15 of the best black leggings you’ll want to live in — at every price point

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Contrary to what some may think, leggings are pants. But no matter what side of the great fashion debate you fall on, leggings aren’t going anywhere. The controversial garment is unquestionably a wardrobe essential — and we’re here to round up the best styles for all of your black legging needs.

You may save your leggings solely for exercising, or you might be like me and reach for your go-to black leggings no matter the occasion. Long car ride? Check. The supermarket? Check. The gym? Duh. To the office? You bet.

After decades of wearing leggings, I’ve tried my fair share of brands and weeded out which ones are actually worth it. When it comes to lounging around the house, Zella’s Live In Leggings are a no-brainer. For a slightly fancier approach when dressing up booties and a sweater, Splendid’s Stretch Leggings are great for wearing out all year-round.

And then there are the leggings that must pass the squat-test. From Amazon’s most popular pair to the cult-classic options from Lululemon, Athleta and more, a successful pair of workout leggings comes down to the fit, fabric and waistband.

Ahead, you’ll find the the ultimate guide to the best black leggings on the market, starting at just $12. These are the pairs you’ll have for years to come, recommend to your friends and wonder what in the world you wore before you bought them.

Check out the best black leggings you’ll want to wear all year long:

1. Best Leggings from Nordstrom: Zella Live In High Waist Leggings, $59

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2. Best Athletic Leggings: Lululemon Align Pant II 25″
Cool
, $108

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3. The Softest Pair: Splendid Stretch Leggings, $58

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4. Best Plus-Size Option: Universal Standard Core Legging, $80

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5. Best High-Waisted Leggings: Colorfulkoala High-Waisted Pocket Yoga Pants, $25+

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6. Best Leggings With Pockets: Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II Capri, $89

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7. Most Affordable Leggings: BP.High Rise Leggings, $12

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8. Best Running Leggings: Nike One Lux 7/8 Tights, $90

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9. Most Flattering Fit: Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings, $36

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10. Best Leggings from Amazon: Core10 Cross Waist ‘Build Your Own’ Yoga Pant, $44

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11. Best Jersey Knit Leggings: Gap Basic Leggings, $29.95

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12. Best Sustainable Style: Girlfriend Collective High Waist 7/8 Leggings, $68

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13. Most Stylish Option: Koral High Rise Lustrous Leggings, $80

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14. Best Fast-Drying Pair: Aerie Offline Goals High Waisted Legging, $34.96 (Orig. $49.95)

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15. Best Squat-Proof Option: Roam Loud Vai Leggings, $45.99

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If you enjoyed this story, you may want to read how we tried Amazons best-selling ‘Lululemon dupe’ leggings on three different body types.

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