"Okay, full disclosure: these are not leggings, they're joggers. So if you're looking for leggings to take the place of tights under dresses and such, I'm sorry to disappoint you, and you are excused from reading the rest of this section. HOWEVER! If you're looking for the most comfortable pants ever, pants that you'll fantasize about any time you have the misfortune to be wearing a different pair of pants, and that are somehow also slim-cut and flattering and cute enough to wear outside, then OH BOY, do I have the pants for you.
My sister gave me these Athleta joggers for Christmas, probably because she touched the fabric and couldn't imagine anyone she loved living without such outrageous softness for a moment longer (she also got some for our mom, and herself). The fabric is called modal, and it might be the greatest gift science has ever given us. Well, fabric science, at least (don't @ me, seriously). Look, I am no stranger to cozy pants — I went to grad school. But these pants are, without a doubt, the most comfortable article of clothing I have ever put on my body, full stop. They are also — miracle of miracles! — pretty dang cute.
They're slightly baggier than leggings, but still slim cut. And like the best pairs of leggings, they're very flattering in the butt area. Plus, they have nice, roomy pockets! I put them on when I get home from work, and live in them on the weekends. When I have to wash them, I feel a little bit like a child when their security blanket is in the laundry. Whoops, I guess I'll just have to buy another pair! —Jessie Gaynor
Get them from Athleta for $31.99+ (available in sizes XXS-2X and in regular, tall, and petite sizes).
Jessie is wearing a size small.