Let’s face it – we do yoga maybe 1% of the time we’re wearing yoga pants. There is a pair of leggings that is perfect for every occasion, and I’m going to share my top 5 picks that I think everyone should have in their collection.
1. Aerie Real Me Offline High Waisted
These are my go-to, plain, everyday leggings. I think we all know how hard it is to find inexpensive leggings that fit, and won’t rip, stretch out or fade. It’s also important that they aren’t see through (none of my picks are see through by the way)! This is the best pair that I have found, especially for the price point. Aerie runs frequent sales – these regularly retail for $39.95, right now they are on sale for $27.96, and I have seen them for $20 in store.
2. Lululemon Align
These are an investment, currently retailing at $108 and rarely (if ever) going on sale, but they are probably the most comfortable and versatile leggings I own. They come in so many different lengths and fun colors. They also released bike shorts recently, which I have my eye on! Lululemon markets them for yoga and low impact activity only, but they are actually the most comfortable leggings I have found for running (I ran my marathon in these)! They are soft, thin, and you can barely tell they’re there. If you plan to invest in one pair of good leggings, these are my top suggestion! In this case you really do get what you pay for, and these will last you a long time.
3. Spanx Faux Leather
I just bought my first pair of Spanx during the Nordstrom sale, and let me tell you, I understand the hype now! They are another investment retailing at $98, but they are more likely to run sales if you keep an eye out. I tried another brand of faux leather leggings recently, and the quality difference between them was huge. These are thin and comfortable, and a super cute and easy way to change things up from plain black leggings! They are also really flattering. If you are looking for a dressy legging, I recommend investing in a pair. They also photograph very well for my Instagram friends 🙂
4. Aerie Offline Seamless High Waisted
These are my “fun” pair of leggings – they definitely aren’t for every day, but sometimes you want to spice things up. They are a bit thicker than most leggings I own and offer a bit more compression than I prefer, but they are so cute in pink tie dye that I love having them for special occasions! They regularly retail for $54.95, on sale for $38.46!
5. Zara Limitless Contour Collection Leggings 07
Let me just say – I stumbled upon these absolute gems by accident! They are, in my opinion, as soft as the Lululemon Align leggings and just as comfortable! They are ribbed and a bit thicker, making them more of a winter legging. I have on “Dark Mink”, which I think is a BEAUTIFUL color, but they also come in black and khaki (which look more green)! Retailing at $25.90, these may be the best deal! They are new so I can’t speak to durability yet, but I have a great first impression.
So, there you have it! As us girls already know, leggings are not just leggings. I hope you enjoy my picks – let me know what you think, and be sure to subscribe to my blog for more of my picks!