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!
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.
Keep scrolling to shop Woman’s World‘s picks for the best dressy leggings.
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Best Leather Leggings
Best Faux Leather Leggings
Where to buy: $98, Nordstrom
Faux leather leggings add a polished vibe to any outfit, and with 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 Black Leggings Not See Through
Best Black Leggings
Where to buy: $68, Nordstrom
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.
Best Leggings For Hiking
Best Fleece-Lined Leggings
Where to buy: $89, L.L. Bean
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. They're available in regular and petite sizes as well as regular and tall inseams, so everyone will find a pair that fits.
Best High Waisted Workout Leggings
Best High-Waisted Leggings
Where to buy: $19, Nordstrom
High-waisted leggings are great for sucking you in and streamlining your figure, and our top pick is a 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 Affordable Leggings
Best Leggings for Work
Where to buy: $53.10 (originally $118), Bloomingdale's
Nic and Zoe's Ponte Leggings 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.
Best Leggings For Plus Size
Best Plus-Size Leggings
Where to buy: $96, Nordstrom
Liverpool's plus-size ponte leggings are a bit thicker than your average cotton pair, but this means they can provide more structure and support. Women love these leggings, with one writing, "The leggings are very slimming and super comfortable to wear all day. The are pricey but I know I will get a lot of usage wearing them to work and also out evenings."
Best Non See Through Leggings
Best Jean Leggings
Where to buy: $64, Nordstrom
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.
Best Quality Leggings
Best Patterned Leggings
Where to buy: $31.98-$38.40, Nordstrom
Explore your wild side with this patterned pair of capri leggings from Onzie. They are intended for workouts, but we think they'd look fabulous with a casual button-down and a cute pair of slip-on shoes. The best part is the moisture-wicking fabric will keep you cool this summer.
Best Cheap Leggings
9. Best Affordable Leggings
Where to buy: $18.95-$19.50, Amazon
Amazon is a great place to find cheap leggings, like this pair from Homma. Women rave about these compression leggings, writing, "I have been a Spanx leggings person for years and after getting these I will never order any other leggings. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love these. They are great fit, holds the tummy in, even [though] I didn't get them for that, they are a bit thicker than most leggings and not see [through] at all."
Best Non See Thru Leggings
Best Cotton Leggings
Where to buy: $38.99, Nordstrom
Cotton is a breathable fabric that does a fabulous job of keeping you cool — a necessity come summertime. Splendid's Stretch Cotton Leggings offer full-length coverage that's never see through. "These leggings fit true to size. They are the perfect pair to either wear casual or dress up for a night out! Love the elasticity as well as the sharp black color they come in. Definitely a must have for your wardrobe," one woman raved.