As a personal trainer, and former ride or die member of the Lululemon Lemonhead Brigade, it’s safe to say I’m pretty picky about my workout wear. However, these days as a full-time athleisure blogger, I’ve leaped out of my comfort zone and into some pretty amazing workout wear. While I still love my ‘lemons, I have discovered some great new brands over the past few years as well. There are tons of amazing leggings out there, but three of them stood out from the rest this year. Here’s everything you need to know about your new favorite leggings.
The best leggings to buy in 2022
Every time you work out should feel like an accomplishment (I mean, as much as we enjoy class, we’d just be liars if we said we wouldn’t rather lounge on our couch in our leggings binging Netflix than do some cardio). But working out in the summer months, when the weather is hot and happy hour is calling your name? Now that truly makes you the real MVP.
If you’re known for going straight from class to pool in hopes of cooling down after a summer workout sesh, then you may want to pick up a pair or two of these leggings that will keep you cool, no matter how high the temps are rising. Whether they’re simply lightweight or stitched together with sweat-wicking technology, keep reading to see which summer leggings to add to your cart this time of year.
Michi’s genius waistband design is truly one of a kind. Flattering across every body type, it smooths and highlights your best assets, while also having you looking totally chic. It’s also not just a pretty design, it packs some serious durability as well, performing on point regardless of which workout you’re tackling. Lastly, the designs of these leggings (and all Michi leggings at that!) are perfect for transitioning from street to studio, making it easier to live live actively and fashionably!
Buy it now, starting at $100+.
Varley June Legging
I adore Varley’s tops and bottoms, and the Kingman Tights are one of the best. Varley is known for their soft and nearly weightless materials, however, they’re far from being sheer or delicate. The higher waistband on these tights ensure a flattering fit, as well as being comfortable and functional. The front paneling also allows for a seamless studio to street transition.
Buy it now, starting at $100+
The Girlfriend Collective
From the high-quality thick fabric with one hell of a buttery feel against the skin, to the literally perfect design and seam placement, these pants are hands down some of the best I’ve ever owned. Also, much like Everlane or Warby Parker, this brand focuses on a direct-to-consumer business model and is environmentally conscious to boot: the material is made from recycled plastic bottles. I’ve worn them repeatedly in high-impact workouts, on top of them being my go-to live in leggings this year, and they quality truly lives up to the claim. No see-through behinds, no pilling or other deterioration, nothing but sheer amazing quality! Added bonus? Get them now for free, just the cost of shipping!
Buy it now, prices starting at $78.
These Lululemon leggings are a cult classic for a reason. The high-rise fits flat against the tummy so there’s no discomfort or cinched feeling at the waist when you’re moving and grooving in class. Like the other leggings on this list, they’re made of sweat-wicking material, but they retain a cotton-like feel to them. They basically feel like pajamas that you can work out in.
When it comes to a lightweight, comfortable legging to wear in warm weather, this Lululemon tight takes the cake. Made with its Nulux fabric, these leggings are lightweight, sweat-wicking and according to reviewers, one of the most comfortable leggings they own.
Buy it now, prices start at $98
Nike Epic Lux
This cropped legging is stylish, yet breathable. It’s supportive Nike Power material will keep you cool and comfy in even the most heated environments.
Buy it now, starting at $90
JoyLab from Target
You’ll never feel overheated in these workout pants considering how insanely lightweight they are. We’re equally obsessed with their scalloped edge and matching sports bra, too.
Buy now, starting at $40
These compression tights by 2XU help with blood flow during long flights and help prevent leg fatigue if you’re standing all day. Most importantly, they’re a comfortable and supportive workout pant. You can jump, dance, stretch or do any other manner of activity and still feel supported. Pair these back to a pair of ballerina flats and a comfy sweater to make travel days easy, comfortable and stylish.
Buy now, prices starting at $70
Your co-workers don’t have to know that you’re super comfortable at your desk or that you just worked out before you clocked in. The zipper detailing and the high waist styling of this pant make them a great pant to pair back to a long tunic sweater for the office. Toss on a cute black bootie to complete the look. They’re a super comfortable fit, making the transition from class to work an easy one.
If you have brunch or happy hour plans after your workout class, you’ll need some leggings that feel a bit dressier than usual. The adjustable tie belt and sleek feel make these a stand-out style. Pair these back to a leather jacket and Converse sneakers after your class and you’ll be street-style ready.
Buy it now, starting at $69
This is the legging for when you need to look cute while breaking a sweat. Whether you have a hot fitness date or your friend is having a fitness-related bachelorette party, you’ll need a pair of leggings that look and feel good. The top of the pant fits like a standard legging, but the ruched bottom half make them a unique tight with a ballerina-esque feel to them.
Buy now, prices starting at $100