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The 11 Black Leggings You'll Wear Around the Clock

Never trawl through dozens of online reviews again.

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

Controversial as they are, leggings—the ultimate stand-in for pants—are the past, present, and very likely, the future of fashion. Constantly in demand, leggings come in an endless array of options, but choosing the right pair requires legging-wearers to be discerning. Comfort is key, and a high-quality, contouring material can make a mere black legging a powerhouse purchase. With an emphasis on comfort culture, leggings brands have perfected sleek silhouettes in buttery soft fabrics, including some that sweat wick and quick dry. Other options come in thicker stretch jersey and wool fabrics that shape shift and elongate. Ahead, we've highlighted 11 options that will be the champion of your wardrobe.

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Ponte Legging Pant
Cuyana cuyana.com

These versatile mid-rise leggings have inconspicuous seams that provide a slimming effect. The ankle length proportion will look sophisticated alongside a sock and a loafer. 

Waffle Legging
Skims skims.com

It'll be seamless to work these rib-cuffed, waffle-knit leggings into your everyday wardrobe.

Shawn Ponte Leggings
Theory saksfifthavenue.com

These polished, pull-on leggings are your go-to for work and play. The buttery fabric will ensure comfort, while an ankle-length hemline makes them ideal for showing off a springtime slide or mule.

Geometric Jersey Leggings
Live the Process modaoperandi.com

These leggings are designed to enhance your shape. Their four-way stretch jersey fabric will ensure everything is kept in place.

Cork Stretch-Jersey Leggings
Totême net-a-porter.com

These high-rise leggings are made from stretch jersey that will feel like a second skin. Style the cuffs unzipped and pair it will a slightly oversized sweater or tunic.

Stretch Wool Blend Legging
Alaïa net-a-porter.com

Crafted from a thick stretch wool blend that smooths and elongates your shape, these leggings were a favorite amongst the '80s supermodel set. Buy them once, and you'll never reach for another pair again.

Seamless Sports Leggings
H&M hm.com

A high waist style and seamless makeup makes these minimalist, quick-dry leggings the ideal studio-to-street pair.

Logo Stretch Jersey Leggings
Off-White mytheresa.com

Bold logo-branded sides catapult these leggings to new heights. Style them sport-forward with your favorite hoodie, or polished with a bootie and blazer.

Zip-Detailed Stretch-Jersey Leggings
Wardrobe.NYC net-a-porter.com

Wardrobe NYC's leggings are made from sculpting stretch jersey fabric—ideal for any and all outfit combinations. 

Roya Leggings 27 Inch
Universal Standard universalstandard.com

Developed to prevent pilling, these ultra-soft pima cotton leggings have a revolutionary waistband that won't roll over. Plus, they're machine washable, and size inclusive. 

Orion Legging II
Epoque Evolution epoqueevolution.com

Cut from sustainable fabric that's soft yet durable, these leggings have sweat wicking, quick dry capabilities.

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