13 Pairs of Leggings (and Bike Shorts) I Constantly Get Compliments On


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I'm always a bit surprised when people compliment my leggings (and now bike shorts too since they're such a thing). They're always kind of an afterthought for me and usually chosen at 6 a.m. in the dark while running late for a workout class, but I digress. I'm not really sure why I'm surprised about the compliments, as I scope out other people's leggings too. Truth be told, I often wear somewhat boring black leggings, but whenever I wear a pair that's a pretty color or has an interesting feature, people notice, and many even ask where I got them. 

I think we can all agree that receiving compliments is lovely, and it validates that something you chose to buy and wear is really great, especially when it comes to something somewhat polarizing like leggings. I own quite a few pairs of leggings and bike shorts, but the 13 below get me the most compliments by far. Keep scrolling to shop those, along with eight other pairs that I don't own but I'm 100% confident are compliment bait. 

1. Year of Ours Samba Ruffle Leggings

2. Lululemon In Movement 7/8 Tights

3. Outdoor Voices TechSweat 7/8 Leggings

4. Beyond Yoga In the Mix Bike Shorts

5. Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise 7/8 Tights

6. Alo High-Waist Alosoft Goddess Legging

7. Spanx Camo Faux Leather Leggings

8. Beyond Yoga High Waisted Midi Leggings 

9. Alala Seamless Leggings

10. Beyond Yoga High Waisted Biker Shorts

11. Alo High Waist Gaze Leggings

12. Core 10 All Day Comfort High Waist 7/8 Crop Yoga Legging

13. Beyond Yoga Alloy Ombré Leggings

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

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.