Lululemon leggings are a necessary life investment – like car insurance or a laptop (I’m exaggerating, kind of). You’ve got to budget and save and thoroughly research your athleisure options before splurging on one single $100+ pair. But as soon as your butt is cradled in the loving embrace of those cushy leggings, all buyer’s guilt is wiped from your mind, because those babies are soooo worth it.
But, like, why tf are they so expensive?! They’re really just leggings, right? Well, no, they’re actually super leggings. According to a Lululemon press rep, their leggings cost more than your typical mall find, because they’re just better.
“At Lululemon, we have always and will continue to price our products based on a commitment to the value of fit, functionality, premium materials and detail, craftsmanship and technology.” Basically, these are the Holy Grail of leggings created with top-quality material, which yes, costs a little bit more than a basically-see-through Polyester/Spandex blend.
Don’t take it from them, though. Just search ‘Lululemon leggings’ on Twitter and you’ll see endless variations of this tweet, for example: “Lululemon leggings don’t need to be $100 but they also don’t need to make my ass look this phat so please take my money.” Or, this tweet: “I bought two pairs of lululemon leggings and i don’t regret it one bit these things feel like i’m not wearing pants and i look like a SNACK 🍟.” They speak only facts, y’all.
So now that you’re all caught up on price – which ones should you buy? Because let’s be real, no one can afford to take home more than one pair at a time. Well, I talked to Lululemon super fans and employees, plus, tried a few (ok, a LOT of) pairs myself, to pluck the top six best leggings from their website. Shop them all, ahead.
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Best for Literally Anything
Align Pant II 25
You know how you’ve got categories of leggings? There are the leggings you run outside in, the leggings you run inside in, the leggings you sleep in, and then the dressy, wear-as-pants leggings you wear to class. The Align Pant will be your top pick for all of the above. They’re the perfect pair of wear-everywhere leggings you’ve been searching for your entire life.
These are my personal favorite leggings (seriously, I have like five pairs), because they’re Lululemon‘s softest design. They feel so light on your skin, it’s almost like wearing a cloud. Lycra is woven into the fabric, which means they won’t stretch out no matter how many times you wear them and they feel buttery soft to the touch. Plus, Lululemon recently expanded their sizing, so you can now shop these in sizes 0-20.
Aligns are meant for low-impact activities, like yoga or you know, not moving from your couch for an entire season of Umbrella Academy. The $98 price tag is 100% worth it, but if you’re looking to save, you can shop certain colors on sale for $69.
Will Make Your Butt Look 100
Speed Up Tight 28″
There’s only one thing better than dresses with pockets: leggings with pockets. And when I say ‘pockets,’ I mean real fit-your-phone-and-then-some pockets, not those tiny, useless key pouches most fitness leggings come with.
If that’s not a big enough selling-point, just check out those seam lines – these’ll make your butt look like an 11/10. On top of that, the Speed Up Tight offers the perfect amount of compression, but not so much that it will chafe your knee pits (you know that happens).
Wunder Under High-Rise Tight 28″
High rise leggings are the best leggings – this is not a debate and please, do not @ me. Wunder Under leggings hit perfectly at the waist for a super flattering shape. Because of the high cut, the transition from tights to skin is completely seamless, which means zero elastic lines under your shirt.
If you like the cooling effect of workout leggings, these are a great pick, thanks to their Luxtreme fabric. Compared to the Align Pant, these leggings feel sleeker on the body (more like workout leggings), but are still comfy enough for all-day wear.
Best for When You Sweat
Invigorate High-Rise Tight 25″
If Aligns are the high-comfort pants you lounge in, Invigorate Leggings are the high-comfort ones you work out in. They serve up a silky smooth, cool feel on the inside and a velvety touch on the outside. The fabric is cushy and satisfyingly thick, so you’ll never have an accidental-see-through-butt situation and with extra compression, they hold up against intense workouts.
These tights are specifically formulated for training, so they emphasize stretch and Lululemon’s fastest moisture-wicking technology. Honestly, though, these are worth it for the phone pockets alone.
Best Cooling Leggings
Fast and Free Tight 28
You can wear these babies to school, but they were built to absorb spin class-levels of sweat. Even though they’re a long pant, the Fast and Free is famed for the cool-feeling fabric that keeps you from getting too hot, not matter how intense your fitness grind. Unlike Alegn lettings (their only flaw, imo), they also come with spacious, built-in phone pockets for easy access on the run.
If you’re looking for a slick liquid legging you can go hard in, add these babies to your cart now.
Best for Hardcore Athletes
All The Right Places Crop II 23″
If you haven’t heard of these workout tights before, it’s because they’re a special online exclusive only available at Lululemon.com. At $118, they’re a bit more pricey than some of the brand’s other options, but that’s because they’re high-quality workout leggings made for dedicated athletes. The thick, Luxtreme fabric offers a full-coverage fit, with a smooth, cool feel. No matter how hard you push yourself, you’ll never get overheated in these tights.
The All the Right Places Pant fully lives up to its name, with flattering seams that support and uplift in allll the right places, but also keep your muscles stabilized.
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