The best leggings: for wearing to the gym or on a night out

the best leggings

Leggings are such a versatile item of clothing. Working out? Leggings. Chilling on the sofa? Leggings. Night out? Leggings. There are so many different way to wear this item of clothing, and here we’ve rounded up the best pairs of leggings on the market for every occasion.  

The type of legging you go for depends solely on the occasion. They can be a great comfy alternative to jeans, so if you’re hitting the town a pair of shiny wet look leggings such as the Reiss Goldie Leggings could make a stylish alternative to jeans. 

If you’re hitting the gym and want to be comfy, we love these bright and bold Superdry Tropical Print Leggings that will make for a colourful workout. Check out our full list of leggings below to find the perfect pair for you.  

Reiss Goldie Leggings

1. Reiss Goldie Leggings

Sleek and shiny, these leggings are perfect for a night out

Reasons to buy

Wet look 

These black wet look leggings are made from 100% leather and could make a great staple in your wardrobe. The classic black leggings can be paired with a nice top and heels for a night out, or dressed down with a t-shirt during the day. Despite being leather, they are said to be cool and comfortable, and their cropped leg is a flattering style for many body shapes.  

Wolford Perfect Fit Jersey Leggings

2. Wolford Perfect Fit Jersey Leggings

Comfy and true to size, these classic black leggings are a must for any wardrobe

Reasons to buy


Comfort is key for many when picking an outfit and you can expect these black leggings to be super soft and comfortable all day long. They are completely seamless with a cropped leg style that can be worn either with heels or flats. If you don’t like the idea of leather then these are a great alternative that you can dress up or down.  

Lurv Evolution High-Rise Stretch-Jersey Leggings

3. Lurv Evolution High-Rise Stretch-Jersey Leggings

Slimming high-rise leggings for exercise or loungewear

Reasons to buy


These high-rise leggings are designed for fitness but their stylish wrap around waistband could also make these perfect for day wear, too. They are stretchy and breathable, making them suitable for things like yoga or gym classes, and they also fit snugly to give your figure a great shape. The perfect all-purpose pair of leggings. 

Koral Tone Stretch-Jersey Leggings

4. Koral Tone Stretch-Jersey Leggings

Breathable sports leggings for more high intensity workouts

Reasons to buy


Sporty ladies can expect support and breathability from these leggings which are designed to increase airflow to the muscles, allowing you to stay cool during even the most intense workouts. The plain black design with red stripes down the side make these leggings stand out, and their full leg style makes them suitable for exercising indoors and outdoors all year round.  

Isabella Oliver Panel Maternity Nursing Leggings

5. Isabella Oliver Panel Maternity Nursing Leggings

Super-stretchy to cover your bump, these leggings are great for new mums

Reasons to buy

Bounce back material 

The last thing you want after having a baby is to try and squeeze back into your skinny jeans, so instead, these maternity leggings are a flattering way to stay stylish and comfy during the day. The high-waisted panel will support your tummy while the narrow leg will be slimming and flattering so you feel as confident as ever. The leggings are said to be super stretchy and wash well, reverting back to their shape wash after wash. 

Superdry Tropical Print Legging

6. Superdry Tropical Print Legging

Be loud and proud in the gym with these patterned leggings

Reasons to buy

Stylish design 

If black is a bit too plain for you, then make yourself seen in these tropical print leggings. They are stretchy with mesh inserts for added breathability and they are flattering to all body shapes with a bodycon fit and panelled construction. They have a handy back pocket to keep your phone and key when out for a run or in the gym and there are also matching activewear items available. Perfect for your summer workouts.