Sweatshirt – Nike (more sizes here, comes in another color here) | Leggings – Alo Yoga | Sneakers – Nike | Sunglasses – Le Specs

Leggings may be extremely comfortable but not always the most flattering. In fact, I hated wearing leggings years ago whether as an outfit or to work out because I felt they made my legs look horrible. Over the past few years I have been on a mission to find styles that are flattering, slimming and in some cases help elongate the legs. I have a long torso and short legs so finding pieces to help give the illusion of longer legs is more flattering to my frame. Higher waist styles often are the best solution for this because they draw the eye up farther which creates the look of longer legs. Because of my long torso, another problem I have with leggings is that they are not high enough in the rise and are too tight in the crotch area (I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about – ick). To avoid this issue, I try to find leggings with a longer rise and/or take a size up. As you can see from all my scientific explanation about leggings, I take this seriously. LOL I have tried so many leggings over the years and have finally found a few brands and styles that manage to fit all my rigid criteria and make me look great! It’s not a long list but as I find new ones I will definitely share but for now these are my tested, tried and true favorite (and most flattering) leggings for either working out or wearing day to day.
1. Lululemon Align Crop – The entire Align style is a win for me but I love the cropped length (see me wearing them here and here). The fabric is incredibly thin but not transparent and stretches like nothing I’ve ever tried. In addition to wearing them a ton now, I wore them throughout my entire pregnancy (up until the day I gave birth), home from the hospital and every single day in the first few weeks home. If you are pregnant, these are a MUST. Sizing tip: I take my normal size in these.
2. Alo Yoga Moto LeggingsAlo Yoga is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands for activewear and their leggings fit me perfectly. The moto leggings are super stretchy, very slimming and are a great style to wear either working out or in my day to day life (see me wearing them here). My only complaint is that I wish they would begin making a midi or cropped version because they are sooooo long. But the fit is too good on these to deter me from buying them. Sizing tip: I size up in these.
3. Spanx leggings – I have the faux leather (see me wearing them here), the camo (see me wearing them here) and the black camo (see me wearing them here) – spanx leggings are magical. Spanx undergarments in general are magical so I wouldn’t expect anything less from the leggings. The leggings are super high waisted, don’t bunch in the crotch area and slim my legs better than any other pair of leggings I own. The compression is intense with these but surprisingly very comfortable. I say that they give me new legs whenever I wear them. These are one of the most shopped items EVER from my blog and I know many of you have given me your feedback that you love them too. Sizing tip: I size up in these either one or two sizes because they run very small.
4. Zella cropped leggingsZella leggings are hit or miss with me but this style is a continuous favorite, and I have them in multiple colors. They are not as stretchy as some of the others in this list, but I still find them to be comfortable, slimming and very flattering when on. Sizing tip: I size up in these.
5. Alo Yoga Airbrush Leggings – The Airbrush style from Alo is a recent discovery and I am hooked! As I am pulling them on, everything seems to be lifting and then magically stays lifted all day long! They are what I am wearing in today’s post and the length is perfection. I also have the full length version on in this picture and love how they look! I am dying to try this version next. Sizing tip: I size up in these.

What are your favorite pair of leggings? Any that you would recommend?

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