10 breathable leggings that aren't too hot for summer
All the coverage without all of the sweat.
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With the rise of athleisure, leggings are living their best lives right now as the stars of our working-from-home and working-out wardrobes. From basic black to eye-popping patterns, they come in a dizzying number of colors and prints—ideal for nailing the comfy chic look. And they aren't just for fall and winter. We rounded up 10 lightweight and breathable leggings that you can wear even when the temps rise outside.
1. These Colorfulkoala leggings
Looking for a Lululemon Align dupe? Enter these leggings by Colorfulkoala, which boast close to 35,000 positive reviews on Amazon. The polyester/spandex blend fabric provides plenty of stretch for moving around while simultaneously holding you in for a sleek silhouette. The leggings come in 29 colors and in women's sizes XS to XL.
When our style editor, Amanda Tarlton, tested some of the most popular workout leggings, she found the Colorfulkoala ones to be the best overall (even better than Lululemon!). She likes the soft feel of the material and that they're opaque—even when squatting—without being too hot or suffocating.
2. These crazy popular Lululemon leggings
Lululemon Align leggings—which we dubbed the best leggings for yoga of 2021—were made for hitting the mat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t nama-stay in them all day. The brand's buttery soft Nulu fabric feels like a second skin, while the high-rise waist stays put no matter what you’re doing. Available in 18 prints and colors, the Align leggings come in women's sizes 0 to 20 and in 25-, 28-, and 31-inch lengths.
Arguably Lululemon's most popular pair of leggings, Aligns have nearly 15,000 rave reviews. "They are the first pair of leggings I have found that actually let me breathe rather then get too hot," one person says. "I even bought these in black and live in Phoenix, which is a good environment for testing these. Now I want them in every color."
3. These size-inclusive Summersalt leggings
From running errands to running on a treadmill, you can accomplish all of your to-dos in the aptly named Do-It-All leggings. They stretch in every direction and wick sweat away from your body so you aren't a damp mess while you're out and about. Bonus points for sustainability: Summersalt says the leggings are made from recycled plastic bottles. Available in three solid colors and five pretty patterns, they come in women's sizes 2 to 22.
Reviewers are doing somersaults (or should we say Summersalts) over the comfy high waist and light compression. “These leggings make me feel really comfortable without sacrificing style,” one shopper notes.
4. These fast-drying Outdoor Voices leggings
Thanks to Outdoor Voices' signature "Core" waistband, these leggings won't budge during even the most intense workout or the most intense lounging, for that matter. Our style editor, Amanda, confirms: When she tried them out during leggings testing, she noted they stay in place surprisingly well. Plus, the TechSweat fabric—which is a blend of nylon, polyester, and spandex—dries quickly, so you'll stay comfy if things heat up. Available in 18 colors from basic black to 3D neon snake, the leggings come in women's sizes XS to XL.
"The TechSweat material is lightweight, cool to the touch, non-compressive (if your usual size), and dries fast," one shopper explains.
5. These fan-favorite Athleta leggings
Made of Athleta's sleek Powervita fabric—a stretchy polyester/lycra blend—the Salutation tights are designed to pull sweat away from your skin and dry quickly. They feature a high waist and a handy side stash pocket to secure your essentials. The leggings, which are available in 10 solid colors, come in women's sizes XXS to 3X and regular, tall, and petite lengths.
Among the 2,000-plus reviews, one person raves, "I love these pants! I own three pairs and they are my go-to for yoga. They are so soft yet offer nice support while allowing movement and breathability." Many shoppers have the leggings in multiple lengths and colors.
6. These eco-friendly TenTree leggings
Whether you’re going for a trail run or hitting up a yoga class at the local park, these leggings are ideal for outdoor activities with mesh inserts for maximum ventilation. (They also pair well with a comfy couch, if you’re so inclined.) Even better? The brand, Tentree, says it will plant 10 trees for every purchase (clever, eh?). Available in black and gray, the leggings come in women's sizes XS to XXL.
Reviewers note these leggings are “breathable yet still have structure.” One satisfied shopper says she would wear them every day if she could.
7. These pajama-like Barefoot Dreams leggings
These leggings from Barefoot Dreams are made with a lighter version of the brand's signature CozyChic fabric so you can wear them all day, all year. Available in carbon and black, they come in women's sizes XS to XL. Reviewers love the flattering front-seam detail, as well as the snug curve-hugging fit. A leggings lover myself, I own a pair and will say that the name says it all: They are ultra light and cozy.
8. These sun-blocking Epoque Evolution leggings
Created by former Athleta designers, these leggings from Epoque Evolution give other tights a run (or lounge) for their money. Lightweight and opaque, they’re cut from a buttery soft, spandex-fortified fabric that lifts and shapes your legs. The fabric has UPF 50 for sun-blocking protection. The unique ankle cutout adds visual interest for a fashion-forward touch. Available in black and navy, the leggings come in women's sizes XS to XL.
Their reviews include praise like “best leggings ever” and “my forever pant.” One reviewer adds she gets compliments every time she wears them.
9. These textured Brabants leggings
Kelly Brabants’ leggings are equal parts flirty and functional. Although not the famous TikTok leggings, the Original's signature wave texture has the same booty-boosting effects. The lightweight leggings are “one size fits most” and come in a wide variety of bright colors along with basic neutrals.
To say these leggings have a strong following would be an understatement. People of all shapes and sizes love the way they flatter the booty, including one shopper who’s hiding nine pairs from her husband. (We see you.) Another notes, “These tights are so comfortable you forget you’re wearing pants.”
10. These colorful Mono B leggings
Reminiscent of a swirling palette of paints, this pair of high-waisted leggings by Korean-owned brand Mono B features an all-over abstract print. Boasting four-way stretch and a sweat-wicking polyester/spandex blend material, they’re both lounge- and workout-approved. The leggings come in women's sizes XS to 3XL.
"Great fit, support, and high quality," one reviewer says. "They will become your go-to choice."
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