The Leggings We Never Want to Take Off

Raise your hand if you’ve been living (LIVING!) in leggings since the pandemic descended. [Raises hand.] If you can call our collective quarantine, WFH life “living,” that is ! And yet: is there anything more comfy than yoga pants, inside or out of the house?? We think not.

But as you are probably well aware, not all leggings are created equal—especially if you’ve ever had to yank your saggy leggings up to cover your rear, again and again. Thankfully, that’s where SwearBy’s real-life experts come in. Here, the leggings they obsess over. 


Patagonia Women's Capilene Thermal Weight Bottoms

If it’s winter warmth you seek, you’ve come to the right place. “My favorite workouts are multi-hour walks around the city—especially since we’ve been cooped up,” says Katie Macdonald. “These perfectly balance warmth and breathability, and are light enough to wear under my leggings—that way I can simply transform my existing collection into winter-ready gear rather than buy new fleece-lined sets. And even if I do sweat (sometimes those walks are strenuous!), these thermals are built with Pategonia’s HeiQ Fresh, which blocks odor-causing microbes.” Did we mention they were Fair Trade sewn? Win, win. 

Lululemon Align Pant

Um so I put these on and didn’t take them off for days,” admits Margaret Flores about these leggings, which a whopping 23 SwearBy editors have raved about as of press time. Merissa Basens wears them for literally every activity, from barre to lounging to work. They’re “comfortable and flattering—so light it feels like you’re naked but still holds you where you need it.” Dria Barnes calls them “the most comfortable, flattering workout pants I’ve ever worn.” Oh gosh. I guess the cultish obsession with Lululemon is justified. I’m sold.

Yogalicious High Waist Ultra Soft Lightweight Leggings - High Rise Yoga Pants

After hearing about them from a friend, self-professed fitness fanatic Shea Gorden calls these Amazon favorites an alternative to Lululemon. “They are JUST as soft as Lulu’s and for a FRACTION of the price,” she says. “They are squat approved (believe me I’ve checked) and honestly comfortable enough to just chill in.” Proof they’re worth checking out: they have nearly 6,000 Amazon reviews—and five stars.

Girlfriend Collective High Waist Leggings

Call them “sew cool”: these leggings are made from recycled water bottles. “As a hot yoga instructor, I need a pair of leggings that are sweat-wicking and will stay put from Sun A to Savasana,” says Stephanie Perry. “This high-raise pair does both and is available in a variety of flattering colors.” 

Good Karma Tie-Dye Leggings

Getting motivated to work out from my living room is by far one of the hardest things I’ve had to do,” says Tara Gonzalez. “But wearing cute workout clothing while I do it definitely motivates me to actually try.” Her top choice: these tie-dye leggings, which come in poetic colors like “Aurora Blue” and “Snowstorm.” “They’re also comfortable and don’t slip, whether I’m doing push ups on my carpet or tricep dips off my couch,” she says. Even cooler: they were made in the USA.

Hi! [Insert waving blonde emoji here] I'm a Colorado-based freelance writer, and I'm Niles Crane-level picky about everyyyyything.