4 Best Workout Leggings and Tights

ILU FITWEAR SCULPT ME LEGGINGS £47; ilufitwear.com

‘Buying groceries in my activewear? Drinking coffee in my activewear? Yeah, I’m guilty of this and more thanks to these beautiful leggings, which come with a very subtle grey spiral print that makes them stand out from bog-standard black. The wide waistband is super-flattering, especially if, like me, you’re a mum who isn’t sure if her tummy will ever revert to its original shape. Of course, the tights perform in workouts too – I found the seamless, stretchy fit really comfy when doing flow yoga. I just wish they had a drawcord to keep them in place during more explosive workouts such as running or HIIT classes. But they’re a great price.’

 

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FREDDY CLOTHING SHAPING EFFECT 7/8 PANTS £89.90; freddyclothing.co.uk

‘On first inspection, these look a bit quirky. There’s a specially designed seam that runs down the rear to create a lifted look, and silicone patches on the inside of the trouser that wrap, hold and push up the derrière. But honestly, these are the leggings to wear if you want a shapely bottom. The seams that run around the waist band and down the hips to the thighs really shape the lower half, while the extra “bottom seam” doesn’t look half as quirky once you’ve put these leggings on. I like the slightly-shorterthan-full-legging length, which elongates the legs. These are great value for money as they come with a free matching top.’

VICTORIA SPORT KNOCKOUT TIGHT £68; victoriassecret.com

‘Lean legs. Tick. Whittled waist. Tick. Perky behind. Tick. These leggings shape and sculpt every inch of your body in an understated manner. And, I’m going to be honest, my love for the pair came as a bit of a surprise because I’m in my thirties and not the typical wearer of this youthful brand. Why so good? It’s all thanks to the smooth seams, four-way stretch fabric and mid-rise waistband that holds your body in all the right places. Unlike many of the sculpting tights, there’s a hidden waistband drawcord, allowing for a snug fit that keeps the bottoms in place, however much you run, jump or stretch – and I’ve done all three activities in the tights, so can say that with the utmost confidence. The leggings are available in a huge range of colours, from powder pink to ruby red or animal print. And colour selection doesn’t affect the results – they’re as flattering in sparkly silver as they are in slimming black. The only problem? You’ll want to cry when your pair of these is in the wash!’

SHOCK ABSORBER ACTIVEWEAR LEGGING (£45; shockabsorber.co.uk)

‘I’m a big fan of sports bra brand Shock Absorber’s new activewear range. As someone who runs, I often wear Shock Absorber’s high-impact bras, and love that I can now buy vests and leggings to match the crop tops. This clever pair comes with a high waist for sucking in the tummy and an extra-thick, curved seam that lifts and shapes the derrière. I’m not so keen on the seam at the front, which wraps around the crotch. However, that seam isn’t quite as obvious when these tights are on as it is when they’re off. You can get hold of these in two lengths – full and capri – which make them stand out from other brands. Choose from black, purple or geometric print.’

FIGURE FIT TABA LEGGINGS £47; figure-fit.com

ʻThis sweat-wicking pair are so snug and fitted that they hold everything in – thighs, tummy, bottom, the lot! The waistband, in particular, is incredibly flattering. The stretchy fabric felt luxurious, so I wasn’t surprised to read it had been carefully sourced for its high-quality and bodysculpting ability. I love the colourways – you can opt for understated black with a hint of print or go for a bold print to pair with a plain top. And the performance impressed – I trialled these during an intense “brick” session of Watt bike cycling followed by treadmill running. I’m not a huge fan of the capri length, but a full-length design is being launched soon.’

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