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