The Type of Leggings That Make Your Legs Look Way Longer

It seems like everywhere we look, leggings are making headlines for being the hottest trend right now. One brand can't keep them in stock, another is upgrading them with haptic technology, and a new brand is giving them out for free. Heck, every celeb practically lives in them when they're not on a red carpet—and we can't blame them; we all know how comfortable and cute leggings can be. But have you ever thought about the most flattering style that elongates the legs?

One Who What Wear editor did when she wore a pair of Varley Vincent Iceberg Compression Tights ($70). "I liked how they make my legs look, with the crop right under the knee rather than the typical cropped legging ending mid-calf," says editorial director Kat Collings. She has a point: The higher cut means it won't bisect the widest part of your calf but instead will elongate their appearance, since you see more skin.

According to Lara Mead, CEO and co-founder of Varley, "The legging design does help the leg to appear longer, and the design was intended to be the perfect length for high-intensity workouts or a hot yoga class—with performance and functionality at the forefront." So there ou have it: This particular pair of leggings was designed to have a flattering cut, just as Kat suspected. So next time you need to spruce up your wardrobe with a new athleisure piece, keep this type of crop in mind.

Ready to snag a flattering pair for yourself? Shop out some our cropped legging picks below.

You can never go wrong with a pair of classic black leggings.

The perfect statement color for a bold pair of leggings that features ventilation panels at the inner thighs.

The side stripe detail of this wine-colored pair gives them a cool retro vibe.

What do you think of this cropped legging style? Tell us in the comments!

Opening Image: Varley

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