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Calling All High-Rise Legging Lovers—These Are the 10 Best Pairs We’ve Tried

Saanya Ali

Photo: Getty/Corey Jenkins
The year is 2021, and high-waisted leggings are as ubiquitous as shrugs and skinny jeans were 20 years ago. They’re comfy, stretchy, and can be worn with pretty much anything to (pretty much) anywhere. Given that there are so many options out there, though, when it comes to finding the perfect pair of supportive, squat-proof, high-rise, performance tights, it can be tough to know where to start. Especially when you’re ordering them online, you’re often left wondering if they will actually stay put without giving you a constant wedgie, or ya know, falling down completely adjusting. Plus, it’s difficult to discern just how high rise a pair of high-rise leggings are. Personally, when I tick the high-rise box on any site, I’m hoping for a rise that is as high as it gets—a true under-boob grazing body glove that pairs perfectly with all crops.

Whether you’re looking for a pair that feels like a hug around your body to hold everything in during a run or sweaty HIIT class, a sleek pair that feel like leggings but doesn’t look like them, or a pair that feels barely there for optimal couch-lounging, these are the 10 best high-rise leggings to add to your ever-growing collection. No mid-workout mooning the person behind you here!

1. Alo High-Waist Fitness Legging, $108

Photo: Alo

When it comes to sky high, high-waisted leggings, Alo is the best of the best. Made from their trademarked second-skin Airlift fabric, these leggings are smoothing and compressive but feel barely-there. The logo waistband sits comfortably at your ribcage, and the full length look offers a full range of motion for whatever the day hits you with.

Shop now: Alo High-Waist Fitness Legging, $108

2. SPANX Every.Wear Active Icon Legging, $110

Photo: SPANX

If waistbands aren’t your thing, these sleek, seamless leggings are made for you. They are totally breathable, offer a four-way stretch, and, in true Spanx fashion, have an anti-odor finish, so you can wear them all day long without a care in the world.

Shop now: SPANX Every.Wear Active Icon Legging, $110

3. Sweaty Betty Power High-Waisted Workout Leggings, $100

Photo: Sweaty Betty

After gathering data points about consumers’ legging desires and concerns, the biggest complaint was that leggings weren’t staying up as well as they should. Sweaty Betty was quick to respond with these lightweight, seamless, sculpting workout leggings. The style’s added benefits include pockets (yes, I said it), and being made of totally sweat-wicking and quick-drying fabric.

Shop now: Sweaty Betty Power High-Waisted Workout Leggings, $100

4. Koral Lustrous High-Rise Legging, $88

Photo: Koral

With 19 different colorways and patterns, these lightweight leggings have a slight shine to them and provide muscle support, so you can do your jump squats in peace. All about flexibility and durability, the best part is that these leggings will hold their shape and color even after washing them again and again.

Shop now: Koral Lustrous High-Rise Legging, $88

5. Summersalt Brushed High-Rise Full Length Leggings, $95

Photo: Summersalt

In line with Summersalt ’s continued commitment to sustainability, these leggings are made from recycled plastic bottles and certified using the Global Recycled Standard. They’re also built with CoolCore fibers and four-way stretch, so this pair is designed to wick moisture away from the body to keep you cool and comfortable as you move and groove.

Shop now: Summersalt Brushed High-Rise Full Length Leggings, $95

6. Centric Cece High Waist Everyday Leggings, $72

Photo: Centric

With four bold colors, all designed to hug you in all the right places, these leggings are totally squat-proof, have a convenient, front waistband pocket, and because of the stylish mesh inserts, are breathable.

Shop now: Centric Cece High Waist Everyday Leggings, $72

7. Onzie High Rise Legging, $74

Photo: Onzie

Onzie’s signature high-rise legging is nothing short of a wardrobe classic. Great for the sweatiest of workouts (hello, hot yoga!) and a quick jaunt to the grocery, these moisture-wicking leggings are cool and comfortable while still being made for a full range of movement.

Shop now: Onzie High Rise Legging, $74

8. Epoque Evolution Orion II Legging, $118

Photo: Epoque Evolution

The brand’s best-selling legging is back and better than ever. Made from sustainable, durable, and buttery soft fabric that shapes and lifts, this second generation of the Orion legging is more elevated than the other black styles in your gym wear drawer.

Shop now: Epoque Evolution Orion II Legging, $118

9. SheWarrior You vs. You Legging, $85

Photo: SheWarrior

Made out of anti-microbial, sweat-wicking fabric, these patterned leggings are totally gym-selfie worthy. The brand’s mission is to celebrate and empower women of all shapes and sizes. Every piece is 100 percent sustainable, and a portion of the cost goes to support the Klaas Kids Foundation.

Shop now: SheWarrior You vs. You Legging, $85

10. Knix Papaya High Rise Legging, $75

Photo: Knix

Knix’s first ever legging knocked it out of the park with this flashy, shiny style. Designed in collaboration with @theBirdsPapaya, these shimmery, leather-look leggings are unlike other leathery pairs and won’t cause pesky chafing after wearing them for a while.

Shop now: Knix Papaya High Rise Legging, $75

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