Name a piece of clothing more versatile than a pair of leggings — we'll wait. Far from being exclusively worn at the gym, the stretchy, body-hugging garment can be dressed up or down, making them a wardrobe essential for anyone who loves feeling peak comfy at all hours of the day. That said, we know that finding your perfect pair can take some time (and lots of uh, potentially see-through moments), so we're here to talk about leggings with your life in mind.
Speaking of perfect pairs, we've linked up some of Refinery29's favorite leggings with every occasion on your calendar, fitness related or otherwise. (Raise your hand if you love to rock a pair of Outdoor Voices Springs while parked on the couch.) From your weekend grocery store run to barre class, Sunday brunch to a night out with your friends, these are the pairs of stretchy stalwarts to have in your arsenal. Including some tried-and-true brands — plus newcomers on the cusp of blowing up on Instagram — here are 2o stylish leggings for you to live in.
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For The Run Club
Fabletics' mesh paneling work like built-in AC, keeping you cool while you clock in miles on the treadmill or city streets. The pocket comes in handy for your keys and phone and the UPF protection is a major bonus if you're running outdoors. Fabletics members can score two pairs for $24.
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Pedaling It Out On The Bike
Some of us spend so much time training on stationary bikes that it's easy to forget that the real stuff is just as much of a workout. Rock your own racing stripes with these nylon-spandex full-length leggings, which keep your legs protected as you conquer hills and city streets alike.
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Raise The Barre
A basic (but not, you know, basic) legging is a barre class must-have. Nail everything from marathon squats to resistance band work with a legging like Universal Standard's, which give sweat-wicking support in an antimicrobial fabric with a soft, second-skin feel.
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Nap Game Strong
Don't skimp on comfort with a super-soft legging (Alo claims its their absolute softest) that feels like pajamas, only more chic. Flatlock seaming and a lined gusset keep away any potential itching of seams and threads so you can snooze away in peace.
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Kickboxing It Out
Few workouts are as heart-thumping, intense, and generally badass as kickboxing. Whether you're in the ring with a partner or taking it out on the bag, a cropped length with supportive compression fabric will keep you feeling strong and secure while your gloves unleash fists of fury.
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Adventures In Babysitting
Chasing around a tiny tot or medium-sized child is no small feat. Opt for cozy leggings with a pocket (which, according to one satisfied customer named Karen, is roomy enough to fit an entire bottle of vino). It's also great for storing baby bottles, Goldfish snacks, and organic hand sanitizer.
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The Gym Wild Card MVP
In addition to being sustainable and size-inclusive, these compression leggings made from sweat-wicking fabric allow you to do everything from elliptical exercises to to floor work, weights, and more. (Plus, they come in a variety of gorgeous jewel tones like burgundy, navy, and emerald.)
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Sweat It Out At SLT
Outdoor Voices' TechSweat range were made to keep you cool during even the most heart-thumping, sweat-dripping fitness activities – SLT (which stands for Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone). Consider this sunny lemon colorway your way of standing out in your next class.
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From downward dog, pigeon, tree, cobra, and more, nail every yoga pose with leggings that move and stretch with you. Manduka's yoga-specific leggings are OEKO-TEX certified, offer gentle compression, and mesh placed in high sweat spots to quickly transfer heat away so you keep cool all through yoga class.
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HIIT It Up
High intensity interval training exercises mean you need a pair of leggings that'll stay in place no matter what. These leggings won't ride or sag during your workout, and the compression fabric gives you all the support you need.
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Catching The Red-Eye
Snap up this lightweight jogger/legging hybrid while they're on sale at Norstrom Rack — they're completely sold out at Free People. The breathable, moveable silhouette makes for an ideal pair of pants for snoozing in tight quarters and 100% eliminates any possible see-through situations.
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The Pilates Pick
From the reformer to the mat, these lightweight yet supportive leggings allows for the flexibility that Pilates requires, with the sweat-wicking benefits of a heavier legging.
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Are we there yet? No? May as well be as comfortable as possible in Nordstrom's #1 top-selling/top-rated comfort legging.
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Do It For The 'Gram
Tie dye continues to be one of the biggest trends around, and have firmly cemented its place in the activewear space. These Ultracor leggings serve fun, retro vibes and are also reversible. (Turn the pair inside out to convert 'em to a solid black pair.)
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Dinner & A Movie
These stretchy are-they-leggings-or-are-they-pants leggings by & Other Stories are ready to make a trip to the movies a whole lot more comfy and slightly elevated in case you want to hit up a nicer dinner spot after.
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Avia's pleat-detailed leggings offer light compression and 4-way stretch to keep you moving at a clip with whatever exaggerated arm swing motion works best with your playlist.
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These aren't just another pair of chic black leggings — they're made with a regenerated nylon fabric that conserves 67 gallons of water and saves 15 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
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To Brunch, Errands, and Beyond
Make your weekend grocery store run a subtly stylish moment with these camo leggings, paired with an oversized men's button down for max cozy vibes.