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Breathable, stretchy and eco-friendly... meet the best sports leggings around, for every type of workout

Best for low impact

Flattering, super soft and sustainable – there’s not an activewear buzzword that YMO’s Daybreak leggings doesn’t cover. Made from buttery soft fabric in a clever seam-free design, these leggings are perfect for low-impact workouts such as a Pilates or barre class, or for slipping on for WFH days just because they are SO ridiculously comfortable. Designed with a crowd-pleasing supportive high waist, plus a compressive fit to support and shape your legs, you really won’t want to take them off.

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Best for high impact

High impact workouts call for a certain type of gym leggings. Whether you’re heading outdoors on a run or bike ride, or to your gym for a training session, wearing the right kit gives you a massive head start. If you need a pair of gym leggings to work as hard as you do Girlfriend Collective’s Compressive High Waisted Leggings are just what you need, made with breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that’ll keep you dry, however intense your workout, with four-way stretch for added comfort and support as you move. The compressive, high-waisted fit looks and feels so flattering and as another win, is made from recycled bottles.

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Best for yoga

Yoga’s popularity in the west might have its roots in the hippy culture of the sixties, but it’s come a long way since then, firmly entering the mainstream and banishing its bohemian roots. There’s now no reason not to look on pointe on your mat, thanks to brands such as Alo Yoga, who have transformed the yoga wear market with products such as its Airbrushed Capri Pants. Designed to lift, sculpt, contour, and smooth your legs, they’ll fit like a second skin, but are still soft and breathable enough to move easily with you through each asana. Made with no bulky side seams, they’re so light and breathable you’ll want to wear them everywhere.

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Words: Sarah Lafarge