Winter leggings that will make you feel great -- and look even better

Leggings so warm, You’ll never miss another winter run again

February 1, 2021
8 min read

The next time snow, frost, and wind chill make you debate skipping your daily run, look back to this article for some added function and motivation. Dona Jo leggings are designed to give you the push you need to finish that final sprint without letting cold gusts of wind slow you down or disturb your focus.

Winter lettering

From fabric, fit, and form -- we have your back when it comes to finding the best winter leggings. With numerous pairings and brands out there all offering “the best pair of workout leggings” we’ve considered all factors. This article presents you with a broad list of offerings to suit your personal style and needs.

Regardless of your athletic aesthetic season to season, a pair of versatile and flattering leggings are a winter must have. Functionality is key, as well as long-lasting material when curating your wardrobe of winter staples. When it comes to cold weather leggings -- sporty or non-sporty -- compression and length are key!

These leggings will definitely keep you looking and feeling hot, even when the temperature drops below 30. Though this list is broad, all the products are manufactured to keep you warm. Keep reading to learn how to lock in the heat!

High rise for fit and fashion 

Despite the season the importance of exercise never fades. To stay on track with your daily 30 minute exercise routine as the weather drops below 30, look to the following products to make sure apparel doesn’t fall on your list of excuses.

Power Legging (Galaxia) by Dona Jo

Shiny pair of leggings -- with legging slimming seams -- great for looking sophisticated and beautiful. Get them today at Dona Jo.

Simplicity is bliss. With this pair of leggings you won’t have to wait for your post-work out glow, as you’ll radiate -- even on the darkest winter days -- all workout long with this fabric. The subtle details on the sides give you that added edge of protection, and sophistication. The power legging is designed not only for the on-the-go runner, but also to provide you with  freedom of choice when deciding how to style this winter must-have. With a sleek navy bottom, the options are limitless when it comes to your top. 

Material breakdown:

  • Easy (no need to iron) care fabric
  • High-rise waistband 
  • Smartphone pocket
  • Flat seams
  • Quick-dry fabric & UV Protection

High-Rise Knit Leggings by Madewell

Made with sustainable fabrics, these high-rise leggings are perfect to style with a cropped or oversized tee. Get them today at Madewell. 

These black leggings come in a high-rise fit, which will make your transition from winter to spring seamless. How you may be asking? Well, in the winter these leggings are perfect to pair with an oversized sweater or shirt, and once those spring rain showers hit, pull out your favorite oversized tee. With an extra thick feeling, you don’t have to worry about where your winter workout takes you -- from the track to your basement -- this sustainable pair of leggings has you covered. 

Material breakdown:

  • Fitted
  • Cotton/spandex
  • Machine wash 

Personality pieces with fleece and print

If you own a pair of leggings -- or several -- you understand the desire to never take them off. The question is not what you are pairing them with, since leggings are the most versatile wardrobe staple. But rather how to bring your personality and style to the comfiest pair of leggings, without looking bleak or feeling paper thin during the chilled months of winter.

Metro Legging (Esqueleto) by Dona Jo

Printed pair of leggings -- with black compression material -- great for combatting winter wind chills. Get them today at Dona Jo.

Just because it’s chilly outside, doesn’t mean you can’t bring a little bit of print and color to your grey days. This pair of leggings give that added layer of weather protection with their back lining and black compression material -- also created for added support on your back and waist. Sick of holding onto your phone in one hand, and getting tangled with your headphones in the other? Look no further than to the added side-pocket on these leggings for optional storage.

Material breakdown:

  • Sustainable Eco Soul Light fabric (front), medium compression fabric (back)
  • Mid-rise waistband 
  • Flat seams
  • Side pockets 
  • Quick-dry fabric & UV Protection

Fleece Lined Liquid Legging by Shopbop

Trendy leggings perfect for the winter weather with their fleece lining or wear them to your next night out. Get them today at Shopbop.

Cross-functionality in clothing is key. Regardless of occasion these leggings are suitable for any of your needs, from wearing them to the office or to a night out with friends. Let’s not forget how this pair of leggings is sleek and suitable for any evening or day run. The coated jersey gives a leather look -- that is bold, yet safe. Are prints too much for you to style this winter? If yes, then trade in that leather jacket, for these leather-like leggings with fleece backing to shield the winter chills.

Material breakdown:

  • Coated jersey with fleece backing
  • Elastic waist and cuffs
  • Shell: 100% polyester 
  • Lining: 90% polyester, 10% spandex 
  • Quick-dry fabric & UV Protection

Power pieces 

We’ve covered style and functionality -- leaving the best for last. A traditional pair of leggings built for both motion and comfortability will never fade, not even in the winter. As the winter months get colder and darker, life continues -- as does the need for reliable performance wear. When you’re looking for support and comfort, look no further than sleek power pieces that are perfect regardless of how you’re moving.

Power Legging (Black) by Dona Jo

High waisted pair of leggings -- with pockets -- great for running. Get them today at Dona Jo. 

Modeled to fit like a glove, this high-waisted pair of leggings are made with flat seams and deep side pockets -- perfect for storing running essentials like headphones. These leggings give you weather protection with compression material, providing a needed balance between performance and style. 

Material breakdown:

  • Moderate compression and 5-way stretch material
  • Medium compression feel, breathable and form-fitted
  • High-rise waistband
  • Flat seams
  • Quick-dry fabric & UV Protection
  • Deep side pockets for storing running essentials
  • Mesh detail

Women's Fleece Lined Winter Leggings by BALEAF

Fleece lined pair of leggings, with wide elastic waistband for form and function. Get them today at BALEAF.

Another traditional pair of leggings, but with fleece lining to add that added pair of protection against the cold. With a wide waistband, these leggings are designed not only to support you while working out, but also to give you a slimmer figure. These leggings also have an added bonus. Their breathable fabric gives the leggings functionality beyond working out, if you decide to wear them by the fire at night. 

Material breakdown:

  • 87% polyester, 13% spandex
  • Breathable, soft brushed fabric 
  • Anti-drop, high-rise, wide waistband, and long inseam
  • Hidden big waistband pocket for 4",4.7",5",5.5" Mobile Phone
  • Gusseted crotch 
  • Flatlock seams

By learning the market breakdown when it comes to the best leggings you should have in your closet to tackle the chilliest wind chills, you’ve taken the first step in owning this winter season. So now what? Make sure you stock up on some -- if not all -- of the previously mentioned items, and before you know it, you’ll be running your last winter run, and looking forward to brighter and warmer spring days.

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