Our 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.

As editors, we have strong feelings about which pieces we think are the most flattering 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.

1. Girlfriend Black Girlfriend High-Rise Leggings

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—its designs are made for all body types and its 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

2. Varley Huntley Marble-Print Performance Leggings With Mesh

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

3. Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity Run Leggings

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

4. Athleta Up for Anything Tights

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

5. Mott50 Reese Athletic Leggings

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

6. Outdoor Voices 7/8 Gradient Leggings

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

7. Lululemon Align Pants II 25"

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

8. Gymshark Ombre Seamless Leggings

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

9. Reebok Nature X High-Waisted Leggings

Loved by: Lindsey

Available in sizes XXS to 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

10. Varley Baker Elephant Print Leggings

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."

11. Sweaty Betty Power Leggings

Loved by: Erin Jahns, assistant editor

Available in sizes XS to 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

12. Joylab Portia High-Waisted Reversible Leggings

Loved by: Michaela Bushkin, senior editor

Available in sizes XS to XL.

"I love fun workout outfits, so my activewear drawer is a rainbow of options. I'm not shy about wearing colorful or printed activewear in any way. These tie-dye leggings (with matching sports bra) fit right in with the usual suspects. I love the cotton candy sunset vibe, especially for spring." — Michaela

13. Onzie High-Rise Leggings

Loved by: Drew Elovitz, director of content strategy

Available in sizes XS to XL.

"I have several pairs of high-waisted black leggings but recently decided to branch out into prints. I purchased this pair in the summer and got them hemmed to fall right above my ankle. They are breathable, lightweight, and fit snugly at the waist, which makes them perfect for both exercising and weekend errands." — Drew

14. Adidas by Stella McCartney Train Bt Tight Leggings

Loved by: Anna LaPlaca, assistant editor

Available in sizes XXS to L.

“You might automatically think of sneakers when you hear Adidas, but it’s the legging selection that deserves a shoutout, too. The new line uses recycled plastic found on beaches in an effort to reduce ocean waste, and as weird as it sounds to wear leggings woven with plastic, let me tell you—it makes them ultra-breathable and perfect for intense workouts.” — Anna

15. Fp Movement High-Rise 7/8 You're a Peach Leggings

Loved by: Lauren Eggertsen, senior editor

Available in sizes XS to L.

"Free People's leggings from its FP Movement category are stellar. They fit extremely well, don't move while you're working out, and always have some little detail that makes them feel really special."

16. Lululemon Athletica In Movement 7/8 Tights

Loved by: Erin Fitzpatrick, senior news editor

Available in sizes 0–14. 

"My Lululemon leggings are the most comfortable pair I own. It's easier for me to stick to the classic brands where I know my size and exactly which styles to stock up on." — Erin

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

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