VERY Important Leggings Research!

I am personally alternating between leggings and sweatpants these days so I thought it was time to update this blog post. Also if you like this post, check out my new post on Sports Bras.

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Hi Mamas! I took one for the team and went on a mission to find the best leggings for us postpartum ladies! It wasn’t easy, but I knew the work was important for those post-baby bellies….mostly mine!

After two kids, I’ve got loose skin and excess fat and I know I am not the only one. I am always on the hunt for the best leggings and my definition of best leggings is they hold my stomach in so said stomach feels like a distant memory.

NEW: Knix Papaya Leggings
Retail Price: $90
Size Reco: Go up a size if you are between sizes.
The Dets: These are fashion leggings that can elevate your school drop off look, looking sleek for a dinner out or you are ready to step into a music video. Leather looking leggings aren’t usually my go to mostly due to flashbacks of having to strip them off after a night of dancing in university (soooo gross), but these were very easy to take on and off. While I found the leggings overall comfortable, the waistband did feel a bit snug and just didn’t hit me in all the right places. The leggings are described as light compression, which I was say is accurate – don’t expect a flat stomach. The comfort on these doesn’t compare to Lululemon, but these are slick and step up your fashion game and frankly they will never go out of style! While black is sold out (unless they plan to bring more options, they still have Titanium which are pretty gorgeous!
Belly Score: Good, bonus points because they stay up!
Verdict: These are super stylish, won’t go out of stylish, you are supporting not one but two Canadian female led brands, but not for lounging around the house or working out.

My TOP PICK: Lululemon Wunder Train High Rise with Everlux
Retail Price: $98*
Size Reco: Go down a size if it feels comfortable.
The Dets: These are at the top of my list for leggings! They are so lightweight, they stay up ie you don’t have to tug them up with every workout. This can be a problem with some high waisted leggings. They hold really well and feel supportive, but are not uncomfortable at all so I can wear them for a workout or all day. According to the Lululemon website, the Everlux fabric is breathable, fast-drying, supportive and sweat-wicking.
Belly Score: Flat and pants stay up!
Verdict: If they are within your budget then I would highly suggest these. I basically haven’t taken them off since I got them!

MY TOP PICK: Align Pant from Lululemon
Retail Price:
Size Reco: Go down one size
Underwear Friendly: Yes
The Dets: If butter wore pants, these would be them! These have a soft and buttery material that feels great against your skin.  I loved that they sat just above my ankle (so no bunching material) and not too much shine ie they don’t look like workout pants.  Also I liked how these held in my thighs!
Belly Score: What belly?
Verdict: Yes buy them for everyday! I love mine sooooo much!

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Joe Fresh Faux Leather Leggings
Retail Price:
Size Reco: True to size (size up if you are not sure)
The Dets: These leggings deliver on my high waisted needs by holding my stomach in and they probably can for you too. They are thicker, with a fleece lining, so not made for workouts, but rather for everyday winter wear. They come in several colours, but not black for some odd reason. While they do the trick, they weren’t super flattering on me and I am not faux leather fan so I didn’t keep these.
Belly Score: It holds!
Verdict: Great for stylish winter wear at a great price.

*You can use Rakuten to get cashback on your Lululemon purchase. You can get anywhere from 2% to 6.5% cashback. You can use my referrer link to get $5 in your account!

Joe Fresh Active Leggings
Retail Price: $29*
Size Reco: True to size, but if you are in-between sizes, go down a size.
The Dets: Overall these leggings are too shiny for my liking. They look like workout tights with their shine. When I tested these out for a few bootcamp style workouts I found that they slide down which wasn’t ideal. Material wise they feel like good quality that will last you!
Belly Score: Pretty flat when they don’t slide down
Verdict: If you are doing less intense workouts or just want them for everyday wear then they will hold up and you really can’t get leggings any cheaper than these!

*You can use Rakuten to get cashback on your Joe Fresh purchase. You can use my referrer link to get $5 in your account!

Preggo Snapback© Postpartum Leggings

Retail Price: $65 
Size Reco: True to size.  When I first put them on, I worried that I got a pair that was too small, because they were hard to put on, but then either I figured it out or they loosened a little bit. 
The Dets: The material is good quality and has held up nicely after one wash.   They go very high up i.e. to the top of your stomach which results in a nice smooth tummy and sides.  They are great for winter, fall, spring, but I probably wouldn’t wear them during the summer.  Wearing the right underwear is key! I tried them on with some not so flattering underwear and you could see where my underwear was sitting and my love handles were bulging, you could also slightly see my underwear line so I would stick to thongs.  There are grooves in the upper thigh which are not very noticeable, but I would only wear these leggings with a longer shirt to hide those grooves. Only other watch out is you start to feel the compression of the leggings after wearing them all day, similar to how your head starts to get bothered if you are wearing a hat all day.   The bottom line is that they are indeed holding in my stomach, which is amazing after two kids! 
Belly Score: Flat as a board 
Verdict: Totally worth it, you probably only need this one pair as look like they will be long-lasting!

Disclosure: I asked Preggo Leggings for a pair of leggings to review which they provided free of charge.

Preggo Leggings

Want to see my video review? Check it out here.

Equator TNA Leggings from Aritzia
Retail Price: $22
Size Reco: True to size
The Dets: They felt very light to wear, but not so thin that my underwear line showed. BUT these cut right into my midsection so there was definitely some stomach bulging
Belly Score: Bulgy
Verdict: Great price point, but only wear with a long sweater

Daria Leather Leggings from Aritizia
Retail Price: $135
Size Reco: True to size
Underwear Friendly: Yes
The Dets: I had a lot of hope for these as I heard a lot about them, while they are great for going out and dressing up your look, they looked pretty bad on me! These pants just didn’t hug me the right way; too tight around my belly, too loose around my legs and I found that the leggings were sliding down below my stomach as I wore them.  Also, I actually worried about ripping these leggings when I did the sit test.  They are however made of vegan leather, but vegan or not these didn’t do it for me.
Belly Score: Oh God No!
Verdict: Sexy for going out, but not great if your body is not perfectly proportioned

Sculpt Fit Compression from The Gap
Retail Price: $84.95
Size Reco: True to size
Underwear Friendly: Yes
The Dets: I ordered a medium when I probably should have ordered a small, as these didn’t feel nice and snug.  Also they bunched at the ankle and were shiny like a true workout pant, so not suitable for everyday wear.
Belly Score: Meh
Verdict: Skip them unless GAP is having like a 80% off sale

Ultra-High Rise Super Soft Leggings from Garage 
Retail Price: $22.95
Size Reco: True to size
Underwear Friendly: Yes
The Dets: Though these were comfortable and had a good material thickness they cut right into my stomach making me look pregnant..again!
Belly Score: Pregnant
Verdict: These are a great price point if you don’t need serious belly compression

High Rise Supersoft from Garage
Retail Price: $19.95
Size Reco: True to size
Underwear Friendly: Yes
The Dets: These come right down to the ankle which I liked, but the material felt a little thin and flimsy and these like the other Garage leggings made me look pregnant!
Belly Score: Pregnant
Verdict: Skip them; yes they are cheap, but you can do better

High Waisted Seamless Leggings from Pink by Victoria Secret
Retail Price: $65.95
Size Reco: True to size
Underwear Friendly: Yes
The Dets: These were quite thick, so they wouldn’t be suitable for summer, but that thick material is magical at making my stomach look flat! It did bunch at the ankle and these ones definitely looked like workout pants so wouldn’t be suitable for everyday wear, but you will look like you already work out while you work out with that slim figure of yours!
Belly Score: What belly…no really what belly?
Verdict: YES buy them for working out

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League of Moms / 03/18/2021

29 thoughts on “VERY Important Leggings Research!”

  1. Love the Lululemons align leggings! I practically lived in them through my pregnancy too!

  2. After two C-sections, my belly is a mess. I LOVE the TNA (Aritzia) high waisted leggings. They’re all I wear lol. I leave them pulled up if I’m wearing a baggy top or sweatshirt, or fold them down a few inches if I’m wearing a more form fitting top.

  3. Curious update… how are all these leggings on breathability. I have found that some compression leggings especially feel like I am wearing a swimsuit and don’t breath. These tend to be made from polyester, except lulu who has their own secret materials….

    1. Thanks for the question Emilie! I only kept the Lululemon Align pant as that was my favourite so I can’t talk too much about long-term breathability on the leggings. Also, not sure if any of these are considered compression leggings (what are compression legging?), but they were all high waisted in style.

  4. I have a question on the align pants! i was a size 6 at lulu in their leggings before baby. Should i go with that for after? I got gifted a size 8 and i’m debating what to do with them!

    1. Hi Lindsay, you want to go down one size as recommended by the Lululemon team. If you are generally the same size in your other clothes post-baby then probably stick go with a 6!

    1. Hi Sunny! Thanks for the feedback. I haven’t tried the Preggo Leggings, but I will check them out! Thanks!

  5. Love the Align pant! Been wearing them throughout my pregnancy. Pre-preg was a size 6 and bought them in a size 6 (with pocket) & size 8. Been wearing both throughout my pregnancy, now ~37 weeks, and they’re pretty much all I wear. Now fold the top down on occasion. Glad to hear they will be good post-partum too (if I haven’t stretched them out TOO much).

  6. I ordered the Preggo leggings, based on this useful research. I am located in Belgium so I had to pay 35USD shipping cost.. Anyway I did order it and paid the shipping cost as well. Today finally it was delicered after 2 weeks and the postman wanted me to pay additionally 36EUR!!!! I refused and contacted the Preggo Leggings Team, who told me that the int. customs fee can occur and must be paid by me. Kidding, right?
    So I paid already over 70USD and now I still don’t have the leggings and they want me to pay more..
    So.. don’t order the Preggo leggings, – surely not if you are not in US –

    1. Hi Eszter – thanks for letting us know. Sorry to hear you had to incur so many costs for a pair of leggings! We are based in Canada, but your warning is good for anyone outside of North America! Sorry again!

  7. Thank for the research! Do you think the Lulu Align leggings would be good to take in my hospital bag?
    Also, when you pick a size, do you chose based on your pre-maternity size? Im in week 34, still not sure what the aftermath will look like and I’d actually prefer to invest in a pair of leggings that may also serve me for a little longer

    1. Hi Tamar – Thanks for your question! I wouldn’t wear them right after pregnancy, but wait a few weeks until your stomach has reduced in size. I was a few months postpartum when I tried all these out so I had a sense of my size. I would bring some comfortable maternity clothes to the hospital ie something loose! I would wait to spend on these leggings for a little bit. All the best and congrats in advance!

  8. Thanks for doing the research! Do you have preference between the Align legging versus the Super-High Rise Align legging? I’m 5 months pregnant now, and want something that I’ll love post-pregnancy too.

    1. Hi Hailey,

      I have the regular align leggings, but I bet the super high rise is awesome for postpartum! I’ll put those on my list to test! My reco for you is not to wear your leggings while pregnant because you will stretch them out. If you can afford the Preggo leggings those are great for pregnancy or I would check out a less expensive option like old Navy or Gap for pregnancy and save the Align leggings for postpartum.

  9. My boyfriend bought me some Joe Fresh leggings which I hated. They didn’t fit properly at all. I spent most of the time pulling them up and I had to wear a thong so you wouldn’t see my VPL. In short I ended up giving them to my boyfriend to wear and he loved them. They actually looked better on him then me. I would like to try Lululemon but at $100 I will have to save up.

    1. Sorry to hear it! I agree they have some hit and miss products. The Lululemon ALign leggings continue to be my favourites, but I agree they come with a big price!

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