I like leggings as much as the next girl. I really do. But there was a time when a legging was treated as a thicker tight. We wore shirts and sweaters that covered our bums and were happily comfortable and stylish. Then, something happened. Maybe it was the advent of athleisure and yoga pants that started it, but suddenly, leggings are out and proudly displaying all their wearers assets. I'm not trying to put the tunics back on everyone, but if you're going to wear leggings as pants here are some tips and a few of the highest rated, most bragged about brands.
- The quality of the fabric should be the best you can afford. Who wants pilling, holes and baggy knees shortly after your purchase? Usually the best bet is the heavier the fabric the better, and if the seams are sewn flat it's a sign of good quality and will be more comfortable for you as well.
- The waistband, you want one that lays flat against your body, rather than gouging it.
- Buying a size up can help alleviate the "too sheer" look in lower quality versions.
Top rated leggings:
1) Zella "Live In Slim Fit Legging"
Available in myriad colors and sizes, this legging seems to have a cult following and a reasonable price tag at $52. A slim fit cut from moisture wicking fabric, ideal for exercise and casual days, it has a hidden waist pocket for stashing necessities.
Priced at $98, these are definitely not cheap, but they're made with Italian jersey that provides stretch and hold without sag. They are also pill resistant and have a hidden waist pocket for keys and cash.
3) American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Legging
Simple and to the point, a great layering piece that uses quality fabric so it's durable, comfortable and has a slim fit. Priced on the lower side at $28.
4) Danskin, Supplex Ankle Legging
Best for working out, but also great for traveling or lazing at home. The moisture wicking fabric and wide waistband make for a great fit and the gusset provides added comfort. Priced between $28 and $42 on Amazon.