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The Best Leggings You Can Live in 24/7

It's safe to say leggings are must-haves in your closet, but with so many styles to choose from (not to mention, a wide range of price points), it's hard to know which ones are actually worth the splurge.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests leggings for things like durability, moisture management, comfort, and performance features, and our fashion editors weigh in with the most stylish leggings for everyday wear to find the best, longest-lasting, and most comfortable leggings out there. When you're shopping for leggings, consider when you'll be wearing them. Here's what to keep in mind:

  • Workout leggings: Synthetic performance fabrics (like polyester or nylon) are ideal for workout leggings because they are stretchy, durable, opaque, and often moisture-wicking to help manage sweat. Look for flat interior seams to prevent irritation and friction.
  • Leggings to wear as pants: You can wear leggings as pants or even to work if they're made of thicker fabric like ponte and faux leather. To make sure fabric isn't see-through, try the leggings in natural daylight or under a bright light. Bend over in front of a mirror or check for show-through by deeply bending your knee.
  • Loungewear leggings: Don't need leggings to be fully opaque? Opt for a plant-based fiber like cotton, lyocell, or modal if you want a super-soft pair to wear 24/7 or to layer under longer tops or dresses.

The leggings ahead are top-tested styles, staffer favorites, or popular picks with unique features. Here are the best leggings for women to buy in 2020: