I once made a deal with myself; I would never leave the house not wearing real pants.
Real Pants. Which loosely translated in my head meant Jeans. Jeans everyday. Home from work? Jeans. Out with friends? Jeans. Date night? Jeans.
I’m not sure when it happened – when jeans started to feel like a chore. Maybe it was the “I had babies” pounds, or the metabolism of my late twenties and early thirties. Maybe it was the acceptance that my diet and new found appreciation for craft beer were a sure recipe for a muffin top. Maybe it was the desk job, and the work clothes, but I didn’t want to get home just to take off real pants and put on real pants.
Between that and my whole “trying to get my abs back” kick, I’ve found myself outside of 9 to 5 living in my leggings. Working out? Leggings. Home from work? Leggings. Target runs? Leggings.
All of a sudden, I seem to be constantly running out of clean leggings. Short of doing laundry more often (and between Mom-life and Work-life, who has time for that?!), I’ve needed to expand my wardrobe. Here are the top 3 picks I’ve encountered on my hunt for the perfect legging.
Girlfriend Collective: If you haven’t heard of this brand, you need to check them out. I found out about them when they first popped onto the scene, offering free leggings for the cost of shipping, and they’ve been my favorite pair of leggings ever since. They’ve been washed a thousand times by now, they’re easily 3 years old, but they still look and feel like they’re brand new. Plus, there’s the added bonus that they are recycled from old plastic bottles; the company is all about sustainability. I swear, I put these leggings on and my butt is back in 2005. They’re a little pricier, but well worth it!
JoyLab from Target: If you’re an avid Target lady like I am, it’s hard to miss the JoyLab displays in the Activewear department. The patterns are cute and colorful and the prices are mid range ($30-40). So far, the leggings I’ve gotten from JoyLab have held up to the test of time. They’ve retained their shape after washing, and move really well when working out. Added bonus! Target has a regularly rotating section of Clearance (at least at my location) which I always make sure to hit – I once found an awesome pair for $8.48 that way!
Old Navy Active Wear: These are by far the cheapest leggings I’ve found! With regular sales always happening at Old Navy, I’ve managed to never pay more than $20 dollars for a pair of leggings. While they’re comfortable, I’ve found that they don’t hold up as well as other pairs I own. Sometimes I find myself tugging at them to make sure they stay where they should be while working out, which especially when you have gloves on, is not easy!
Is there a pair of leggings that you swear by? Let me know in the comments!