I’m breaking down my favorite and LEAST favorite of all the leggings I’ve tried recently. They range from $20 up to almost $100! I wear leggings to boot camp classes and also on my “mom days” when I’m running around with the kids. I love how easy they are, and I am always looking for a pair that can withstand a lot of wear and be comfortable all day long.
I’m curvy so I need my leggings to stay where I put them. If they slide down during the day, I’ll donate or return them. Also, my thighs touch so pilling between the thighs is to be expected. Some pill worse than others, it ultimately depends on the fabric. You can buy a tool to remove pilling if it bothers you. It doesn’t bother me.
Lululemon Align 28” pant ($98.00)- For me, these are the holy grail of leggings. They are so very comfortable, high-rise, and have a wide color option. They CAN be see through if you size down too much. In general, though, if you get your true size you shouldn’t have issues with the pants being see through. Because they are so thin, it is very easy to see panty lines, so just keep that in mind. A panty like this would be a good option (and what I wear!) under these leggings. I’ve never had to pull these up, they feel as close to wearing nothing as humanly possible, and they are always my top choice to wear when traveling.
Colorfulkoala Buttery Soft High Waisted Yoga Pants Full-Length Leggings ($22.99) (80% nylon, 20% spandex) – I absolutely love these leggings. I have 3 pairs now and have been happy with each one. They have a similar look and feel to the Align leggings, but are thicker and not quite as breathable. They hold you in a bit more than Aligns, but not in an uncomfortable way. I did not have trouble with these slipping down or rolling over at the waist when I worked out in them. They are prone to collecting hair and fuzz, but so are the Aligns. If you need a budget friendly legging, these are my top recommendation. They are not as “cloud-like” as the Aligns, but they are the least fussy leggings I’ve worn besides the Aligns.
Colorfulkoala High Waisted Yoga Pants 7/8 Length Leggings with Pockets ($25.00) (75% poly, 25% spandex) – I love the pocket option of these! A legging with a pocket is perfect for days I’m running around with the kids. I can slide my phone into it or even just my license and credit card. They were comfortable for working out as well! Just like the non-pocket version, they don’t move, slide down, or twist when you wear them.
CRZ Yoga Naked Feeling High-Rise Tight Yoga Pants Workout Leggings-25 ($26.00-$30.00) – I didn’t love these. I feel like they may work better on someone who isn’t curvy. I was constantly having to pull them up from the back, and I never have that problem with leggings. They were smooth and soft, but the fit was wrong for me.
CRZ Yoga High-Waist Tight Tummy Control Sports Yoga Jogger Lounge Leggings ($26.00-$30.00) – I hated the ribbing on the ankle and waist of these leggings. I thought I’d like it, but it felt uncomfortable, and I found myself pulling these back up several times during the day. I did not want to wear them again, they were that uncomfortable.
90 Degree By Reflex Powder Flex Yoga Pants ($19.99-$34.99) – These were so uncomfortable. They didn’t fit my body well and the waist was way too tight. They twisted on my legs while I wore them which drove me crazy. Of all the cheap leggings I tried, these looked and felt the cheapest. I almost have nothing good to say about them!
Zella live-in high waist legging ($54.00) – I love these leggings. I had a few pairs before I was pregnant and wore them a lot! They are very, very similar to the Colorfulkoala Buttery Soft High Waisted legging. The high-rise doesn’t budge, the quality is fantastic, and they are great for working out or lounging.
So of the bunch that I’ve tried and worn, the holy grail is still the Lululemon Align pant. However, if those are not in your budget, the Colorfulkoala Buttery Soft High-Waist leggings are very, very close to perfection!
While we’re talking about leggings, how do we feel about the bike short trend? It’s like leggings as shorts, and in theory I think it could be the perfect work out short but I just don’t know if I can quite get there! I’m afraid I’m going to feel like I’m dressed like an 8 year old girl in the 90’s!