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Black leggings, divisive as they are, have undeniably become a fashion staple. So much so, there are brands (apart from LuLaRoe) dedicated to delivering the “perfect” legging. But with the range of styles out there — cropped, not cropped, high-rise, mid-rise, faux leather, super-soft leggings, leggings with pockets (!!!), performance, loungewear — choosing which ones are right for you takes some thought.
Like with most things, turning to the internet is your best bet when you need to comb through the infinite options available. We’ve curated a roundup of the top-reviewed black leggings across the world wide web. Covering everything from the best budget leggings to leggings you can wear to work (yep), this list is bound to help you find your black leggings OTP. Click through to see which leggings come out on top.
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Lululemon: The Popular Legging
Lululemon can take a good chunk of credit for kickstarting the athleisure trend. While not the most popular leggings from the brand, this pair has seen the most consistently positive reviews.
The hype: 4 out of 5 stars on Lululemon
What they’re saying: “The Fast and Free tights are hands down my favorite and best tights Lululemon has to offer. The tights have a moderate compression around the waistband and has an adjustable waist string to tighten during your runs. They are lightweight and feel like a second skin. I wear these tights for yoga, strength and conditioning, everyday wear, and for running. The side pocket is a great feature, especially when running to hold your phone. I am 5’2 and the length of the tights fit me perfectly so I don’t have to get them hemmed. My only complaint about these tights is that darker colors will fade slightly and the light sheen will fade, but other than that I would recommend these tights to everyone.” – Shavasanaallday, Lululemon Review
Lululemon Fast and Free Tight 25″, $, available at Lululemon
Zella: The Essential Legging
Few legging brands see as much public praise as Zella. The Live In high-waist leggings tout moisture-wicking technology great for running at the gym or running errands.
The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 7,200 reviews on Nordstrom
What they’re saying: “These leggings really live up to their “live in” name. They are so comfortable, I didn’t want to take them off! (I actually wore them two days in a row.) The material is super buttery soft and thicker so you don’t have to worry about underwear showing through. Also, the little pocket in the front is perfect for keys, smaller phones (no Iphone7 plus), cash—basically anything you don’t want to/can’t carry. I have heard complaints about them being too hot, but I have worn them in 90+ degree weather and didn’t feel like they were uncomfortable or unbearably hot. They are super durable and I am sure they will last me a long time.” – BRD975, Nordstrom Review
Zella Live In High Waist Leggings, $, available at Nordstrom
Aerie: The Super Soft Legging
If you’re looking for leggings that are equally soft and stretchy, look no further.
The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 2,186 reviews on American Eagle Outfitters
What they’re saying:
“These are literally the best leggings I have ever bought. I have always been such a lulu snob and these have won me over. Got the black and they stay up, they don’t show sweat, and they are so soft and comfortable. Like butter!! Ordering more!!” – AUDS, American Eagle Outfitters Review
Aerie High Waisted Crossover Legging, $, available at American Eagle Outfitters
Uniqlo: The Classic Cool Weather Legging
Uniqlo’s HEATTECH comes in clutch during the cooler months. Wear them on their own to lounge at home or layer under trousers and denim when the icy temps roll in.
The hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 34 reviews on Uniqlo.com
What they’re saying:
“Highly recommend!! They are amazing in every way I have NO COMPLAINTS. I recently bought my bf a pair as well with the top. They don’t bunch up or ride up (no wedgies!). They are soft to the touch, lightweight but still able to block the cold from my legs. Will purchase more in the upcoming weeks.” – Leigh, Uniqlo Review
Uniqlo Heattech Leggings, $, available at Uniqlo
Outdoor Voices: The Compression (with Comfort) Legging
We frequently hear that Outdoor Voices’s midweight “textured compression” fabric is delightfully substantial for those times you want a little more structure in your leggings lewk.
The hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars, 57 reviews on OutdoorVoices.com
What they’re saying: “Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the feel and fit with the perfect amount of compression. Stays in place for a good flow and inversions! I get so many compliments wearing them. I will be buying more!” – Katelyn, Outdoor Voices review
Outdoor Voices Zoom 7/8 Legging, $, available at Outdoor Voices
Old Navy: The Fleece-Lined Legging
The secret weapon to winter outfits? A pair of fleece-lined leggings that can be worn by itself (in lieu of tights or stockings) or under roomier pants for double-layer warmth. These winter leggings are a solid choice for under $25 — in addition to the legging’s insulating powers, reviewers also rave that these don’t ride down. One reviewer even likened them to “form-fitted sweatpants.”
The hype: 4.75 out of 5 stars and 621 reviews on Old Navy
What they’re saying: “I wasn’t expecting too much from these leggings, but I find the best things come out of having low expectations. These leggings are so soft and warm — warm enough for wearing around my cold igloo. I ran an errand via bike in 30º temps and some serious wind, and my legs stayed warm. I’m usually a small in ON leggings / pull-on bottoms, and these remained true to that. I like them so much I ordered 3 more pairs.” – tiffany, Old Navy Review
Old Navy High-Waisted Fleece-Lined Ankle Leggings, $, available at Old Navy
Carbon38: The Luxury Legging
Who said leggings couldn’t be luxurious? The Takara legging comes in a glossy liquid finish for that perfect model-off-duty look.
The hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 475 reviews on Carbon38
What they’re saying: “These leggings are amazing! I am so happy I finally found a style/size that fit amazing (I’m 5’6, 125lb, and the XS fits perfectly). I tried the High-Waist Takara Leggings in two different sizes and the waistband on that style is way too uncomfortable and high, regardless of size. The regular Takara Leggings have a fairly high waistband with a super flattering and comfortable fit anyway, which makes these are the perfect leggings for working out and wearing around town!” – Jackie, Carbon38 Review
Carbon38 Regular Rise Full-Length Takara Shine Legging, $, available at Carbon38
Athleta: The Elongating Legging
With a classic high waist and ever-so-slightly longer inseam, these super-compressing Athleta leggings will lengthen and strengthen just as effectively as your daily downward facing dog.
The hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars and 3,915 reviews on Athleta.com
What they’re saying: “Great multi purpose tights. I am 5’9”, 145 lbs and ordered size medium, tall. The fit is excellent and I appreciate the somewhat longer length and comfortable high waist on these tights.” – Frederica, Athleta review
Athleta Elation 7/8 Tight, $, available at Athleta
Leggings Depot: The Best Budget Legging
Ballin’ on a budget? These under $10 leggings on Amazon come with a plethora of rave reviews.
The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 2,476 reviews on Amazon
What they’re saying: “Soft, comfortable, flattering, and long-leg-friendly. I am 6’0″ and medium build with a 34″ inseam and these hit right at the top of my ankle bone—a very satisfactory and versatile length for a legging. The fit is sleek in a good way, hugging curves without being either too-tight and revealing or too loose and baggy. I have the black color and it is dark and opaque enough to wear a more cropped shirt with if desired. No see-through sections at all. The waist is high, hitting right at my natural waistline. I’m partial to a high waist (and this is the point in the review where I out myself as a mom of 5), but if you want a lower rise these may not be the leggings for you. Overall, I am very happy with these and would consider ordering additional pairs or colors. They replaced a pair of dying big box store leggings and totally blew them out of the water in fit and quality, at the same price point!” – Munchasaurus, Amazon Review
Leggings Depot High Waisted Active Flex Leggings, $, available at Amazon
Nike: The Performance Legging
When you’re in need of actual “workout” leggings, turn to these. This performance pair comes with a high-waist and a nifty little back pocket to hold your keys in.
The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 92 reviews on Nike
What they’re saying: “Great quality and fit, stays in place and doesn’t roll down after a run so you don’t have to keep pulling them up which is great! Nice soft material, neither too thick nor thin, just right! Will definitely buy more!.” – P.E., Nike Review
Nike Nike One Luxe, $, available at Nike
Everlane: The Work Appropriate Legging
Legging-like pants to work? 4,470 Everlane reviewers say, “Yes!” These slightly stretchy, yet structured, legging-pant hybrid are just the trick to feeling comfortable during your 9-to-5.
The hype: 4.73 out of 5 stars and 4,470 reviews on Everlane
What they’re saying: “I finally found Everlane pants that fit! Perfect length, and just the right amount of stretch. The fabric is a heavier weight, similar to a mid to heavy weight denim, which I quite like for the cooler months. Will buy them in more colors.” – Libby, Everlane Review
Everlane The Straight-Leg Crop, $, available at Everlane
Adidas: The Classic Athleisure Legging
These best-selling leggings are almost ubiquitous within the leggings fan community. To achieve the true athleisure look, opt for this classic Adidas pair.
The hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 295 reviews on Adidas
What they’re saying: “Bold leggings that fit perfectly, don’t get a size too small if you’re between two. Always go for the larger one! They look great and I can’t wait to wear them with my superstars” – Auorora, Adidas Review
Adidas 3-Stripes Leggings, $, available at Adidas
Gap: The Lounge Legging
Looking for a pair of leggings that are as basic as they come? Look no further. This tried and true Gap pair will have you buying more than one so you can keep them in constant rotation.
The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 974 reviews on Gap
What they’re saying: “I own 5 pairs of these. Two are in constant rotation and three are back ups because I’m afraid Gap will stop making them. They are quite long which is no problem because I always wear them inside boots. I find they fit large overall side I sized down. I take care not to wash them with anything cotton or light colored, and I *try* to hang them to dry after putting them through the machine. They are holding up very well. I highly recommend them as a basic style but really good legging.” – MsdotQ, Gap Review
Gap Basic Black Jersey Leggings, $, available at Gap
Viv Collection: The “One Size Fits All” Legging
This pair comes in a wide range of sizes, two different lengths, and whopping 14 colors.
The hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 5,271 reviews on Amazon
What they’re saying: “I think after purchasing 6 pairs of these it’s time to offer some feedback on them. These leggings are amazing!!! I held off on trying them for such a long time and wish I would of gotten them sooner!! They are soft and feel great. Even better than the ones ppl sell on Facebook!! Some ppl don’t like the waistband but their yoga leggings have the wide waistband made of fabric is the elastic one is not your thing. They hold up well even after several washes. I never got a defective pair and I own 6 so far. Most are solid colored ones. I haven’t gotten random holes in them. They even withstood my kittens digging their nails into them. Which for me is the ultimate test LOL. Seriously though, they’re inexpensive, fit great (I got the regular fit not plus) and have a huge selection of colors and prints to choose from. For reference I have thick legs and thighs and usually wear M or L (depending on manufacturers) leggings. I’ve recommended these to a lit if ppl on social media and they all loved them…” – LC78, Amazon Review
Viv Collection Signature Leggings, $, available at Amazon
Spanx: The Going Out Legging
If you’re of the “ride or die” variety when it comes to leggings, then you’ll know they don’t have to be reserved for just the day time. These faux leather leggings are your Friday nights’ new best friend.
The hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 3,400 reviews on Nordstrom
What they’re saying: “I’ve been looking at these leggings for over a year! I wanted them but wasn’t sure I could justify the cost for “leggings”… seriously, don’t even think twice! They are amazing!! The can be dressed up or down so easily! they are so comfortable and really do compress/smooth in the right places!!! I immediately ordered the motto [sic] style the day these came because I love them so much! I am 5’5” 140lbs and ordered a medium! They fit great!” – Harlihol, Nordstrom Review
SPANX Faux Leather Leggings, $, available at Nordstrom
Hue: The Basic Legging
Comfort is key. And that’s exactly how these reviewers on Zappos feel about this classic pair from Hue.
The hype: 4.1 out of 5 stars and 184 reviews on Zappos
What they’re saying: “Pretty much the gold standard in “basic” leggings. These are TOTALLY opaque (nobody’s gonna see your underwear or anything else, even if you’re bending down etc.), extremely comfortable (you might as well be wearing pajama pants, they’re truly that comfy), and the wide waistband is a godsend to all of us, let’s be honest!…I feel like the waistband needs to be talked about, because I’ve worn other brands with wide waistbands that don’t work well for me (the waistband rolls down, doesn’t stay where it’s supposed to, is placed/sits at an odd length, etc.). None of those problems with these! You put that waistband right where you want it and it’s gonna stay there and hold you in and it will not ride up or down!…And you can wear these with ANYTHING! Casual with t-shirts, I wear them at work with blouses and blazers, tunics, underneath dresses or skirts, at the gym, as pajamas (I do, they’re so comfy!)…” – Anonymous, Zappos Review
HUE Ultra Leggings With Wide Waistband, $, available at Zappos
Girlfriend Collective: The “So Good It Launched An Entire Brand” Legging
Girlfriend Collective may have only launched in 2017, but thanks to these comfortable leggings made from recycled plastic bottles, it’s already gained a cult following.
The hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars and 15,135 reviews on Girlfriend Collective
What they’re saying: “I saw the reviews too. I was skeptical too. I thought “they’re just a pair of leggings, why are people so obsessed?” too. But they are. They really are just the best leggings. They have the perfect amount of compression – enough to keep you together but not a battle to get in to. They’re the perfect rise. They don’t go sheer. They don’t pill. They just work so well. I don’t even notice I’ve sweat in these. I love.” – Madeline G., Girlfriend Collective Review
Girlfriend Collective Black Compressive High-Rise Legging, $, available at Girlfriend Collective
Good American: The Versatile Ribbed Legging
When it comes to investment leggings versatility is key, and this textured woven option is chic enough to lounge in and supportive enough to work out in.
The hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars, 20 reviews on GoodAmerican.com
What they’re saying: “I have only bought one brand of leggings my entire life and never thought I’d branch out. But I tried these ribbed ones and I’m hooked , already bought a second pair! The band doesn’t slide, they hug you in the perfect places, and they are amazing for lounging or intense workouts. Definitely going to purchase in other colors!” — Juliana B., GoodAmerican.com reviewer
Good American Active Essential Ribbed Legging, $, available at Good American
Alice + Olivia: The Leather Leggings
Legit leather leggings do not come cheap, but those who are devoted to the style and willing to fork over the cash seem like very happy campers to us.
The hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars, 27 reviews on Nordstrom.com
What they’re saying: “These are beautiful leather leggings — not too ‘tough/motorcycle’ and not too Catwoman. I receive lots of compliments every time I wear them. The leather is super soft. They are pretty stretchy, so if you’re in between sizes, order a size down. I’m 5’ 8” and generally wear a 4, and the 2 in these work very well. Great price for leather leggings as well.” — akings, Nordstrom.com reviewer
Alice + Olivia Leather Leggings, $, available at Nordstrom
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