Posted on: January 19, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

For the longest time, leggings are something I just had to begrudgingly accept as a workout necessity. I refused to spend any energy into choosing clothing I was only going to use to sweat in, and I predictably paid the price—poorly fitting, unflattering styles that I’d find myself constantly having to pull up. But then last year, my sister got me a pair of black leggings from Marks & Spencer’s Goodmove collection, and I was amazed. The fit was absolute perfection, giving a smooth, very flattering silhouette—all without a hefty price tag. This discovery got me thinking—could black leggings belong in my out-of-the-gym outfit rotation?

Of course, I immediately started noticing that a lot of my favourite influencers were styling their black leggings in super sleek ways. There’s the understated, minimalist look, where the leggings are used as a base for effortless layered looks with jumpers, shirts and floaty trench coats. Then there’s the more polished take, á la Chrissy Ford, who’s gone for a Parisian-inspired chic look with pointed ballet flats, figure-hugging black turtleneck and supremely elegant white blazer. There’s no doubt, then, that this wardrobe basic doesn’t just belong in the gym.

So then the question is, which pair to go for? Whether you’re working with a high street budget or a designer one, looking for an athletic style or something more fashion-forward, I’ve found the best black leggings on the market. Scroll on to see my edit of the top pairs.

In my opinion, Marks & Spencer’s Goodmove line is one of the best sportswear collections on the high street. These leggings hold their shape, are ultra soft and designed to move. 

I love the washed black colour—and the fact they’re crafted from recycled nylon.

This high street pair has been made from some seriously impressive high-tech fabric that is designed to be lightweight, super soft and moisture-absorbent. 

The extra-wide elastic waistband provides extra support for a cinched waist silhouette.

These leggings are designed for medium impact workouts, but would look equally chic styled with an oversized jumper and trainers for weekend strolls.

These yoga pants have a really flattering waistband.

The cord texture makes these leggings perfect for out-of-the-gym styling.

The shape is so flattering, and this pair gets bonus points for being made form 75% recycled fibres.

These equestrian-style leggings are perfect for understatedly cool evening dressing.

Fleece-lined leggings? A cold weather dream.

These super high-waisted leggings really sculpt your silhouette.

These leggings are a firm favourite for their brilliant fit that gives a sleek, svelte silhouette.

Leggings don’t have to be a second skin fit—this flared pair look really chic, especially styled this way.

The seams on these leggings give them a Mugler vibe.

Definitely on the fashion rather than the active side of the legging spectrum, these are a minimalist’s dream for layered looks.

I’d style these figure-hugging leggings exactly like this for a weekend of running errands.

The beloved brand has released a new version of their original leggings with the addition of a zip cuff to create a flare effect. 

The slit-cuff makes these leggings perfect for pairing with heels.

Upgrade your head-to-toe black look with these leather-effect leggings, which have the added bonus of Spanx’s famed technical fit.

Trust The Row to make the ultimate “quiet luxury” leggings.

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