You’ve already experienced the life-changing (read: butt-changing) magic of a good pair of Lululemon leggings, but trust me, they’re not the only brand that can serve up a solid pair of workout pants. There are tons of options out there that will feel just as cloud-like, look just as cute, and make your legs look just as good – but for a third of the price.
Since it’s basically impossible to figure out whether leggings fit the standard without actually sweating in them, you’re basically left to spend hours reading online reviews and polling fitness-savvy friends for their favorites. Well, I’ve already done that (you’re welcome) and I’ve compiled all the game-changers right here on this list.
So, before you hit “Add to Bag” on yet another pair of $100+ leggings, skim this list for the best Lululemon alternatives that feel just like the real thing – and some that feel even better.
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Booty Boost Active 7/8 Leggings
These are hands-down the best workout leggings in my personal lineup. They do to your entire lower half what Lululemon leggings do to your butt. They keep you feeling fully snatched, with zero knee-pit chafing, and the butt seams frame your booty – I cannot stress this enough – perfectly.
Because of Gymshark’s two-tone detailing, your butt will truly never look better. On top of that, they’re sweat-resistant, and comfortable enough for several hours of veg-out time after your workout.
7/8 High-Waist Airbrush Legging – Electric Violet
Fans of Lululemon’s Wunder Under leggings, listen up. These tights look and feel just like them. They’re super touchable and stay up, even through a heavy-duty workout.
Sexy Stretch Full Length Leggings
You usually go to Express for their blazers and Going Out Tops, but they actually have a fantastic range of leggins. These classic cotton pants are crazy comfortable (for lounging, not for *actual* workouts) and will never give you see-through-butt. Even with an $30 price tag, these babies will last you years.
Warmup 7/8 Legging
These leggings have a cult-following among influencers and fashion editors (including me) – and not just because they look hella cute in pics. They’ve got 4 stars, thanks to their durability and stretch. They’re perfect for active workouts.
Elation 7/8 Tight
These vibrant tights boast 3,202 5-star reviews (and counting). Wearers say they’re buttery soft, super smoothing, and can even take on a half-marathon. Plus, the Elation Tight comes in both straight and plus sizes. Though one review calls them “better than my Lululemons,” you can nab these babies for like a third of the cost.
High-Waisted Plus-Size Yoga Leggings
These workout leggings “stay put during high-intensity workouts,” and are “really comfortable and flattering.” And did I mention they’re LEOPARD PRINT? Because yeah, they are.
Center Stage Legging
Don’t let the pricetag scare you, Bandier has legions of loyal followers who swear by their workout gear. The silky-smooth Center Stage Leggings offer enough compression for a multi-mile run, but somehow still make your butt look bomb. If the metallic pink tint freaks you out, you can shop these bestsellers in 10 different colors.
Black Lattice Crop Wicking Active Legging
Offline Real Me High Waisted Legging
Design 2 Move High Rise 3 Stripe Tights
These leggings are a streetwear favorite. Out of 523 reviews, these bad boys boast a 4.5-star rating. Satisfied customers say they do double duty – perfect for the gym or daywear.
Ultra High-Rise Extra Long Good Times Leggings
Fans call this one the “holy grail legging.” Even without the 5-star rating, these pants are worth it for the design alone. The jewel tone hues add a dose of fashion, while the seams make your butt look like a 10/10.
Women’s Tights Nike Pro
Spacedye Caught In The Midi High Waisted Legging
These leggings (which come in fifteen different colors, FYI) are one of Beyond Yoga’s best sellers. They’ve got almost exclusively 5-star ratings that all say something along the lines of: “Literally my favorite leggings. They fit better, are thicker, and are more durable than the Align pants (from that other popular brand).”
Ankle Biter Leggings
Lorna Jane‘s tights come with a triple-digit price tag, but can be worn to the gym, class, and beyond. They’re comfortable enough for 8-hour stretches on your couch or a hardcore fitness routine. Plus, the high-rise waistband really smooths and synches.
Women’s Simplicity Mid-Rise Leggings
These 4-star leggings hit at your true waist and the fit is just as flattering as your favorite Lululemon leggings. Stretchy, comfortable fabric makes for a top-level workout.
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