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High-Waisted Workout Leggings That Are Also Perfect for Brunch

Because versatility is key.

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There's nothing worse than paying for a workout class only to find yourself completely distracted by 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. Although we're mainly sticking to virtual workouts these days, there's nothing like a great pair of leggings that can transform the whole mood of your workout. 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 (when it's safe to do so again).

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Smooth Leggings
Eleven by Venus Williams

It doesn't get more chic than Eleven by Venus Williams' compression leggings that absorb sweat and moisture. They're perfect for that quick grocery store run (with a mask!) or a Zoom yoga class. 

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Danica Mesh Leggings
Universal Standard

Universal Standard's sweat-absorbing mesh leggings are cute, airy, come in two different colors, and have a hidden (!) back pocket.  

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7/8 Springs Leggings
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. 

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Shavo Seamless Set
Roam Loud

Throw on Roam Loud's Shavo Seamless Set when you're planning to get in those squats to firm up your booty and make up for the lack of, you know, walking that you used to do pre-pandemic. 

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High-Waisted 7/8 Leggings

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. 

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Stretch Jersey Leggings
Spanx Net-a-Porter

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

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High-Waisted Leggings
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."  

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Zigzag Capris: Pink Kente
CultureFit Clothing

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

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Ultra High Rise Elation Tight

Athleta's high-rise 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." 

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Women's Training Crops Nike Sculpt

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

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PowerMoves Leggings
Pru Apparel

Take your leggings to the next level with a bright pair from PowerMoves. They're too good not to wear on socially-distant hikes. 

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Rogue Renegade Super High Rise Crop 21"

For a super high-rise fit that doesn't go all the way down to your ankles, allow me to introduce you to this classic Lululemon pair. 

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Oasis High-Waisted Pocket 7/8

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

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High-Waisted Shine Leggings
Alo Yoga

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 2000s. (Just me?)

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