14 Leggings With Mesh For Those Of Us Who Really Sweat

Sweat is a natural and normal human bodily response. And, when it's not beyond humid outside, sweat actually serves a very helpful purpose in cooling you down. But in the middle of a HIIT class or when you're running in million-degree weather, you really don't need your back-of-the-knee sweat cramping your style — or your miles. Enter one of the edgiest activewear trends of the past few years: mesh.

For the uninitiated, "Mesh is a fabric constructed with an open-hole structure, encouraging breathability and allowing airflow," explains Ebru Ercon, vice president of women’s design at Lululemon. Essentially, mesh encourages your sweat to evaporate more quickly, reducing the temp of your skin in the process.

Not only does mesh provide some extremely valuable ventilation, it also just looks awesome. "Mesh is cooling and performance-enhancing, of course," says Danny Harris, founder and CEO of Alo Yoga, "but Alo engineers the placement of mesh panels to contour and sculpt the body."

However, not all mesh is created equally — or functionally. Even if it looks neat, a mesh panel on top of your thigh isn't going to do too much if that's not where your sweat is accumulating, for instance. On the other hand, you don't necessarily want a bunch of seams on the sweatiest parts of your body (unless you're a big fan of chaffing for some reason).

"We design and test our products to ensure the mesh is intentionally placed," Ercon says. "For example, in our run product, we avoid seams across key areas of movement, like the inseam or on the knee." On top of that, Harris suggests looking for mesh that's as soft as possible, and making sure there's an "ample amount" of mesh so that you actually feel the ventilation effect — a subtly placed strip here and there isn't gonna cut it.

Ahead, we've rounded up a few of our favorite pairs of leggings with mesh that'll keep you cool and, well, cool.

Blend in with the summer greenery.
GapFit gFast Sprint Tech Mesh Capris, $59.95 Buy
An easy-to-miss mesh pocket will keep your phone safe.
Old Navy Go-Dry Mesh-Trim 7/8-Length Leggings, $32.99 Buy
With mesh basically everywhere, these will definitely keep you comfy and cool.
Alo Yoga Mesh Goddess Legging, $94.00 Buy
Part of a new line from Lululemon, these capris feature knitted mesh and very few seams.
lululemon Reveal Crop, $98.00 Buy
A wide waistband with an adjustable drawstring will keep these right where you want 'em.
Athleta Stealth Mesh 7/8 Tight, $108.00 Buy
This pair comes with large mesh panels surrounding the knees for the perfect ventilation — while still keeping you covered.
Forever 21 Active Mesh-Paneled Leggings, $19.90 Buy
These actually combine two types of mesh for an intriguing look.
Alala Siren Tight, $125.00 Buy
Another option with max mesh coverage.
Velvet Rose Women's Leggings With Mesh, $34.99 Buy
Antimicrobial wicking fabric will keep you feeling and smelling great.
Under Armour Fly-By Printed Capri, $54.99 $41.99, Buy
The black marble print is especially trendy.
Varley Kingman Black Marble Legging, $110.00 Buy
These feature an eye-catching curved mesh panel.
lululemon Train Times 7/8 Pant, $98.00 Buy
This deceptively simple pair has sizable mesh panels that twist around the thigh.
Nike Power Legend Mid Rise Training Capris, $80.00 Buy
This pair is the perfect compromise between large areas of mesh and opaque fabric.
Zobha Fox Fitted Leggings, $29.99 Buy
A creative, floral take on mesh.
Under Armour Mirror BreatheLux Floral , $149.99 $104.99, Buy
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