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The comfiest leggings aren’t always the best for working out. When you want to exercise, you likely want a little support and compression, which doesn’t always translate to comfy. However, these select leggings really do offer it all — a little bit of compression, real comfort and plenty of style.
All of these workout-approved leggings are made with extremely soft fabrics, but come with different features like pockets, drawstring, mesh and offer multiple inseam options. Many also come in other colors besides black, if you want to switch it up.
Choose a fast-drying legging, if you like to do a quick yoga session before hitting brunch, or a pair with UPF protection, if you spend most of your time outdoors. Either way, these are the absolute comfiest workout leggings on the market, so you can’t go wrong with any pair.
1. GapFit High-Rise Blackout 7/8 Leggings, $52 (Orig. 69.95)
These Gap leggings are super soft to the touch, include a “flexible four-way stretch” and feature a drawstring for customizing the fit. The 7/8 length is great for those who want their leggings to hit just above the ankle — they have a 24-inch inseam. However, they also come in a full-length style for the taller gals — and multiple colors, too.
These Girlfriend Collective leggings will be your new favorite pair. They’re lightweight, have a virtually seamless design and an extremely soft brushed matte finish. Plus, if you prefer to take your workouts outside, they feature a UPF 50+ sun protection. They come in two inseam sizes (28.5 inches or 23.75 inches), and are available in sizes XXS to 6XL.
Over 7,000 people have reviewed these Nordstrom-brand leggings, and roughly 75 percent give them 5 out of 5 stars. They have a no-slip waistband and a stretchy, yet sculpting fit.
“I’ve had these for almost a year now and I cannot say enough good things,” wrote one customer. “They’re never too hot, they truly do wick sweat away and never ride down — 12 mile hikes and I don’t have to pull them up once.”
4. Lululemon Align Pant 28″, $98
Lululemon’s Align leggings are designed for yoga, but their buttery-soft material will make you want to wear them all day long. They’re made with lycra and nylon for the ultimate stretch. In other words, they won’t get in your way no matter which yoga pose (or couch pose) you’re trying to hit. Plus, the fabric is sweat-wicking.
5. Aerie OFFLINE Real Me High-Waisted Pocket Legging, $30 (Orig. $49.95)
Aerie’s Real Me Crossover Leggings recently went viral on TikTok — and sold out almost immediately. The Real Me Pocket Leggings, however, are made with the same stretchy material and, of course, have pockets for holding your phone, debit card, chapstick and anything else. They’re also fast-drying so you can wear them straight from the workout to the next activity.
Luminora was co-founded by a dermatologist and former attorney to create stylish, yet protective clothing for women. Its High-Waist Mesh Trim Leggings feature “Luminology Technology” fabric, which offers UPF 50+ sun protection and temperature regulation. Plus, the fabric has antimicrobial properties. The material is super stretchy — it’s 20 percent spandex — and this style has breathable mesh details for a cooling effect.
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