A good pair of leggings is a must-have in your fall wardrobe. Leggings should be thick, hold their shape, and not roll down when you bend or sit. It’s harder than you think to find a good pair; not all leggings are created equally. It might be tempting to buy cheap leggings, but high-quality leggings will look better and last longer.
Finding leggings you like takes a bit of trial and error. What looks good and feels comfortable on one person may not work for another, so you might want to try a few different brands to find your favorite. If you are buying only one pair of leggings this season, I recommend getting black or brown, depending on the colors you wear most; denim is also a good neutral color.
I’ve tried several different brands of leggings the last couple of years. Some were too thin, and my legs showed through; some were too loose and bagged at the knees; and some were too tight, making it hard to breathe. A few brands are just right and worth recommending to you.
1. Assets by Sarah Blakely
These seamless, slimming leggings come in black or denim and are $28 at Target. They have a wide waistband that smooths out your stomach, hips, and thighs. Sizes range from S to 1X.
2. Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings
Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings come in black, espresso, and graphite heather and are $36 at Nordstrom. These leggings have a nonbinding waistband that creates a smooth, flattering silhouette. Sizes range from XS (0-2) to XXL (20.) They stretch with wear, so you might want to order a size down.
3. Lysse Control Top Leggings
The third and best option, in my opinion, is the control-top leggings from Lysse. They come in sizes S (4-6) t0 XL (16-18) and are $60 at Nordstrom. They also have plus size options and other colors, styles, and materials, including faux leather, which retails as high as $138. You may think I’m crazy, suggesting you buy leggings that cost $60 or more, but they are popular for good reasons:
- they’re soft and stretchy but hold their shape
- the wide waistband helps smooth tummy and hips
- they’re thick enough that undergarments don’t show through
- they’re comfortable enough to wear all day
Although leggings are not pants, you can consider them a bottom for wardrobe-building. Like a pair of slacks or jeans, leggings are a basic item around which you rotate other pieces.
Depending on your height, you may need to have your leggings hemmed. I wear mine with and without boots, so I take them to a tailor. If you only wear them with boots, you can cut them to the desired length and use hem tape at the bottom of each leg. You can also look for cropped leggings – wear with sandals or flats in spring and summer, then tuck into boots for fall and winter.