BY MOLLY WINDING
Leggings, yoga pants, tights, whatever you want to call them, you know them, you love them, and you probably wear them more than any other item of clothing in your closet, and for good reason! They're stretchy and comfortable, they hide all the right areas (high-waisted versions completely eradicate any signs of a muffin top) and they're pretty easy to wear, regardless of what your day has in store for you.
Heading to gym? Leggings are the obvious wardrobe choice. Yoga class? Yoga pants, duh. Spinning, barre class? Nice long, slimming tights. You get the idea. Working out necessitates the purchase of several pairs of the spandex miracles, and while that's the most obvious time you might find yourself grabbing them, leggings can be worn in a lot of other places outside of your sweat sessions.
Leggings are also great for lounging around the house, watching TV, drinking tea and enjoying a lazy Sunday. Need to leave the house? Leggings are perfect for running errands, too. You can hit the grocery store, the pharmacy and more without feeling uncomfortable and irritated by the too-tight jeans riding up your butt and leaving what feels like a permanent indent below your belly button. Leggings are even an awesome go-to for casual get-togethers like brunch or coffee with friends -- especially when worn with a cute oversized sweatshirt.
The one big caveat of leggings, however, is that they're not all made equal, and they're not all made for the same activities. Believe it or not, the leggings you wear to work out are probably not going to be the leggings you want to watch a movie in or go to brunch in. Luckily, we've sorted out which brands and styles work for particular occasions. Check out our helpful lists below, and click through the gallery to shop all our favorite pairs!
Best brands for working out:
2. Outdoor Voices
3. adidas x Stella McCartney
Best brands for lounging around:
3. Electric & Rose
Best brands for running errands:
2. Rebecca Minkoff
Best brands for casual social get-togethers:
1. Just Live
2. Electric & Rose
3. Jala Clothing
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