The Best Leggings, According to Editors

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A choice selection that is tested and approved.


Whether your New Year's resolution was to work out more or just to relax on your couch, a good pair of leggings makes all the difference. At a time when there's more chic activewear brands worth discovering every day, finding the perfect set can be a daunting task. To save you some effort (and coins), we've rounded up our favorites that are great for the gym, traveling, or lounging on days when you simply just don't want to wear pants. Check out the best of the best—all tested and approved by and the Hearst Fashion Group editors.

Orion Cutout Stretch-Supplex Leggings
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"These leggings are interesting, flattering, cool, and last through about a million washings." —Kerry Pieri, Digital Fashion/Features Director, Harper's BAZAAR 

3-Stripes Leggings

"I absolutely swear by my Adidas leggings. I'll wear them when I'm lounging at home, when I'm traveling, when I'm going on casual coffee runs; I will probably wear them to the grave. Oh, and if you want to wear them to work out, I guess they're good for that too." —Erica Gonzales, Digital Culture Editor, Harper's BAZAAR 

Flare Leggings

"I only wear leggings when I'm attending my usual Pilates class, but ever since coming across this chic flared pair, I am ready to take on my weekend errands in comfort and stretchy style!" —Kathy Lee, Accessories Director, Hearst Fashion Group   

Wolford Velvet Sensation Leggings

"Did you know your favorite tights brand has a serious handle on chic leggings? I love Wolford's velvet leggings for a comfortable, but clearly-not-your-gym-pants look." —Joyann King, Executive Digital Director, Harper's BAZAAR

Release 03 Zip-Cuff Jersey Leggings

"These are completely aspirational, and I haven't purchased yet, but I love the idea of elevated leggings for the spring and summer. There are so many legging brands that I love like Beyond Yoga and Spanx. However, I love how these have their chic details that will be great for an elevated running-around errand outfit on a Saturday or your airport outfit—which according to Princess Deena, your airport outfit is important." —Kia Goosby, Fashion Editor, Hearst Fashion Group

Faux Patent-Leather Perfect Control Leggings

"These leggings are the ultimate statement piece. Dress them down with a longline T-shirt and moto boots or wear them on a night out with a chic tunic and barely there sandals. These patent-leather leggings really give my outfit an edge." —Rachel Bogo, Associate Fashion Editor, Hearst Fashion Group

Moto Mesh-Trimmed Stretch Leggings

"I love these leggings! They hold me in and don't move at all, but not in a too-tight kind of way. They're perfect for a work out or to just hang out in." —Danielle Flum, Associate Fashion Editor, Hearst Fashion Group

The Midi High-Waisted Legging

"I always prefer high-waisted leggings when it comes to real life and workouts, especially when they hold you in the right spots and are very comfortable. I have been wearing these Beyond Yoga leggings for a while, and they continue to do the job." —Andrea Zendejas, Accessories Editor, Hearst Fashion Group

High-Rise Crop 21

"Ran a lot of half marathons in these, as well as numerous runs to the grocery store. Fit is dead on, love seamless, comfortable, don't lose shape, wash well." —Kristen Saladino, Fashion Director, Hearst Fashion Group

Trinity Mid-Rise Pocket

"Firstly, love, love, love these leggings, because they have pockets! Also, as someone who has a pretty neutral wardrobe, I like to add some color to my workout outfits. It's also a total plus that all Fabletics leggings I have tried are super sliming and make you feel great when you wear them." —Carly Theder, Fashion Assistant, Hearst Fashion Group

Extreme High-Waist Airlift Legging

"Most high-waisted leggings never feel high-waisted enough for me, except these ones from Alo Yoga. I love the way they feel and fit, like second skin. But most of all, I love that they have antimicrobial technology! As a germaphobe, I wear these every time I travel. It might just be a mental thing, but it gives me peace of mind." —Ann Wang, Fashion Editor, Hearst Fashion Group


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