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.
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. Right now, Athleta is hosting their semi-annual sale with up to 60% off everything – including these leggings.
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.
7/8 High-Waist Airbrush Legging
TechSweat 7/8 Zoom Leggings
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 4.5 stars, thanks to their durability and stretch. Even the most active users say they’re “the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever worn.”
Aerie Move High Waisted Legging
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.
High-Waisted Elevate 7/8-Length Plus-Size 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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Lattice Crop Wicking Active Legging
Fierce Booty Support Ankle Biter Tight
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.
Pro Mid-Rise Legging
Spacedye Take Me Higher Long Legging
These leggings (which come in five different colors, FYI) are Beyond Yoga’s number one seller. They’ve got almost exclusively 5-star ratings that all say something along the lines of: “these leggings are the softest and most comfortable leggings I own.”
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.
Tie Dye High Waisted Seamless Legging
On top of the cute print, these leggings are lightweight and won’t ride up. Plus the smooth-fit tummy panel makes for comfortable compression.
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