The Perfect Leggings To Flatter Your Belly, Lengthen Your Legs, Keep Sweat Under Control, And More

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The Perfect Leggings To Flatter Your Belly, Lengthen Your Legs, Keep Sweat Under Control, And More

Flashing your thong in yoga class. Showing up to boot camp with camel toe. Bad workout pants happen to good people all the time. Not anymore. Women’s Health’s fitness director Jen Ator and senior fashion editor Gabrielle Porcaro are hooking you up with leggings you’ll love… that’ll love you right back.

 

Athleta leggings for belly control
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BELLY CONTROL

The high, wide waistband paired with a hold-you-in fabric keeps fuller tums tucked in. (Athleta, $98, athleta.com)

 

Reebok leggings for lengthening legs
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LEG LENGTHENER

Lots of ombre styles fade at the top, broadening quads and hips (oops). These draw the eye down the leg, making you look long, long, long. (Reebok, $65, reebok.com)

(The Slim, Sexy, Strong Workout DVD from Women’s Health is the fast, flexible workout you’ve been waiting for!)

 

2XU compression leggings
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COMFIER COMPRESSION

“From long runs to long flights, these graduated compression tights promote blood flow,” says Jen, “yet don’t feel bulky or constricting.” (2XU, $80, 2xu.com)

 

Roxy surf leggings
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GREAT DEFINITION

The main graphic starts at the slimmest part of your thighs. “And there are no weird patterns in areas where you don’t want attention, like your crotch,” says Gab. (Roxy, $58, roxy.com)

 

Goldsheep leggings
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NO SHOW

Most busy patterns “white out” at the butt when you stretch. (Read: undie flasher!) This custom blend of polyester and Lycra stays opaque no matter how bendy you get. (Goldsheep, $98, goldsheepclothing.com)

 

Eddie Bauer print leggings
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GATEWAY PRINT

Brick-red mosaic is bold but not obnoxiously so. Also appreciated: the V-shaped back. (Carry on, no butt crack to see here!) (Eddie Bauer, $65, eddiebauer.com)

 

Under Armour matte black leggings
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BLACK MAGIC

These babies have a matte fabric (sheens can widen) and a hemline that lies flat at the calf to prevent pinching. (Under Armour, $60, ua.com)

 

Sweaty Betty flattering mesh reversible leggings
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FLATTERING MESH

Mesh may be trendy, but it can cling in the wrong places. These leggings are exposed at the right point and angled for a slimming, eye-catching effect. (Bonus: They reverse to all black!) (Sweaty Betty, $130, sweatybetty.com)

You don’t need a lot of equipment—or any at all—to get fit. Check out this no-equipment workout:

 

Liquido wicking palm print leggings
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SWEATAHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Gonna get drenched? You want a pair that feels barely there. This Lycra blend wicks away buckets. Fashion note from Gab: Palm print is the new floral. (Liquido, $84, liquidoactive.com)

 

Lululemon leggings with side pockets
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BEYOND PRACTICAL

Side pockets store run-day essentials; the smooth waistband won’t nip or chafe. (Lululemon, $98, lululemon.com)

 

K-Deer leggings avoid camel toe
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NO CAMEL TOE!

A horizontal gusset extends all the way down the inner leg (no seams at your crotch) to help prevent that dreaded visual punch line. (K-Deer, $98, k-deer.com)

 

New Balance leggings with reflective detail
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LITTLE DETAILS

You need to be seen on night runs but not look as shiny as a disco ball. Sleek reflective features skim these pants. Also cool: Ankle zips air things out if you’re feeling toasty. (New Balance, $80, newbalance.com)

 

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