When the winter weather takes over, leggings are pretty much a requirement for working out. Heck, they’re pretty much a requirement every single day (which—let’s be real—doesn’t always include a workout). So why not take a break from your basic black pairs and freshen things up a bit? We did a deep dive through best-seller lists, editorial mentions, and the Instagram feeds of our favorite fitness bloggers to find the coolest printed and patterned leggings out there. Ahead, we’ve rounded them up for you in a handy little list—all approved by Rank & Style’s data-driven algorithm. From animal prints and polka dots to the cult Amazon leggings that ring up under $30, the styles that follow are sure to liven up your winter workout ensembles. Keep scrolling to shop the 10 best novelty leggings you can buy, and wear them to work out, walk the dog, watch Hallmark Christmas movies, and wherever else you please. Opening image: outdoorvoices.com
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Onzie High Waist Print Legging
BEST FOR: Made with high-quality moisture-wicking fabric, these leggings are ideal for high-sweat workouts—think boxing, sprinting, and spinning.
HELPFUL TIP: We're pretty obsessed with all the prints, but the tiger is so on trend this season.
Core 10 All Day Comfort High Waist Yoga Legging
WHY YOU NEED IT: Amazon's Core 10 leggings have gained quite the cult following, and it's easy to see why. They're ridiculously soft but still compressive, the pockets are actually large enough to fit your smartphone, and they ring up under $30. There's a good chance these will sell out fast with holiday shopping season in full swing, so you should grab them ASAP.
USERS SAID: "These leggings are AMAZING. I was blown away, to be honest. They're soft, comfortable, and have just the right amount of compression. I bought four different brands of leggings from Amazon, and I sent them all back except this pair! I'm saving up to buy them in every color."
Outdoor Voices 3/4 Flex Leggings
LOVED FOR: Made with OV's light and breathable Tech Sweat and a flexible waistband, these leggings are basically the next best thing to wearing nothing. They're on the thin side, but the polka-dot pattern makes them extra flattering.
STYLE WITH: Grab the matching bra to complete the set.
GapFit Blackout Stripe 7/8 Leggings
BEST FOR: Most leggings on the market have a super high-rise these days, but if you're not into that, this pair is perfect for you. They sit low on the waist, and the four-way stretch provides maximum movement.
HELPFUL TIP: Because of the extra give in the fabric, we recommend sizing down for the right fit.
Good American Core Strength High Waist Leggings
LOVED FOR: With an ultra high-rise that never rolls and supportive mesh that smooths the tummy, these leggings do an excellent job catering to curves.
USERS SAID: "I have tried every activewear brand under the sun, and with that being said... these may be better than my Lululemons. I was so beyond impressed with the quality—the compression around the tummy area keeps everything smooth and tight. Flattering, super squat-proof, and so stylish. Definitely purchasing more! Worth every penny."
Beyond Yoga Alloy Ombre High-Waist Leggings
BEST FOR: Who says you can't look glam while you get sweaty? If you want a pair of leggings that are stylish enough to take you from boot camp to brunch, these are it.
LOVED FOR: Reviewers love these leggings for their versatility. With the perfect blend of compression and coziness, they're ideal for low-key yoga sessions and spin classes alike.
Athleta Leopard Elation Ultra High Rise Tight
WHY YOU NEED IT: Because leopard leggings are all the rage these days, and this pair features Athleta's signature Powervita fabric that's so buttery and soft, you'll never want to take them off.
WHERE TO WEAR: The print gives these leggings major style points, so you can easily wear them for post-workout errands around town.
Core 10 All Day Comfort High Waist 7/8 Legging
LOVED FOR: Crafted with high-quality fabric and available in tons of pretty colors and prints, these leggings look so much more expensive than $29. We'll be buying multiple colors.
USERS SAID: "I am a legging connoisseur. I feel like I've tried them all, from the expensive $80 pairs to the super cheap, and these are—in my opinion—the best ever. They have the high waist that smooths, the proper ankle length for us short people, and they have the softest fabric imaginable while also doing a fabulous job at not being see-through. They also don't attract dog hair!"
Old Navy Elevate Powersoft 7/8-Length Leggings
LOVED FOR: Never underestimate Old Navy's activewear. From downward dogs to cardio dance moves, the waistband on these leggings will not budge.
FUN FACT: These affordable leggings have over 1,000 rave reviews. Run, don't walk.
Athleta Camo Contender 7/8 Tight
WHERE TO WEAR: The camo craze is still going strong, and these leggings will serve you well whether you're working out or going out. We don't know about you, but we just found our new day-to-night pants.
STYLE WITH: You should probably grab this cute camo tee to pair with it.