Since we’ve basically been living in leggings for the last few years, we hold athleisure to a pretty high standard. Not only do we want a pair that feels comfortable, but we want them to make us look good, too.
Between booty-boosting and slimming fits, there are plenty of leggings out there that promise to flatter your figure. To help you find the ones that actually check all the boxes, we rounded up 16 of the most popular and top-rated shaping and sculpting options, including picks we've tried ourselves.
From TikTok's favorite pair to a Shop TODAY bestseller, these comfortably and flattering leggings will help you look and feel your best, no matter what you have planned for the day.
Bestselling slimming leggings
One Shop TODAY editor loves how "cozy" and versatile these leggings are. "Not only does this brand follow through on its promise of 'buttery smooth' material, but its clothing shapes my body in the most complimentary way," she wrote. They come in more than a dozen different colors and in sizes XS-XXL.
This bestseller (and a long-time top-seller in three Amazon categories, including Women’s Outdoor Recreation Pants), these bottoms feature a high waistband that will smooth your shape. Reviewers love how soft and comfortable they feel, with multiple people dubbing them the “best leggings ever.”
Leggings with pockets are automatically a win in our book. These tummy-control pants are a hit with both Amazon and TODAY shoppers, thanks to their slimming fit and roomy pockets (which, by the way, can fit an entire bottle of Champagne). This full-length version earned an impressive average 4.5-stars from more than 24,600 ratings, and reviewers say they provide tummy control without feeling suffocating.
If you’ve been anywhere on the internet recently, you’ve likely come across these leggings. The TikTok-famous “butt-lifting” pants have been on Amazon's list of Bestsellers in Women's Activewear Leggings for weeks and are a TODAY shopper favorite. They’re made from a compression material, so they hold you in in all the right places and have a ribbed, honeycomb pattern that reviewers say helps to hide cellulite. The defining feature, of course, is the scrunched seam in the back that shapes your behind.
These top-rated leggings are another great option for anyone looking for a booty-boost without the squats. They feature a similar honeycomb pattern, compression material and the “butt scrunch” design.
You didn't expect us to not include a Lululemon legging, did you? As with other pairs, this 25-inch Align high-rise legging, designed for yogis, is pricey, but the quality is worth it. Fran Sales, associate SEO editor for Shop TODAY and a yearslong yogi, loves the 90 Degree By Reflex pair she bought for a steal at Amazon (see below), but her Lululemon Align (she has one in Grey Sage) is the favorite she tries not to wear too often.
They're made of a lightweight and super-soft fabric blend ("buttery soft" by the brand is accurate), and they're so comfortable that Sales has worn them not just in the studio and the gym but also on hikes and even window shopping. Her favorite part, though? The hidden pocket on the inside left of the waistband, where she stores her AirPods case.
You know Spanx for its shapewear prowess. You can get that tummy control with these seamless leggings, thanks to their high waistband, and they're made from compressive yet stretchy (and eco-friendly) fabric. According to one five-star reviewer: "[They] really stay up without folding over. I really like that the ankles are tight too." The pair of ankle-length leggings also lacks a center seam to prevent those dreaded camel toes, says the brand.
Available in multiple color options, these leggings are an Amazon shopper favorite (and that includes Sales — she has three pairs). They pass the "squat test" (which is basically the gold standard for leggings) and are made with compression material and a slimming waistband, so you'll look and feel your best every time you put them on.
These leggings from H&M check nearly all of the boxes: They have a high waist and a wide shaping panel that sculpts your waist, hips and legs for a flattering look. We're also a fan of the ribbed texture which is a nice change from many other fitness leggings we've tried; still, they're designed to be fast-drying. The "seamless" in the name? That means it's made "with a minimum number of seams for added comfort and increased freedom of movement," according to the brand. It also comes six cute colors (Plum is pictured). Even better? They ring up under $20 at the time of this writing.
Madewell's bestselling ultra-soft leggings have earned an average 4.5-star rating for style and a 4.2-star rating for value. The sustainable fabric is built with four-way stretch and designed to be sweat-wicking. We like that they have Plus sizing available, too. Just like the Lululemons, these 25-inch leggings are tailored for low-impact and high-flexibility activities, and we're a fan of the hidden ID pocket in the waistband. The difference? These ring up at under $60.
If you're a lot more into high-impact activities like Crossfit or HIIT, or if you lead a very mobile and active life in general, these tights from NoBull are the ones for you. Again, these are on the pricier side, but their quality can be vouched for in how well they fit and move with figures that are more muscular. Sales received a sample of these in the Deep Lavender Heather, and besides the lovely muted purple matte color (though that was a highlight to black-wearing Sales), it more than passes muster in her high-intensity gym workouts. That's likely due to the high-rise and wide-shaped waistband, as well as its body-hugging fit.
This also has an average rating of 5 stars from 340 reviews. One active reviewer raved: "Very comfortable and quality material. ... The high rise is perfect, and the waistband stays in place and does not bend or fold during a workout." The only downside: no pockets.
Thankfully, Sales goes for her pair of Tentree InMotion leggings when she needs more sizable pockets for her phone and IDs and even keys. The 7/8-length leggings, the brand's bestseller, have a high-rise waistband that feels supportive and not constrictive, and the four-way stretch knit material is actually made from recycled post-consumer waste (another plus).
And if the two spacious outside pockets aren't enough, these come with two hidden pockets in the waistband, and, while Sales can't attest to this as she doesn't have any pets, the weave of the fabric is designed so pet hair doesn't stick. What she can attest to, however, is the unexpected booty lift she gets with these pants. ("That was the cherry on top," she says.)
These sport compression leggings provide a flattering fit as well as comfortable support. They're also super soft according to reviewers (and as the name implies). They feature a tummy-control waistband and sueded material, which help to refine your silhouette. For anyone between sizes, some reviewers recommend sizing up due to the compression.
Athleta's High-Rise Elation leggings come in seven different colors, ranging from a light pink to jet black (and three of them are discounted at the time of our last publish!). The brand calls the Powervita fabric "buttery soft with support that feels like a gentle hug," and there's a hidden pocket in the back of the waistband to hold your keys, cards or earbuds.
They have over 2,000 (!) 5-star reviews from shoppers that are raving over the pair's quality look, comfort and feel. One says, "The ultra-high waist conquers the muffin top!"
Spanx put faux-leather leggings on the map with its bestselling pair, but the brand recently debuted a pair of faux-suede leggings that are destined to become just as popular as their predecessors. They're equally as luxurious, as they are stretchy and comfortable, and come in four different Earth-toned colors that are perfect for fall styling. You can find them in sizes XS-3X in tall, regular and petite sizing.
You can never have too many leggings! These high-waisted tummy-control options come in a four-pack, so you’ll never be without a pair — which is perfect because their form-flattering fit and ultra-soft material will make you want to wear them every day.