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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.
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.
It'll be seamless to work these rib-cuffed, waffle-knit leggings into your everyday wardrobe.
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.
These leggings are designed to enhance your shape. Their four-way stretch jersey fabric will ensure everything is kept in place.
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.
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.
A high waist style and seamless makeup makes these minimalist, quick-dry leggings the ideal studio-to-street pair.
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.
Wardrobe NYC's leggings are made from sculpting stretch jersey fabric—ideal for any and all outfit combinations.
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.
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Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.
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