9 Workout Leggings That Are Comfy & Not See-Through

Workout Leggings That Are Comfy

&, More Importantly, Not See-Through.

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Sometimes my motivation to workout really comes down to one thing and one thing only: Are any of my favorite workout leggings currently clean? If no, it’s that much easier to make an excuse to skip that day’s run or weights session. The best workout leggings are, after all, the ones that make you actually want to workout or at least make you less likely to skip a workout. For me, they have a few things in common: They aren’t see-through, they don’t roll down, and they have just a bit of compression to them.

Everyone has different workout leggings preferences, though. Some people prefer workout leggings with a little sheen—others want them to be 100% cotton. Some prefer them with pockets, and others want leggings made for yoga (though let’s be honest, everyone wants leggings with pockets). No matter what you’re looking for, though, everyone wants the best option out there. No matter your lifestyle, budget, or workout habits, these are the nine best workout leggings out there, from Amazon bestsellers to sustainable styles. 

 

Universal Standard Danica Leggings

If you do a quick Google for workout leggings, odds are you’ll land on a handful of options that only go up to a size 12 or 14. The vast majority of leggings on this list are size inclusive to some extent, but none more so than Universal Standard’s leggings. The Danica Mesh leggings are lightweight, sweat-wicking, and stay up no matter what. Plus, they’re available up to a size 40. 

 

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There’s a reason why Gym Deity has a dedicated IG following to its workout leggings they’re good, cheap, and come in a variety of sizes and lengths. Plus, at $22 with free shipping, they’re affordable enough to buy a variety of patterns or colors. These are made for every move, and priced for every day!

Beyond Yoga High-Waist Midi Leggings

If you are looking for the world’s softest leggings that can double as the perfect yoga outfit or cozy loungewear, look no further than Beyond Yoga. The leggings are buttery soft and come in dozens of colors and patterns, too. You really have to feel them to believe the hype, though. They are that soft.

Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II 7/8 Tight

I didn’t believe the hype about Athleta’s leggings until I tried this pair, and now I am a true, dedicated believer. These ultra-soft leggings are somehow the perfect combination of ultra-soft, completely opaque material (complete with zero sheen) and compression. They look good, feel good, and are my go-to pair of leggings for making me feel like an amazing workout is just around the corner. 

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For a legging that’s great for working out, lounging, and has trendy, Instagram-worthy details, look no further than Gymdeity Botty Gainz Leggings. These high-waisted seamless leggings feature a buttery soft fabric, under butt details and also happen to be perfect for mix-and-matching with all of gymdeity's cute sports brasThe reviews from customers are also extremely helpful and are a testament to the product's quality.

Nike One Luxe Tights

Looking for the leggings that will help you perform your absolute best in whatever big workout you have planned? Nike One Luxe is a go-to option. They’re high-waisted, full-length compression leggings that make you feel like you can do pretty much anything

Your Day Won You Got This 3/4 Compression Legging

Though I’ve never personally tried Your Day Won, the brand has a very dedicated following on Instagram and plenty of positive reviews online. They’re also available in sizes 0-32. Plus, everyone needs a pair of leggings that literally reminds them that they can handle whatever today (and their workout) has to throw at them.

Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Pocket Legging

I’ve been singing the praises of Girlfriend’s leggings and sports bras for years now. The brand’s seasonal new-color release always leaves me coming back to buy more, but it's the solid construction of the leggings (and the fact that they never, ever roll down) that I really love. The fact that the brand is committed to sustainability (and size inclusivity) is just an added bonus.

Colorfulkoala Women's High Waisted Yoga Pants 7/8 Length Leggings with Pockets

These leggings from Colorfulkoala have a truly unbelievable 17,000+ reviews and, somehow, still maintains 4.5 stars. As one reviewer wrote, “The fact that I own three and bought them all within a week of each other says a lot." 

What to Look For in Leggings

Material

As with any attire, how comfortable you are in leggings will depend on the materials you prefer to put on your body. Fabric plays a role in how leggings look and feel; consider the visual difference between a high-sheen poly blend and a 100% cotton pair. This is especially important if you'll be using your leggings in a work from home capacity, too.

Purpose

What you'll be doing in your leggings should inform which ones you choose. If you do intense HIIT workouts, you'll need stronger construction than if you're a leggings lounger who won't be exercising in them. And if you're a fan of hot yoga, you'll want leggings that are able to stay put even once you get very sweaty in them.

Pockets and Details

Ok, so you don't necessarily need pockets in your leggings at all times, but there's nothing about them to not love. For the convenience of going on a run and placing your keys in there, or having your phone on stand by. Pockets are definite plus. (as well as up the fun factor!), so that you feel you have everything you need. 

FAQ
  • What causes leggings to be see through?

    The see through factor in leggings can have multiple causes: the leggings may be too small for you, leading the fabric to stretch excessively. Or, they might not be of good enough quality to be opaque. Lastly, the material might just be too thin to fully block out the full view of your cheeks.

  • How can you tell the quality of leggings?

    There are a few key factors to search for when you want to ensure that you're leggings are going to be as high quality as you need. The product should note that it has moisture-wicking abilities, so that you don't feel damp as you exercise in them. And you'll want to look for "four-way stretch" so that you know they'll stay comfortable as they move with you.

  • Can you wear leggings over 50?

    Women over forty, let alone fifty, are underrepresented in fashion and makeup. But that absolutely does not mean leggings are inappropriate for those 50+.There's no benefit to buying into stereotypes about women over fifty; if you like leggings, you can wear them at any age.

     

    Final thought:

    Best Workout leggings for women are a must-have for any mom on the go. Not only do they provide comfort but also allow you to stay stylish while getting in shape, and won't show anything that shouldn't be seen.