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Why Ododos tummy-control leggings are my go-to pants this fall

Pockets and four-way stretch? Sign me up!
Two images Writer Katie Jackson wearing the Ododos High-Waist Tummy Control Yoga Pants
TODAY Illustration / Courtesy Katie Jackson

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Earlier this summer, I found a pair of Amazon's bestselling yoga shorts with thousands of rave reviews. They offered a comfortable waistband and tummy control — and I gladly tried them, especially after experiencing major discomfort post-surgery. In fact, I liked them so much that when I was looking at leggings to wear this fall, I decided to try this $22 pair from the same brand. I don't like clichés, but like my dad always said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Ododos High-Waist Tummy-Control Yoga Pants

I'm semi-broke, so the price is perfect

As much as I want to drop $100 on high-end leggings, I can't afford to right now. So, the fact that these Ododos High-Waist Yoga Pants are under $30 (and only $18 in select shades and sizes) is 100% perfect for my budget. The accessible price point is probably the main reason these pants are so popular. They have over 23,000 verified five-star ratings and are currently ranked No. 5 and 6, respectively, on Amazon's list of Bestsellers in Women's Yoga Leggings and Women's Sports Tights & Leggings.

squatting in my high waist leggings
Katie Jackson

They come in dozens of colors and fun prints you'd probably never find in any store. Since I like a neutral legging that I can wear with everything, I got charcoal gray. And since I like to turn heads every now and then, I also got a pair in gray snake (which is no longer available, but the gray leopard design is just as eye-catching). They also come in capri-length styles, which are slightly cheaper.

They're perfect for my yoga practice

doing a standing yoga pose in my high waist leggings
Katie Jackson

My yoga poses aren't perfect, but these pants are perfect for practicing. The four-way stretch fabric ensures I can't use my leggings as an excuse for not being able to get into certain positions. The flatlock seams ensure that I won't experience chafing, even when doing Bikram yoga in a hot and humid room. And unlike other leggings I've worn, the fabric isn't see-through. So, I don't need to worry about anything showing that shouldn't be showing.

reaching for my toes
Katie Jackson

My tummy doesn't even have to show. These leggings are high rise and specifically designed to prevent the dreaded muffin top from overflowing. My belly isn't really my problem area at the moment, but I still appreciate the "tummy control" these pants offer — especially when I'm seated. Basically, if anything is offering me tummy control, I'll take it!

They work as everyday pants, too

wearing my charcoal ODODOS high waist leggings with a blouse and white shoes
Katie Jackson

I've owned dozens of leggings in the past decade, but I can't recall ever owning a pair that had pockets big enough to hold an iPhone XS. These pants do. If I want to go out to run a quick errand, I don't even need to bring my bag. I can just carry my phone, keys, wallet and must-have MAC lipstick in the two front pockets.

They're also way too comfortable and flattering to only be worn and seen in a yoga studio or fitness class. I like to think my legs are naturally long, but the reason I probably get so many compliments when I wear these out is because of the contoured detailing that lengthens and slims my lower limbs.

I don't like clichés but ...

ODODOS Out Pocket High Waist Yoga Pants in charcoal
Katie Jackson

My dad was right: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If you find a brand that makes something you like, you can save time (and in this case, money) by not taking the risk of trying an unknown entity. For just $22, I'll probably be picking up a few more for the fall.

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This article was originally published on Aug. 31, 2020.