What's been your best pair of leggings?

(86 Posts)
ElBombero Sat 14-Sep-13 11:38:34

I used to swear by river island but last 2 pairs have not lasted (holes in between the legs). Willing to spend extra if they last n not bag etc...

TallulahBetty Sat 14-Sep-13 12:10:46

M&S by far. However Matalan also do good ones and in fab colours.

pudtat Sat 14-Sep-13 12:17:02

I have a pair by Part Two which have done well and Peruvian Connection ones are nice for going under sweater dresses etc (I am a bit lot paranoid about transparency issues though) as have lovely colours and details.

EarlyIntheMorning Sat 14-Sep-13 12:28:38

American Apparel and Boden

buttercrumble Sat 14-Sep-13 13:11:14

M&S have some stay new leggings which are really good smile

Loupee Sat 14-Sep-13 13:13:13

American Apperal are my favourite. I have just bought some of their winter leggings as well.

trixymalixy Sat 14-Sep-13 13:54:27

I got some in the great plains sale that are lovely thick material and stay up well.

holidaysarenice Sat 14-Sep-13 14:07:14

A pair I found in my room after all our friends had stayed for skiing. Nobody will claim them!!!!!

I luff them!

VerySmallSqueak Sat 14-Sep-13 14:10:42

Next. Much better than the m&s ones I've got,but then I've noticed that m&s do several different types.
What are the good 'uns butter and Talullah ?

noisytoys Sat 14-Sep-13 14:13:47

Another one for Next. About a tenner a pair but well worth it.

kaumana Sat 14-Sep-13 14:13:52

I bought a Boden pair a year ago on the back of a similar thread. They have not faded or gone baggy even though they've been worn to death. Love them.

JustBecauseICan Sat 14-Sep-13 14:17:09

M and S Indigo Collection £12.50.


TallulahBetty Sat 14-Sep-13 14:38:38

Erm, they're a couple of years old so i can't remember blush however I know they still do them as I saw them not long ago. They have a bright pink label/tag if that helps?! Will have a mooch online..

madmomma Sat 14-Sep-13 19:03:05


Boden, M&S.
Recently got the Boden Roma trousers which are a thicker ponte material and a cross between leggings and trousers. I have order another pair of as I think I will be these wearing all winter instead of normal leggings.
HTH smile

MiconiumHappens Sat 14-Sep-13 19:36:25

Next have some really thick ones at the moment. They're great and have a thick waist band to control my mum tum grin

BikeRunSki Sat 14-Sep-13 19:46:37

H&M maternity, but their standard ones not half as good.

Bought 2 pairs of Boden ones on MN recimmendation, but both pulled way at the seams in a few places pretty quickly. I didn' t realise I could send them back even if worn for a year at the time.

ElBombero Sat 14-Sep-13 20:59:19

You can send boden ones back if they wear?

Never rated next, only had one but they were saggy and had a ridiculous high waist.

Looks like boden or m&s... Might try one of each

mizu Sat 14-Sep-13 21:00:39

Thick black long ones from H&M - they have to be the thick ones £7.99 I think. Bought two pairs last year and they are still fab.

ElBombero Sat 14-Sep-13 21:24:26


hollyisalovelyname Sun 15-Sep-13 05:29:34

Next and Awear

PastaBeeandCheese Sun 15-Sep-13 07:11:46

Marking place. I've always liked M&S but they have a very thick 'suck it in' waist band and I'm pregnant so want some with a thin waist band I can fold under my bump.

The thick waist band didn't seem to exist with DD1 so this is a new problem.

Screwfox Sun 15-Sep-13 07:12:49

They're never best. Leggings are shit. Lazy arse clothing

cariadmawr Sun 15-Sep-13 07:28:20

Primary do shapewear leggings.for £6 need to buy bigger size have had mine 3 years wearing them with tunics , dresses and long boots

Screwfox Sun 15-Sep-13 07:37:00

Ew. Step away from the tunic

foxybingodotcom Sun 15-Sep-13 07:52:25

I hated my next pair, bad fit and went a funny browny colour after a couple of washes.

Boden on the other hand are an amazing fit and look like new after a billion washes.

ElBombero Sun 15-Sep-13 09:13:36

Screwfox was that the question? Bit uncalled for.

Eastpoint Sun 15-Sep-13 09:17:32

Just bought Raffi from All Saints on someone on here's recommendation. They are so warm and comfortable, I love them. BUT they were £40 & have a little skirt. If their normal leggings are the same fabric try them.

Hassled Sun 15-Sep-13 09:20:47

I asked a nice young man in M&S yesterday where the leggings were - he said in tones of utter disgust "You want to buy leggings?". That was me told.

TheRealHousewifeOfSomewhere Sun 15-Sep-13 09:24:56

George at asda rather shockingly. Although lately I can't find the same ones in there. They are similar to my m and s ones.
Some are 3 years old and only jut beginning to fade. Also they stay nice and matt and don't go shiny like other cheap brands.

Sparklysilversequins Sun 15-Sep-13 09:26:20


Sparklysilversequins Sun 15-Sep-13 09:26:47


Kamchatka Sun 15-Sep-13 09:27:40

Toast jersey churidar (they are just leggings with buttons at the bottom).
Quite often they're a fiver in the Toast sale. I would never, ever buy these full price btw. But they're good quality.

ElBombero Sun 15-Sep-13 09:27:46

Pastabean, which range from m&s has the band, I'm post partum so thick waist band sounds good!

Sparklysilversequins Sun 15-Sep-13 09:32:19

I live in a trendy part of West London and all the young beautiful teen girls wear leggings, either with short skirts or lovely bright long shirts, with boots and mad hair. The look stunning. When MNetters go on about leggings or tunics being unstylish and lazy etc, I always think of those girls and how good they look and to be honest I would rather take their lead as to what's stylish thanks.

Parmarella Sun 15-Sep-13 09:32:26

Screwfox, you pop up everywhere with rude comments, but it is funny ( which I guess is what you aim for).

I look fab in leggings and tunic, incidentally ( paired with leather jacket to stop it being too twee). So there wink

I like Mint Velvet ruched ones best, thick, comfy, and the ruched ankle means they look good in ankle boots.only £15 which is cheap for the quality.

Mindfullness Sun 15-Sep-13 09:37:14

I really like peacocks and asda. They are long enough too which is good for me as they tend to be ankle grazers which is not a good look!

Screwfox Sun 15-Sep-13 09:50:24

yes but lets face it - they are the glossy ponies of life.

Not post natal

Sparklysilversequins Sun 15-Sep-13 09:54:55

grin Took you a long time to think of that come back didn't it?

Indeed they are but my point was that they clearly know more about what's "in" than some random on MN.

Sparklysilversequins Sun 15-Sep-13 09:56:03

Out of interest what does your day to day wardrobe look like screwfox?

Screwfox Sun 15-Sep-13 09:56:18

er.. no i was having a bath!!

Halfling Sun 15-Sep-13 09:56:29

Boden is undoubtedly the best. No high street brand comes close in terms of material quality, fit and long wear.

PastaBeeandCheese Sun 15-Sep-13 10:58:04

elbombero the basic £8 ones do but so do the slightly more expensive 'stay new' ones. Great for post natal. Not so good with a bump!

ElBombero Sun 15-Sep-13 10:59:36

And because in post natal I can't be a glossy pony?? Piss off!

ElBombero Sun 15-Sep-13 11:01:23

Just ordered boden, first ever purchase from there, thanks. Think ill try the m&s ones too but ill go in store, love the raffi look but £40... Might same them till I've lost my weight n I'm a glossy young horse again! X

Screwfox Sun 15-Sep-13 12:05:08

Hot pants and bralets

noddyholder Sun 15-Sep-13 12:36:07

H and m the slightly more expensive ones. Think they look good with jumpers but not with tunics. I think if you are only able to wear them with long dresses then you are probably the wrong shape formthem and would be better spending the extra on a good pair of skinny jeggings things with more structure and shape.

archaicmother Sun 15-Sep-13 16:48:15

Topshop make the best leggings and they make them in different lengths and tall fit.

I wear black leggings a lot and have tested most shops. I wore these before, during and after pregnancy and the same size fit me at every stage. They never split or wear through at the thighs (and I do have fat thighs) and stay looking new and black rather than saggy and faded. I have been wearing them for years.
Lots of brands (esp. M&S) aren't long enough in the body if you are tall.
These Topshop ones are the best.

Naebother Sun 15-Sep-13 17:10:08

Sainsbury s luxury leggings. £10. Thick flat waistband. Good quality, lots of Lycra. Hard to find them though, they sell out so quicklysad

ElBombero Tue 15-Oct-13 23:00:55

Well update girls, spend £19 on the boden ones and after what 4-6 weeks, they are full of bobbling inbetween legs and stitching split on bottom...

Off to sainsburys tomorrow

AllabouttheE Tue 15-Oct-13 23:16:11

Top shop and American apparel.

Check label, you want cotton and elastase not viscose

AllabouttheE Tue 15-Oct-13 23:16:37

Grrr elastane autocorrect

dimsum123 Wed 16-Oct-13 06:56:01

Lands End

MrsDavidBowie Wed 16-Oct-13 06:59:40

Jack wills.
Really long, thick and keep their shape...dd has had hers 2 years and wears them constantly.

VivaLeThrustBadger Wed 16-Oct-13 07:13:13

M&s. not their standard ones, they do others which are much thicker for about £15.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Wed 16-Oct-13 11:29:20

suprisingly, Primark control leggings. they are thick, high waisted and tight so stay up, slim down, and wash well.

MamiTries Wed 16-Oct-13 11:31:54

I second Jack Wills, very warm. Also American Apparel winter leggings are good.

Recently bought some from Boden and am very disappointed, very thin and overpriced.

BanoffeeSplitz Wed 16-Oct-13 12:04:00

"What's been your best pair of leggings?"
The purple ones I had from Miss Selfridge in 1989, they were the first ones I'd had with proper lycra in the thread, instead of elastic knitted into them which would snag & unravel. They were a revelation, and I wore them until they wore through at the inner thigh, even resewed the seams a few times.

They cost something like £15 which was a huge amount back then (my rent was £27 a week grin), although since then clothing has got vastly cheaper & housing vastly more expensive so it's not a fair comparison!

I wouldn't personally expect to pay much more than £15 today for a decent pair of leggings, though it doesn't faze me if I see a really good thick pair for about £40 even though I wouldn't them myself.

BanoffeeSplitz Wed 16-Oct-13 12:08:48

I currently have a pair from Calmia (via TKMaxx) which remind me of my beloved stretchy Miss Selfridge leggings, lovely smooth brushed cotton. Actually their RRP is prob over £40 but no idea if they ever sell for that much.

Mostly just wear woollen footless tights (with dresses / shorts), or thicker jeggings (with long tops) these days, leggings are just too inbetweeny no that I'm no longer likely to pair them with a lycra mini skirt & DMs.

Worried123456 Wed 16-Oct-13 12:22:15

Wallis-without a doubt.

What annoys me about leggings is that they a) go baggy around the knees b) fade and c) cut in around the waist giving an awful shape underneath clothes (I often wear them under dresses for work)

The Wallis ones are v stretchy and fit to your shape without going baggy. I have 4 pairs now (have cut two pairs down and wear in the summer under summer dresses) and they are still as black as they were originally. They have a high thick waist and almost suck your tummy in-leaving no horrid lines!

They are very stretchy so size down if you buy them-I'm a 12 and buy a small. I have recommended them to so many people and all my friends and family now wear them too!

polyhymnia Wed 16-Oct-13 12:28:40

Boden, definitely (though I only wear leggings in the summer).

bunnymother Wed 16-Oct-13 13:33:40

I find the American Apparel ones v nice and thick. Especially their winter ones which I might need to buy for wearing w wellies when I am trudging about after the DCs through the garden in middle of winter.

White Stuff leggings are really nice quality, not cheap but worth it. I also have taken to wearing woolly tights instead of leggings (assuming I am wearing a long enough dress etc over them ahem...

teta Wed 16-Oct-13 14:43:14

Monsoon secret support leggings .Feel really nice on and hold in tummy(unlike the horrible ones that M&S did).

ElBombero Wed 16-Oct-13 15:59:47

Been Trafford centre n got American apparel so will give those a try. Not sure if I got winter ones though, they just feel normal...

ElBombero Wed 16-Oct-13 16:00:36

BTW sweaty Betty ones looked great, really thick and stretcy but £65 shock

I found the M&S Cotton Rich leggings to be very poor quality. They looked great on, and I loved the thick waist band, but they got holes in between the legs within a couple of weeks! My cheapo Primark and Matalan ones I've had for years! I'm going to try a different type of M&S legging next, because I really did like that thick waistband...

magentastardust Fri 18-Oct-13 23:13:49

Tu at Sainsbury's -thick waistband and keep shape and don't go shiney!

ElBombero Fri 18-Oct-13 23:36:07

Been to 3 different sainsburys now n not found any luxury ones in stock sad

Sainsburys have to 2 for £10 ones (which are not so good....well ok they split open up my bum and DD laughed herself sick at my pants showing .blush Luckily, I was in the garden )

The good ones (£10) are few and far between.

I'm wearing M&S at the moment. I got black and navy, really like them.
And the denimy 'ski pant' style.
And the 'famous 5 pocket jeggings'

rosariok Sun 27-Oct-13 10:15:18

Danskin supplex leggings... the best.

Thants Sun 27-Oct-13 11:52:12

Matalam leggings have been really good for me. Wash well and don't get holes to easy! They are nice and long and cheap too!

Alwayscheerful Wed 13-Nov-13 13:36:47

The £10 luxury ones from sainsburys are fab but I can only find them in black, do they sell them in navy blue?

Rosencrantz Wed 13-Nov-13 13:38:25

I bought a sparkly pair from Zara. I know by best you meant best quality. These rant great quality.

But they're the best because they make me so happy!

peachypips Wed 13-Nov-13 13:43:01

Is that Tina Turner?

eurochick Wed 13-Nov-13 13:49:05

My best pair is from warehouse. I've had them for years - no bobbling or splitting. The colour is starting to fade very slightly now, after many, many washes. I wonder if they still sell them?

hollowhallows Wed 13-Nov-13 13:50:35

Also M&S here. One pair was given to me about 5 years ago and worn at least 3 days a week for two years straight. Now they are worn in but can still be worn outdoors though mostly worn at home. Best pair i have ever owned.

I have some uniqlo heatech for winter that i mostly wear like thermals under my jeans. Cant feel even a tiny bit of cold when worn this way and they aren't bulky at all.

Vikki88 Wed 13-Nov-13 14:03:46

Topshop easily! Especially the black heavy leggings they do. They're perfect for winter, thick, not see-through at all (so no embarrassing moments!) and so comfortable! Can wear them with anything.

CMP69 Wed 13-Nov-13 17:45:25

Sainsbo's seem to have stopped making the lux ones can nly find the 2 for a tenner crap ones! even on interweb
I luffed my leggings sad

I bought a pair of the Sainsburys £10 ones a couple of weeks back. They had black, a grey/blue and a sage green.
But limited sizes.

When I compared them to the 2 for a tenner ones I could really feel the difference.

I am currantly sporting M&S stretchy 'needlecord' leggings (and very nice they are too) smile

lemonbiscuit Wed 13-Nov-13 18:08:57

boden ones I bought last year have been brilliant! Not see through and don't go baggy.

mrspremise Wed 13-Nov-13 18:50:22

Rogers+Rogers from Matalan. Good length and decent thick fabric that doesn't immediately wear through at the thighs

Alwayscheerful Wed 13-Nov-13 19:28:00

Plenty of Tu luxury ones available at sainsburys but only black in stock at my local store, they are available in standard and long too.

Beckitastic123 Sat 01-Feb-14 22:17:42

Asda 2 for £10 leggings, best I've ever bought , really nice fit, very comfy and very cosy for sleeping in

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sun 02-Feb-14 17:21:04

someone on a different thread posted about a site called everything £5.00 which sold nice leggings, i bought a pair and they are slightly fleecy lined so warm and soft,thick and nice for £5 got an amazing hat at the same time smile

I bought the sainsbos luxury ones last week and definitely the best leggings ever, thick but stretchy and smooth and keep their shape

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