3 Legging Trends That Will Disappear by 2021 (and 3 That Will Replace Them)

If you haven't lived nearly every single day this year in leggings or sweatpants, more power to you, but I think it's safe to say that athleisure and loungewear of any kind have officially become the workhorse in our wardrobes. That being said, athleisure brands have really stepped up to the plate to bring their customers new and exciting styles that will make this new at-home lifestyle feel somewhat exciting. So if you're looking to invest in some new leggings that will keep your spirits high in 2021, we have all the styles you need to know about to stay in the loop below. 

I reached out to some of the best athleisure brands in the business including Alo Yoga, Girlfriend Collective, and Year of Ours, for the legging trends that will be in and out come 2021. Below, read up on what the experts from each brand have to say about the legging styles that will reign supreme next year and shop our favorite versions of each. 


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Out: Patchwork Leggings

"I absolutely see super patchworked multi-colored leggings taking a step back. I think things will be scaled back and it will all be about solid colors and just well-fitting silhouettes."—Alejandra Hernandez, designer of Year of Ours

In: Flares & Boot Cut Accents

"I see flares and boot-cut accents on leggings being really popular in 2021. I think overall people will be into pieces that can be transitional and even "multi-purpose”. A flared legging can be worn to work out, but also easier to wear with a heeled mule.”—Hernandez

Out: Mesh Cutouts

"Leggings with mesh cutouts or blocking will be making their way out in the New Year. That trend is a thing of the past and revealing less is more."—Danny Harris, co-founder of Alo Yoga

In: Body Shaping & Tonal Leggings

"In 2021, you'll see more lounge and leisure leggings from Alo. It's all about comfortability, but still looking good. Fabric brushing and fleece with soft textures are coming into our leggings. You'll also see more body shaping, compressing, and tonal designs that give a nice contoured look."—Harris

Out: Anything Overly Bold, Printed, or Patterned 

"This year has been overwhelming on so many levels, which has made a lot of us reach for simple, calming pieces when we go to get dressed in the morning. I think anything overly bold, printed, or patterned will not make it through 2021."—Sue Williamson, Girlfriend 

In: "Dressy" Leggings

"Instead, a trend I think we'll see a lot of is a "dressy" legging that can truly do it all. The legging of 2021 will be the ultimate multitasker—comfortable enough to lounge in, strong and stretchy enough to work out in, and sleek enough to feel put together for work (wherever work will be)."—Williamson 

Editorial Director

Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Wear and has worked at the company for over eight years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Kaia Gerber, Normani, and Kristen Stewart.

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.