The Best Leggings for Working Out, Yoga and Lounging

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We all know that most leggings are technically made for fitness activities like yoga, working out and running. But with luxe materials and eye-catching patterns, they also make a serious style statement.

During this time of quarantine and minimizing social gatherings, you can't deny that leggings have become more of a mainstay than ever. With that in mind, we have gathered a hot list of the best leggings to wear whether you're dressing up or dressing down.

Thankfully, there is a large range of leggings suited for every type of personal style -- whether you want a dressier, edgier faux leather option, a performance pant that'll keep up with you during high-intensity workouts or a cozy, colorful design to wear around the house. No matter the style, we can guarantee the leggings below are comfy and chic. 

Shop ET Style’s top picks of the best leggings for yoga, working out or just plain lounging around. 

Outdoor Voices
Outdoor Voices TechSweat 3/4 Leggings
Outdoor Voices
Outdoor Voices

Made for high-intensity activity, these lightweight, breathable leggings made from TechSweat fabric are the ones you can count on. The high-waist OV Core Band comfortably hugs the waist and stays put. 


Though they look simple and chic, these leggings are busy: They don't stop slimming, sculpting or lifting as you go about your day.

Old Navy

More than 2,600 people have given these leggings a five-star review, and we are not surprised. Between the supremely soft fabric, the sculpting action, the handy pockets and the affordable price, what's not to love?

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

Expect a steady stream of compliments wherever you wear these waist-smoothing, butt-lifting magical pants. Rock them with a vintage tee on your day off or at a concert; when paired with a crisp white button-down, they’re automatically ready for a day of power meetings. 

Betabrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants

These slim-fitting pants are totally work-appropriate, but they also feel so stretchy and comfy that you can do a few restorative yoga poses when you need to fight the 2 p.m. slump.

Sweaty Betty

These rib-grazing leggings won’t budge, even during your most intense treadmill sprint or barre class. Plus, there’s a nifty side pocket for you to store your phone and ID.


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Carbon38's Side Twist High Rise Full Length Legging are compressive, soft, smooth and perfect for any workout. They also add a little flair with a unique fabric twist at the hip.



The OG Lulu leggings, shown here in the sweat-wicking Luxtreme fabric, are super versatile. Wear them to spin class or kickboxing and then on all your Saturday errands afterward.


Carbon38's Bralette and Mini Chain Detail High Rise 7/8 leggings are part of a unique, edgy full workout outfit with hardware on the outer legs and bralette straps.



Think of these as a second skin during your hot yoga classes, with stylish perforation along the sides that allows for extra ventilation. They’re also a steal: If you’re a new Fabletics member, you can get two pairs for $24.


With their heavy fabric (no visible undies here!) and with faux leather panels, these leggings give off a slightly edgy vibe -- especially when paired with an oversized denim jacket. 

Free People
Free People Good Karma Tie-Dye Leggings
Free People
Free People

These Free People Good Karma Tie-Dye Leggings come in ten different tie dye colors. 


Grab several pairs of these comfy, classic black leggings from Halogen.

Girlfriend Collective
Girlfriend Collective Compressive High Rise 7/8 Leggings
Girlfriend Collective

These stretchy high-waisted compression leggings hold you in while giving you room to move, which means they’re great for running and indoor cycling. And the fabric is made from recycled water bottles, so you'll feel just as good as you look in these.

A fun print and lightweight fabric are the perfect combo.

Lou & Grey
Lou & Grey Essential Leggings
Lou & Grey
Lou & Grey

These under-$30 leggings are seriously essential. It's soft, stretchy and features a comfy wide elasticized waistband. 

Another popular Spanx style, the Every.Wear 7/8 Active Leggings feature extra coverage at the waist and built-in pockets.

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