The best leggings in Australia: From butt-lifting to sustainable

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The work from home revolution has made activewear even more of a staple in Aussie wardrobes over the past year, and if your pairs are starting to look a little tired from all that sitting (and the occasional squatting) then we’ve got some great options to add to your collection.

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We've gathered lots of great options for your next pair of leggings. Photo: Getty

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Instant butt-lift

Amazon’s SEASUM high waist leggings have gone viral on social media thanks to their honeycomb fabric that’s designed to lift and shape your booty. Just about everyone on TikTok has given them a whirl, including Lizzo who said, “They make my booty stiff so somebody lyin’.”

They’re now the most sold item in women’s fashion on Amazon Australia, and while many have waxed lyrical about how flattering they are, others have pointed out that they’re not exactly not designed for actual workouts.

Price: $35

 SEASUM high waist leggings
These SEASUM high waist leggings are the top selling women's clothing item on Amazon Australia after they went viral on Tik Tok. Photo: Amazon

Mum tum magic

It’s hard to look past Lululemon when it comes to leggings, and their lightweight, high rise designs are particularly popular among new mums looking for a little extra support.

Their Align yoga pants are a big hit amongst the brand’s loyal fan base, and expecting mums have also raved about the super stretchy fabric being great during pregnancy.

Price: $119

Lululemon's Align yoga pants in orange
Lululemon's Align yoga pants are loved by mums (and non mums) for their supportive, high waist fit. Photo: Lululemon

Leggings to lift your mood

A local brand that’s really been resonating with Melburnians since lockdown is Moody Activewear, a social enterprise that donates all the profits made from their leggings to women’s mental health charities in Australia.

They don’t have the most extensive range, but their classic, black long length leggings are a great mix of compression and stretch, plus they give back to those in our community who are really doing it tough.

Price: $99

Melbourne label Moody Activewear
Melbourne label Moody Activewear takes socially responsibility seriously and 100% of their profits are donated to women's mental health charities. Photo: Moody Activewear

Sweating sustainably

If sustainability is something you look for in a brand, Bondi-based Nimble Activewear is all about being kind to the planet.

Their leggings are made from recycled plastic bottles and even the bags they’re mailed to you in are compostable. Some styles, including their Dynamic 7/8 Legging, also come with a pocket for your phone.

Price: $99

Nimble Activewear in grey
Nimble Activewear are environmentally friendly to their core, even their packaging is compostable. Photo: Nimble

Super affordable

At just under $40 a pop, Cotton On’s leggings are a great budget option that come in loads of different colours for every possible occasion.

Their Lifestyle Pocket 7/8 Tight comes with pockets so you can keep your phone on you, and is made from recyclable materials.

Price: $39.99

Cotton On leggings
Cotton On have lots of affordable options in so many different colours. Photo: Cotton On

Keeping it classic

Nike is always an easy choice for activewear and can be a surprisingly affordable one too.

A basic pair of Mid-Rise Crops come in at just $55, while at the other end of the scale you have their $160 Sports Research Lab design that boasts the latest technologies and is made from sustainable materials.

Price: $55 - $160

Nike leggings in black
The top of the range Nike leggings boast the latest technologies from their Sports Research Lab. Photo: Nike

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