Byrdie Editors Swear By These Ultra-Flattering Workout Leggings

Not to sound melodramatic, but when I mysteriously misplaced my favorite pair of Lululemon leggings last year, I felt a small piece of myself die. That's because when you find a pair of comfy, flattering workout leggings that make you look like you go to one or two Pilates classes a week more than you actually do, you hold on for dear life.

We Byrdie editors have strong feelings about which pieces we think are the best workout leggings on the market: In such a saturated athleisure scene, you can trust that these 11 picks are mad comfortable, will last year years without stretching out, and (importantly) make you look like you have lower abs, long lean legs, and the ass of an angel.

Looking to drop a little cash on the best workout leggings you can get your booty into? We got you. Keep scrolling to discover our faves.

Loved by: Victoria Hoff, wellness editor

Available in sizes XXS to XXXL.

"I've been hooked on my Girlfriend leggings since the moment the brand launched. I love the message of sustainability (they're made from recycled bottles!) and inclusivity—their designs are made for all body types, and their lookbook highlights that, which is novel (even if it shouldn't be). But above all else, these leggings are so comfortable and flattering and maintain their shape even after more than a year of regular use. I highly recommend picking them up in all colors (and snagging some matching sports bras to boot)." — Victoria

Loved by: Maya Allen, assistant editor

Available in sizes XS to M.

"I'm very open about my addiction to cycling. My week isn't complete without going to Flywheel—I haven't found an outlet that relieves my stress the way riding all my worries out on these bikes does. With that being said, I need sturdy leggings that can outlast a high-intensity workout. For one, I love the way these marble-print leggings look. I'll still feel cute and presentable grabbing a smoothie after my workout because you can easily repurpose these into your wardrobe. More importantly, I can move around in them, and they're fast-absorbing, so I can avoid that sticky sweat aftermath." — Maya

Loved by: Kaitlyn McLintock, news writer, and Amanda Montell, features editor

Available in sizes XS to XL.

"They're high-waisted, which means two things. The first is that they look amazing with a crop top. The second is that they stay fitted and secure around the waist without any of that annoying readjusting that so many workout leggings require. They also have a stripe down the side the elongates the legs. Most importantly, though, they're the most comfortable pair of leggings I've ever worn. They fit like a second skin and never stretch out, no matter how far you run, jump, stretch, or brunch. I'm obsessed." — Kaitlyn

Loved by: Aimee Jefferson, social media editor

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

"These tights are incredible. They're sweat-wicking, high-waisted, and they have pockets! It took me a while to try this popular mall brand, but now that I've tried Athleta, I seriously want to buy five more pairs of its leggings. If you love to exercise, you need to add these to your closet ASAP." — Aimee

Loved by: Amanda

Available in sizes XS to XL.

"Mott50's leggings are top tier for so many reasons: First of all, they're UPF 50, so you can wear them doing rooftop yoga and know your skin is being protected. Second, they're quick-drying, so you can wear them SUP'ing. And third, they are ultra-high-waisted and shockingly slimming, which never hurts. Pair them with the brand's matching long-sleeved Stella Crop Top ($78), and your athleisure 'fit will be so good, it would be a crime not to Instagram it." — Amanda

Loved by: Faith Xue, editorial director

Available in sizes XS to XL.

"I love Outdoor Voices—the leggings are super flattering and comfortable (and I like that the bras are slightly longer than an average sports bra). Plus, I've got a soft spot for matching sets." — Faith

Loved by: Amanda

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

"The glory of Lulu leggings is hardly breaking news, but I couldn't put together a list of the most flattering leggings and not include this tried-and-true, must-have treasure. I don't know what kind of Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants black magic these things are working, but every time I put on these leggings, my legs look long and lean and my booty lifted. And yet, they're still incredibly comfortable? Mind-blowing. Also, for petite women like me, the 25-inch length is absolutely prefect." — Amanda

Loved by: Lindsey Metrus, managing editor

Available in sizes XS to L.

"If you were to take a peek into my activewear drawer, you'd find a sea of black leggings. I typically don't attempt to make a fashion statement at the gym, which can probably be attributed to the fact that I'm slowly working my way into being a 'gym person,' so I'd rather blend in than stick out. But when I saw Whitney Simmons wearing a pair of these ombre Chalk Pink/Beet Gymshark leggings at a Tula event, I immediately Googled them, took a screenshot, and saved them to purchase later. The color, though very anti–blending in, is universally flattering, and they're incredibly soft, super high-waisted, and compress toward the top (like athletic Spanx), which highlights the gains I've made thus far. I look forward to wearing them, which makes working out less of a drag, and if I happen to stand out, I'm okay with that." — Lindsey

Loved by: Lindsey

Available in sizes XXS in L.

"Cashmere leggings sound like something reserved for an Equinox member (which I'm certainly not), but I find myself still feeling fancy—and comfy—each time I wear these Reebok Nature X leggings. As mentioned before, I'm a big fan of high-waisted leggings and love the surprise mesh panels on the side for an unexpected fishnet look." — Lindsey

Loved by: Amanda

Available in sizes XS to L.

"For how stylish and leg-lengthening these leggings are, you'd think they'd feel mega-tight and hard to breathe in, but instead, they are so soft and comfortable. If I'm mindlessly reaching into my drawer of workout clothes to grab a pair of leggings, I always default to these."

Loved by: Erin Jahns, assistant editor

Available in sizes XS in XL.

"Okay, so yes, $105 isn't anything to sneeze at when it comes to the likes of leggings, but these are by far the best I've ever had. (And considering I wore leggings nearly every day in high school—and okay, maybe college too—I feel vetted in the arena.) They're lightweight and stretchy enough so I can actually wear them while working out without nearing suffocation, yet opaque enough so they're 100% safe to wear around in public. And honestly, I do more of the latter than the former. Plus, they're just super flattering. They keep everything feeling pretty svelte and hit my waist in the perfect place (too high gives me acid reflux, and too low is just a no-go.) They're sleek, comfy, and I definitely plan on buying a few more pairs." — Erin

None of the leggings on this list will do you wrong. Happy fitnessing!