The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Good quality leggings are an integral part of a woman's wardrobe. Let us guide you to the best leggings for workouts, lounging and trend-setting. 

Everyone loves a good legging.

Comfy, practical and stylish, they’re a go-to for many.

And, whether you’re looking to update your current collection or invest in a pair for a particular purpose (yes, Netflix and chilling counts), we’ve handpicked the best, most flattering leggings for women on the market.

From which black leggings are best to our preference for cotton, going out and workout leggings, scroll on for your perfect pair for every occasion.

17 of the best leggings for women

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Best for running

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Power Gym Leggings

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  • Material: 62% polyamide, 38% elastane

  • Size range: 2XS to 2XL

  • Fit: Mid-rise, full length

Pros & Cons
  • Bestseller from a top brand

  • Size inclusive

  • Sweatwicking, breathable and quick-drying

  • Available in full and ⅞ lengths

  • Side pockets

  • Expensive

  • Some may prefer higher rise

A round-up of the best leggings for women would be incomplete without a pair from Sweaty Betty. 

A brand synonymous with women's workout wear, its leggings are a bestseller — and for good reason.

Specifically designed for working out, these leggings are crafted from stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric that is quick-drying, breathable and sculpts the bum to boot.

Also featuring an internal adjustable drawcord to ensure they stay put, as well as side pockets and back zip pocks – perfect for your phone and keys — these leggings look great both in the gym and on the pavement.

Boasting over 14,000 positive reviews on site and available in a range of colours and inclusive sizes, as well as in both full length and ⅞ legging lengths, the Power Gym leggings are loved by women the world over.

We Tested It

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Red Run Activewear Perky Leggings


  • Material: 80% polyamide, 20% elastane

  • Size range: XS to XL

  • Fit: Ultra high-rise, full length

Pros & Cons
  • Ultra high waistband

  • Multiple pockets

  • Stay in place as you move

  • Sweatwicking and lightweight

  • Lifts bum for perky look

  • May be too long for some

  • Tie at waist is for aesthetics only

Our editor recently tried these bum-sculpting leggings from Red Run, an activewear brand currently trending across Socials, and was pleasantly surprised by their fit and function.

With their ultra high-waisted design, they sit super comfortably at your belly button and the elastic in the waistband is a great width for offering security without digging in.

Predominantly cut from lightweight, moisture-wicking polyamide, the leggings sit like a second-skin, making them a great option for runners who don't want any distractions.

And they look slick and stylish, with the flattering fabric accentuating your butt in all the right ways.

Another major bonus? They're long in the leg.

So, if you're on the taller side and struggle to find the right length, these babies could be the answer. What's more, they're also available in a petite length, so are inclusive of all shapes and sizes.

Best gym and workout options

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Go Move Printed High Waisted Gym Leggings


  • Material: 73% polyester, 27% elastane

  • Size range: S to XL

  • Fit: High-waisted, full length

Pros & Cons
  • Super stretchy

  • High waist provides support

  • Drawstring fastening at waist 

  • Side pockets

  • Cut from up to 30% recycled polyester

  • Only two prints available

Not only do these Go Move high-waisted gym leggings look fantastic, but they are also designed to improve your workout experience. 

With a high waistline and an adjustable tie on the inside of the waistband (perfect for runners!), these leggings guarantee an ideal fit every time, whilst providing plenty of stretch for maximum comfort. Made from up to 30% recycled polyester, these eco-friendly leggings keep you feeling fresh and cool, thanks to their breathable, moisture-absorbing, quick-drying fabric. Designed to fit like a second skin, they offer support whether you're at the gym, cycling, jogging or simply running errands. 

With over 250 five-star reviews on site, these are a great option for anyone looking for high-quality leggings perfect for high-impact activities — without the high price tag.

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Elevate Leggings


  • Material: 75% recycled nylon, 25% elastane

  • Size range: 2XS to 2XL

  • Fit: High-waisted, full length

Pros & Cons
  • High waisted support

  • 75% recycled nylon

  • Premium sweat-wicking fabric 

  • No front seam

  • No pockets

  • Some feel the fit is loose

The Elevate Leggings by Gymshark are multifunctional athleisure-wear that offers both comfort and style. Whether you're doing hot yoga, running errands or going out for brunch with your friends, these leggings will serve you well. 

They are made from buttery soft RLSE™️ fabric which offers the perfect mix of support and stretch, allowing you complete freedom of movement. The inclusion of hardworking, breathable, sweat-wicking properties also helps ensure you'll stay dry and cool throughout every activity. Two unique features of these leggings?

There’s no front seam and they’re cut from nylon that’s up to 75% recycled. So not only can you enjoy a fit that's distraction-free, but you’ll be helping save the planet in the process. Not bad.

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Nike One – Women's High-Rise Leggings


  • Material: 78% polyester, 22% elastane

  • Size range: 4 to 22

  • Fit: High-waisted, full length

Pros & Cons
  • Tight fit for support

  • Hidden waistband pocket

  • Four colours, including blue, black and grey

  • At least 50% recycled polyester fibres

  • No side pockets

When you think ‘Nike’ the words ‘Just do it’ are never far behind. And that’s what we advise when it comes to deciding whether to purchase these leggings.

Just. Do. It.

These leggings embody comfort and quality. Acting as a second skin, they’re lightweight enough to provide the flexibility you need for any workout or daily activity, whilst also providing core support thanks to their high waist design. 

What’s more, they’re cut from a non-sheering fabric, meaning you can stretch and squat in peace, knowing you’re fully covered in even the most compromising positions. 

The fact that they’re also crafted from at least 50% recycled materials is just an added bonus.


The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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High Rise Seamless Leggings

You save £16.99 (48.56%)£34.99


  • Material: Marl 48% Nylon, 39% Polyester, 13% Elastane

  • Size range: 6 to 22

  • Fit: Skinny Fit

Pros & Cons
  • High-waisted fit

  • Seamless technology

  • Comfort and optimal support

  • PRO-DRY sweat-wicking fabric

  • Body sculpting knitted pattern

  • They run small

  • May be see-through for some

Tired of the slipping, sliding, chafing and rubbing that come with poor-quality leggings? This high-rise seamless pair by USA Pro might just give you the security you need. 

Whether you’re working hard at the gym, sweating in the yoga studio, training at home — or even walking the dogs — these durable leggings are made from innovative PRO-DRY sweat-wicking technology that allows for better airflow, providing you with optimal levels of comfort and support

Complete with body-sculpting fabric, you’ll never feel more confident than in this stylish pick.


The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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MP Women's Power Leggings


  • Material: 88% nylon, 12% elastane

  • Size range: 2XS to 2XL

  • Fit: High-rise, full length

Pros & Cons
  • Internal key pocket at rear waistband

  • Reinforced seams

  • Sweat-wicking

  • Super soft

  • Multiple colour options

  • No drawstring waistband

Not only known for its superstar protein powders, My Protein also delivers BIG when it comes to activewear. Case in point: the best-selling women's Power Leggings.

Tried and tested by one of our editors, these ultra thick, high-waist leggings are super soft to touch and, despite their weightier fabric, are moisture-wicking to boot. Our editor has worn these leggings to gym classes on numerous occasions, and they've also become a staple piece of day-to-day wear, thanks to their opaque nature.

Other benefits include the convenient hidden key pocket in the waistband, the strong and reliable seams (no more anticipating that dreaded 'rip' as you squat) and the chic six colourways they're available in.

Best women’s yoga leggings

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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lululemon Align High-Rise Pant 25"


  • Material: 80% nylon, 20% lycra/elastane

  • Size range: 4 to 24

  • Fit: High waisted, above ankle length 

Pros & Cons
  • Bestseller

  • Premium quality

  • Inclusive size range

  • Hidden waistband pocket

  • A large range of colourways available

  • Pricey

  • No side pockets

lululemon’s Align High-Rise Pants have earned rave reviews for good reason.

Simple yet detailed, these leggings include a concealed waistband pocket, designed to discreetly hold your credit card and house key – an undeniably practical feature. 

Perfect for low-impact exercise like yoga, the composition of the material perfectly moulds to your body shape like a second skin, providing both support and flexibility, whilst maintaining an aesthetically pleasing silhouette. 

‘Comfortable and flattering!’ declared one reviewer, adding that they now can't wear any other type of activewear. 

Another reviewer praised them for their opacity (no one wants their underwear on display whilst in downward dog) — stating that they are ‘not see through at all.’ 

But these leggings don't just earn praise for their functionality. They’re also ideal for transitioning from a warrior two position to kicking back at brunch with friends. 

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Beyond Yoga Spacedye High Waisted Midi Yoga Leggings


  • Material: 87% polyester, 13% spandex

  • Size range: XS to XL

  • Fit: Ultra high rise, ⅞ length

Pros & Cons
  • Extra comfy high waist

  • Moisture-wicking fabric

  • Side pockets

  • Also available in brown and blue

  • Pricey

  • Only ⅞ length

Yoga is all about doing what feels best for you — so you need leggings that feel and offer the same. And these High Waisted ones from trusted yogi brand, Beyond Yoga, do just that.

Super soft in texture and offering a super high, supportive waistband, these leggings quite literally have your back as you stretch and flow. 

The convenient side pockets on either hip are just an added bonus — no need to worry about dropping your keys or phone as you head to your yoga class.

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Split Flared Leggings

You save £36 (60%)£60


  • Material: 78% nylon, 22% elastane

  • Size range: XS to 2XL

  • Fit: High-waisted, regular length

Pros & Cons
  • High quality

  • Fashionable flared leg with split

  • Can be dressed up or down

  • Stretchy

  • Pricier than some competitors

  • Less appropriate for sports or gym

While usually associated with activewear, that doesn’t mean Gymshark leggings can’t be worn day-to-day as well. As evidenced by these HOT flared leggings.

With an ultra-high waist for midriff support, not only do they boast a stunning silhouette, these flattering leggings are crafted from sweat-wicking, quick-drying fabric to help keep you cool — and are buttery soft to boot.

We love the little front split and stitched detailing running from the hip to the hem which offers a little extra figure-flattering detail. 

Hands down, they have to be one of our favourite pairs of black leggings in this round-up.

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Magic Shaping High Waisted Leggings


  • Material: 70% viscose, 26% polyamide, 4% elastane

  • Size range: 6 to 20 (in short, regular and long lengths)

  • Fit: High-waisted, ankle grazer length

Pros & Cons
  • High waisted

  • Comfy tummy control

  • Flattering darts at the waistband 

  • Can be dressed up or down

  • ⅞ legging length — no full length option

If you’re anything like us, the name of these leggings was enough to catch your attention.

'Magic'. And 'shaping'. 

Yes please, tell us more.

These women’s black leggings may be some of the best Marks and Spencer has to offer. As versatile as they are flattering, we love that they can be worn into the office as standalone trousers, or layered beneath cosy winter warmies and sweaters on weekends.

With reviewers marvelling at their high quality, their comfortable tummy control that supports you throughout the day and their soft, cosy fabric, they may just be some of the best thick black leggings in the UK, too. 

Grab a pair and see for yourself.

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The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Yours Curve Ribbed Leggings


  • Material: 95% polyester, 5% elastane

  • Size range: 14 to 36

  • Fit: Full length

Pros & Cons
  • Extensive size range

  • Unique ribbed texture

  • Available in four colours

  • Don’t work as well for smarter look

With a soft jersey fabric, ribbed texture and comfy elastic waistband, this pair of leggings is a fabulous investment for evening and weekend wear.

We love their purse-friendly price tag, inclusive sizing and full length which will work for autumn and winter wear. The leggings are also available in red, brown and grey in case you’d like to brighten up your casual outfits.

Best sustainably-made leggings


The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Black Micro Modal Leggings


  • Material: 94% TENCEL, 6% elastane

  • Size range: 8 to 16

  • Fit: High-waisted, full length

Pros & Cons
  • Sustainably made in Portugal

  • Fabric has botanic origins

  • Super soft feel

  • Breathable and temperature-regulating

  • Eco-friendly packaging

  • Could have a larger size range

  • No pockets

  • Only available in black

Adding to your legging collection doesn’t have to mean snapping up fast-fashion options. We’ve recently discovered Lavender Hill, a brand whose mission is to manufacture products that are eco-friendly and sustainable — and it’s doing a great job. 

Case in point: it’s Micro Modal Leggings.

Botanic in origin and made via sustainable practices in Portugal, these leggings aren’t only super soft, they’re also breathable, temperature regulating and come in fully recyclable packaging to boot.

We also love the matching bralette, made from equally soft and sustainable fabrics.

Best going out leggings

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Michael Kors Faux Leather Leggings


  • Material: 100% polyurethane: 95% viscose, 5% spandex/elastane

  • Size range: 2XS to L

  • Fit: High waist, skinny leg

Pros & Cons
  • Always on trend

  • High-quality faux leather look

  • Stretch design

  • Pricey 

  • Dry clean only

Love a leather legging moment? 

It’s time to channel your inner “Sandy” and strut your stuff down the high street in these babies from Michael Kors.

Effortlessly chic and ever-stylish, faux leather leggings can take you seamlessly from daytime run-arounds to nighttime partying, without skipping a beat.

And they’re comfy.

Surprisingly stretchy and with an elasticated waistband, not only will you look a million bucks — you’ll feel like it. 

Best thick leggings for women

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Wolford Scuba Leggings


  • Material: 76% polyamide, 24% elastane

  • Size range: XS to L

  • Fit: High rise, form fitting

Pros & Cons
  • Super thick fabric

  • Not see through

  • Can be worn as trousers

  • Pricey

  • No pockets

  • Less inclusive size range

One of the most crucial things to check for when shopping for new leggings? 

Whether they’re see-through.

There’s nothing worse than slipping into a pair of comfy leggings, only to find the world can see your underwear through them. While bad enough when wearing them for layering and warmth — it’s outright restrictive when it comes to wearing them as trousers. 

But Wolford’s high-rise Scuba Leggings have got you covered, so to speak. 

With their super thick fabric, not only do these black leggings look smart enough to wear standalone — even in a work environment — but they fit snugly and comfortably too, making them some of the best non-see-through leggings in the UK. 

Oh, and they boast a subtle sheen as well — so they add a little extra dimension to your outfit, too. Worth the extra pennies, in our opinion. 

Best maternity leggings


The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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MAMA Before & After


  • Material: 55% cotton, 40% viscose, 5% elastane

  • Size range: XS to 2XL

  • Fit: Regular waist

Pros & Cons
  • Wallet-friendly

  • Foldover band to fit during pregnancy 

  • Soft jersey fabric

  • 50% organic cotton

  • Higher waist may be preferable during pregnancy 

  • May not hold shape well

Pregnant and sick of buying maternity-only wear? 

It’s H&M to the rescue with its MAMA leggings, created to be worn before, during and after pregnancy.

Featuring a soft panel around the mid-rift, designed to be folded down into a supportive band around your growing belly, these leggings remain comfortable throughout your pregnancy.

Cut from soft and cosy jersey fabric, they’re perfect for all-day wear — whether running errands or resting on the couch — and are affordable to boot.

The best leggings for women: Top picks for style, comfort and budget

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Maternity Over Bump Leggings


  • Material: 94% viscose, 6% elastane

  • Size range: 6 to 20 (in short, regular and long lengths)

  • Fit: Extra high-waisted, ankle grazer length

Pros & Cons
  • Affordable

  • Soft jersey fabric

  • Extra stretchy

  • Over the bump band

  • Large size and length range

  • Unlined — may be see-through for some

When you've got a bun in the oven, the last thing you need is something tight and digging in, putting unnecessary pressure on you and bub. 

Enter: Over The Bump maternity leggings.

As the name suggests, these leggings feature an extra high waist with an over-the-bump panel, perfect for keeping both mum and bub secure throughout pregnancy — without any digging in.

Reviewers praise these jersey leggings for their comfort and fit, with many adoring the super soft and stretchy composition. 

And the icing on the cake? They’re available in a wide range of sizes, with lengths appropriate for petite, regular and tall women as well. Now there’s thinking! 

Women's leggings FAQs

How do you choose the best leggings?

When shopping for your new pair of leggings, the key thing to consider is what you’ll primarily be wearing them for. 

Are they for running? Yoga? Casual wear? Are you pregnant and require extra bump support? Or do you fancy dancing the night away in a faux leather look?

Depending on your preference, your best option will differ.

At the end of the day, the best women’s leggings are ones that are comfortable — and make you feel strong and supported, in any situation. 

Can you find leggings suitable for workouts and everyday wear?

The idea that a pair of leggings can ONLY be worn to the gym or casually around home is a myth. Most legging styles can be worn in myriad different circumstances — it’s all about what you feel comfortable in. 

Our one piece of advice? If you plan on wearing leggings as standalone trousers — make sure they’re thick enough not to see through them to your underwear, like Wolford's great Scuba option.

Do the best leggings always fit true to size?

Just like a pair of trousers, not all leggings fit the same or are true to size.

Depending on their primary function they may feature a relaxed or tighter fit, so be sure to consult each brand’s size chart and scroll through a few reviews if you’re still uncertain.

So, which women’s leggings are best in our book?

Each pair of leggings in this round-up has been carefully hand-selected based on their fit, size range, fabric composition, support and overall comfort. While any option will serve you well, there are a few standouts that we can’t wait to add to our wardrobe:

  • For everything from a high-intensity workout to a casual jog, stretch or brunch date, we love Sweaty Betty’s bestselling Power Gym Leggings

  • For an effortlessly chic yet cosy aesthetic, we’re obsessed with Gymshark's Split Flare Leggings

  • For eco-friendly, super-soft leggings you'll feel great about investing in, we love Lavender Hill's Micro Modal Leggings.

  • And for a night on the town (and channelling our inner Sandy from Grease), we can’t go past Michael Kors' Faux Leather Leggings

The information presented above is accurate as of 13/02/2024. We are not responsible for any changes to the prices. The 'Best Buys featured' badge indicates sponsored content, and we may earn a commission when you make a purchase.

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