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Athleta Elation 7/8 Tight
American Eagle OFFLINE Real Me High Waisted Twist Legging
Lululemon Align High-Rise Pant 28"
Fabletics Define High-Waisted Legging
90 Degree By Reflex Womens Power Flex Yoga Pants
Sweaty Betty High-Waisted 7/8 Workout Leggings
Lululemon Fast and Free High-Rise Tight
Matty M Ladies' Wear Everywhere Legging
Find your best pair of black workout leggings with these picks.
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In case you weren't aware, there's a legging hierarchy. At the bottom, you have your laundry-day leggings, reserved only for those few hours everything else is in the wash. In the middle are your workout leggings — the several pairs you wear from the gym to the grocery store.


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But at the very top sit ​the​ leggings.

That one pair of black workout leggings that make everything right in the world. They move with your body like a second skin. They go with every workout top in your closet and hide all your sweat marks. And you know that when their last day comes, it'll be the end of an era.


And while we're well aware that finding your next pair of top-tier tights is no small feat, the team wants to offer a little support during this difficult time. Never managed to find your perfect pair? We've got you, too.

Browse our team's favorite black leggings and get ready to fall in love.


1. Athleta Elation 7/8 Tight

These are available in sizes XXS through 3X.
  • High-waisted
  • Inner pocket for keys
  • Cropped length for extra cooling


"I have three pairs of the Elation tight, all in black — they are that comfortable," says K. Aleisha Fetters, CSCS, senior fitness editor and certified strength and conditioning specialist. "Yes, 'buttery soft' has become an ​it​ term when it comes to leggings, but I honestly have never felt a pair of great quality leggings that feel this good.

Buy; ​Price:​ $89

2. Lululemon Align High-Rise Pant 28"

You can buy the align pant in sizes 0 through 20.
  • Two inseams to prevent movement while training
  • Lightweight fabric
  • Ankle length

"I'm not a big legging person when I train — usually I go with shorts," says Bojana Galic, CPT, fitness writer and certified personal trainer. "But these leggings honestly feel like they're not even there. The high waist isn't restricting and they don't bunch up around the crotch when I'm doing squats or lunges."

Buy; ​Price:​ $98

3. Matty M Ladies' Wear Everywhere Leggings

You can buy these in sizes XS through XXL.
  • Long-lasting fabric
  • Affordable price point
  • Wide waistband

"I can't recommend these enough. I bought two pairs at Costco on a whim 7 years ago and only ​just​ replaced one of them last month (the other pair is still going strong)," says associate health editor Kathleen Ferraro. "They are so durable and truly last for years."

Buy; ​Price:​ $10

4. Fabletics Define High-Waisted Leggings

These are available in XXS through 4X.
  • Inclusive sizing for all bodies
  • Chafe-resistant fabric
  • Moisture-wicking

"The fabric is soft yet firm; they don't sag or bunch up, whether I'm working out or lounging around," says Sarah Klein, CPT, managing editor and certified personal trainer. "They're thick enough not to be transparent in any contorted position."

Buy; ​Price:​ $69.95

5. 90 Degree By Reflex Womens Power Flex Yoga Pants

You can buy these tights in XS through XL.
  • Side pockets
  • Squat-proof fabric
  • Quick shipping

"I love the pockets, they're the perfect size for my iPhone," says senior wellbeing editor Kaitlin Ahern. "They're also high-waisted but not constrictive, which makes them comfortable to wear all day, not just for workouts."

Buy; ​Price:​ $26.99

6. Sweaty Betty High-Waisted 7/8 Workout Leggings

You can find these through XXS through XXL.
  • Super high rise (above the belly button)
  • Side pocket that fits smartphones
  • Sculpting design

"I love the Sweaty Betty leggings because they dry very quickly even with the most intense workouts," says Tiffany Ayuda, CPT, contributing fitness editor and certified personal trainer. "I've used them to run, do HIIT and hot yoga, and they don't leave me a sticky mess after a workout. I hate having to peel leggings off of me."

Buy; ​Price:​ $100

7. Lululemon Fast and Free High-Rise Tight

These leggings are available in sizes 0 through 20.
  • Squat-proof
  • Five waistband pockets
  • Drawcord waist

"This is the first pair of leggings I've owned with pockets," says April Benshosan, senior nutrition editor. "For someone who doesn't really like carrying around a purse, this is a serious life-changer."

Buy; ​Price:​ $128