I used to be a black-leggings-only kind of girl. Colorful leggings, pretty prints, mesh—you wouldn’t catch me working out in those. I preferred my basics, thank you very much. But with so many chic options available now, I decided it was time to reach outside my comfort zone. Here, I take on six polarizing workout leggings trends IRL. See how I fare in each, below.
I've always wanted to be the kind of girl who wears white leggings, so I jump right in with this pair from Alo. I assume they're going to be horribly unflattering (light colors tend to show every bump and dimple), but they have enough heft that I feel covered. I normally do CrossFit, but these would get far too dirty there. I decide to take them for a spin at yoga, which feels very much like something a woman who wears white leggings would do. I feel a little self-conscious but get tons of compliments. I'm calling it a success.
Next up: super-bright leggings. I don't normally gravitate toward color in my everyday wardrobe, let alone my workout wardrobe, so I feel hesitant as I walk out the door in these. They're comfy and supportive, however. Bright leggings call for a badass workout, so I head to boxing. While they do show a bit of sweat, they also make my butt look good so I'm fine with it.
I've seen Sweaty Betty all over Instagram, so naturally the brand's graphic leggings are a must-try. The fabric is sturdy, compressive and not see-through, so I decide to take these bad boys to CrossFit. I feel mildly uncomfortable in pants so bright and bold, but those fears are put to rest when the compliments start rolling in. These make me look a lot cooler than I actually am.
Ah, the sister to white leggings. I'll be the first to admit these aren't the most flattering on me. I'm a huge fan of the brand's—wait for it—black leggings, but these just don't quite do it for me. The color is gorgeous in person, but I don't feel confident in them.
There's something about the mesh on these that makes me feel sexy—even though I'm about to go sweat my face off. I feel a tad self-conscious (theme of the story!), because I'm worried about wearing something too sexy. But then I get over it because I look good. My friends at CrossFit dub these my sexy pants, and hey, I'll take it.