We're putting our obscene legging collections (ahem, hoardings) to good use.

By Susan Brickell
March 19, 2020
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If you're working from home or spending more time indoors (because, Covid-19), chances are you're not feeling super motivated to dress in business casual just to be sitting on your couch all day. Plus, you can totally finagle your laptop camera or phone so that you're only visible from the waist up to coworkers, friends, and family members during video conferences and Facetime—which makes it that much easier to wear pajama bottoms all day long (guilty).

While we are all about luxurious loungewear, sometimes putting on a proper pair of pants—and, hey, leggings are absolutely real pants—makes you feel not only more put-together but also more productive. (Related: How to Be Productive While Working from Home, According to Your Sun Sign)

Also great? Many of our go-to leggings boast buttery-soft fabrics, comfy high waistbands, convenient pockets for toting your phone (and hand sanitizer!), and sweat-wicking technology to keep you cool and dry from morning meetings to afternoon meditation to Netflix and chill.

Whether you're working from home, walking the dog, running to the supermarket, or moving along to an online workout, Shape editors share the leggings and joggers they are currently living in. (Related: My Job Turned Me Into a Leggings Snob, But This $25 Pair Is My New Go-To)

Beyond Yoga Caught In The Midi High Waisted Legging

LAUREN MAZZO

"I’ve been on the SHAPE team for over four years now, and as a result, I have a loooot of leggings. I tend to play favorites and wear a specific pair or two for running, others for yoga, others for travel, others for weightlifting, etc. But my go-to comfy leggings are a pair of Beyond Yoga leggings made with their signature ultra-soft fabric—it’s like a cross between your favorite flannel and your favorite super-stretchy leggings. I’ve worn them to sleep on chilly camping trips, while working from home, and for luxuriously lazy restorative yoga classes. The pair I have is from their previous collab with the Parks Project (an incredible nonprofit that benefits the National Parks—and also makes really cute apparel), but, luckily, you can get their regular pairs for under $100 on their site. I’ll be wearing these for the foreseeable future while I’m quarantined at home. (AFAF: If I don’t leave the house, I don’t really need to wash them, right?)" —Lauren Mazzo, web editor

Buy It: Beyond Yoga Caught In The Midi High Waisted Legging, $88, beyondyoga.com

Athleta Trekkie North Jogger

ATHLETA

"I quickly realized that if I was going to survive this WFH “lockdown” I was going to have to get out of my PJs—kinda. That’s where my favorite Athleta leggings come in. These jogger-style pants have some nice structure to them but are still crazy comfortable, so they don’t feel restrictive like regular jeans or pants. Plus, the zipper pockets are a nice touch to help me feel a little more put together. I can run out for coffee or walk the dog for some fresh air and not feel like I need to hide from my neighbors." —Alyssa Sparacino, deputy digital editor

Buy It: Athleta Trekkie North Jogger, $89, athleta.gap.com

(Related: Amazon Shoppers Love These $15 Joggers So Much, They "Can't Seem to Wear Anything Else")

Lululemon Groove Pant Flare 32"

MEGAN FALK

"Even though I’ve only been working from home (and embracing the comfy-pants look) for a few days now, I’ve been living in these Lululemon leggings for more than five years. They’re thicker than most yoga pants, making them ideal for cozy days indoors and gentle workouts. The high-waisted style means I don’t have to constantly tug the pants back up into place. My favorite quality, though, is their compression—it’s neither too tight that it’s impossible to move, nor so loose that the leggings feel like sweats. These exact bootcut leggings aren’t available any longer (like I said, I’ve had these babies for half a decade!), but Lululemon does offer a similar pant with a flared style." —Megan Falk, editorial assistant

Buy It: Lululemon Groove Pant Flare, $98, lululemon.com

90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Power Flex Tummy Control Leggings

AMAZON

"Honestly, I stumbled upon these leggings while falling down an Amazon rabbit hole (as one does). I had neutral expectations at best when I first tried them (the price seemed too good to be true), but they actually are one of the ONLY things I want to wear lately. Now that I’m spending more time at home, I need something that feels comfortable enough to live in all day, but also movable and breathable enough for when I want to take a quick stretch/yoga/workout break from my WFH setup. And these leggings are perfect for exactly that." —Allie Strickler, news editor

Buy It: 90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Power Flex Tummy Control Leggings, from $25, amazon.com

(Related: These $15 Leggings Just Might Be the Softest Pair Ever)

Alo 7/8 High-Waist Moto Legging

"I always have a hard time finding leggings that don’t slip down during workouts. I was gifted a pair of Alo Yoga’s 7/8 High-Waist Moto Leggings, and I’ve worn them almost once a week for the last year! Not only do they stay put during my studio workouts, but thanks to the mesh and leather detailing they’re also perfect for a night out and even to work (and no one can tell I work out in them!)" —Jasmine Philips, social media writer

Buy It: Alo 7/8 High-Waist Moto Legging, $114, aloyoga.com and zappos.com

Sweaty Betty Garudasana Yoga Pants

SWEATTY BETTY

"I bought one pair of Sweaty Betty Garudasana Yoga Pants (not *technically* leggings, but made out of sweat-wicking fabric) and immediately decided I needed multiple colors. I’m super picky about fabric texture and these are the softest, most wonderful material for lounging, long flights, errands, or working from home in supreme comfort while getting a little stretch/squat/dance break in. I reach for these pants more than anything else in my closet, jeans and leggings included, so the cost-per-wear makes them fully worth it." —Amanda Wolfe, senior content director

Buy It: Sweaty Betty Garudasana Yoga Pants, $115, sweatybetty.com

(Related: These $30 Yoga Pants Fit People of All Different Heights Thanks to a Unique Design)

Under Armour Meridian Leggings

MARIETTA ALESSI

"When I think about the UA Meridian leggings, Shakespearean sonnets come to my head (not kidding). The first time I put them on to sweat-test, I literally thought 'I never want to take these off. I don’t even want to get them sweaty.' These are the brand's softest performance bottoms to date—but not TOO luxuriously soft where you just want to lounge all day. I've taken them to a high-energy boxing class and a 4-mile run, and they were sweat-wicking and didn’t slouch. They also have some compression, which makes them super flattering for everyday errands, fitness classes, or belfies (hey, just for an IG story pre-workout—I swear!). Another thing I LOVE about these leggings is how the hip-hugging pocket is not only deep enough to hold my phone without weighing it down on my run but also perfect for storing my hand sanitizer, a must-have right now. I own two pairs already and I'm thinking about getting a third to round out my collection." —Marietta Alessi, senior social media manager

Buy It: Under Armour Meridian Leggings, $70, underarmour.com

Lorna Jane Bare Minimum F/L Tight

LORNA JANE

"My leggings drawer is obscene, and out of all the pairs I’m hoarding, these get the most mileage. They’re the comfiest pair of pants I’ve ever owned. True to their name, you barely feel them when they’re on because they’re so lightweight and unrestrictive. I’ve worn them during dozens of workouts. I like to go with mid-rise, non-compression leggings when my top is a sports bra, and they’ve passed many a sweat test." —Renee Cherry, staff writer

Buy It: Lorna Jane Bare Minimum F/L Tight, $100, lornajane.com

Day Won Customizable Motto Legging

ELIZABETH BACHARACH

“I will never (and I mean never) stop singing the praises of these Day Won leggings. Sitting just inches below my bra line, these high-waisted compression leggings deliver the optimal tucked-in feeling for doing just about everything—whether it's running errands or running miles (or running to the couch to work from home because, coronavirus). As if they could get any better, spoiler alert: they can. Made with waterless dyeing and recycled materials, these no-slip pants also have an inner pocket and can be customized with a word that inspires you. And if you’re going to live in a pair of leggings, you might as well customize them to be totally ~you~, am I right?” —Elizabeth Bacharach, associate editor

Buy It: Day Won Customizable Motto Legging, $98, day-won.com

(Related: The Tone It Up Girls Reveal Their All-Time Favorite Leggings, Sports Bras, and Sneakers)

Gymshark Camo Seamless Leggings

SUSAN BRICKELL

"Being a leggings hoarder (don't @ me), I've got more than a few activewear bottoms at home. But I tend to reach for specific pairs depending on if I'm practicing yoga, sweating it out in a kickboxing class, or running errands on the weekend. From the moment I pulled on these leggings from Gymshark, I was obsessed. The ultra-high waistband comfortably keeps everything in place, while the compression fabric is super flattering and sculpting—FYI they make your butt look amazing! Right now, I'm wearing them non-stop for working at home, at-home workouts, and walks outside when I need to take a break (because, cabin fever). I love them so much that I also got Gymshark's Studio Leggings in the teal color, which basically resemble faux denim—meaning I can wear them for a video call or running to the supermarket and not feel like a total bum." —Susan Brickell, senior editor

Buy It: Gymshark Camo Seamless Leggings, $48, $60, gymshark.com

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