Black leggings are the true staple of our wardrobe.
They’re great for weekend chores, school runs and lounging at home. If you’re not yet converted, you might be wondering how to wear leggings? But the answer is: you can wear them with EVERYTHING.
They are very versatile and never, ever need to be ironed.
So, to save you the trouble of trawling the internet to look for the best black leggings, we've rounded up the best pairs you can buy on the high street for under £35.
Take a peek below to find a pair which suits you best, from classic to plus-size leggings, from everyday favourites to some great maternity leggings and even the very best pairs of high-waisted leggings - there's a pair of black leggings for everyone.
What are we looking for with the best black leggings?
We've checked out these black leggings based on strict criteria - overall reviews, comfort, fit, quality and price. That means you'll know if they're see-through but are still worth investing in, or if they're totally squat-proof but pricey. With this in mind, let's get to it:
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Best black leggings UK 2022
Best black leggings for workouts Comfortable, buttery soft and ideal for exercise, these five-star leggings are a complete dupe for Fabletics. These are made from moisture-wicking material which will ensure you remain dry and comfortable during exercise. Key info:u2022 Made from super soft and skin-friendly materialsu2022 High-rise waistbandu2022 Hidden waistband inner pocketu2022 Two outer pocketsu2022 Moisture-wickingu2022 Squat-proofu2022 True to sizeComfort rating: 9/10Verdict: 9/10
Best black leggings for Body SculptingThis pair of skin-tight M&S jeggings have a special bum lift technology and cotton-rich fabric designed to keep your derriere looking pert all while remaining highly comfortable.Key info:u2022 True to sizeu2022 Sustainably sourced cottonu2022 Sculpt & Liftu2122 stretch fabric u2022 Well-pricedComfort rating: 8/10Verdict: 9/10
Best all-rounder black leggingsLove Leggings are designed to be your go-to pair for every day and even Louise Pentland is a fan. They have a tummy-support waistband and are not even a teeny bit see-through. Key info:u2022 True to sizeu2022 Available in petite, tall and extra tall u2022 Available in sizes 4-28u2022 Well-pricedComfort rating: 8/10Verdict: 9/10
Best black leggings for comfortThese leggings are ridiculously soft with a high-rise waistband that won't slip down, and they don't lose their shape when washed.Key info:u2022 Stretchy, buttery soft fabricu2022 True to size, even with the grouped sizingu2022 Squat-proofu2022 Can split along the inner thigh seams over time if worn regularly u2022 AffordableComfort rating: 10/10Verdict: 8/10
Best plus size black leggingsComfortable and casual, these stretch-jersey leggings are perfect for those off-duty days.Key info:u2022 High-waistedu2022 Comfortable, stretch-jersey fabricu2022 Size down for the best fit u2022 Sturdy elasticated waistbandComfort rating: 8/10Verdict: 8/10
Best black leggings for winterFor warmth and comfort, this pair of thermal leggings will keep you warm during long walks. Pair them with your favourite jumper and you're good to go. Key info:u2022 Brushed inside for cold weatheru2022 Size down for the best fit u2022 Squat-proofComfort rating: 9/10Verdict: 8/10
Best black leggings for everyday wearIncredibly comfortable and perfect if you're working from home - we love this pair of black leggings from M&S.Key info:u2022 Super soft fabricu2022 High-waistedu2022 Slightly see-through when stretchedu2022 Generous lengthComfort rating: 9/10Verdict: 8/10
Best black leggings for yogaHow cute are these crop leggings? Not only is the pink panel off the chart with a hint of colour, but the material is also soft and stretchy. Key info:u2022 Stretchy, breathable fabricu2022 Side pocketsu2022 True to sizeu2022 Slightly see-through when stretchedComfort rating: 8/10Verdict: 8/10
Best lightweight black leggingsNot a shorts fan when it's hot? Not a problem. We need all the breathable and thin fabric when it comes to picking leggings to wear on warmer days. Key info: u2022 Highwaisted u2022 Thin fabric u2022 Breathable u2022 High waisted, bodycon fit u2022 Slightly see-through Comfort rating: 8/10 Verdict: 8/10
Best maternity black leggingsFoucome leggings are made from a comfortable and stretchy fabric material, offering you comfort and confidence throughout your pregnancy.Key info:u2022 Stretchy and comfortableu2022 Thick materialu2022 Over-the-belly-fit u2022 Belted fasteningu2022 May not be suited to taller womenComfort rating: 8/10Verdict: 8/10
What to wear with black leggings:
The beauty of black leggings is they can be worn pretty much with anything (hurrah!) but here are a few key looks to bookmark, which will fast become your uniform...
Oversized hoodie and trainers: play with proportions by pairing a big jumper with skin-tight leggings. This look is super flattering and very cosy. We like cosy.
Blazer, shirt and heels: a fail-safe evening look. Black leggings will help elongate your silhouette and the blazer will ensure you look hella chic.
Cardigan and chunky boots: we are loving cardigans for autumn/winter. Pair yours with black leggings and your favourite pair of chunky boots for a laid-back autumn vibe.
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What should you not wear with leggings?
We're big fans of 'you do you, hun', but the general rule of thumb is that you shouldn't wear tops that don't cover your bum if your leggings are see-through. Unless that's your style, of course.
Can you wear crop tops with leggings?
You sure can. One of the most popular ways to wear leggings is with a sports bra if you're heading to a yoga session or a gym or with a loose fitting crop top if you're chilling around the house or enjoying a day out.
General rule of thumb for crop tops and leggings? Make sure your leggings have a bodycon fit so they don't ride up or down but as said above, 'you do you hun'.
A look we're loving at the moment, a matching leggings and top two-piece combo.
Are leggings still in style?
The short and only answer to this question is: YES. Leggings are versatile, comfortable and can be paired with many outfits and styles - we think they'll always be on-trend.
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How do I choose leggings?
Leggings should feel like second-skin, so avoid saggy crotches and bunched up fabric at the knees. The waistband should be comfortable, and if they're falling down every five minutes, ditch them. You may need to size up or down depending on the brand, so always read the reviews before purchasing.
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And did we mention, leggings are perfect for all British weather? In the summer, throw them on with a t-shirt and sandals, and in winter pair them with your favourite chunky knit. Seasonal outfits = sorted.
Almost every high street shop has their own version, but beware because lots of leggings are really cheap, and unfortunately, if they only cost pennies, you'll get what you pay for.
Leggings can look really good if they're properly made, but there is nothing worse than the see-through variety – we’ve all walked down the street after someone whose underwear is clearly visible through their second-rate leggings: do not let this be you.
Unless that's the look you're going for, in which case - all power to you.