9 Pairs of Breathable Leggings That Are Perfect for Hot Days and Tough Workouts

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Woman wearing navy leggings
Photo: Courtesy of Outdoor Voices

From powering through intense outdoor workouts to running errands in the summer heat, if you're wearing leggings this time of year, you want them to keep you cool and comfortable. Luckily, several of our favorite brands offer leggings made from breathable, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying material, designed to withstand heat and sweat. Whether you choose a pair of stylish full-length leggings with mesh panels from Alo Yoga or opt for a sporty striped crop from Adidas, we've got you covered when it comes to breathable workout wear.

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Keep reading for nine pairs of leggings that you'll want to add to your workout wardrobe immediately.

Zella Scalloped Lite 7/8 Leggings

Black cropped leggings
Courtesy of Nordstrom

These leggings are made from a moisture-wicking blend of polyester and Lycra spandex, which is designed to keep you cool and dry. And while the black color and high-waisted fit are both classic and flattering, the scalloped hem provides just enough flair for your workout and lounge looks.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $65

Alo Yoga High-waist Impact Leggings

Black mesh leggings
Courtesy of Alo Yoga

These stylish leggings are made from Alo Yoga's signature sculpting airbrush fabric that provides a flattering look. Breathable mesh panels will be sure to keep you cool during workouts. Plus, the leggings are made from moisture-wicking and anti-odor material.

To buy: aloyoga.com, $108

Sweaty Betty All Day Contour 7/8 Workout Leggings

Pink, purple, and white printed leggings
Courtesy of Sweaty Betty

Sweaty Betty's activewear is designed to keep up with you as you exercise, and these squat-proof leggings are no exception. Lightweight, soft, and moisture-wicking fabric will keep you comfortable and dry. Plus, an adjustable drawcord at the waist will help you achieve a custom fit.

To buy: sweatybetty.com, $78

Outdoor Voices TechSweat 7/8 Flex Leggings

Navy leggings
Courtesy of Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices recommends these leggings for high sweat activity since they're made from a lightweight, breathable blend of nylon, polyester, and Lycra. The best part? They come in 10 colors, so you can be sure to find a pair that fits your style.

To buy: outdoorvoices.com, $88

Lululemon Wunder Under Crop High Rise Leggings

Grey cropped leggings
Courtesy of Lululemon

These cropped leggings are made from Lululemon's Luxtreme fabric, which is sweat-wicking and breathable, and provides a smooth, cool feel. Plus, a wide waistband allows you to roll it down to find a comfortable, custom fit.

To buy: lululemon.com, $88

Lululemon Fast and Free Tight II

Dark green cropped leggings
Courtesy of Lululemon

If a more basic legging without mesh panels is more your style, you can't go wrong with the Lululemon Fast and Free Tight II. These leggings are made from the brand's Nulux fabric, which is quick-drying, breathable, sweat-wicking, and cool to the touch. They're also available in three lengths, so you can find a comfy option for every season.

To buy: lululemon.com, $128

UURUN High Waist Yoga Pants

Grey/blue cropped leggings
Courtesy Amazon

An impressively affordable option, these cropped leggings receive rave reviews from Amazon shoppers. Thanks to mesh panels, these leggings are breathable and comfortable. Reviewers also call out the squatproof, opaque material that can make it through any workout.

To buy: amazon.com, $21

Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II Mesh 7/8 Tight

Black leggings with mesh
Courtesy of Athleta

Made from a blend of nylon and Lycra, these leggings are both sweat-wicking and quick-drying, garnering rave reviews from Athleta shoppers. One reviewer even said the leggings "feel dry while I'm drenched."

To buy: athleta.gap.com, $75 (originally $98)

Adidas Believe This 2.0 3-stripes 7/8 Tights

Blue striped leggings
Courtesy of Adidas

These sporty leggings were made for tough workouts. They're made from lightweight, moisture-absorbing material that can stand up to sweat. The high-waisted cut and tight fit also make them comfortable and flattering.

To buy: adidas.com, $54 (originally $60)

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