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Leggings are a staple in many people’s wardrobes. Whether you’re wearing them to work out or just lounge around in, they’re meant to be stretchy and soft—and one of the most comfortable items of clothing next to sweats.
There are hundreds of brands and types of leggings out there for every body shape and size. These 10 celebrity-approved leggings run the gamut from the ultra popular Lululemon Aligns to the TikTok-famous Aerie leggings.
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1. These Lululemon Align leggings fit for a royal
Of all the leggings Lululemon has to offer, the Aligns are arguably the most popular, with over 15,000 reviews on the brand’s website. Even celebrities like Meghan Markle, Rita Ora and Gisele Bundchen are frequently spotted in the sleek pants. Designed for yoga and other low-impact activities, the Align leggings are made with Lululemon’s buttery soft Nulu fabric—which is a blend of nylon and elastane—and have a hidden waistband pocket to stash your essentials. They come in women’s sizes 0 to 14 and four lengths: 21-, 25-, 28-, and 31-inch.
Our shopping editor, Amanda Tarlton, is so into the Align leggings that she owns 12 pairs. She loves how they feel like you’re not even wearing pants and that they’re very breathable.
2. These Aerie leggings that are all over TikTok
Over the last year, Aerie’s Offline Real Me leggings have gone viral on social media, catching the eye of celebs like Skai Jackson, Aly Raisman, Keke Palmer and Madison Prewett. Made of a nylon and elastane blend, the leggings offer medium support and have a unique crossover waistband that accentuates your waist. They’re available in women’s sizes XXS to XXL and in a range of colors and prints, including metallic and tie-dye.
Over 2,500 reviewers love Aerie’s highly rated leggings. “The fabric and fit are amazing,” one person says. “As someone who usually only buys Lululemon leggings, these are definitely a game-changer. The leggings hug my body in the best way and the crossover style shrinks your waist.”
3. These Alo Yoga leggings for any type of workout
Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lawrence and Kendall Jenner love these high-waisted leggings from Alo Yoga. The brand’s double-knit Airlift fabric claims to “sculpt and smooth” and wicks aways moisture so you don’t have to worry about sweat stains. The leggings are available in 12 colors from lavender to olive and come in women’s sizes XXS to XL.
Amanda, our shopping editor, owns the Alo leggings and likes that they stay securely in place during even the toughest of workouts (she’s also a personal trainer and a yoga instructor). She isn’t the only one giving them a thumbs up: The leggings have over 1,100 glowing reviews on Alo’s website. Many people praise the lightweight material and flattering cut.
4. These plus-sized Torrid leggings that are squat-proof
For Lizzo, Queen Latifah and Octavia Spencer, Torrid’s basic black leggings are where it’s at. The wide waistband sits high on your waist and has a smoothing “tummy control” panel to hold everything in place. The leggings are made of a cotton and spandex blend that’s opaque enough to pass the squat test (i.e., they won’t become sheer when stretched). They’re available in women’s sizes 10 to 30.
Over 3,700 reviewers love the comfortable fit and full-coverage material. “Perfect thickness without being too restrictive or too see-through,” one person raves. “Love the wide band at the waist and the soft and breathable material. Can’t recommend these enough especially for the price!”
5. These Beyond Yoga leggings that you could live in
Made for daily wear, Beyond Yoga’s high-waisted leggings are a staple for celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Gigi Hadid and Candice Swanepoel. The leggings feature a wide five-inch waistband and a seamless design that looks (and feels) sleek and smooth. You can choose from one of six “core” colors, like black or “silver mist,” or opt for one of the seasonal colors, like teal or peach. The leggings come in women’s sizes XS to 3X.
Hundreds of shoppers praise the leggings for their ankle-length cut and snug fit. “Stretchy but tight enough to give you shape,” one fan says. “So, so soft. Flattering and comfortable high-rise and not too long. Truly what I’ve been seeking and have never found from other brands. I’m all in on these and won’t shut up about how everyone needs them.”
6. These Outdoor Voices leggings that are quick-drying
For high-intensity exercise or any activity where you’re bound to sweat a lot, Outdoor Voices’ Flex leggings will keep you dry. The brand—beloved by celebs Lucy Hale, Sophie Turner and Alessandra Ambrosio—prides itself on its moisture-wicking, breathable TechSweat fabric, which is made of nylon, lycra, and elastane. The Flex leggings have a high waistband that’s double-layered for extra security. They’re available in four colors and in women’s sizes XS to XXXL.
With over 350 reviews, the leggings are praised for their ability to stay up during all types of workouts. “These are my holy grail workout leggings,” one person says. “They’re the only leggings that don’t fall or roll down on me when I’m spinning/walking/HIIT/yoga. I now own five pairs.”
7. These Spanx leggings that give your backside a lift
Spanx brings its famous sculpting fabric to its Booty Boost leggings, which are adored by the likes of Kourtney Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner. They boast a contoured waistband that sits above your navel and creates the illusion of a perkier rear end. The leggings come in women’s sizes XS to 3X.
Fans love that the lack of a center seam prevents the dreaded camel-toe effect and that the leggings provide lift and compression. “These leggings suck you in so well and the material is so soft,” one reviewer says. “They are thick and great material and you don’t have to worry about them being see-through.”
8. These shiny Koral leggings for a glam vibe
There’s a long list of famous people who are obsessed with Koral’s signature Lustrous leggings: Hailey Bieber, Cara Delevingne, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Vanessa Hudgens, Shay Mitchell, Jennifer Garner and Olivia Palermo, to name a slew. Crafted with the brand’s synthetic Infinity fabric—which is a blend of Lycra sport elastane and polyamide—the high-rise leggings are fast-drying and even chlorine-resistant, so you can wear them for watersports.
Reviewers love the leggings’ high-shine, sleek look. “I am on my third pair of these leggings,” one person says. “Not only do they look really good on but they fit exactly as expected while flattering your entire lower body. I get a ton of compliments on them and the shine is so much fun.”
If plain leggings aren’t your style, consider the funky and bold designs from Varley. Celebs Lily Collins, Shay Mitchell and Joan Smalls all wear the brand’s Century leggings. They’re made with soft Lolux fabric, a blend of Lyrca and nylon, that’s similar in weight and suppleness to that of the Lululemon Aligns, making the Varley leggings ideal for low-intensity activities. Featuring a high-rise waistband, they come in 11 prints—including snake skin and cheetah—and in women’s sizes XXS to XL.
“They are very flattering on my legs and are really comfortable, great for a workout or casual wear,” one shopper says. “Sizing is spot-on and quality is amazing. The fabric is uber buttery which I love.”
10. These Ultracor leggings that are worth the splurge
With a fan base that includes Hilary Duff, Emma Roberts and Kelly Ripa, Ultracor is known for its pricey yet high quality athletic wear and its Knockout leggings are one of its top-selling pairs. They’re made of stretchy, compressive fabric that has built-in shapewear for added lift and coverage. Available in 10 designs such as iridescent purple and gold and black stars, the leggings come in women’s sizes XXS to XL.
“These pants are simply amazing!” one person gushes. “They stay put through all types of physical activity and look incredible on. Every time I wear them, I get multiple compliments. They are well worth paying a little extra for. I’m officially hooked on Ultracor.”
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