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The 11 Best Leggings Brands of 2021

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Where there is demand, there will always be supply. This is particularly true in fashion, and especially where leggings are concerned. This wardrobe staple has gravitated from those embarrassing early aughts crop styles, worn with oversize tunics and a giant waist belt, to Insta-worthy picks like leather and printed designs that speak to the season's latest trends. The truth: When you find the right pair of leggings, you never look back. Since the options are endless—everyone from Amazon to Everlane offers leggings these days—knowing where to start is important. You’ll want a pair that's not only comfortable but is also opaque and made from quality material. (Leggings that rip apart at the seams after a few washes are the worst.) To assist you in your hunt for your favorite new pair of leggings, I've hand-picked my favorite brands that make them. Whether you're looking for bottoms to work out in or travel and lounge in, these options will cater to your style and needs. You'll wear yours 24/7.

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For the Eco-Friendly Shopper
High Waist 7/8 Leggings
Girlfriend Collective nordstrom.com

Girlfriend Collective launched in 2016 with an eco-friendly ethos, and since then, the brand has skyrocketed to success. They’re known for their extensive size offerings, soft yet compressive fits, and fabric that’s made from recycled water bottles. This high-waisted legging comes in 14 different hues (my favorite is the hot pink) and will definitely amp up your regular workout outfits.

For the Workout Enthusiast
Align Crop 21"
Lululemon lululemon.com

Lululemon proves time and time again that it's still one of the best athletic brands out there. The leggings are always flattering, compressive, and soft. This crop pair is designed specifically for yoga to “minimize distractions and maximize comfort.” Adding a pair to my checkout cart ASAP.

For the Print Lover
Daisy Veronica Leggings
Year of Ours nordstrom.com

Year of Ours is a female-owned brand known for its sweat-wicking fabrics, high-waisted silhouettes, and extended sizing. This pair of legging is not only flattering on the body (it’s crafted from smooth friction-reduced seams), but also comes in a sweet cheery daisy design.

For the Luxurious
Stratus Ultra High-Rise Leggings
Ultracor saksfifthavenue.com

Founded in 2014, Ultracor is known for its silky, luxury leggings that almost feel like a second skin. One of the best parts about the brand is its built-in shapewear element that enhances your body in second.

For the (Aspiring) Yogi
Electric High-Waist Leggings
Alo Yoga saksfifthavenue.com

Alo, originally beloved among the yogis, has now become a favorite option for everyone, whether you’re doing a class or simply lounging around. One of Alo's key legging features is their antimicrobial and dry-wicking fabrics. FYI: Alo is also a celeb favorite and has been spotted on stars like Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

For the Person Who Likes Everything Held In
Super Sculpt High Waisted Yoga Leggings
Sweaty Betty sweatybetty.com

London-based Sweaty Betty created the bum sculpt leggings that will make you feel 1,000 times better with just one wear. The bottoms hold everything in place as you run on the treadmill or do crunches on the mat. These leggings are available in different lengths and many color ways and prints.

For the Fashionista
Tuxedo High-Rise Leggings
Live the Process mytheresa.com

Live the Process is a functional and fashion-forward activewear brand. The long and sleek silhouettes plus the moisture-wicking fabrics are key, and many pieces from the collection can seamlessly be styled for your daily wardrobe. 

For the Monogram Lover
Peak 3/4 Legging
Alala modaoperandi.com

Alala launched back in 2014. What stands out about the brand is that it provides the option to create customized pairs, so you get to choose the colors for your leggings and also have the option to get it monogrammed. (The fanciest leggings you’ll ever own!)

For the Artsy
Ava High-Rise Ombré Leggings
Splits59 saksfifthavenue.com

Splits59 leggings were made for the people who love gym selfies and for those who are also looking for high-performance fabric leggings. The brand offers an array of different silhouettes and styles, meaning you're guaranteed find a pair you love. 

For All-Black Outfits
Look at Me Now Leggings
Spanx saksfifthavenue.com

Spanx is known for making some of the best shapewear pieces on the market, and thankfully its portfolio includes leggings. Their pairs are comfortable and flattering while holding everything in place, and are ideal for any type of activity. 

For the Comfort-First Person
Lost Your Marbles High-Waisted Leggings
Beyond Yoga saksfifthavenue.com

Beyond Yoga makes some of the comfiest, softest leggings out there. The buttery-like fabric and easy-to-slip-on bottoms will be become your new best friend. Plus, the brand offers extended sizing (XXS - 3X) for an inclusive fit. 


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