Compression leggings are the best of both worlds. They hold everything in place like a shapewear undergarment, but they're also great for lazy days when you just can't be bothered to wear real pants — at home or out of the house.
Originally worn by athletes to reduce muscle soreness and speed recovery after workouts or those with medical conditions to aid in circulation and blood flow, it used to be hard to find a pair of compression leggings that didn't make your legs look like stuffed sausages. But Homma's high-waist compression leggings ($18.95-$19.50, Amazon) are earning rave reviews on Amazon for their comfort and their slimming abilities. Plus, they're less than $20 — a steal when you consider many compression leggings retail for triple that.
"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...they are a bit thicker than most leggings and not see thru at all," one happy Amazon customer wrote.
Regular leggings are usually made of material that is more thin and sheer, while compression leggings have a thickness to them. These, made from a blend of breathable nylon and spandex, are opaque enough to wear as pants, but you won't overheat in them either. They come in 10 flattering colors, including black, olive, navy, and burgundy, so you can match them to any outfit whether you're wearing them to your favorite yoga class or just to the grocery store.
One thing to note about compression wear is that it can cause health issues if its worn for extended periods of time, so you probably shouldn't wear them all day every day. But as long as you get the sizing right, compression leggings can smooth your middle and boost your confidence. And for less than the price of a meal out, how can you say no?
Where to buy: $18.95-$19.50, Amazon
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