12 High-Waisted Leggings That Won't Roll Down During Your Workout
If leggings aren't high-waisted, we probably aren't buying them. The style is so perfect because it holds you in, doesn't ride down and expose anything, and also looks great with just a sports bra or crop top. Plus, we find high-waisted leggings to be the most comfortable styles. Even though there's a return of mid and even low-rise jeans that we could get behind, when it comes to leggings, it's high-waisted all the way. Who wants to worry about constantly pulling up your leggings during a workout? Not us. Since there's always room in your closet for a new favorite pair of leggings, may we suggest one of these 13 high-waisted pairs?
Of course, black leggings are always a good idea, but we're also gravitating toward colorful styles and new neutrals like navy and burgundy. Whether you love yoga or prefer to sweat it out in a HIIT workout, there's a pair you're bound to love. Plus, we found crossover styles that are so flattering, seamless leggings that are comfortable and flexible, and even great leggings with pockets, a must have nowadays. Now, if you'll excuse us, we have some shopping to do.
Best Crossover Leggings: Offline By Aerie Real Me Xtra Crossover High Waisted Pocket Legging
Crossover leggings have been popping up everywhere recently, and they're a slightly more flattering take on the classic high-waisted legging. The Offline By Aerie Real Me Xtra Crossover High Waisted Pocket Legging ($39, originally $55) is the one that started the trend, and it's still one of our favorites. Plus, this version now has side pockets, which is essential.
What customers are saying: These leggings have plenty of positive reviews, with one person noting that these are "actually the best leggings I have owned in my existence. Super comfy and form fitting. They aren't super tight but they also stay up. I've owned plenty of leggings in my lifetime and these are the ones I want to marry. 11/10"
Why we love them: These leggings are impossibly flattering. They're one of our favorite pairs to wear with a crop top or sports bra because they help define the waist. They're also lightweight and a great option for hot summertime days.
What's worth noting: These pants are more lightweight, so if you're looking for something more compressive, they might not be the best choice. They also come in both petite and tall varieties.
The details: Sizes: XXS-XXL| Length: 23, 25, 27 inch length | Colorways: 6
Best Colorful Leggings: Outdoor Voices Core 7/8 Legging
The Outdoor Voices Core 7/8 Legging ($88) feels like butter and has a flattering fit that will make you feel confident. It's made with the TechSweat fabric that helps cool your body down by wicking away sweat. The legging is also quite breathable and lightweight. It's great for medium- to high-intensity workouts. If you want something lightweight and breezy, this is the one for you.
What customers are saying: One purchaser notes, "I LOVE these pants - so much so that I own them in 4 colors. The best for everything from walks to HIIT to running a half marathon (wore these through a crazy storm during my half and they didn't budge once). When I say these are the best pants to workout in I mean it. Will probably buy them in every other color!!"
Why we love it: The legging has a back pocket where you can store your essentials, and it's one of the only back pockets we've used that fits our phone. It also has a bonded waistband that is designed to stay put no matter how you move.
What's worth noting: This has a midrise waistband with a 22-inch inseam. Made with a nylon, lycra, and polyester blend, the best way to care for it is to machine wash on cold and tumble dry on low.
The details: Sizes: XS-XL | Length: 25 in. length | Colorways: 5
Most Versatile Leggings: Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight
I'm someone who likes to switch up my workouts; one day I'm doing my favorite Pilates workout, and the next I'm sweating it out on my Peloton bike. While I respect the fact that different pants are built for different activities, sometimes you just want one versatile piece that can move with you. Enter the Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight ($128). You can read my full review here, but to cut to the chase, I love these leggings. It's specifically designed to take you through a multitude of workouts; it's made of Everlux, lululemon's fastest drying fabric, so it's sweat-wicking and breathable but thick enough to provide support, and it doesn't have a back zipper, allowing you to lie down in Pilates or yoga. It also passes my squat test when training, and when I'm going to a Barry's Bootcamp class, where I have to both run and lift weights, these are the pants I choose. They don't fall down, and I've had mine for years without pilling. Plus, it has deep side pockets.
What customers say: With over 700 five star reviews, one customer says, "These are super comfortable and supportive for all kinds of workouts. They're squat proof and they don't feel soggy after an indoor spin class. They even make it feel like I can swing by the grocery store to pick up the missing produce for dinner after my workout!"
Why we love it: If you don't know what your workout will entail, reach for these comfortable leggings. They're great for low-impact, high-impact, and everything in between.
What's worth noting: The pants are available in 25, 28, and 31 inch lengths; I'm five foot seven inches, and I like the length of the 25 inch pants.
The details: Sizes: 0-20 | Length: 25, 28, 31 in. length | Colorways: 9
Most Comfortable Leggings: Beyond Yoga Spacedye Caught In The Midi 7/8 Leggings
These Beyond Yoga Spacedye Caught In The Midi 7/8 Leggings ($97) are made of the softest material that you'll never want to take off. You've never worn leggings that feel like this, we promise. We have them in two colors, they're that comfortable. Plus, we'll find excuses to wash them and wear them again. Pick these for winter workouts, or lower impact activities.
What customers are saying: One person loves the durability of these leggings, saying "Two of these bought years ago have lasted VERY well: worn and washed hundreds of times. Newest version is even softer and a better fit." Another person said, "I finally tried Beyond Yoga and am genuinely really impressed (and obsessed). No cameltoe or any semblance of getting one easily whatsoever, and extremely comfortable for all day wear. You don't feel like you're being hugged in too tightly and all that."
Why we love them: These are possibly the most comfortable leggings we've ever worn. They're buttery soft, and thick enough to be great for chillier days. When you want to feel swathed in comfort, go with these leggings.
What's worth noting: These leggings are on the thicker side, so they're not our top choice for sweating it out in 100 degree heat. These also don't have pockets, but there is a pair that does!
The details: Sizes: XXS-4X| Length: 25 inch length | Colorways: 15
Top Rated Leggings: Gymshark Vital Seamless 2.0 Leggings
If you love a seamless legging, you're not alone. Our top pick is the bestselling Gymshark Vital Seamless 2.0 Leggings ($54). They're comfortable, supportive, and easy to move in. Plus, even though seamless leggings are normally associated with thicker fabrics, these are surprisingly breathable.
What customers are saying: One person notes these leggings "fit perfectly, very flattering and can be worn in hot or cold weather (very thick but not weighing you down)" while another customer says that they're, "snug in all of the right places and hold my waist in nice and tight. Super flattering. I now want them in every color."
Why we love them: These leggings will not budge throughout your toughest workouts. The seamless fabric is comfortable and easy to wear, and these leggings have a waistband that's comfortable and sturdy.
What's worth noting: If you like a more compressive fit, customers recommend going with your usual size, and if you want a bit more room and flexibility, try sizing up.
The details: Sizes: XS-XXL| Length: 30.5 inch length | Colorways: 10
Best Size Inclusive Leggings: Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging
The Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging ($78) is designed for high-impact workouts with an extra-high-rise waistband and four-way stretch for optimal coverage and flexibility. The fabric is both thick and sweat wicking, making them squat-proof and breathable. However, that doesn't mean you can't wear these to relax at home or run errands. Explore all of the great Girlfriend Collective leggings in our shopping guide.
What customers are saying: Customers not only adore this comfortable pair but also can't get enough of the brown color (pictured). Reviewers claim they feel soft and airy with just the right amount of compression. They also rave about the flattering fit.
Why we love them: Not only are we in love with these stylish leggings, but they also have a hidden back pocket. They feel so buttery soft on the skin as well, making them great for everyday wear. Plus, they support you in all the right places for a lifted, flattering look.
What's worth noting: The leggings are made from 79 percent recycled plastic bottles and spandex. It's best to machine-wash cold with like colors.
The details: Sizes: XXS-6XL | Length: 19.5, 23.75, 28.5 inch length | Colorways: 6
You can also get these leggings on sale in limited-edition colors ($49, originally $78).
Best Leggings For High Impact Workouts: Alo High-Waist Airlift Legging
These Alo High-Waist Airlift Leggings ($118) are so easy to move in, and they're also breathable. Plus, like much of Alo's clothes, they look so good on. There's really nothing better than that. Wear these for your sweatiest, highest impact activities. Explore all of the great Alo leggings in our shopping guide.
What customers are saying: One person said that these leggings are "extremely comfortable. Material feels great. Really like the single seam, full length and high waist. True to size and fits wonderfully," while another person said, "absolutely love them, they hug and smooth you perfectly. Just get them!"
Why we love them: These are the leggings you're going to want to be seen in. The shiny fabric is so flattering, and feels like a second skin. When you wear them, you feel like you can take on the world.
What's worth noting: These leggings do run slightly small, so if you're in between sizes, we'd recommend sizing up. They also don't have a ton of pockets.
The details: Sizes: XXS-XL| Length: 28 inch length | Colorways: 15
Best Affordable Leggings: Old Navy High-Waisted PowerSoft Side-Pocket Leggings
If you want the ultimate comfortable, affordable leggings, you need these Old Navy High-Waisted PowerSoft Side-Pocket Leggings ($40). They've got a hidden pocket that's so useful and Go-Dry moisture-wicking technology to keep you dry and comfortable. The high-rise waistband will make you feel comfortable and secure while the pocket is large enough to stash your phone in.
What customers are saying: Customers love these pants, with one saying that these are the "I will never buy another brand after wearing these to the gym. They were the comfiest to workout in." Another person said, "These are my favorite leggings. They don't slide down, they don't ball up. These are the best ones I've worn."
Why we love them: Simply put: these leggings don't move. They stay on throughout your workout and are so comfortable that they feel a lot more expensive than they actually are. Plus, at just $40, they're affordable, and perform like they're double or triple the price.
What's worth noting: These leggings are made of Old Navy's Powersoft fabric, which is lightly compressive, and buttery soft. It also comes in tall and petite varieties. If you want a more compressive fit, maybe size down.
The details: Sizes: XS-4X| Length: 26, 28, 32 inch length | Colorways: 3
Best Leggings For Lounging: Lululemon Align Pant II With Pockets
Fair warning: you're going to want to live in the Align Pant II With Pockets ($128-$138). It is so buttery soft, you'll feel like you're not wearing anything — which, in fact, is the purpose of the fabric it's made of, Nulu. This is definitely a yoga pant as opposed to a running or HIIT pant, but it can also be an errands pant, a brunch pant, or really just an anytime pant. I have spent a good portion of the last year on the couch in these pants, and I might just have to get another pair. The deep side pockets are game changers, and they make going hands free so easy.
What customers say: These pants have over 5,000 five-star reviews, with one user saying "I need 949575853 more. It feels like i'm wearing nothing! The quality is absolutely there. The comfort is there. I want to wear nothing else but these leggings."
Why we love it: The soft, comfortable lounge leggings of your dreams do exist, and you'll find yourself doing laundry just so that you can wear them again.
What's worth noting: They, like almost all Lululemon pants, are high rise; mine come up just past my belly button. I've had mine for years at this point, and they feel just as soft and comfortable as the day I bought them. There's no pilling or fraying at all.
The details: Sizes: 0-20 | Length: 25 in. length | Colorways: 11
Best Thick Leggings: Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II 7/8 Tight
We all know that some of our leggings are thicker than others; they're the ones we love for winter, when it's a bit colder outside. The Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II 7/8 Tights ($109) are the go-to leggings when you want to feel comfy but still held in. These are great for low-impact workouts like yoga and Pilates where you aren't getting drenched in sweat. Plus, the side pockets are thick, and your items will not budge.
What customers are saying: One person said, "I love that they stay in place, unlike other brands that I am pulling up as I walk. Very soft and comfortable!" Another one raved, "This legging is very soft and doesn't cut off my circulation.. yet it still holds everything in. I can wear these all day with no problem. It's also flattering.I definitely recommend."
Why we love them: These leggings make your butt look amazing. They're perfectly compressive and thick enough to be warm and comfortable, plus we can't stop staring at ourselves in the mirror when we wear them.
What's worth noting: These leggings are, as we've said, thicker than most. They're not too heavy, and are fine if you're planning on working out hard, but if you're doing hot yoga, you might want something a little more breathable.
The details: Sizes: XXS-3X| Length: 25, 27, 30 inch length | Colorways: 3
Best Seamless Leggings: FP Movement High-Rise 7/8 Length Good Karma Leggings
If you're someone who likes to move freely, you'll be into a seamless legging. They're tight on the body and generally made of a thicker fabric, but don't confuse thick for stiff. Whether you're doing yoga or strength training, these FP Movement High-Rise 7/8 Length Good Karma Leggings ($78) will keep you supportive and able to move whichever way you please. Explore all of the great Free People leggings in our shopping guide.
What customers are saying: Customers love these pants, with one saying, "I LOVE these pants! They're breathable, comfortable, and offer great coverage. The washed out black is a great color (but I also own them in black and pink). I'm constantly saying, "thanks, they're Free People," in real life. Treat yo' self! I know it inspires me to stay motivated when I feel good about what I'm putting on for the gym, or climbing, or yoga!"
Why we love them: If you want comfortable, flexible leggings, these are the ones to get. They're high waisted, won't budge or roll down, and have little laser cutouts that are imperceptible to the naked eye, but are game changers for breathability.
What's worth noting: These leggings only come in three sizes, XS/S, M/L, and L/XL. With that being said, they're very forgiving, and run kind of large. We would recommend sizing down.
The details: Sizes: XS/S-L/XL| Length: 23 inch inseam | Colorways: 23
Best Leggings For New Moms: Spanx High Waisted Look at Me Now Leggings
If you're looking for the highest waisted leggings possible, you need these Spanx High Waisted Look at Me Now Leggings ($78). They come up way past your belly button for a fit that won't budge, and they're also a favorite for new moms, due to the slightly shaping feel at the stomach.
What customers are saying: One reviewer noted that it's "incredible how these leggings hold everything in and smooth out any lumps and bumps. Very comfortable on, not too tight and easy to move around in. Love the high waist which is snug enough to stay up without being too tight on the mid section."
Why we love them: These leggings are some of the highest waisted pants we've ever seen. They don't ride down, they're comfortable and easy to move in but still give you some shape, and they're not too thin or thick.
What's worth noting: These leggings are known to fit on the smaller side, so we'd recommend sizing up. They also do have some light shaping properties.
The details: Sizes: XS-3X| Length: 23 inch length | Colorways: 1