Between yoga, running, and being an independent contractor who can usually work in casual clothing, I spend a pretty outrageous percentage of my life in leggings. I’m not even a little ashamed. And while I personally don’t practice religious modesty, leggings can be really great for folks who do because they’re comfy, practical, versatile and layer-able. However, there are a lot of garbage leggings out there: ones that get baggy in the knees, ones that are too see-through, ones with awkward waistbands, ones that rip like toilet paper (looking at you, LulaRoe), ones that ride down and constantly have to be pulled up… it can be bizarrely difficult to find a good pair, especially if you’re not trying to spend a bazillion dollars. We at #MM would like to help make that a little easier with these tried-and-true top four recommendations.
Finding a reliable pair of leggings to run in is really tricky, because usually they’re either wildly expensive or constantly riding down and needing to be awkwardly pulled up every few minutes. I got these on sale at my local running store and have been obsessed with them ever since. They’re so comfortable and offer a good amount of compression. Whether I’m running 2 miles or 26.2 miles, these always stay comfy and in place so that I never have to think about them.
Yoga & The Gym
I spend a pretty outrageous percentage of my life in leggings. I’m not even a little ashamed.
These leggings are so comfortable and stylish, but what’s really key is that they offer the perfect degree of flexibility for activities like yoga, Crossfit, dance, spinning, lifting, etc. The waistband is high enough to not create an uncomfortable muffin top effect as you’re moving around. They’re not so thin that they’re see-through or prone to ripping, but also not so thick that they get too hot during workouts. They’re made in the US and are a small and ethically-run business, which makes them an especially good choice. Lastly, while these are first and foremost my all-time favorite yoga leggings, they’re also fantastic just for day-to-day life and layering. Some of the patterns can even be dressed up for less casual outfits.
Day-to-Day Life: The Couch, the Grocery Store and the Casual Workplace
These are thick and comfy, with lots of colors and patterns and trendy styles to choose from. I’m definitely that person who just took advantage of their intro deal and cancelled my membership after, but you cannot argue with two good pairs of leggings for $24. Many pairs of their leggings can be good for running as well (particularly in cooler weather), though as they get worn and washed they do begin to ride down a bit while running. Also beware that the sizes run long, so you may want to opt for capris if you’re a fellow short person.
Honestly, these really surprised me. I found them on Amazon and like all the reviewers, I was not expecting them to be so comfortable, durable and versatile, especially given that they’re $12.50 a pair. They’re perfect for layering because they’re not bulky at all (but also not at all see-through); and while they’re labeled “shapewear”, they are incredibly comfortable and don’t make you feel like you’re being sucked in. When it’s really cold, I wear two pairs at once. They can be dressed up with nicer outfits or just worn as a reliable everyday standby.
Get your leggings on, girl.