The Best Black Leggings The Internet Has To Offer

Black leggings, divisive as they are, have undeniably become a fashion staple. So much so, there are brands (apart from LuLaRoe) dedicated to delivering the “perfect” legging. But with the range of styles out there — cropped, not cropped, high-rise, mid-rise, faux leather, super-soft leggings, leggings with pockets (!!!), performance, loungewear — choosing which ones are right for you takes some thought.

Turning to the internet is your best bet when you need to comb through the infinite options available — and luckily, we’ve done most of the legwork (!) for you. (See what we did there?) We’ve curated a roundup of the top-reviewed black leggings across the world wide web, and added some reader-favorite option based on an explosion of suggestion in the comments section. (Thanks, fam.) Covering everything from the best budget leggings to leggings you can wear to work (yep), this list is bound to help you find your ride-or-die black leggings. Click through to see which leggings come out on top.

Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.

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The Essential Legging

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 7,263 reviews on

Few legging brands see as much public praise as Zella. These high-waisted leggings tout moisture-wicking technology great for running at the gym or running errands. “These leggings really live up to their ‘live in’ name. They are so comfortable, I didn’t want to take them off! (I actually wore them two days in a row.) The material is super buttery soft and thicker so you don’t have to worry about underwear showing through. Also, the little pocket in the front is perfect for keys, smaller phones (no iPhone plus), cash — basically anything you don’t want to/can’t carry,” writes one reviewer. “I’ve had these for almost a year now and I cannot say enough good things! I live in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, and I mostly do outdoor activities in these,” another reviewer shares. “I rock climb, hike 14’ers, scramble over ridges, run trails, and more in these and I they never fail. They’re never too hot, they truly do swick sweat away. And NEVER ride down. 12 mile hikes and I don’t have to pull them up once.”

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings, $, available at Nordstrom

Avira Vibe

The Cotton Compression Legging

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 46 reviews on

These breathable but supportive leggings are made with extra elasticity and compression technology to help with muscle fatigue and blood circulation. These leggings are mostly cotton (which allows skin to breathe) and the 12% spandex is just the right amount for stretchability (comfort when moving). I’ve paid much more for similar products which were completely see-through. These are not at all that way. Also waistband doesn’t roll down,” writes one reviewer. “I was so afraid that my favorite leggings were discontinued…then I realized the name changed but the leggings were the same,” another reviewer shares. “I literally started living in these when I started working from home!! They fit great, nice and snug. They are thick and not see-through and I love the high waist!”

Avira Vibe Cotton Control Leggings, $, available at DSW

Sweaty Betty

The High-Shine Legging

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 1,301 reviews on

These glossy leggings are as stylish as they are durable. Reviewers rave that they stay in place and are comfortable and supportive even during the most intense physical activity. “These leggings look good in and out of the gym and fit perfectly. They stay in place and are comfortable even during the heaviest of workouts,” writes one reviewer. “Hesitated to get these because of the shine, but the shine is their beauty! Flattering and delicious to wear — for workouts and day-outs alike,” another reviewer shares. “Fabulous for layering with platform shoes under long dresses to keep a bit warm in winter. Wouldn’t mind them in a ‘natural’ shade now as these are a great alternative to tights! Hope the high shine high-waisted become an SB staple.”

Sweaty Betty High Shine High-Waisted Leggings, $, available at Sweaty Betty


The Popular Legging

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars on

Lululemon can take a good chunk of credit for kickstarting the athleisure trend. While not the most popular leggings from the brand, this pair has seen the most consistently positive reviews. “The Fast and Free tights are hands down my favorite and best tights Lululemon has to offer. [They] have a moderate compression around the waistband and an adjustable waist string to tighten during your runs. They are lightweight and feel like a second skin,” writes one reviewer. “I wear these tights for yoga, strength and conditioning, everyday wear, and for running. The side pocket is a great feature, especially when running, to hold your phone. I am 5’2 and the length of the tights fit me perfectly so I don’t have to get them hemmed. My only complaint about these tights is that darker colors will fade slightly and the light sheen will fade, but other than that I would recommend these tights to everyone.” Word to the wise: promptly add your favorite hue to your cart, as items can sell out fast. “Absolutely LOVE, LOVE these leggings! They feel like a second skin on! They look and make me feel great! I love wearing them out and about because I can put my key and phone and wallet if I want to be hands free wherever I go,” another reviewer shares. “Please restock. I’ve been so bummed they’ve been out of stock. Please keep the colors coming, I’ll buy them in every color.”

Lululemon Fast and Free Tight 25″, $, available at Lululemon

Girlfriend Collective

The “So Good It Launched An Entire Brand” Legging

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars and 16,646 reviews on

Girlfriend Collective may have only launched in 2017, but thanks to the brand’s comfortable leggings made from recycled plastic bottles, the activewear imprint has already gained a cult following. If you had any doubts you can clear them now, as reviewers share that the leggings are truly worth the hype. “I saw the reviews too. I was skeptical too. I thought: ‘They’re just a pair of leggings, why are people so obsessed?’ too. But they are. They really are just the best leggings. They have the perfect amount of compression — enough to keep you together but not a battle to get in to. They’re the perfect rise. They don’t go sheer. They don’t pill. They just work so well. I don’t even notice I’ve sweat in these. I love,” writes ones reviewer. “A forever-favorite. The compression is substantially more compress-y than it used to be back in the early days [of the brand], so I tend to size up in all of the compression items,” another reviewer shares. “However, once I figured that out, I can absolutely LIVE IN THESE leggings. So soft, so high quality, they pass the squat test.”

Girlfriend Collective Black Compressive High-Rise Legging, $, available at Girlfriend Collective


The Basic Leggings

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars and 192 reviews on

Is perfection achievable? Reviewers on Zappos seem to believe that they’ve found the legging gold standard in this classic pair from Hue. “Pretty much the gold standard in ‘basic’ leggings. These are TOTALLY opaque (nobody’s gonna see your underwear or anything else, even if you’re bending down), extremely comfortable (you might as well be wearing pajama pants, they’re truly that comfy), and the wide waistband is a godsend to all of us, let’s be honest,” one reviewer raves. “I feel like the waistband needs to be talked about, because I’ve worn other brands with wide waistbands that don’t work well for me (the waistband rolls down, doesn’t stay where it’s supposed to, is placed/sits at an odd length, etc.). None of those problems with these! You put that waistband right where you want it and it’s gonna stay there and hold you in and it will not ride up or down!…And you can wear these with ANYTHING! Casual with t-shirts, I wear them at work with blouses and blazers, tunics, underneath dresses or skirts, at the gym, as pajamas (I do, they’re so comfy!)”

HUE Ultra Leggings With Wide Waistband, $, available at Zappos


The Going Out Legging

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 3,522 reviews on

If you’re of the “ride or die” variety when it comes to leggings, then you know they’re not just for daytime wear. These faux leather leggings are your Friday night’s new best friend. “I’ve been looking at these leggings for over a year! I wanted them but wasn’t sure I could justify the cost for ‘leggings’… seriously, don’t even think twice! They are amazing!! The can be dressed up or down so easily! They are so comfortable and really do compress/smooth in the right places!!! I immediately ordered the motto [sic] style the day these came because I love them so much! I am 5’ 5”, 140 lbs and ordered a medium! They fit great,” writes one reviewer. “I could even lift and stretch in these! Breathable as well! Spanx give great shape and DO NOT camel toe! No wrinkling/scrunching of that area! They do have more silvery sheen to them, and a waistband.” another reviewer shares.

SPANX Faux Leather Leggings, $, available at Nordstrom


The Pajama Legging

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 165 reviews on

You can count on Lunya, maker of super-luxe sleep sets, to offer incredibly soft modal leggings that you’ll wear straight to bed (and never want to take off). “If I could buy 10 pairs I would. Without question the most amazing pant I’ve ever worn. Feel is like a cool silk bath on your legs and apparently make my bootay look amazing. Blue is stunning. Also love they’re the only pant not high rise here (they’re mid). Do not hesitate. Buy immediately,” writes another reviewer.

Lunya Soft Modal Pocket Legging, $, available at Lunya

Universal Standard

The Stirrup Legging

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 79 reviews on

Stirrups are back in a big way — which is great timing for all you legging-wearers who detest leggings that ride up the ankle. Get a pair of stirrup leggings over your arches, layer on a pair of fuzzy socks, and then you’re good on the tucked-in look the whole day. “Giddy up! Love the stirrups and softness of fabric. The stirrups have kept my ankles warm,” writes one reviewer. “I didn’t know I needed stirrups in my life again, but these pants made me rethink that! They are buttery soft and dark black and comfortable enough to wear daily,” another reviewer shares.

Universal Standard Ronda Stirrup Legging Black Sand, $, available at Universal Standard


The Flared Legging

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars and 90 reviews on

Add a little kick, a little flare, and a little bell to your leggings look! If wearing skinny-fit leggings as pants in public isn’t your thing, this silhouette is surely way more passable. “I love these leggings. They flare at the perfect spot and the fabric great quality. Very flattering as well,” writes one reviewer. “I truly want to buy 5 more pairs of these leggings. I’m 5’9, but still struggle to find leggings that are the perfect length and don’t drag on the ground without a platformed shoe. These leggings are the perfect length while providing a slightly high-waisted style as well. Could not recommend more!! Better than Lululemon by far. The fabric is thicker and has better overall quality,” another reviewer shares.

Split59 Raquel High Waist Flared Legging, $, available at Splits59


The Super Soft Legging

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 825 reviews on

If you’re looking for leggings that are equally soft and stretchy, look no further.I wear leggings all year round and I try [pairs] from all over, but these leggings from Aerie are my #1 favorite. They dominate my closet and I LOVE them. I’m 5’ 1”, 125 lbs and the medium fits perfect on me. They aren’t see through and are so soft. I recommend these leggings to everyone as they are the best ones I have ever come across that are such a great price,” writes one reviewer. “I am 5’ 11” and 24 weeks pregnant with baby [number three]. I needed to find leggings to get me through the last half of pregnancy that weren’t too constricting, but also stayed put, sat lower than my belly and were long enough! These fit the bill! Can’t believe they actually go down to my ankles! And I don’t find them to be see through at all,” another reviewer shares.

Aerie OFFLINE By Aerie OG Legging, $, available at AE


The Classic Cool Weather Legging

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 69 reviews on

Uniqlo’s HEATTECH fabric comes in clutch during the cooler months. Wear them on their own to lounge at home or layer under trousers and denim when the icy temps roll in. “Highly recommend!! They are amazing in every way I have NO COMPLAINTS. I recently bought my bf a pair as well with the top. They don’t bunch up or ride up (no wedgies!). They are soft to the touch, lightweight but still able to block the cold from my legs. Will purchase more in the upcoming weeks,” writes one reviewer. One of the best perks about these leggings is that you can wear them to the office and then lounge in them when you go back home. “[The legging is] everything you want in WFH pants — comfy enough to lounge around at home, looks great enough to go out any time. It’s warm. It’s got pockets! What else could you wish for? Got these in both gray and black,” another reviewer shares.

Uniqlo HEATTECH Ultra Stretch High-Rise Leggings Pants, $, available at Uniqlo

Outdoor Voices

The Compression (with Comfort) Legging

The Hype: 4.1 out of 5 stars, 100 reviews on

We frequently hear that Outdoor Voices’s midweight “textured compression” fabric is delightfully substantial for those times you want a little more structure in your leggings lewk. “Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the feel and fit with the perfect amount of compression. Stays in place for a good flow and inversions! I get so many compliments wearing them. I will be buying more,” writes one reviewer. “Love this product, and love this color way. I am on the verge of buying the full unitard as well. These leggings are INFINITELY more comfortable than OV initial iteration of leggings, and they are soft and thin- breathable but probably not the best for cold weather running, but that’s fine because I live in San Diego, AND they have pockets. 10/10 product. No complaints,” another reviewer shares.

Outdoor Voices Zoom 7/8 Legging, $, available at Outdoor Voices

L.L. Bean

The Fleece-Lined Legging

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 808 reviews on

The secret weapon to winter outfits? A pair of fleece-lined leggings that can be worn solo (in lieu of tights or stockings) or under roomier pants for double-layer warmth. These winter leggings are a solid choice — in addition to the legging’s insulating powers, reviewers also rave that these don’t ride down. One reviewer even likened them to “form-fitted sweatpants.” (Comfort at its finest.) “Just what I needed for early morning dog walks and mountain hiking. It keeps me warm in single digit temps but I don’t overheat as I warm up during the walk. Soft, very comfortable and much less bulky than the snow pants I was wearing during cold weather activities,” writes one reviewer. “I own four pair. I can move, bike, clean, and sit comfortably in these. Bought my first pair, and came back for more. A great versatile pant for active women. Wash beautifully and still look like new,” another reviewer shares.

L.L. Bean Primaloft ThermaStretch Fleece Tights, $, available at L.L. Bean

Carbon38: The Luxury Legging

Who said leggings couldn’t be luxurious? The Takara legging comes in a glossy liquid finish for that perfect model-off-duty look.

The hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 475 reviews on Carbon38

What they’re saying: “These leggings are amazing! I am so happy I finally found a style/size that fit amazing (I’m 5’6, 125lb, and the XS fits perfectly). I tried the High-Waist Takara Leggings in two different sizes and the waistband on that style is way too uncomfortable and high, regardless of size. The regular Takara Leggings have a fairly high waistband with a super flattering and comfortable fit anyway, which makes these are the perfect leggings for working out and wearing around town!” – Jackie, Carbon38 Review

Carbon38 Regular Rise Full-Length Takara Shine Legging, $, available at Carbon38


The Elongating Legging

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars and 4,258 reviews on

With a classic high waist and ever-so-slightly longer inseam, these super-compressing Athleta leggings will lengthen and strengthen just as effectively as your daily downward facing dog. “Great multi purpose tights. I am 5’9”, 145 lbs and ordered size medium, tall. The fit is excellent and I appreciate the somewhat longer length and comfortable high waist on these tights,” writes one reviewer. “I buy a different brand, which I thought was the best, but decided to shop here for leggings [because I received a gift certificate]. The price here is a tad bit cheaper and the quality is even better than my other leggings. My new [favorite] store for leggings,” another reviewer shares.

Athleta Elation 7/8 Tight, $, available at Athleta

Leggings Depot

The Best Budget Legging

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 16,833 reviews on Amazon

Ballin’ on a budget? These under-$15 leggings on Amazon come with a plethora of rave reviews. “Soft, comfortable, flattering, and long-leg-friendly. I am 6′ and medium build with a 34″ inseam, and these hit right at the top of my ankle bone — a very satisfactory and versatile length for a legging. The fit is sleek in a good way, hugging curves without being either too-tight and revealing or too loose and baggy,” writes one reviewer. “I have the black color and it is dark and opaque enough to wear a more cropped shirt with if desired. No see-through sections at all. The waist is high, hitting right at my natural waistline. I’m partial to a high waist (and this is the point in the review where I out myself as a mom of five), but if you want a lower rise these may not be the leggings for you. Overall, I am very happy with these and would consider ordering additional pairs or colors. They replaced a pair of dying big-box store leggings and totally blew them out of the water in fit and quality, at the same price point.”

Leggings Depot High Waisted Active Flex Leggings, $, available at Amazon


The Performance Legging

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 96 reviews on

When you’re in need of actual “workout” leggings, turn to these. This performance pair comes with a high-waist and a nifty little back pocket to hold small things.
“Great quality and fit, stays in place and doesn’t roll down after a run so you don’t have to keep pulling them up which is great! Nice soft material, neither too thick nor thin, just right! Will definitely buy more,” writes one reviewer. “These are the absolute best workout leggings ever. They’re very comfy, smooth to the touch and handle sweat very well. I bought the brown color and absolutely love [the color]. I love the almost seamless part at the ankle. I plan on buying the purple pair. I would suggest you size up. I’m a medium but bought a large and they fit perfect,” another reviewer shares.

Nike Nike One Luxe, $, available at Nike

Urban Outfitters

The Work Appropriate Legging

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 91 reviews on

Legging-like pants to work? Urban Outfitters reviewers say yes. These slightly stretchy-yet-structured, legging-trouser hybrid are just the trick to feeling comfortable during your 9 to 5. “These are so flattering and great quality. I wear them to work but I feel like they could also just be worn casually or any occasion really,” writes one reviewer. “First, let me start off with saying I’m very short (4’11”) and usually flared pants are super long on me. These fit me almost perfect length wise. I added some cute heel boots and they were perfect. My torso is a little short so they sit pretty high up on me, BUT I was able to fold them over on the inside and now the high waist is perfect for my height. I think the material is a nice in between. Not too thin where it feels cheap, but also not too thick where I can’t breathe or bend down,” another reviewer shares.

UO Naya High-Waisted Flare Pant, $, available at Urban Outfitters


The Classic Athleisure Legging

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars and 128 reviews on

These best-selling leggings are almost ubiquitous within the tights-enthusiast community. While known for their minimal appearance, the standout detail is the zip sweat-guard pocket that’s big enough to hold your phone — meaning this classic Adidas pair offers both form and function for the stylish and sweat-inclined.Being short (5’ 1”) these are a perfect full length tight. Love the zip pocket at the back, easily fits phone and keeps it secure,” writes a reviewer. “My fave leggings by far! Great for running, comfortable and great length! Love the pocket in the back, big enough to fit my phone,” another reviewer shares.

Adidas Own The Run 7/8 Running Leggings, $, available at Adidas


The Lounge Legging

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 1,230 reviews on

Looking for a pair of leggings that are as basic as they come? Look no further. This tried-and-true Gap pair will have you buying more than one so you can wear them 24-7. “I own five pairs of these. Two are in constant rotation and three are back ups because I’m afraid Gap will stop making them. They are quite long which is no problem because I always wear them inside boots. I find they fit large overall, [so] I sized down. I take care not to wash them with anything cotton or light colored, and I *try* to hang them to dry after putting them through the machine. They are holding up very well. I highly recommend them as a basic style but really good legging,” writes one reviewer.” Yet, some reviewers are hesitant about the jersey knit fabric, as the fabric is not hot-weather approved. However, these leggings are quite different. “First time ordering these leggings from the gap and was skeptical about the material. [However], the material is great, super comfortable for everyday use regardless of the occasion! Definitely ordering more pairs and in the navy and grey! Overall super satisfied and would definitely recommend,” another reviewer shares.

Gap Basic Black Jersey Leggings, $, available at Gap

Viv Collection

The “One Size Fits All” Legging

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 5,777 reviews on

We understand. The idea of an item being one size fits all is skeptical. Yet, these Viv Collection’s snug high-waisted leggings feature an elasticized waist. That’s not all, as the waistband is wide and has a super strong tension, so you can easily go from rock climbing to walking your dog. Even better, the pair comes in a wide range of sizes, two different lengths, and whopping 14 colors. “I think after purchasing six pairs of these it’s time to offer some feedback on them. These leggings are amazing!!! I held off on trying them for such a long time and wish I [had] gotten them sooner!! They are soft and feel great. Even better than the ones [sold] on Facebook!! Some ppl don’t like the waistband but their yoga leggings have the wide waistband made of fabric is the elastic one is not your thing. They hold up well even after several washes. I never got a defective pair and I own six so far. Most are solid colored ones,” writes one reviewer. “I haven’t gotten random holes in them. They even withstood my kittens digging their nails into them. Which for me is the ultimate test LOL. Seriously though, they’re inexpensive, fit great (I got the regular fit not plus) and have a huge selection of colors and prints to choose from. For reference I have thick legs and thighs and usually wear M or L (depending on manufacturers) leggings.”

Viv Collection Signature Leggings, $, available at Amazon

Good American: The Versatile Ribbed Legging

When it comes to investment leggings versatility is key, and this textured woven option is chic enough to lounge in and supportive enough to work out in.

The hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars, 21 reviews on

What they’re saying: “I have only bought one brand of leggings my entire life and never thought I’d branch out. But I tried these ribbed ones and I’m hooked , already bought a second pair! The band doesn’t slide, they hug you in the perfect places, and they are amazing for lounging or intense workouts. Definitely going to purchase in other colors!” — Juliana B., reviewer

Good American Active Essential Ribbed Legging, $, available at Good American

Alice + Olivia

The Leather Leggings

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars, 32 reviews on

Legit leather leggings do not come cheap, but those who are devoted to the style and willing to fork over the cash seem like very happy campers to us. “These are beautiful leather leggings — not too ‘tough/motorcycle’ and not too Catwoman. I receive lots of compliments every time I wear them. The leather is super soft. They are pretty stretchy, so if you’re in between sizes, order a size down. I’m 5’ 8” and generally wear a 4, and the 2 in these work very well. Great price for leather leggings as well,” writes one reviewer. “[S]ome mentioned the zipper,” they added. “[I]t is an exposed zipper in the front of the pants; just wear it with confidence with the shorter shirts or wear a longer shirt.”

Alice + Olivia Leather Leggings, $, available at Nordstrom

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