The Best Leggings for Every Budget
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The Best Leggings for Every Budget

One item rules our travel wardrobe—leggings. These are master multitaskers that feel equally comfy on a long-haul flight as they do at a boot camp class or on the couch binge-watching Netflix. (Hey, “International Househunters” isn’t going to watch itself!) But everyone has their own legging wishlist, from jet-black to tie-dye, jeggings to Spandex. And while some of us are happy to invest $50 or more in a pair that we’ll pack for years, others prefer stocking up on affordable leggings that are under ten bucks. Whatever your approach, we’ve vetted dozens of leggings across various categories and prices to find the best of the best. Get a leg up on your next trip and shop the picks below.

THE BEST BASIC BLACK LEGGINGS

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Budget Pick: Satina Comfort High Waistband Leggings

Women's Everyday High-Waisted Leggings - C9 Champion® Black

Dependable and affordable, the Everyday High Waisted Leggings by Champion C9, will become your go-to pair for everything—from a morning workout session to casual evening drinks with friends. Thanks to a lighter compression, these can even sub in as pajama bottoms. (They’re that comfy.) The fabric is a styling miracle made with 12% spandex, meaning they’re super flattering and keep everything tucked in with minimal jiggle factor. Target shoppers agree, giving these over 500 mostly positive reviews.

$24.99 at Target
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Midrange Pick: Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

Live In High Waist Leggings ZELLA in Black.

Who said that being basic was a bad thing? These leggings are the classic black pair that any closet should include. A flattering cut, an opaque knit, cooling fabric—they check all the boxes and are a styling powerhouse. And their price hits that sweet spot where you're investing a bit but not hurting your paycheck. 

$59 at Nordstrom
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High-End Pick: P.E. Nation B-Score Printed Stretch Leggings

P.E. Nation RUN UP LEGGING in Black.

Cool girls love P.E. Nation and it’s easy to see why—they blend fashion and function in the best way possible. This pair of 7/8-length leggings has all the potential to become your go-to pair, whether you are heading to the airport or grabbing lunch with friends. Their construction (built-in shapewear) and cool design (that contrast stitching) is why we wouldn’t mind paying extra to have them in our closet.

$139 at P.E. Nation

THE BEST PATTERNED LEGGINGS

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Midrange Pick: Avec Les Filles Scattered Lily Printed Leggings

AVEC LES FILLES  Scattered Lily Printed Leggings.

Ooo la la! We love Avec Les Filles’ chic take on French style especially when it comes in the shape of comfy leggings. This pair sports an elasticized waist and wide ankle hems, but it’s really the beautiful Lily print that’s the star of the show.

$34.99 at Century21
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High-End Pick: The Upside Royal Tie Dye Yoga Pants

Royal Tie Dye Yoga Pants THE UPSIDE

Live out your hippie fashion dreams by sporting some trendy tie-dye. This pair of quick-drying yoga pants flaunt the pattern in question except that it’s not the psychedelic neon design baby boomers wore 50 years ago—instead it’s a modern version in Bordeaux, white, and blue. Flower crown not included.

$109 at Nordstrom

THE BEST LEGGINGS FOR A WORKOUT

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Budget Pick: Leggings Depot High Waisted Leggings

Leggings Depot High Waisted Leggings

PSA to all sportswear companies—leggings must include pockets. Where else can we stash our phone and extra hair ties while running? Fortunately, this pair has them, and we’re extremely thankful. Plus, with more than 11 thousand positive reviews on Amazon, they aren't just a customer-favorite but the website’s number one best-seller as well.

$7.99 at Amazon
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Midrange Pick: 90 Degree By Reflex Womens Power Flex Yoga Pants

90 Degree By Reflex Womens Power Flex Yoga Pants

Whether you’re in child’s pose or the head-on-your-feet handstand of scorpion, these high-rise leggings will keep you covered throughout—without revealing the color of your underwear to your fellow yogis. Their moisture-wicking nylon-and-spandex fabric delivers great support and breathability.

$22.99 at Amazon
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High-End Pick: PrAna Becksa 7/8 Legging

PrAna Becksa 7/8 Legging.

If your bucket list is the 58 national parks, then these leggings are for you. They're ideal for outdoor workouts or hiking. Their super soft fabric is made from recycled polyester that even has an UPF factor of 50+, so it's got you covered for those beach workouts, too.

$89 at PrAna

THE BEST FAUX-PANT LEGGINGS

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Budget Pick: No Nonsense Women's Denim Leggings With Pockets

No nonsense Women's Denim Leggings With Pockets.

While they look like a chic pair of skinny jeans, these comfy leggings can hold up to five hours of binge-watching The Handmaids Tale and look chic the whole time. Contrast stitching and real back pockets keep up the illusion. And they look equally great with heels and a silk top for a night out or sneakers and a sweatshirt for brunch.

$15.97 at Amazon
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Midrange Pick: HUE Women's Essential Denim Leggings

HUE Women's Essential Denim Leggings.

We really had to do a double take on these denim leggings to make sure they weren’t actually a pair of jeans. If you’ve always wanted to upgrade your airport uniform of leggings and a T-shirt without sacrificing comfort, this pair of faux denim leggings will do the job.

$24.72 at Amazon
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High-End Pick: Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

Leather pants rock! But they’re not the most comfortable item of clothing ever created. (Just try pulling them off without breaking a sweat…) These incredible leggings from Spanx sport the same glossy shine of natural leather, but they avoid any of the inconveniences of wearing animal hide as clothing. Plus, they’re machine washable.

$98 at Spanx

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