There was a time before leggings. Right? If so, I barely remember it. Today we wear them to the gym, to the grocery store, on the plane. I even see people wear them out for dinner. (Um, no.) I'm always searching for the next perfect pair. Here are a few of my current favourites.
I discovered this brand while on my recent trip to LA, where there are stores in most major shopping districts. One of their hottest sellers is the moto legging that comes in both full length and 7/8th. I love this particular style because they're really where the gym meets the street. I definitely don't plan on getting my very sweaty. Fun fact, they’re the pant favoured by some of the Kardashians.
DAUB + DESIGN
You know that, "I have to take everything off right now and put on something comfy" end-of-the-day feeling? D+D is my go-to for that because the material is super soft and comfortable. This brand also checks a few other boxes for me - they're made in Vancouver and have cute they have cute tie-dye prints. One-legged no less!
For workout gear that won’t break the bank, Gap Fit is my go-to. My favourite here is the blackout, which comes in a variety of styles and lengths. They’re true to their name: bend, squat, and invert with abandon... all without fear of over-sheering.
More of luxury brand, Lucas Hugh is a label out of London, now available online and at Turf in Canada. I recently had the pleasure of going to a workout class where we got to meet the designer and test out the gear. At first, the pants were hard to get on because they were tight. (I was wearing a medium.) The flip side of that is the material is quite thick so they suck everything thing. And that my friends, is worth every penny.
The brand that started it all. I've had countless pairs of all lengths, all of them black. I found other colours too revealing and black leggings so much more forgiving. That all changed this year. Lululemon's new prints do a great job of hiding a multitude of lumps and bumps. Plus, they just make me happy when I wear them. The prints go like hot cakes so get them when you see them.
Two brands that I haven't tried but would like to are Carbon 38 and Ultracor. I saw a trainer at my gym wearing the latter and immediately had to ask her where she got them. They're both on the pricey end of the scale, but they're so cool! Check out the python Ultracor print above.
A final word about cost. Some of the above brands are expensive, no question. But I'm a proponent of the cost-per-wear approach. I am willing to spend more on something I will wear all the time, like leggings, versus a nice dress that I'll only wear a few times.
Have any favourite brands that I missed? Do let me know!