The 8 Best Leggings You Can Dress Up or Down

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The key to finding the best leggings is to look for quality fabric that’s opaque so your undergarments don’t show through. But given how many leggings there are on the market, we don’t blame you for not knowing where to start. So, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that way you can focus on the easy part: looking fabulous in your comfy new leggings. 

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Why leggings?

A pair of dressy leggings is a wardrobe staple every woman should own. Not only can you wear them casually with a T-shirt and sneakers, but you can make them look sharp with a blazer, crisp white button-up, and loafers or heels. The possibilities are truly endless!

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Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

Best leather leggings
Nordstrom Sale Item

Buy from Nordstrom, $64.90 (originally $98)

Why we like them:

  • Best-seller
  • Chic, glossy finish
  • Signature Power Waistband

Faux leather leggings add a polished vibe to any outfit, and with this best-selling pair from Spanx, you know you’re getting the added tummy control, too. These figure-hugging leggings smooth the stomach, hips, thighs, and bum so you can rock your look with confidence. Best of all, the fabulous glossy finish is eye-catching without being too flashy, and will elevate even the most casual tee and sneakers look.

Happy customer: “I was afraid they’d be too tight for someone ‘my size’ (I bought the XL). Boy, was I wrong. Super comfortable and they look awesome. I don’t wear leggings — until I bought these. They are fantastic!”

Spanx Look at Me Now Seamless Leggings

Best opaque black leggings
best leggings

Buy from Nordstrom, $68

Why we like them:

  • Available in classic black, as well as 2 camo prints
  • Seamless design
  • Double-layer waistband for support

Spanx’s mid-rise Look at Me Now Seamless Leggings offer a decent amount of support while smoothing your hips and midsection, thanks to the company’s Slim is Built In double-layer waistband. There’s no center seam so you can avoid the dreaded camel toe, plus the leggings hit high enough to prevent a muffin top. They come available in the pictured black, as well as green and black camo options!

Happy customer: “YES YES YES. These are the best things since sliced bread. Never understood that saying, but seems appropriate since I eat bread and these leggings make it look like I don’t.”

Women’s Primaloft ThermaStretch Fleece Tights

Best leggings for hiking
L.L. Bean

Buy from L.L. Bean, $99

Why we like them:

  • Available in regular, plus, and petite sizes
  • Made from soft fleece for warmth
  • Moisture-wicking fabric

We hope there are many more months until the weather cools down, but once that happens you’ll want to invest in the L.L. Bean Primaloft ThermaStretch Fleece Tights. These fleece-lined tights are perfect for keeping you warm when you’re out on the slopes or for lounging in front of a roaring fire. Plus, the moisture-wicking fabric will keep you dry and comfortable, in case you work up a sweat. They’re available in regular, plus, and petite sizes, as well as regular and tall inseams, so everyone will find a pair that fits. 

Happy customer: “I purchased these leggings to be able to spend time outside in our cold Syracuse winter weather. They are warm enough for walking and snowshoeing in blustery cold temperatures, and are so cozy I don’t want to take them off when I come inside … I love them!!!”

BP High Rise Leggings

Best high waisted workout leggings

Buy from Nordstrom, $12

Why we like them:

  • Available in black and 6 colorful patterns
  • Super affordable
  • Stretch-cotton fabric

High-waisted leggings are great for sucking you in and streamlining your figure, and our top pick is this pair from BP. You can’t go wrong with these high-rise leggings, which retail for less than $20. The heavy-duty extra-high waistband will mask any problem areas, and you’ll love the soft cotton. Best of all, in addition to classic black, they’re available in six fun, colorful patterns, so buy a few pairs!

Happy customer: “I stumbled upon these BP High Rise Leggings by accident while shopping for “high end designer” yoga clothes. What a GREAT find! LOVE that they are mostly cotton. Love the high waist. I seldom wear leggings but these have changed my practice. Super comfortable and very flattering. At this price, I can buy several … I’m even buying them as gifts for friends LOL! Material is thick enough, I never feel constrained and my body can BREATHE! I wash them on cold water cycle as directed and throw them in the dryer. Highly recommended!

HUE Ponte Leggings

Best affordable leggings
best leggings

Buy from Bloomingdale’s, $44

Why we like them:

  • Comfortable, yet professional-looking
  • Back pockets
  • Machine washable

HUE’s Ponte Leggings will fit in perfectly with your work wardrobe. If you throw on a nice blouse and dressy shoes, you’ll look fabulous and professional — and no one will know you’re wearing leggings. To add to the illusion, they even have faux front pockets — and real back pockets! The stretchy fabric and elasticized waistband offer comfort without sacrificing a put-together look, so they really are the best of both worlds. They might just become your new go-to pair!

Happy customer: “I love the fit and fabric on these leggings. I have a lot of Hue leggings, but these are by far my favorites. I like that the waist sits at [the] natural waistline on these. They fit snugly, hold up well, don’t stretch out and bag, and the weight of the fabric is perfect.”

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

Best leggings for plus size
best leggings
Nordstrom Sale Item

Buy from Nordstrom, $38.90 (originally $59)

Why we like them:

  • Available in sizes 1X to 3X
  • Moisture-wicking fabric
  • Waistband pocket for storing small essentials

Zella’s plus-size ponte leggings are a bit thicker than your average cotton pair, but this means they can provide more structure and support. Perfect for everyday wear or working out, the moisture-wicking fabric will keep sweat at bay, while the high, slip-free waistband will stay up no matter your activity level. There’s also a hidden waistband pocket for storing essentials, like keys and credit cards, so you can take these comfy leggings anywhere!

Happy customer: “My first pair of Zella leggings, and I ordered a second pair the next day. Material feels luxurious, well-constructed, and opaque. The high waist is perfect. I have a pear shape and there’s no gap in the waist.”

Wit & Wisdom Jeggings

Best jean leggings

Buy from Nordstrom, $64

Why we like them:

  • Made from soft and comfortable stretch denim
  • Flattering skinny fit
  • Washer and dryer safe

Jean leggings, or jeggings, combine the comfort of leggings with the style of classic denim. We love this pair from Wit & Wisdom because they will flatter your figure while still being incredibly soft. They’re available in both petite and regular sizes, so every woman can find her best fit — and cleaning them is a breeze, just toss them into the washer and dryer!

Happy customer: “I have been ordering Wit and Wisdom jeans for about 5 years now. They are the only brand I buy! As a larger person it is hard to find pants that I like, but these are my go to. More recently I have gotten this specific style and love it! It is great for daily wear with t-shirts or can be dressed up a bit more with a blouse or sweater. These last me a while and I practically wear them everyday. I don’t know if I could survive without W&W jeans because I just love the way they fit me … I would highly recommend these to anyone! I think they are overall just great pants and they are very reasonably priced.”

Homma Premium Thick High Waist Tummy Compression Slimming Leggings

best cheap leggings

Buy from Amazon, starting at $18.95

Why we like them:

  • Available in 10 colors
  • Less than $20!
  • Strong compression

Amazon is a great place to find cheap leggings, like this pair from Homma. With over 14,000 five-star ratings, these compression leggings are an absolute hit on Amazon, and it’s easy to see why. The seamless knit and four-way stretch offer flexibility and movement, while sweat-wicking and ventilation properties make sure you stay dry and comfortable. For extra support, the high waist fits snugly, so you won’t have to worry about readjusting throughout the day. Best of all? These leggings come in 10 colors, so we recommend stocking up!

Happy customer: “Nice high waist, great compression and fit throughout, but it doesn’t take a year to squeeze into them. The ‘magic fabric’ makes them easy to get on and off and uber-comfortable to wear. Somehow they are thick but still breathable … These are awesome! I have so many pairs of leggings for working out and these might be my favorite so far. Gym tested and super happy!”

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