13 Pairs of Leggings That Won’t Fall Down When You Work up a Sweat

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I always empathize with the girl at the gym who has to pause to yank up her leggings while sprinting on the treadmill. I've been there, and it stinks. Whether you're running, lifting weights, or doing yoga, pants that slide down while you're exercising are the definition of annoying. You could certainly remedy the issue by wearing a unitard, but drawstring leggings will do the trick.

The genius who decided to put drawstrings in leggings is a true fitness hero and must be recognized as such with a shiny gold medal. Drawstring leggings are not always easy to find, especially with so many options online, but more brands are releasing workout pants with the helpful feature.

If you want to avoid getting depantsed by your own leggings, grab one of these prime picks and prepare to work up a sweat without the wardrobe malfunction. Once you start living that drawstring life, you'll never go back.

Best Drawstring Leggings

The Upside Original Supersoft Yoga Pants
The Upside Original Supersoft Yoga Pants — $100.00

These sleek leggings take the classic black legging (that fills your workout clothing drawer) and elevates with with an elastic waistband with a drawstring tie for extra support. Made for lounging, errand running, or low impact workouts, they are easy to dress up or down for whatever your day has in store.

Year of Ours Ribbed Football Legging
Year of Ours Ribbed Football Legging — $114.00

Inspired by the uniform made famous by your high school quarterback crush, these sporty leggings have a high waist and vertical piping for streamlined support, while the ribbed finish makes them cozy and unique.

Reebok Womens Skinny Sheer Leggings
Reebok Womens Skinny Sheer Leggings — $36.00

Drawstring front, compression, and pockets? These lightweight leggings have what it takes to rock your next sweat session in style. They’re also available in multiple colors.

Vuori Daily Legging
Vuori Daily Legging — $84.00

These leggings have mastered the “no-slip fit.” With 10 different colors to chose from, these leggings are made from a no-slip fabric, are high waist, and for extra security, sport a drawstring tie so you can be sure that there will be no mid-sweat sesh slippage.

BALEAF Fleece-Lined Leggings
BALEAF Fleece-Lined Leggings — $33.00

For those cold or rainy days, these leggings will keep your legs warm and dry — they’re water-resistant on the outside and fleece-lined on the inside. The high-waist and drawstring will keep your leggings in place as you move, and the side slip pockets and back zippered pocket give you options for carrying small items with you.

Alo 7:8 High-Waist Checkpoint Legging
Alo 7/8 High-Waist Checkpoint Legging — $108.00

Wishing you could combine your favorite sculpting legging with your comfiest sweatpant? Alo did it for you. Made with the brand’s signature Airlift fabric, these leggings are sleek and flattering while also having pockets for ultimate versatility and convenience.

Aerie Offline Warm-Up Drawcord Legging
Aerie Offline Warm-Up Drawcord Legging — $30.00

Made from recycled polyester, these pocketed leggings are brushed on the inside for extra warmth and coziness, but are also super light for ultimate flexibility and stretch, making them a perfect lounge essential.

Fabletics Define Mid-Rise 7:8 Legging
Fabletics Define Mid-Rise 7/8 Legging — $52.00

If sky high-rise leggings can sometimes feel too restrictive, but you still want a pair that promises to stay in place, these leggings are it. They are mid-rise, with the adjustable waist of a jogger, but they also have the compression of your favorite pair of leggings. The colorblock style is also hard to miss.

Tommy Hilfiger Women's High Rise Performance Legging
Tommy Hilfiger Women's High Rise Performance Legging — $40.00

These leggings have some colorful accents on the waistband and leg cuffs to make them stand out from the rest of your all black leggings. They’re made of a cotton/spandex blend and have a wide waistband you can cinch with the drawstring.

Nike Epic Luxe Run Division Leggings
Nike Epic Luxe Run Division Leggings — $110.00

When you’re out for a run, the last thing you want to do is be pulling up your leggings mid-stride. These Nike leggings are not only lightweight and breathable, but they also have compression and a narrow waistband with an elastic drawstring to make sure they stay put. Pockets on the side and back help store your keys or cards, too.

lululemon Fast and Free High-Rise Tight 25
lululemon Fast and Free High-Rise Tight 25" — $128.00

If you don’t want to deal with tying and untying your drawstrings, these lululemon leggings have a continuous drawcord inside the waistband that you can tighten with just a pull. They’re a shorter length, at 25″, and are also sweat-wicking and quick-drying.

Old Navy High-Waisted UltraCoze Performance Leggings
Old Navy High-Waisted UltraCoze Performance Leggings — $22.00

You’ll want to wear these soft leggings all the time, no matter what the weather or activity you’re doing. They’re breathable and moisture-wicking, and have a fleece interior to keep your legs wrapped in coziness. The waistband is elasticized and has a drawstring, and there are zippered side pockets to keep your valuables secure.

Under Armour UA Meridian Rib Waistband Ankle Leggings
Under Armour UA Meridian Rib Waistband Ankle Leggings — $70.00

With a wide waistband that’s ribbed to stretch and a drawstring to hold it securely in place, these leggings will be able to keep up with any activity. The material is soft, breathable, and anti-odor, exactly what you want for your next hard workout.

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