May 9th 2018
Sportswear is fast becoming the new shapewear thanks to strides in legging tech over the years. Built to offer both tummy-control and comfort thanks to a mixture of clever seaming, sculpting stitching and high riding waistbands, they not only help you feel more held in and supported, but also provide you with a smoother silhouette too.
These are the ones worth adding to your workout wardrobe.
Great for...a HIIT workout
Extremely comfortable and flexible, these sculpting leggings keep you cinched in no matter how fast-paced the workout. With dry moisture tech that keeps you cool under pressure and a striking ombre design available in four colourways, they’re just as great in the gym as they are outside it.
Great for...rowing or a sweaty yoga session
The breathable mesh panels on the knees and stretchy waistband make these leggings feel like a second skin, allowing for greater range of movement for times when you need to bend that little bit further. Providing light support around your middle for a less restrictive feel, they're an ideal choice if you need your kit to be just as supple as you are (or hoping to be!).
Great for...outdoor training
Made of four-way compression stretch-jersey fabric (just as impressive as it sounds), this slightly thicker tummy-hugging pair offers both style and substance. Not only are they seamless to give a more streamlined shape, but compression leggings are said to also help boost performance (by increasing blood circulation) and also reduce muscle fatigue when you're recovering. So if you’re looking for an option to suit both exercise and rest days, these could fit the bill very nicely indeed.
Great for...a spin class
Don’t let the price tag fool you - although the cheapest pair in our edit, their quality is of something a lot more expensive. Sturdy but soft, they strike the perfect balance to ensure you feel secure both in and out of the saddle. Complete with sweat-wicking fabric, a grey marl shade that goes with anything and four-way stretch for an even closer fit, they'll fast become a spin studio staple of yours.
Great for...an all-rounder
Ideal for HIIT, running, sit-ups or press-ups, these suits-all sculpting compression leggings fit a wide range of different workouts. Seriously comfortable and available in crop and 7/8 lengths, they’re as flattering on tums as they are on bums, thanks to their booty-boosting seaming designed to provide a cheeky lift.
These high rise leggings’ extreme stretchiness makes them an ideal fit for full body workouts involving both small and large range-of-motion movements. Silky, high quality and able to withstand an impressive number of washes without going saggy (up to a year we’ve found), you can go straight from barre to brunch in them. They're also great for spinning too.
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