How Should Leggings Fit?

Leggings have come a long way over the years. Once known primarily as a beloved exercise staple, leggings are now also considered a great loungewear option, part of a chic airport outfit and even cross into more elevated categories now that faux leather, suede and velvet styles are common. Plus, celebrities love to wear them everywhere, so you probably won't see these tight, stretchy pants fading away anytime soon. The key to rocking a pair of leggings is knowing how to get the perfect fit. Whether you're on the hunt for high-quality workout leggings or a pair you can wear with the rest of your closet, here's what you need to know about how leggings should fit and how to style them for different occasions. 


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The Basics

First, it's important to know that there are many different types of leggings out there. Exercise leggings range in length for different workouts and climates, and these leggings are typically made out of common synthetic materials to help keep you feeling dry without losing their shape. Leggings designed for casual wear, loungewear and styling with cute outfits tend to vary more in shape and style. This includes mostly cotton-based leggings with varying rises as well as jeggings, leather leggings and more. 

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Though there are numerous types of leggings available, they are generally designed to fit the same. Here are a few ideas that might help you better understand how your leggings should fit:


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  • Leggings are meant to be form-fitting. They should hug your curves and define the natural shape of your body. However, they should not be too tight. If your leggings leave red marks around the ankles or waistband, create an uncomfortable skin bulge near the seams or make it difficult to move or walk normally, your leggings are too tight. 
  • You should be able to see your leg, butt and waist shape when wearing leggings. They're meant to show off your body, so if you feel uncomfortable with that idea, it's probably best to wear pants that are designed to give you a more relaxed fit. 
  • Underwear plays a huge part in the fit of your leggings. Since the leggings themselves are form-fitting, you definitely want to wear a thin pair of seamless panties underneath or nothing at all. A visible panty line from underwear styles you might wear with jeans or looser pants will show through and distract from your leggings look.
  • You'll know you have the perfect fit when your leggings feel comfortable and make you feel great! You should be able to move freely while still enjoying the amount of coverage and support you desire. 

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Finding Your Perfect Pair

Now that you know how leggings should fit you, it will be easier to shop for a new pair! Leonisa offers high-quality legging styles for exercise, maternity, body sculpting and even classic options that are sure to become your best everyday leggings. With added attention to detail, exclusive DuraFit and PowerSlim fabrics and high-quality manufacturing, there's something for every style preference, target area and activity. 


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We design our leggings with the perfect fit in mind so you can enjoy an effortless online shopping experience every time. Because our leggings are offered in a range of shapes, sizes, colors and styles, you can curate a collection of leggings for any occasion and rest easy knowing they'll give you a fabulous fit every time. You deserve it!

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