Real talk: No one wants to walk into a workout feeling uncomfortable in their gear. Not only could it mess with your performance, but it can also affect your confidence. Well, the good news is that athletic wear designers agree, and many of our favorite brands have recently released high-waisted leggings that hug your body in all the right places. TBH, you'll feel so good, you might even ditch your shirt and just go straight sports bra. These 10 stylish picks work for a variety of workouts from the trail to the treadmill, but we call out what we liked them for best below.
These form-fitting leggings feel like a second skin. The lightweight, sweat-wicking material makes them great for high-intensity efforts, but it has enough stretch to keep them from feeling restrictive or suffocating. The extra-thick waistband won't dig into your midsection, making these about as comfortable as your favorite sweats—just a lot more stylish.
Theses laser-cut leggings are one of our latest obsessions. The perforated design along the legs keeps you cool and dry no matter how sweaty your practice gets, and the unique knit construction locks you in with a medium compression fit. You know how knit sneakers feel as comfy as socks? Well, these are like that, except for your entire lower half. ~Pure comfort.~
How to feel like a biker babe without the motorcycle: Just head to spin in these moto-inspired leggings. With a wide waistband for comfort in the bent-over position, mesh panels for ventilation, and flatlock seams to ensure your ride is chafe free, you'll be able to push through that final sprint out of the saddle like a pro.
Designed to withstand heat and high-intensity workouts, these colorblock leggings have been sweat-tested during runs, gym workouts, CrossFit, and indoor cycling. The verdict: They fit like a glove, especially for women who typically struggle to find a good fit (think: muscular legs and small waists).
Your leggings should never be a distraction in the gym, and this pair won't be. Anatomically designed, they hug your body with the right amount of compression, eliminating the need for adjustments. Plus, the lightweight fabric pulls moisture away from your skin so you keep your cool.