Look, sometimes it's more about how something feels than it looks—particularly when it comes to items of clothing. Thankfully, there are items that tick both boxes. Soft leggings are the perfect mix of "yes, my bum does look perky in these," and "I think I'd be comfy if I laid on the floor with one leg against the wall and the other experimenting a yoga pose I saw on TikTok" energies. Intrigued? Easy to dress up or down, these are the softest leggings out there that will have you lounging on (or rather, in) cloud nine. And if you're looking for fleece leggings, cold-weather leggings, or drawstring leggings, we've got recs for those, too.
The softest leggings, ever
The internet has been buzzing over crossover waistbands these days, and Aerie is here to save the day… and your legging hunt. This ultra-light pair offers a soft support while feeling weightless and hugging you in all the right places.
If you’re looking for a heavier-weight option that is still buttery soft. This brushed pair has a four way stretch and is made with Cool Core fibers that are moisture-wicking and perfect for all seasons. Each pair is also crafted using material from recycled plastic bottles, so they make for a great eco-friendly option.
Made from recycled materials, this pair is perfectly lightweight for warmer days. Brushed, buttery soft, and sheer-proof, they are great for jaunts to the park, movie nights at home, or a warm weather workout.
The Cloud Pant feels like how it sounds—like a cloud. High waisted, seamless, and double-lined, we’ve tested these leggings while on runs, walks, and in sweaty hot yoga classes. They. Do. Not. Budge. Soft to the touch, the design subtly contours to make you feel your best while you do you (and we’re not complaining how good the brand’s glute contour seam makes our booty look). Available in 30 different colors and patterns (yes, there’s a plain black, don’t worry), Balance Athletica’s Cloud Pant has become a closet staple for W+G editors.
For a trusty legging that’s tight-fitting, yet perfectly soft and stretchy for every low-impact activity you can think of (yoga, walking, sleeping, cuddling with dogs), Reformation’s Ecostretch High Rise Legging delivers. Made from recycled polyester that’s sourced from plastic bottles and spandex, these pants allow for good movement and give you maximum comfort. We’ve tested them out at work and in various exercise classes, and they stay put and give us the support we need.
The most softest leggings, ever (with pockets!)
For what it’s worth, Beyond Yoga’s Spacedye leggings are our Senior Commerce Editor’s all-time favorite (and she’s tried and loved dozens of brands). Not only are they the softest EVER, but they have pockets at the hip! Which means you can carry your phone or snacks everywhere you go, whether that’s to yoga class or the park with your dogs (maybe just take the phone and/or snacks out when you’re in downward dog—the pockets are great, but they are no match for gravity). We specifically love these high waisted, midi-length that come in a variety of sizes and colors, keeping you comfortable and supported (thanks to the 4-way stretch, moisture wicking material, UV protection, and easy-to-wash material).
These Amazon best-selling leggings are so affordable, you’ll want to pick up a pair and a few spares. They’re high-waisted and super soft to fit just right, with one reviewer saying, “these leggings are the SOFTEST leggings I have ever worn…by a landslide!”
If you’re looking for an option that has a more relaxed fit, aren’t so baggy that they feel like your classic sweatpants, and still have the legging feel and effect, this pair ticks all of the boxes. The Nulu fabric is so weightless that it feels barely there, is breathable and sweat-wicking, and is cozy enough for a couch day, but supportive enough to wear to yoga.
These leggings have slight compression and four-way stretch so they’re great for yoga or running errands. They have a high waist with an interior drawstring and large side pockets that can hold your phone and more.
Super stretchy, supportive, sweat-wicking, and soft, these leggings have everything you need for lounging at home or your next training session. There’s a big side pocket and a back zip pocket to keep small valuables extra secure, making them great running leggings, too.
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