From the rise and rise of athleisure in recent years, to the scores of us showing off our sporting achievements online, keeping in shape has never been so big. For this reason, we’ve been demanding more from our workout clothes, and it’s fair to say the quality and performance capabilities of sportswear are at a peak.
When it comes to leggings, most models offer sweat-wicking, breathable fabric as standard, as well as plenty of stretch for added comfort and freedom of movement. Optional features might be a gusseted crotch, or areas of greater fabric tension, such as around the waistband for tummy control, or around the knees for extra support. Another design element that’s worth keeping an eye out for is pockets. Not all leggings include them, but they can be very handy for stashing your keys or phone, especially if you like to exercise outside.
In terms of style, depending on your preference, you can opt for mid- or high-waisted leggings, the latter providing greater support and coverage around your mid-section. When it comes to length, many options come in a choice of full-length or capri (three-quarter length). You can also get ‘butt lift’ leggings, as well as items that blur the sportswear/fashion line. Read on for some guaranteed gymspiration.
The fashion conscious among you will have noticed that tie-dye is bang on trend right now, and this laidback print has made its way to activewear, too. Cue these Sugarpocket leggings. With a tie-dye inspired panel down the side, they bring just the right amount of boho without going overboard.
Beyond tie-dye, there’s a whole range of cool colourways to explore. The leggings feature breathable, sweat-wicking fabric and many models also offer a handy side pocket.
Designed by yoga teachers, these non-see-through, moisture-wicking yoga leggings offer a good balance of stretch and compression, making them suitable for other types of exercise, too.
Being high-waisted, they give you a supportive hold around your mid-section while also conveniently hiding any trace of a muffin top. And if you find you need plenty of space to stash your gym card, phone and so on during workouts, these leggings include two side pockets plus an extra hidden pocket in the waistband.
For those who like their leggings lightweight, these soft and breathable leggings aim to fit like a second skin. This also makes them better suited to low-impact sports such as yoga, walking and weight-training.
A unique design feature of these leggings is that they are available with an underwear option to avoid any awkward see-through moments. These are mid-waisted and feature a wide waistband for added tummy control.
Picking up on another activewear trend, these leggings feature a stylish mesh splicing design that highlights your curves. Made of breathable, moisture-wicking fabric, they are high-waisted and also offer a wide waistband for extra tummy control.
Another plus is the interlock seams throughout, which help avoid any uncomfortable chafing.
With bigger bums being all the rage, these leggings are especially designed to show off a curvy derriere. They have a ‘T’ shaped line on the buttocks, a high waist, and a close-fitting, honeycomb textured fabric, which all combine to accentuate your behind.
Offering stretch and compression, these leggings are also quick-drying to keep you feeling box-fresh. Available in a range of colours including ice blue and baby pink, these will definitely stand out from the crowd.