The Best Leggings

Once relegated to strictly lounging or weekend-wear, this humble bottom option has come a long way, with versions that work for the office, the evening, and the gym.

1

Ann Taylor Ponte Zipper Leggings

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When is a legging not a legging? When it’s also a pant. Hear us out: This pair is made from a super thick ponte knit that creates a smooth look and won’t show any lumps or bumps. It's finished with details like zippers and a fly for a pulled-together effect, too. Also available in black and grey.

To Buy: $79; anntaylor.com.

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2

Athleta Tux Metro Legging

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Take your athleisure game up a notch—these sleek tights have tuxedo-inspired, faux leather stripes and flattering, trouser-inspired seaming for a little bit of fancy flair.

To Buy: $98; athleta.com.

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3

Bebe Crushed Velvet Leggings

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With a pant-like fit (but legging-like stretch and comfort) this pick is an easy way to try out the velvet trend. Pair these with a silk top and classic pumps for a no-brainer, cocktail-ready outfit.

To Buy: $49; bebe.com.

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4

Karen Kane Faux Suede Leggings

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The leather-legging trend is still going strong, but if you’re looking for a refresh, pull on this suede version instead. The luxe beige hue looks lovely paired with oversized, neutral knits.

To Buy: $99; bloomingdales.com.

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5

Celebrity Pink Infinite-Stretch Coated Jeans

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The look of denim, with the DNA (fit and ease) of a legging, this pair not only stretches with you for a flawless fit, but also works like shapewear to sculpt your legs. Consider the chic coated finish a bonus. Also available in black.

To Buy: $49; macys.com.

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6

Aritzia Daria Pant

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Artizia’s “Daria” pant looks convincingly real, feels like butter, and—the best part—is machine washable. Available in three other colors.

To Buy: $135; aritzia.com.

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7

Alo Yoga Airbrush Legging

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Fashion and function collide in these activewear bottoms. A tummy controlling waistband and four-way stretch create a flattering fit, and the pretty print may actually make you want to go to the gym. Available in six other colors.

To Buy: $98; aloyoga.com.

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