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Leggings are the unofficial uniform of people working and living from home right now, and let me tell you — you don’t need to spend $98 on a pair of Lulu leggings to be cute and comfy. I found the 10 best leggings under $20 to satisfy every facet of #SocialDistancingLife — and beyond.


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The Best Everyday Basic Legging for Women Less than $20

Aerie's chill leggings under $20

Aerie’s chill leggings are everything we want in a basic black legging. Sizes range from XXS to XXL, plus you can select length (short, medium, or long) to make sure you get the perfect fit for you.

The wide waistband on Aerie’s chill leggings, which are made out of cotton, polyester, and spandex, means they’ll never make you feel like a sausage in a casing (been there). They also keep their color, elasticity, and opaqueness for a generous number of wears and washes. Aerie’s chill leggings are normally $15.95, but we’ve seen them on sale for as low as $9.57.

I like the high-waisted version of these, and am waiting for Aerie’s chill high-waisted leggings to come back in stock.


The Best Control-Top Leggings for Less than $20

Tummy control leggings from Amazon under $20

Spanx leggings are famous for their shaping, tucking, and minimizing capabilities. But the $78 price point for their high-waisted legging is steep.

For an effective and affordable pair of control-top leggings, opt for Homma’s Tummy Compression Slimming Leggings through Amazon instead.

Homma’s slimming leggings are just $19.95 and come in 10 different colors.



The Best Capri Leggings—With Pockets!—for Less than $20

Proozy Reebok Leggings

Reebok Women’s Momentum Capri Leggings from Proozy are stylish, soft, and functional, whether you’re hanging at home or running on-the-go errands. They’re also normally $60 — but now through May 4, you can get them for just $9.99 by entering promo code KCL999 at checkout.


The Best Substitute for Nike Leggings Less than $20

Leggings from Zulily under $20

If you’re looking for a pair of running tights but aren’t prepared to foot the bill for a pair of Nike leggings, I’ve found the perfect substitute: Marika’s Samantha leggings from Zulily.

The leggings are made of 92% polyester and 8% spandex. This makes them comfortable enough to hang around in but snug and moisture-wicking enough for long runs, too. Plus, the waistband is high and taut, which means you won’t be fumbling with a drooping crotch mid-jog.


The Best Leggings for Men for Less than $20

Joggers for men / leggings for men under $20

Leggings for men? Meggings? I searched high and low for the best leggings for men, and based off reviews, price point, and functionality, I found that I had to break this one into two categories: activewear and athleisure.

For activewear, EFINNY’s compression sports pants from Walmart are the best bang for your buck. The quick-dry pants are 85% polyester and 15% spandex and meant to be layered.

For athleisure, check out Tek Gear’s jogger pants from Kohl’s. They’re regularly $25 but are marked down to $17.99 — and we’ve even seen them as low as $13.49 during Kohl’s Spring Sale. The joggers come in black, heather gray, light gray, and blue.


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The Best Plus-Size Leggings Less than $20

Plus-size leggings for women under $20

Fashion Nova’s You Doing You leggings win the award for the best name. They say their stretch fabric will never go see-through and hugs you in all the right places.

The You Doing You leggings (sorry, I had to say it again) will cost just $14.99. Shipping is $4.99 for orders less than $75, but if you use the 30% off for first-timer purchases ($4.49), it all basically evens out.


The Best “Fun” Leggings for Less than $20

Leggings from Forever21 for under $20

Sometimes you just need to add a little spice to the Groundhog Day-ness that is social distancing. Like dancing around in these metallic leggings from Forever21, for example.

These high-waisted elastic tights are the most perfect shade of tinny, sparkling lilac and not a bad investment at $19.99.


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The Best Cozy-at-Home Leggings Less than $20

Old Navy lounge leggings

Old Navy’s high-waisted jersey leggings are so soft, you’ll never want to take them off. And they’re only $14.

The material is lighter, more breathable — and yes, sheerer — than other leggings on this list, most of which can be worn as pants. So, they’re good for lounging around at home by yourself or your family, but you’ll want to throw on a tunic or long jacket before heading out the door in them. Don’t want to make that mistake again…


The Best Faux Leather Leggings Less than $20

faux leather leggings from Target

Who said faux leather was only for the nightclub? If you just need to put on some makeup and feel like a real person again, but aren’t ready to commit to getting back into jeans, faux leather leggings might just be your solution.

Target’s faux leather leggings have elasticity and a wide waistband and a sexy and fashionable “liquid” look — all for just $16.


The Best Leggings for At-Home Workouts Less than $20

Leggings from Amazon for under $20

These Oalka leggings from Amazon are a best seller at $13.99 – $21 per pair. I could see myself wearing these black leggings to work or out to dinner with the right top, once I’m out of isolation.

Oalka’s leggings come in more than a dozen other colors than black too, so you can pick your favorite.


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