind that stretches out easily (at the knees), the kind that slips down your butt, the kind that becomes transparent when you bend down, and the kind that’s so tight that putting them on feels like a battle. The struggle continued until I tried these Danskin yoga leggings. They’re just about perfect in every way!

They hug my legs and booty perfectly without being too tight, and it’s not a struggle to put them on. The waistband comes up at an excellent height, so that it doesn’t slip down when I move around. They’re a wonderful material that feels soft and cotton-y (not that slippery fabric most workout leggings are made of), and are COMPLETELY opaque — even if I do squats. I’m very comfortable wearing them outside of the gym with a tunic or sweater because the design is very basic; it doesn’t have loud patterns that scream workout attire. Also, I’m on the taller side and the length is perfect for me (although I can see them being a little bit too long for petite ladies). I've worn them repeatedly since I got them (for the gym and just lounging around), and they’ve held their shape very well and show no signs of pilling at all. I’m not kidding about these being the best leggings I’ve ever worn. My only regret: not immediately ordering them in five other colors." —Yi Yang

Get them from Amazon for $17.55+ or from Danskin for $36 (available in sizes XS-3X and two colors).

Yi is wearing a size medium.

10. A pair of high-waisted leggings that are as cozy and comfortable as they are $tylish. Win.

"These are the first leggings that I've found that are high-waisted and go all the way down to my ankles. I literally have five pairs because I'm obsessed with them. To find a mixture [of high-waist and comfy] is crazy. They're great! I was on Forever 21's for a while, and then I was like, 'You know what? I'll pay [a little more] for Torrid,' and I haven't looked back." —Jazzmyne RobbinsGet them from Torrid for $17.17 (originally $22.90, available in sizes 00–6).Jazzmyne wears a size 2X (if she wants the leggings to be tighter) or 3X (if she wants 'em to be slightly looser), which is a size 2 or 3 at Torrid.
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"These are the first leggings that I've found that are high-waisted and go all the way down to my ankles. I literally have five pairs because I'm obsessed with them. To find a mixture [of high-waist and comfy] is crazy. They're great! I was on Forever 21's for a while, and then I was like, 'You know what? I'll pay [a little more] for Torrid,' and I haven't looked back." —Jazzmyne Robbins

Get them from Torrid for $17.17 (originally $22.90, available in sizes 00–6).

Jazzmyne wears a size 2X (if she wants the leggings to be tighter) or 3X (if she wants 'em to be slightly looser), which is a size 2 or 3 at Torrid.

11. Mesh leggings to add a subtle touch of ~oomph~ to your wardrobe. Hello, adorable polka dots!

Emma Mcanaw / BuzzFeed

"I'm all about comfort. Being the proud homebody that I am, I basically live my entire life in baggy tees and loose pants that aren't always suitable for outside wear. Leggings are the perfect crossover between chilling-on-the-couch and running-errands-so-I'm-kinda-put-together, meaning, in Sarah speak, you can wear them indoors and out and look like a functioning adult! Note: I rarely exercise — although if you pair these with the right top, you can ~pass off~ as someone who does! — so I can't attest to their workout endurance. However, enjoy a Boomerang of the only lunge I've done unrelated to running up the stairs two at a time to retrieve food from the Tasty kitchen.

In terms of comfort and style, they're 💯. Yes, I've kinda bought into the whole athleisure trend — SUE ME. I'll even wear these to court. They hold their shape while being super stretchy and flexible. And, this isn't really something I usually say, but damn they make my butt look great (also without revealing panty lines, lol). I'm in love with these polka-dotted mesh cutouts, like IN FREAKING LOVE. They add that little bit of oomph I'm looking for because — while I have nothing against plain leggings and have definitely owned a pair or two — I love details that just step the classics on a notch. TL;DR: I'm never taking these off. Also, I'm strangely into this monochrome six shades of grey lewk." —Sarah Han

Get them from Aerie for $19.98 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and in four colors).

Sarah is wearing a size small.

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