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I always say that regardless of what you’re buying, it never hurts to get a second opinion—or eighth. Whether it’s a big investment, an update of an essential, or a little gift to yourself, the more info you have the better. And if those opinions happen to come from fashion editors who literally shop all day for a living, well, then you’re really in luck. That’s why, as we’ve done in the past with our favorite brands for coats, boots, and lingerie, today we’re sharing the labels we love for leggings. After all, there’s no time like the present to revamp your selection of activewear (or, of course, loungewear), am I right? To read about and shop the seven best brands according to our editors, simply continue on below.
“You might automatically think of sneakers when you hear Adidas, but it’s the legging selection that deserves a shout-out, too. The new line uses recycled plastic found on beaches in an effort to reduce ocean waste, and as weird as it sounds to wear leggings woven with plastic, let me tell you—it makes them ultra-breathable and perfect for intense workouts.” — Anna LaPlaca, associate editor
“I’ve been wearing Alo leggings for years now. It does both basic and trendy styles so well. I just bought a pair of the Lounge Leggings, and they’re my new favorites.” — Allyson Payer, senior editor
“My Lululemon leggings are the most comfortable pair I own. Sometimes I’m hesitant to try out new brands because it’s easier to stick to the classic brands where you know your size and exactly which styles to stock up on.” — Erin Fitzpatrick, senior news editor
"I always look to JoyLab for affordable leggings that are still flattering and on-trend. Most of its pieces come with matching tops, so you know you can always find a cool workout outfit for (well) under $100." — Kat Collings, editor in chief
"I love Outdoor Voices’ leggings (and sets) because they’re good-enough quality to wear for my mostly low-impact workouts while still feeling cool enough to want to wear to and from the gym or just around on weekends. Plus, they’re even comfortable to lounge in at home." — Nicole Eshaghpour, senior market editor
"Zella leggings are some of the oldest yet most reliable leggings in my workout drawer. They are so soft and durable and keep their fit wash after wash." — Lauren Eggertsen, senior fashion editor