Workout gear is one of those things you don't really want to spend a lot of money on. But as activewear—or, dare we say, "athleisure"—continues to be a huge trend, the cost of cute leggings is skyrocketing. Luckily there are still plenty of brands creating affordable gear that's not only fashionable (hello, pretty patterns!), but functional.
We rounded up 13 pairs of our favorite leggings that won't break the bank—but will stand up to dozens of workouts and washes without falling apart. Because it's not worth spending a dime on new leggings if they end up shrunken, stretched out, or see-through after just one wash. Amirite?
These tights (shown above in pink Camo Romance) are high quality without the high price tag. They feature flat seams (a.k.a. no chafing!) and four-way stretch, so they're extra comfy during low-impact workouts like yoga or Pilates.
Available at target.com, $27.99.
You know when a pair of leggings hugs your body in all the right places? These are that. Feel free to bust out a super-sweaty workout (the stretchy, snug fabric is also moisture-wicking) or simply throw these on to Netflix and chill.
Available at oldnavy.com, $15-$16.97.
The perfect pick for a humid day or a hot yoga class, these super-light leggings feel like a second skin. Plus, thanks to antimicrobial technology, sweat-drenched workouts won't leave you stinky.
Available at underarmour.com, $44.99.
You can't beat two for the price of one. Turn these maroon tights inside out for a deep berry hue, or opt for purple-violet or gray-black. The gym OOTD options are endless.
Available at reebok.com, $45.
Whether you're an early bird or an after-work warrior, these are the leggings for you. The flash of reflectivity on the front and back makes them a good choice for low-light runs, while the drawcord waist makes it easy to dial in the fit, no matter your body type.
Available at newbalance.com, $44.99.
The color-block pattern on these leggings is not only super stylish but also super flattering. Did we mention they come in a range of sizes, from XXS to XXL?
Available at ae.com, $19.98.
This cropped legging lives up to its name. You can top them off with a workout tank to hit the gym or an oversize cable-knit sweater and boots for a cute and casual look.
Available at victoriassecret.com, $34.50.
Everyone needs that go-to pair of basic black tights for running or training. These are yours. They'll match nearly everything in your workout drawer, and the full-length leg offers a little extra coverage and warmth when temps start to drop.
Available at asics.com, $39.
When you can make a fashion statement at your favorite studio class, it's a win. But don't be surprised if you feel tempted to wear these floral tights long after the gym. They're that cute.
Available at hm.com, $24.99.
Get the look and feel of comfy sweatpants in a fitted legging. Although we wouldn't recommend these for extra-sweaty workouts, they'll be your new favorite pair for low-intensity exercises like a brisk walk or your favorite barre class.
Available at gap.com, $42.95.
Did we mention color-blocking was in? What's cool about this pair is the mesh outer pockets on each side, so you have a safe place to stash your phone and small essentials when you're on your way to namaste.
Available at rbxactive.com, $34.99.
Turn heads with a bold, eye-catching print. The supportive performance spandex makes these perfect for medium- to high-impact exercise, while the high-rise waistband sits comfortably at your natural waist.
Available at kohls.com, $32.40.
Look, we never thought we'd be shopping at Forever 21 after college either. But the truth is: It's a good place to nab a trendy piece for less. Mesh panels and heather knit are hot right now, so grab these leggings for a designer-inspired look without dropping designer-level dollars.
Available at forever21.com, $22.90.