The 10 Best Fleece-Lined Leggings in 2024, According to Marie Claire Editors

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Alessa Winter wearing The North Face orange jacket, white Nike Air Force sneaker, Balenciaga black bag and black Ellesse leggings on February 15, 2021 in Berlin, Germany
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Winter weather is almost here, which means one thing: It's time to update your wardrobe to include pieces that will keep you warm and cozy as temperatures drop. So, if you're someone who lives in leggings year-round, consider investing in a great pair of fleece-lined leggings. Think of them as the souped-up version of the best black leggings you wore all summer and fall—they're quite literally lined with an extra layer of warmth. Our fashion and shopping team—specifically, our Style Editor Emma Childs, E-Commerce Editor Julia Marzovilla, and E-Commerce Writer Gabrielle Ulubay—did our research to find the very best fleece-lined leggings of 2023 and compiled our tried-and-tested favorites into one concise list.

No matter what you're looking for in a pair of fleece-lined leggings, you'll find a pair you love in the below edit. Some are thin enough to layer under the rest of your clothes, with many not being much thicker than your regular pair of black leggings. Fleece-lined leggings from universally adored athleisure brands like Alo Yoga and Lululemon, for instance, look just as sleek as their standard stretchy alternatives. Plus, the majority of the options on this list retail for under $50. Stay warm!

What to Look For in Fleece-Lined Leggings

  • Materials: Choosing the best fabric for your fleece-lined leggings depends on when you plan to wear your pair. Are they for cozy lounging on the couch? Errand-running on brisk winter days? Early-morning runs when the sun has yet to fully rise? For instance, nylon and polyester are known to be breathable and sweat-wicking, which makes them ideal for movement and exercise. Cotton, on the other hand, retains moisture (a.k.a. don't wear cotton leggings if you have a high-sweat activity on the docket) but offers extreme softness and comfort. Some ultra-stretchy fabrics like spandex, elastane, and lycra are perfect for active days when you'd like your leggings to shape and support your figure.
  • Comfort: While the main draw of fleece-lined leggings is their warmth, you want to ensure they're comfortable, too. If the pair is too tight for your liking, consider sizing up for a less snug fit. Or if the fleece lining feels itchy on your skin or perhaps it's too warm, to the point that your legs are sweating all day, opt for a more breathable and lightweight interior pair.
  • Design features: Leggings with pockets, zippered pouches, foot stirrups, or eye-catching waistlines—the design features are endless in activewear. As you shop, consider if you'd like your fleece leggings to have any bonus details that will offer helpful functionality or a little flair.
  • Style: Leggings are fundamental to the modern wardrobe. There are so many ways to style leggings for the season ahead, and fleece-lined leggings are no different. The options on this list are just as easy to style as the other leggings in your wardrobe—many of them come in neutral colors and won't add bulk.

The Best Fleece-Lined Leggings, According to Fashion Editors

We ranked the below pairs as the best fleece-lined leggings based on their versatility, quality, high proportion of five-star reviews, customer feedback, and size range.

Are Fleece-Lined Leggings Warm?

The interior fleece lining offers a thermal element to keep your legs toasty. Not all pairs are created equal; however, Depending on the thickness, design, and fabrications, the warmth of each style will vary.

Where to Buy Fleece-Lined Leggings

Our fashion and e-commerce editors and writers found Amazon a spot to turn to for an assortment of affordable options. There are also fashion girl-fave brands like Athleta and Alo Yoga, which have many options that reflect contemporary athleisure trends. 

How to Wear Fleece-Lined Leggings

If the fleece leggings are thick enough, you can wear them as solo bottoms. However, for pairs on the lighter side (or if you're heading out into extremely cold environments), consider using them as a base layer and wearing thicker pants. As for the rest of your outfit, well, the world—er, wardrobe—is your oyster. Try leaning into the athleisure vibe by wearing a sporty long-sleeve made of stretch fabric or a sleek hoodie

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.

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