1 Noli Yoga galaxy print leggings | $70 at Noli Yoga – seen on me here (made with partially recycled polyester)
2 LVR organic cotton crystal wash leggings | $60 at Rodale’s
3 NUX tulip leggings | $72 at Nux (made in the US)*
4 Karma Golda leggings | $92 at Nordstrom
5 Emerson Fry party pants | $98 for set of 2
6 Icebreaker Merino wool leggings | $129 at Rodale’s
7 The Upside leggings | $95 at Net-a-Porter
(honorable mention, but not shown: Lina Rennell for Prarie Underground printed leggings)
Did you know that while I eschew print and color on my everyday, public wardrobe, I can get a little crazy when it comes to what I wear to Pure Barre. Not all the time, but every once in a while I throw a pair of “crazy pants” in my rotation because they make me smile. My latest acquisition is the Noli galaxy print pair I featured above. I’ve only worn them to class so far, but I wouldn’t be opposed to layering them with a gray oversized sweatshirt and sneakers for a casual day doing whatever. They’re opaque, and comfortable enough to wear all day; cute too. They are definitely attention-getting though, so be ready for questions 🙂
So after I posted about those, Jenne asked for a post with more cool printed leggings. Your wish is my command.
I have found that most of the cute/cool print leggings are, indeed, workout wear, but they don’t have to be exclusively for exercising. I like wearing exercise gear in “normal” life anyway, because it’s usually meant to hold up to washing and wearing better, and quite durable. Depending, of course. For me, also, “printed” means mesh, and moto-and/or coated-leggings, so I featured some of those here.
I’m a HUGE fan of mesh on leggings and now I have two pairs of leggings with mesh, my Lululemon high times mesh tights (current version), seen on me on Instagram, and SoLow mesh insert ankle leggings (seen on me here). My Lululemon leggings are a little over a year old now and they’re holding up nicely. I wear them at least once a week, and the mesh is still in tact. They ARE showing wear around the seams though, from our mat/floor work. I’m DYING over that Karma mesh inset pair I featured above, they are insane!! I have a pair of two-year old Karma tights that I wear and love once a week (seen here), so I know these would be a good investment.
I just want to make a note about materials – generally leggings made mostly from polyester, like the Noli ones I featured, and the Nux ones above, are quite “slippery” and can be thin. My Nux printed capris are thin, but still opaque, and my Noli leggings are heavier-weight. I prefer leggings like Lululemon’s luon material, or SoLow’s nylon/spandex jersey fabrication because it “holds on” to my workout camis better, and it’s softer and more compressive. I wear all types though, but just keep in mind the difference. Generally if something is meant for, or particularly good for hot yoga, it will be extremely sweat-wicking, and therefore more “shiny” and “slippery.”
I also tend to shy away from mostly cotton, wool, or cashmere leggings (but man!! I want a pair of cashmere leggings!!) because I know they’ll stretch out A LOT. My favorite James Perse leggings are 93% cotton and 7% elastane and they are perfection; they don’t stretch out and fit just like I want my casual leggings to fit. But I did find a cool printed pair of wool Icebreaker leggings (you can trace the wool back to the SHEEP!!) at Rodale’s, and an organic cotton pair that I’m interested in trying.
And of course, here are quite a few more cool printed leggings I found:
Anymore suggestions? Do you wear printed leggings in the fall/winter? What are your favorites?