Leggings are Life: A Guide to Mom-Approved Leggings

Since I switched to work from home full time when the pandemic hit, athletic leisurewear has taken over my wardrobe. Anyone else? 

Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair of leggings.  I’m also 6’ tall with 36″-37” inseam, so finding leggings that come all the way to my ankles is also a challenge (nobody wants cold ankles while it’s below zero!).

I’m going to share my personal review of 4 different pairs that I’ve been wearing, would buy again,  and would recommend to those on the hunt for a good pair of leggings.

Leggings are Life: A Guide to Mom-Approved Leggings

Old Navy PowerSoft side pocket leggings

Old Navy launched this new fabric last year and I love it!  I own 5 pairs of these and they’ve held up well to many wears and washes. There is also a version without pockets that comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns (the side pocket version has limited color options)

  • Price: $39.99 but are almost always on sale.  You can get them as low as $15-$20 if you watch!
  • Sizing:  Regular length (28″): XS-4X, Tall (32″): S-XXL, Petite (26″): XS-XL.  These fit me true to size!
  • Pros: affordable, high waist, stay up well, not too compressive, POCKETS!
  • Cons:  they are a little on the shiny side, I prefer matte

CRZ Yoga Naked Feeling Leggings 

I discovered these “Lulu dupes” on Prime Day last year.  I was very impressed with their quality and comfort.  They offer other inseams:  25″, 28″ and 30″.  The 30″ goes to my ankle and the 28″ fits me more like a 7/8.  They also offer options with pockets.

  • Price: $26.00
  • Sizing: 28″ inseam XXS-XL. I need to size down in these to keep them from sliding down.  They also offer 25″ and crop lengths
  • Pros: very affordable, quick free shipping and free returns with Prime, many color options
  • Cons: Slide down more than other leggings, sizing is not as inclusive

Lululemon Align Leggings

I’d be remiss if I wrote a post about leggings without including the most talked-about leggings out there.  I didn’t buy Lululemon leggings for years because I refused to pay so much for leggings that wouldn’t fit my long legs properly.  But then I learned they make tall length (31″ inseam) so I finally took the plunge! And I would buy them again, despite the cons mentioned below.

  • Price: $98.00
  • Sizing: 0-20, length options 25″, 28″, 31″.  I size down one from the size chart
  • Pros: These truly feel like a second skin. They’re not too compressive, soft, matte, and even though the fabric is thin, I don’t feel like it shows everything. They stay up very well.
  • Cons: Expensive, they snag and pill very easily, especially if they come into contact with velcro.  This is very disappointing given the price tag.  The two pairs I bought about a year ago are definitely showing wear, and I wash them in a garment bag and never dry.

GapFit Sky Hight Recycled Power Leggings 

  • Price: $59.99, often on sale for $30-$40
  • Sizing: regular XXS-XXL, Tall S-XL, Petite XS-L. I have to size down in these
  • Pros: pockets, drawstring option at the waist, comfortably compressive, made using 79% recycled fiber
  • Cons: The hem is laser cut instead of a traditional hem. A lot of reviewers don’t like this, but I actually like that it’s not tight on my ankles

While I own more pairs of leggings than I’m willing to admit, these are the 4 brands/styles that I find myself constantly grabbing in the morning.

What are your favorite leggings?  Please share in the comments below!

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