Women wearing black and plum leggings

I’ve Tried Tons of Leggings, but These Are the Most Comfortable I’ve Ever Worn 

They're also sustainably-made and size-inclusive.
By Madeline Diamond
December 21, 2020
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This winter, whether you're exercising at home, venturing out on a hiking expedition, or just lounging around the house, there's never been a more appropriate time for leggings to be a key element of your wardrobe. After scoring a deal during Girlfriend Collective's Black Friday sale, I've been testing out two pairs of leggings from the brand, and I can't recommend them enough — I'll likely head back to the site soon to add a few more colors to my collection.

I've worn plenty of leggings over the years, from Lululemon to Outdoor Voices to Adidas, but I've never worn any as comfortable as these two styles from sustainable, ethical, and size-inclusive brand Girlfriend Collective. The High-rise Pocket Legging and Float Seamless High-rise Legging have a few key differentiations (the pocket leggings, of course, have pockets at the hip, and feature a slightly more compressive fit, while the Float leggings are a bit thinner and stretchier), but they're both incredibly soft, comfortable, and flattering. They're both made from a blend of material sourced from recycled water bottles and spandex, giving them plenty of stretch and a buttery-soft feel.

All of Girlfriend Collective's apparel runs in sizes XXS to 6XL, allowing a wider than average range of body types to find a comfortable fit. The leggings are available in classic colors like black, grey, and navy, as well as season shades like a rich berry red and bright orange. No matter which color you choose, the leggings will always be opaque, and even squat-proof, as many customer reviewers confirm.

Woman wearing black sports bra and leggings
Credit: Courtesy of Girlfriend Collective

To buy: High-rise Pocket Legging, girlfriend.com, $78

Woman wearing grey leggings and sports bra
Credit: Courtesy of Girlfriend Collective

To buy: Float Seamless High-rise Legging, girlfriend.com, $68

And shoppers agree that both of these leggings are just as comfortable as they are stylish and flattering. "Highly recommend these. I’ve been trying to live sustainable and used to feel so guilty about buying new leggings but not anymore. I’ve looked at a couple brands and this one came up top in regards to fit, opacity and compression," one reviewer wrote of the High-rise Pocket Legging.

Another shopper emphasized the lightweight feel of the Float Seamless High-rise Leggings. "These are so light and comfy I feel like I'm not even wearing clothes! They're perfect for yoga and lounging. I love them so much I bought a second pair in another color."

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