Add to Cart: 10 Printed Leggings for People Who Don't Do Printed Leggings

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People who know me well won't believe that I wrote this story. They won't believe that the girl who lives by the mantra "all-black everything all the time" took a step outside her comfort zone to find printed leggings that are actually cool. However, they're wrong, and this is real. I thought this process would be difficult and disappointing, but it was quite the opposite. I actually found several pairs of printed leggings that minimalists like me will love.

For those of you who think this topic might seem trivial, make no mistake: It's not. The athleisure industry has seen an influx of printed pieces covered in everything from stars and moons to avocados and dinosaurs. I'm not here to vouch for the latter, but I can get behind a tasteful design. Life is all about trying new things and having fun, so why can't the same be true for shopping for workout clothes? If you feel the same way I do, keep scrolling to see the printed leggings that I'd be willing to wear to a workout class.

If you don’t own a single pair of printed or colored leggings, consider this your gateway piece. The minimal gradient design will flatter your thighs, and the colors aren’t aggressive. With a comfortable high waist and a cottony-soft feel, you’ll quickly fall in love with these leggings.

Hear me out, but these are perfect for people who don’t usually wear printed leggings. When the print and the background of the leggings are almost the same color, it’s way less noticeable and actually quite flattering. I would never wear full snakeskin, but when it’s shown in this burgundy color, I’m actually into it.

These camo printed leggings are actually perfect. I love how subtle the print is, and I honestly prefer the blue hue to its traditional green counterpart. In addition to bearing a lovable low-key print, this price point is truly unbeatable.

An exciting black-on-black moment here. Ultracor leggings are constantly selling out, and I can understand why. With fun prints, compressive waistbands, and moisture-wicking properties, it’s safe to say that you’ll want to wear these cool leggings in and out of the studio.

I can actually see myself wearing these graphic printed leggings. Even though they’re outside my comfort zone, at the end of the day, they are black and white, two colors that I wear all the time. Therefore, I would be happy to add this to my athleisure wardrobe.

Don’t ask me why, but I’m into these. It’s like a deconstructed take on the Americana vibe. I also think the angular lines perfectly frame your curves in an innovative way. Oh, and did I mention that these have a secret waistband pocket?

I’m never one for florals and don’t really care for too many cutouts, but everything about these makes me happy. I love how they make a statement without being too loud, and I would absolutely wear these after class with a leather jacket and a cool T-shirt.

Something about these palm-print leggings is really speaking to me. It’s a fun take on a timeless print without feeling over the top. These could even be paired with black sneakers and a black top to downplay their whimsical print.

This color-block situation is so fun. I don’t normally gravitate to this trend, but the soft pink curves are actually slimming while the graphic bottom is a fun pop of excitement. I promise you won’t regret this purchase.

These leggings are anything but boring. Normally anything remotely close to animal print doesn’t get to be a part of my workout wardrobe, but these are different. The clean lines, shading, and curved lines seem to flatter the thighs and hips, and as someone who is definitely well- endowed in that area, I’ll take it.

Next time you’re shopping for leggings, remember there’s no harm in trying something a little bit outside your comfort zone.

Still not sold on the printed leggings trend? Try these high-waisted leggings that can withstand any workout.


This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.