These Are the Best Legging Brands, Period


(Image credit: @anna__laplaca)

Regardless of what you're buying, it never hurts to get a second opinion—or sixth. Whether it's a big investment, an update of an essential, or a little gift to yourself, the more info you have the better. If those opinions happen to come from fashion editors who literally shop all day for a living, well, you're really in luck.

As we've done in the past with our favorite brands for coats, shoes, lingerie, and more, we're sharing the labels we love for leggings today. After all, there's no time like the present to revamp your selection of activewear (or, of course, loungewear), right? To read about and shop the six best brands according to our editors, simply continue on below.

1. Adidas

"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, editor 

Shop Adidas leggings:

2. ALO

"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 

Shop ALO leggings:

3. 90 Degree by Reflex

"I always look to 90 Degree on Amazon 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 

Shop 90 Degree by Reflex leggings:

4. Year of Ours

"I love Year of Ours' 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, editor-at-large

Shop Year of Ours leggings:

5. Nike

"I like to keep my workout clothes pretty minimal and streamlined and always return to my black Nike leggings." — Kristen Nichols, associate director, special projects

Shop Nike leggings:

6. Zella

"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, editorial director

Shop Zella leggings:

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.


Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2020, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch 90 Day Fiancé.