Flared Leggings Are Back, and These Are Our 8 Favorites
You know how they say everything old is new again? Well, we've found that to be true with everything from fashion trends (look no further than the cargo pants renaissance) to beauty looks (hello, shaved eyebrows), and now it's even making its way into the fitness world with the rise of what was once called standard yoga pants and is now known as flared leggings. If you remember a time when the most popular workout bottoms had a flared leg, it might be time to consider welcoming them back into your wardrobe, but it's also a great excuse to get back into the look. After all, it's cute!
These are our eight favorite flared leggings on the market. Because these pants tend to be longer than the more traditional legging, they're great for taller people. We'll note that these aren't our top recommendation for activities like indoor or outdoor cycling, as the bottoms could get caught on the pedals. Try these adorable pants for activities like yoga, Pilates, low-impact workouts, walks, or running errands. Take it from us; you need at least one pair of flared leggings in your wardrobe. Keep on reading to shop our top selects.
Best Thick Flared Leggings: Beyond Yoga Spacedye All Day Flare High Waisted Pant
When winter comes, we don't want to be in something flimsy, we want to be held in by a thicker fabric more suitable for things like yoga or pilates. These Beyond Yoga Spacedye All Day Flare High Waisted Pant ($69, originally $99) are made of the brand's cult-favorite Spacedye fabric, and they're practically perfect. Fun fact: this editor's first ever pair of workout leggings were a pair of flared Beyond Yoga pants, so this feels very full-circle. Trust us when we say, they make your butt look excellent, and once you try them, there's no going back. Plus, they have pockets!
What reviewers say: One customer said, "I am in love!! These are high waisted, squat proof, and buttery soft! Love the pockets and the flare leg. Really cute to wear for athleisure." Another person said, "TLove, love these pants! They fit like a glove and have such a comfortable feel. My favorite part . . . pockets!!! My next favorite part . . . the flared legs!! You cannot go wrong with these pants!"
Why we love it: These are what you think of when you think of a great flared legging; flattering, comfortable, on-trend, and made to move with you.
What's worth noting: The pockets in these pants have an opening at the side versus the top, so it might be a bit easier for something to fall out.
The details: Sizes: XS-4X | Length: 32 in. length | Colorways: 1
Bestselling Flared Legging: lululemon Groove Super-High-Rise Flared Pant
Many years ago, lululemon was one of the OG brands making cute yoga and workout clothes, and its bestselling style was a flared legging. Years later, and after much begging, the brand has relaunched the iconic Lululemon Groove Super-High-Rise Flared Pant ($118), and it's better than ever. It's made of Nulu fabric (the same fabric as the beloved Align leggings), so it's super comfortable and buttery soft. With one back pocket, the silhouette is sleek and cool, and they're so comfortable, you won't want to take them off.
What customers say: We love a good glowing review, and when someone says, "The original groove pants are so flattering on the body!! The material is so soft and comfy! The style of the pants also elongates my legs so nicely and I get so many compliments when I wear them. Glad the original groove pants are coming back in style," we're on board.
Why we love it: When we think of the old Lululemon pants we loved years ago, we think of something like this, and now the pants we love are back, and better than ever.
What's worth noting: They are a little long, so be aware if you're petite, but the brand does have complimentary hemming, and if you're tall, these are the pants for you.
The details: Sizes: 0-20 | Length: 32.5 in. length | Colorways: 13
Best Crossover Leggings: Aerie Offline Real Me High Waisted Crossover Flare Legging
The Aerie crossover leggings have reached cult-favorite status, and these Offline By Aerie Real Me High Waisted Crossover Flare Leggings ($33, originally $55) take on both trends so well. They've got the Aerie signature crossover waistband, which is so flattering, and the flare detail isn't too wide, which we love. Plus, they're comfortable, affordable, and so on trend.
What customers are saying: One purchaser said that they, "love them so much I ordered another pair. Get them! You won't regret it. Absolutely the most comfortable yoga pants I've ever owned "
Why we love it: If you're looking for a flattering, lightweight legging that's super flattering and on-trend, these are the leggings worth purchasing.
What's worth noting: These leggings are a bit longer than your average leggings. They have short, regular, and long styles, so you can find your perfect length. They're also not made of the thickest material, which is good to be aware of, particularly in the winter months.
The details: Sizes: XXS-XXL | Length: 30, 32, 34 in. length | Colorways: 3
Best Fleece Flared Leggings: Old Navy High-Waisted UltraCoze Fleece-Lined Flare Leggings
It's getting colder outside, and we're big fans of fleece leggings. These Old Navy High-Waisted UltraCoze Fleece-Lined Flare Leggings ($45) check basically all of our boxes. They're warm, they're under $50, they look good on the body, and they're leggings you could wear just about anywhere. Yes, they're workout pants, but if you needed to wear them out, no one would think twice.
What customers say: One buyer relayed that these leggings are, "the comfiest ever! I live in these leggings. I'll be wearing them all winter long when I go walking with my friends."
Why we love it: If you're looking for the perfect pant for cold-weather outdoor workouts, these are the ones to buy. They'll keep you comfortable and happy when the wind is whipping and you're out for your walk or workout.
What's worth noting: These pants have zippered openings at the outside of the flared legging, which does make them hard to hem if you needed that for length.
The details: Sizes: XS-4X | Length: 29.5, 31.5, 35.5 in. length | Colorways: 3
A Split Leg Legging: Alo Airbrush 7/8 High Waist Flutter Legging
These Alo Airbrush 7/8 High Waist Flutter Leggings ($70, originally $118) are the elevated, cool flared leggings your workout wardrobe needs. The slit at the hemline gives them a more elevated look, and they're made of the brand's Airbrush fabric, so they sculpt and flatter your body. These are the leggings we'd wear if we think our gym crush might be working out at the same time we are.
What customers are saying: One customer says that these leggings are, "way better than I could have imagined, [with] quality fabric [and] great cut and design. Also perfect full length."
Why we love them: These are the leggings that could most easily take you from the studio to the street. They're elevated and good-looking, so if you were to wear them all day long, no one would bat an eye.
What's worth noting: These are technically 7/8 length pants, but because they're flared, customers say they feel more like a full-length pant. They're a great option if you want to try the flared length trend but are more on the petite side.
The details: Sizes: XXS-L| Length: 29 in. length | Colorways: 5
Comfortable Flare Leggings: Athleta Elation Flare Pant
Get your hands on these Athleta Elation Flare Pants ($80-$99). They're made of buttery soft Powervita fabric, which is the material that feels as soft as, you guessed it, butter. They have a back pocket but no side pockets, and the waistband is designed to support and not budge thanks to the three-layer fabrication. Plus, they're under $100, which is always a good thing.
What customers are saying: One customer said that they "can't live without these pants! [I] love the buttery soft feel," while another customer said, "these pants are magical, [with an] incredibly soft material that holds its shape and is super flattering!"
Why we love them: These are flared leggings that aren't super flared. They flatter the butt and feel really comfortable on, and we love that there are so many sizes and lengths available.
What's worth noting: These pants are available in regular, tall, and petite lengths, which is particularly essential for a flared legging.
The details: Sizes: XXS-3X| Length: 29.5, 31.5, 34.5 in. length | Colorways: 7
Straight-Leg Yoga Pants: All in Motion Contour Curvy High-Rise Straight Leg Pants
If you're looking to dip your toe into the trend as opposed to jumping straight in, these All in Motion Contour Curvy High-Rise Straight Leg Pants ($28) may be the pants for you. They're great for low-impact activities like yoga, Pilates, or barre. They also have side pockets, which is one of our favorite features.
What customers say: One reviewer raved that these pants were "extremely comfortable, true to size, and doesn't slide down!! I need 10 of these now!" Another customer said that these are "great quality. Perfect fit and they feel terrific. Love the fabric - wears and washes well. I've replaced all my other athletic/yoga pants with these."
Why we love it: We like these pants because not only are they super affordable, they're also more of a straight leg, as opposed to a true flare, so they're nice to try out to get a feel for the look.
What's worth noting: These aren't the most sweat-wicking pants, so they're better for yoga than, say, hot yoga.
The details: Sizes: XS-XXL | Length: 34.5 in. length | Colorways: 1
Best Size-Inclusive Flared Leggings: Girlfriend Collective Compressive Flare Legging
We're obsessed with Girlfriend Collective workout clothes because of the brand's commitment to quality fit and cute styles for everyone, and at a price point we can stomach. These Girlfriend Collective Compressive Flare Leggings ($51, originally $78) are as good as it gets. The flare isn't overly dramatic, and the fabric is comfortable, the perfect mix of sweat-wicking and easy to lounge in. Plus, it's made from recycled water bottles, which we can definitely get behind.
What customers say: One customer noted, "They're what I wish yoga pants WERE in 2008!" We wholeheartedly agree.
Why we love it: If you're in the market for a pair of high-quality workout pants that will be good to you and good for the environment, these are the pants to invest in. Plus, they're on sale right now!
What's worth noting: These are not the most flared pants of the bunch, so if you're looking for something a bit more exaggerated, these may not be the pants for you.
The details: Sizes: XXS-6XL | Length: 32 in. length | Colorways: 5