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Who doesn’t love a good pair of leggings? Always a workout staple, these humble, comfy pants have become a go-to for everything from hardcore training to lounging at home and even going out in recent years. It’ll come as no surprise that we basically live in leggings over here at Oxygen, and we play favorites.
Different styles suit different activities, but there are a few rules that go for any and all workout leggings in our book. See-through fabric is a no-go, and they should be comfy and cute — look good, feel good, right?
The thing is, nowadays leggings can be pricey, which isn’t ideal for trial and error as you try to find your next go-to. Here, we round up some of our favorite leggings right now to help take the guesswork out of your next workout wardrobe addition. These Oxygen editor-tested and approved pairs won’t let you down.
Looking for leggings even more supportive than your gym buddy? Look no further than this high-waisted pair from Aerie’s activewear line, Offline. These sleek, sweat-wicking leggings are squat-proof (as all leggings should be) and booty-sculpting. What’s more, they don’t have a front seam, so uncomfy camel-toes are a thing of the past.
These leggings are clearly designed by gym rats for gym rats, so it’s no surprise that no matter how hard you sprint, how heavy you squat or how many lunges you do, these leggings stay high-waisted. There’s no tugging between sets and no unsightly bunching.
From yoga flows and strength workouts to hiking trails and everywhere in between, these leggings from women-founded brand Senita Athletics will be a new go-to pair. A mid-high waist and just enough support throughout the thick waistband keep these leggings right where you want them as you work out. And while the ridiculously soft fabric feels luxurious, you don’t have to break the bank to snag yourself a pair.
These leggings were designed for endurance workouts. The fabric is way high-tech with oxides of zirconium, aluminum, zinc, titanium and antimony. These elements are known to help improve circulation, repair and regenerate overworked tissues, muscles and nerves, reduce inflammation and decrease pain. Talk about a next-level pair of pants.
Running leggings can be very different from gym leggings, and these are our pick for long runs. They’re made with Under Armour’s patented HeatGear material so they’re lightweight, which makes those miles a breeze. Plus, can you say buttery-smooth?
It’s safe to say everyone loves a good Target run, but who knew your next favorite leggings were lurking in the racks? The All In Motion Sculpt 7/8 Leggings check numerous boxes for form and function. The high-waist and compressive fabric keep you feeling secure no matter how you move, and mesh panel details kick up the style factor. Perhaps best of all, they have deep pockets that your phone won’t fall out of.
We love a seamless legging, and this two-tone pair from Puma delivers on looks and performance. The high waist and FormKnit fabric keep them fitted throughout the day — no yanking your pants back up every time you move.
Not a high-rise kinda gal? We’ve got you covered. The Nike Epic Luxe leggings were built for running but could withstand anything thanks to a draw-string waist and five pockets to stash your stuff. They’re also supremely soft and breathable, yet compressive.