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11 High-Waisted Workout Leggings That Are Also Perfect for Brunch

Because versatility is key.

Design by Morgan McMullen

There's nothing worse than paying for a workout class only to find yourself completely distracted by your pants that keep falling down. I'm convinced that high-waisted leggings were specifically invented to solve this problem, which is why every woman needs a pair (or five) in her closet. Narrow your search with these comfy-but-stylish options, ahead, that are cute enough to go straight from the gym to brunch—or, you know, just to brunch. We won't tell.

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1 The Pretty Pair
Outdoor Voices

You'll have trouble deciding whether or not you actually want to sweat in these amazing Outdoor Voices leggings, known for their chevron design that's flattering on every body type. 

2 The Snug Pair

Look like a street style star in Girlfriend Collective's leggings made from recycled water bottles. If you love the snug fit, they also come in black, blue, jade, navy, purple, and red. 

3 The Affordable Pair
Leggings Depot Amazon

The internet cannot stop obsessing over these $11 leggings from Amazon. (Yes, you read that correctly.) "They aren't messing around with the high waist capabilities," says one reviewer. "They come up above the smallest part of my waist when pulled up all the way, which I love."  

4 The Sporty Pair

Nike's sculpted high-waisted leggings purposefully aim to show off those toned calf muscles when you want the world to know you #workout. 

5 The Super High-Waisted Pair
Spanx Net-a-Porter

If you love Spanx, you'll appreciate these squat-approved thick jersey leggings even more. They're super high-waisted (literally, they go halfway up your back) and won't irritate your skin.

6 The Shiny Pair
ALO Nordstrom

For a more elevated look, go for Alo's shiny leggings equipped with a waistband that can be worn way above your belly button or folded over just like you did in the early 2000's. (Just me?)

7 The Cropped Pair
FP Movement Free People

Make your leggings a staple item in your wardrobe, thanks to this printed pair from Free People's activewear line, Free People Movement. It's cropped just below the knee, which will put your excellent sock game on display.

8 The Yogi Pair

Athleta's leggings were made for yogis to nail that tree pose and downward dog. They're simple, and the waist band stays in one place without being too tight. As one reviewer so eloquently wrote, "I'd like to live in these." 

9 The Classic Pair
C9 Champion Target

Sometimes a girl just wants to throw on a pair of leggings—workout class scheduled or not—and that's where these C9 Champion capris come in. Did we mention they have pockets?! Genius. 

10 The Sustainable Pair
adidas by Stella McCartney Net-a-Porter

It doesn't get chicer (and more sustainable!) than Stella McCartney's collaboration with Adidas. Thanks to a partnership with Parley for the Oceans, these blue leggings were made with yarns from recycled plastic. Plus, the cutouts will keep you cool and absorb any moisture from sweat. 

11 The Colorblocked Pair

Take your leggings to the next level with a colorblocked pair from LA-based lifestyle brand, VIMMIA. They're too good not to wear on mini hikes...to the grocery store and the mall.  


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