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How To Choose Leggings: The Complete Guide

When it comes to choosing leggings, you might think to just find a nice style and go for it. But, a few months down the line, you might be wishing you had spent some more time considering your options when you're stuck with stretched out or see-through leggings.

28.3% of leggings were sold online in 2022. By 2025, online sales of leggings should grow by about 9.4%. We all know that online shopping can be a risk and we don't always get what we pay for!

So, to avoid that fashion fiasco, here's our ultimate guide on how to choose the perfect leggings for you. We'll cover how to choose leggings for your size, style and for different occasions as well as how to choose the right fabrics that will last. Let's start with some basics.

Choosing Leggings 101

The right leggings for you will depend on a number of factors. From the activities you're wearing leggings for to your body shape and style preferences. Maybe you love mid rise leggings - in which case capri leggings might be perfect for you. Or maybe full length leggings with more coverage are more your style.

Think about how you want to wear leggings, too. Are you looking for workout leggings, or are you wanting some comfortable and stylish everyday legging looks to wear with the rest of your wardrobe?

Some key factors to consider when choosing leggings include:

  • Size/fit: What leggings fit do you prefer? Do you like high-waisted bottoms? Ankle length leggings? Cropped leggings?
  • Fabrics: Are you interested in sustainable materials? What properties do you need from your leggings? How about a comfy pair of soft capris leggings?
  • Style: What colours and prints do you like? Are you more animal print or pretty in pink?
  • Function: Are you wanting a stunning new pair to impress at the gym, or a funky pair of yoga pants for your next or first yoga class?

How To Choose Leggings For Any Occasion

How to choose leggings size

Leggings are back in fashion – but only if they fit right. The perfect pair of leggings is one that fits like a glove. To make sure your leggings fit, try to find brands that offer a second skin feel, and an array of sizes that cater to every body shape.

When it comes to size, make sure you measure yourself accurately before choosing a size. Especially if you're shopping online, it's important to check the measurements and compare them with your own.

And remember, leggings should never be too tight or uncomfortable - they should feel snug and stretchy without digging into your skin. Beware the dreaded camel toe!

For a range of sizes and styles, check out our funky leggings collection, made from a four-way stretch polyester and spandex blend for added breathability at every size.

We offer a handy interactive size chart on every product, so you can be sure to find the perfect pair for you.

We also offer a gorgeous plus-size collection from 2XL - 6XL. You can see some of our top picks for leggings for curvy figures here.

How to choose leggings fabrics

Another key factor to consider when choosing leggings is the fabrics they're made from. You want something that's comfortable, supportive and long-lasting.

Some popular materials for leggings include spandex, polyester, nylon and cotton blends - all of which offer stretchiness and breathability while still holding their shape well. Our personal favourite blend is polyester and spandex.

Polyester makes a great fabric for leggings due to its lightweight and wrinkle-resistant properties. If you combine that with spandex, you get a stretchy, breathable fabric with moisture-wicking properties, making it perfect for any activity.

Our collection of funky leggings for women are all made from a buttery-soft, microfiber yarn. This 82% polyester and 18% spandex blend provides a four-way stretch, a sweat-wicking fabric, and leggings that won't lose their shape - even after a high-intensity workout.

How to choose your leggings style

When it comes to legging style, the options are endless. From classic black leggings to bold prints and statement colours, take some time to think about what styles you gravitate towards in your wardrobe.

There is a different style of leggings for every occasion, so whether you prefer printed leggings or plain colours, the right pair will make you feel confident and comfortable.

Whatever your style, there's a leggings look that's perfect for you - whether it's cute floral prints or funky tie dye patterns. And don't be afraid to mix it up - try out different styles and have some fun with your leggings wardrobe. One pair for each day of the week, anyone?

How to choose workout leggings

For workout clothes, lightweight fabrics that provide breathability and moisture-wicking properties are key. Look for leggings made from a combination of fabrics like polyester and spandex, or nylon and spandex, to provide both support and comfort during your workout.

If you're a headphone-lover at the gym, you may also need gym leggings with pockets that can hold your phone close to you, and not lose their fit, while working out.

If you prefer added coverage while exercising, add some high waisted leggings with a thicker waistband into your workout wardrobe. These are also fit for cold weather workouts, providing extra warmth and coverage. Capri leggings are ideal for spring and summer as you'll be able to feel a cooling breeze around the ankles!

Versatile leggings made with breathable fabrics and other synthetic materials that wick moisture and dry quickly are always a good choice of fabric for workout leggings. You can also pair your leggings with sports bras, crop tops and more to complete your gym outfit.

No matter what style, fabric or fit you choose - just remember to have fun and rock those leggings like a boss during your next gym sesh. Happy shopping!

How to choose leggings for yoga

The best leggings for yoga should be both comfortable and functional. For your next yoga-ready outfit, look for a snug, yet stretchy fabric that will provide support without restricting movement throughout your practice.

Mesh panels or ventilation holes can also be helpful in yoga leggings, as they allow for breathability during intense poses or movements. If you prefer a higher waistband for added comfort and extra support during inversions or twists, look for a waistband that doesn't roll or dig in. For hot yoga, a good pair of yoga shorts are also a great option.

No matter what style or fabric you choose, make sure your leggings fit well and allow for complete freedom of movement - because nothing should be holding you back next time you hit the mat. Worried about yoga pants vs leggings? We break down the differences here.

How to choose leggings for the gym

It's essential to wear moisture wicking leggings that can support the intense exercises you perform in the gym and work as hard as you do. While a four-way stretch will prevent your leggings from showing through when you squat, pairs with merrow-style stitching will keep you comfortable and improve the longevity of the seams, minimising stretch or weakening with time.

How To Choose Leggings FAQs

Should I size up or down leggings? Is it better for them to be tight or loose?

You should stick to your usual legging size, as they should fit snugly without being restrictive. If you prefer a looser fit, size up - but keep in mind that leggings are meant to be form-fitting and may not provide as much (if any) support during workouts.

What are some signs your leggings are too big?

If your leggings are too big, the waistband may be rolled or sagging, and there may be excessive fabric gathered at the crotch area. There may also be visible bagging or wrinkling throughout the leggings, particularly in the thigh and calf areas.

What is the best type of leggings?

There is no one "best" type of leggings - it ultimately depends on personal preference and the activity or occasion for which you are wearing them. Some key factors to consider are fabric, fit, and style. Consider what level of support or coverage you prefer, as well as any specific performance features such as moisture-wicking or ventilation.legg

Treat Yourself to a New Pair of Leggings Today...

Don't miss out on the chance to upgrade your wardrobe with a fresh pair of leggings from Loony Legs. Whether you're hitting the gym, lounging at home, or meeting friends for coffee, our diverse range of styles, prints, and fabrics ensures there's something for every occasion. Embrace comfort and style simultaneously as you strut your stuff with confidence in our premium leggings.

At Loony Legs, our leggings come in a variety of styles, prints and fabrics - all perfect for any occasion. So, why wait? Treat yourself to a new pair of leggings today and rock them with confidence.

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