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Your Search for the Perfect Pair of Leggings Is Over—These Are the Ones Our Editors Swear By

written by JOSIE SANTI

I have exactly two motivators to work out. The first: the instant mood boost I feel afterward. And second: a really good pair of leggings. Sometimes all it takes to get me out of a workout slump or a lazy mood is to throw on my favorite pair of leggings that make me feel confident, comfortable, and ready to take on the world. Whether you prefer cropped, ankle-length, or printed, there’s no denying that a good pair of leggings is more than just dressing to impress; the right pair can help you be more active and feel more confident (you know the pair because you’ll be more inclined to check out your derrière in the mirror). However, finding that right pair is almost as difficult as finding a pair of jeans that fit like a glove, so we did all the work for you. Shop on for every pair of leggings our editors swear by (and we’ve tried a lot) to find the fit, style, fabric, and price point that’s perfect for you. Your downward dog has never looked better!

High Waist Power Flex Leggings

Best for: that pair you'll want to buy multiple times and wear 24/7.

This Amazon classic with a cult following is a staple in the wardrobes of multiple Everygirl editors. You might even say this pair rivals much more expensive brands thanks to the comfy fit, fitted fabric, and convenient pockets.

10+ colors available

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American Eagle
Real Me High Waisted Legging

Best for: barre or pilates.

Jr. Graphic Designer Jess has three different colors of this pair because when you got a good thing, you don't mess with it. With buttery smooth material, a lightweight feel, and a fit that moves with you, these leggings feel like you're wearing nothing (IDK about you, but that's as close to nude yoga as I'll ever get).

5 colors available and 25% off!

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Fits Everybody Legging

Best for: loungewear that fits like a glove.

We stan a pair of leggings that promise to look and fit well on every body, but they rarely follow through. That is, until this pair from SKIMS that literally "fits everybody." The stretchy material is designed to mold to every body so you won't have to worry about those awkward gapes, tight areas, or sags.

8 colors available

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Align Pant

Best for: yoga flows, sun saluations, and maximum comfort.

Dubbed "the greatest leggings in the entire world" by Social Media Editor, Abigail, the Align Pants from Lululemon really pull through. This breathable pair was designed for yoga because it will bend and move with you. That's right: a pair of leggings that are finally as flexible as you are.

10+ colors available

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Black Cheetah Foil UpLift Leggings

Best for: standing out in adorable prints.

If you haven't heard of NYC-based Terez, you're missing out. Founded to spread joy and positivity, their leggings stick to the mission thanks to the confidence-boosting fit and patterns that make you smile whenever you put them on.

2 colors available

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Abercrombie & Fitch
Contour Full-Length Leggings

Best for: showing off that derrière.

So you already know about contouring for your face (we love a good bronzer), but did you know about contouring for your body? Abercrombie's contour leggings promise to do exactly that with sculpting technology and stretchy fabric that flatters every curve. Bonus: there's also a small pocket to fit keys, headphones, or other necessities.

10+ colors available

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Seamless Leggings

Best for: high quality on a budget.

I've tried dozens of altheticwear brands, and I'll be honest: Target's JoyLab feels as luxurious (if not even better) as the more expensive brands. You're going to geek out over the fit, quality, and fabric of these seamless leggings in pretty colors.

6 colors available

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High-Rise Crop Leggings

Best for: sweaty workouts.

Editor-in-Chief Allyson claims this classic pair is her go-to for workouts: they dry crazy fast (no more sitting around in sweaty clothes!), don’t pill between the thighs if your thighs rub together, and the deep side pockets are ideal for joggers.

10 colors available

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High-Waisted PowerHold Leggings

Best for: when you want a pair in multiple colors (because it's that good).

Thanks to a secret power mesh lining, these leggings streamline your shape while wicking away sweat to keep you fresh after the hottest of hot yoga classes.

10+ colors available

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Faux Leather Leggings

Best for: OOTDs.

There was a time in pre-pandemic life when you could walk into the Everygirl office and have a good change that at least a few of us were wearing these leggings. They're just as sculpting, contouring, and flattering as the SPANX you know and love, but the faux leather fabric makes it the perfect high-fashion piece to pair with an oversized sweater or cute booties.

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Airlift High Waist 7/8 Leggings

Best for: going from barre class to brunch. 4 colors available.

There's something about this fabric that feels different than any other. It's the kind of fabric that comfortably molds to your body but you want to live in (plus, the fabric is meant to prevent chafing so you'll always feel good). Whether it's for a workout, lounging, or running errands, you're going to want to wear these all day long.

4 colors available

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American Eagle
Lightweight Everything Crossover 7/8 Legging

Best for: a flattering waist that doesn't slide.

Managing Editor Garri counts these leggings as one of her ride-or-dies. They're lightweight, comfortable, and conform to your body no matter how intense the workout. The best part: the wide waistband is so good, you might not want to wear another pair of leggings again.

4 colors available and 25% off!

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