I have a serious problem with leggings. I really do. Constantly frustrated by their general appearance and widespread popularity, they seem to rub me up the wrong way, literally. I have been living with the notion that these tight, stretchy tubes should have remained in the 80s where they belong. Going further, I have been known to judge people on their choice to wear leggings as pants. For starters, leggings(especially black leggings that are see through) are not fucking pants. Sticking around since 2005, it seems leggings are not budging from the fashion scene.
I mean, kill me now and get it over with, PLEASE! I will (reluctantly) admit that leggings, however fashionably unlawful, have some positive elements that cannot go unnoticed. Covering all the basics from comfort to warmth and their unhindered ability to suit almost every body shape out there. They have a few good things going for them, I suppose. As the years passed I realized that leggings or tights, whatever you call them were not disappearing. In reflection, it has only recently become apparent to me as to why they have gained and sustained such momentum.
Admittedly a hard nut to crack, it has taken me years to warm to the sight of leggings on the streets. Feel my pain? Can’t find the pair for your style? Keep reading this best black leggings that are not see through list and find out which leggings are the best suited for you. If you’re a gym junky, party animal, fashion maven or rock star, I have a solution for your legging dilemma. With insider you can see if you will love them or as the Brits say, have them “jog on”.
As we said leggings were possibly the biggest trend to hit the 80s, possibly with the exception of shoulder pads. If we’re being completely truthful they hit the scene way before that. Olivia Newton-John made knees weak and jaws drop worldwide in the cult classic movie Grease. Her leather tights and off the shoulder outfit uniting the male population far and wide in their admiration for her acting skills, clearly. Both prior to, and after her appearance debuting leggings, celebrities have donned athleisure wear, whether on the big screen or off-duty. Leggings are part of the booming athleisure trend enveloping the world, yet not restricted to the sporty image. No longer restricted to yoga, leggings are working their way in everywhere.
Regardless of their style, most stars, or dare I say all, have at some stage donned leggings at some point. Rockers, prim and proppers, reality royals, even actual royals, have joined this trend. To prove my point here are a few celebs rocking their leggings on the streets.
YOUR TOP TEN BLACK LEGGINGS THAT ARE NOT SEE THROUGH
(selected by a self-confessed hater, so you know they’re good:))
- Lucy Women’s Perfect Core Solid Legging is a great basic to start your legging journey.
- Keeping warm is never an issue with Minus33 Merino Wool Women’s Franconia Midweight Bottom.
- Spanx Every·Wear Icon Black Leggings, Very Black will make sure you’re all tucked in, rolls and all.
- Lysse Women’s Vegan Leather Leggings is a morally acceptable choice for all my animal-friendly peeps out there.
- Miraclebody by Miraclesuit Women’s Gia Faux Suede Leggings are perfect for those who wish to step out of the box.
- Bailey 44 Women’s Pfeifer Solid Legging Pant, a versatile option whether for the gym or daily wear.
- Calling all gym junkies! FIRMA Energywear Women’s Hi Rise Seamless Leggings will work their magic on those sore muscles.
- BCBGMAXAZRIA Women’s Mason Skinny Legging Pant offer a little more elegance than your ordinary leggings.
- Yummie by Heather Thomson Women’s Modern Mid Rise Slimming Coated Moto Leggings. Put these on and you’re a biker chick in comfort and style.
- Karen Kane Women’s Structured Knit Legging is a popular choice boasting classic style and a slimming silhouette to boot!
A popular in the world of leggings, these are made from 89% Supplex Nylon/11% Lycra Spandex which is just about the perfect material mix for them. They fit well with a wide waistband and tonal seaming. Claiming that this combination works in making your legs appear thinner Lucy has managed to hit the mark with these. Surely used as a basic staple in any woman’s wardrobe, their materials ensure them to be simple yet elegant. Perfect for those warily looking into joining the legging squad.
A great fit, warmth guaranteed, looks like these leggings are great for cooler months.
Staying true to their original shape, they will not gradually become engraved with the shape of your kneecaps.
Wear them at the gym when you workout or even at the office. Yes, they are that classy and versatile. Team with a loose shirt and stylish shoes and you have yourself a comfy work outfit.
If you’re not a fan of handwashing clothing give these a miss. Also, the price may play a factor for you. If you want to go cheaper, you can.
High-waisted in design, if you have an apple shaped body it’s best to steer clear.
Calling all snow queens! These leggings are made from 100% Merino wool, keeping your legs warm all winter long. These thermal babies will keep you cozy and comfortable, whether wearing them under pants or with a tunic. Because they are thermal, woolen leggings adapt to your body temperature. Meaning you can wear them from autumn through spring without sweating it out. They come in five colors, from the classic black, to charcoal, cream, violet and red. The sizing is also super cool ranging from XS-XXXL, making them accessible for everyone. Perfect for the outdoors, these leggings are sure to save your life from the ruthless elements.
Machine washable and dryable makes them so easy to look after. Insider tip – make sure to wash them at a low temperature so they don’t shrink.
Flatlock seams allow for a better fit and reduce that uncomfortable chafing we all dread. Am I right? Added bonus, theyre not bulky at all!
Reviews are in! They fit true to size and are long lasting so you can wear them for more than one season!
Wool is a winner here. Being a natural material, your skin is able to breathe and they will not itch like other wool products. Merino wool is as soft as it comes.
They only come in block colors. It would be great if Minus33 offered the same product in cute patterns. Keeping warm and should be fashion friendly.
The price is a little higher than usual, but remember, with these leggings you’re paying for the material.
Spanx has hit the market, not only with underwear promising to tuck in your spring rolls, but with leggings too. Without a waistband they guarantee a seamless silhouette and performance fabric offering wicking and four way stretch ensuring ultimate comfort. Infused shaping technology also helps, with…wait for it- NO CAMEL TOE! Can I get an AMEN? They are cut with a natural waist height, so no butts hanging out here. Antimicrobial means they have a fresh finish and their center is seam free. This is amazing news. I am so over wearing skirts with leggings and having that horrid seam poking through.
These leggings cinch in your flabby areas, keeping it in check and firm.
Keeping up with their reputation Spanx and their Every Wear leggings are overshadowing the “Spanx Ready to Wear” model. Stealing the limelight from a proven and popular item is a difficult task indeed as a new and improved product.
Although they have few reviews, this model seems to be scoring well with the public so far.
The price…yes, I am going there again. Yes, I am the first to hand over more cash than I should for higher quality. Leggings is where I draw the line. For that amount, I should be able to choose random celebrity butts I want to have in those leggings. Every time I wear them. If you don’t mind breaking the bank, then go for it. I’m saving my coin for some sizzling shoes.
Claiming to be breathable for your skin, suspiciously made of nylon and spandex.
Care instructions read as follows: do not machine wash, unless using cold water. Do not iron. Call me lazy, but that sounds too hard. They’re leggings people, not a silk shirt.
Have the leather look down, without compromising your morals. These shiny faux leather leggings are a best seller for the Lysse brand. Composed of polyurethane, rayon and spandex they offer the proven and popular four way stretch material technology. This is perfect for all you rockers out there, or even those dabbling with the leather look. Their basic style complete with a high waist allows for a wide spectrum of customers to adopt as a favorite. Combined with a plaid shirt or chic white blouse, you cannot go wrong with these leggings.
That noise that almost all faux leather materials make, like maybe you have something wet in your jacket? Count these leggings out with that. YAY!
A great fit, comfortable and generally do not feel like you’re wearing a plastic bag, Winner in my book.
You will definitely not get labeled as “basic” in these, they are a great model for those ladies moving on up from the regular leggings.
Spicing things up has never been easier, looking edgy and fashionable. Who would have thought I could ever make such a statement about leggings?! Consider this nut cracked.
Admittedly they look fabulous, and not real leather. However someone might see you wearing them on the street, the next thing you know PETA is on your heels. RUN!
Again a pricier model of leggings. How high do you want to go? Complaints coming down the rumor mill include that their stitching has a tendency to come undone soon after purchasing them. Some issues of comfort not being present and their waistline visibility were also factors for disapproval. I’m cool with all those things mentioned, however uncomfortable leggings are like uncomfortable slippers. It’s just not done.
These are right down my alley. Going for a look that is a little bit different, avoiding faux leather because it’s already overdone? Fake suede is the answer! If a pinch rock and some class had a style baby it would result in suede leggings. The best of both worlds, I am going to go as far as saying you can wear them straight to the office. It doesn’t even have to be casual Friday. Team with a white T-shirt and blazer, or a blouse and rock those leggings. These ones are made of a polyester and spandex blend and have proven comfortable and soft to the touch. Now comfort and style are a hard match to make, but here it is! Street style, a night out or business attire, suede is your new bestie.
Comfort and style in one. You’re so welcome! Also, they come in a wide range of sizes.
Great quality and they include a tummy control panel too so you don’t have stare longingly at that pizza slice. Eat the damn thing, the pants have your bloating covered.
Machine washable! Yay! Making traveling that much easier.
WARNING: all suede leggings have a tendency to stretch. Go for a smaller size, in fact the smaller-the better. Speaking from experience mine grew about three sizes. This model has been known to also.
Although the color offered says black, they are definitely not black. Neither on the screen nor in real life. Who needs so much black though? Live a little! Go gray.
If you like to support local companies, this is the brand for you. Made in the US, these leggings seem to fit the mold, providing comfort and being true to their size. Their materials are a mix of 72% Rayon, 24% Nylon and 4% Spandex using the right amounts of each to create some great leggings. Their size range starts with extra small going through to large. Not the best sizing option of the lot, however, it beats the one size fits all cheap imitations. Back to basics with these. Wear them to the gym or every day depending on your mood.
Basic staple choice. Check.
Having just the right thickness goes a long way for leggings. These appear to have just that.
Dry clean only?! That’s a hard pass for me. I don’t care who you are, nobody has the time to dry clean their leggings.
Gym junkies rejoice! Do you push yourself so hard at the gym that you often find yourself with strained muscles the day after? Or if you’re more like me, maybe you frantically join a different one each year a month before summer. The hopes of getting into shape just in time for summer never fading, but failing once again with your time frame? I do this every year and have what I like to call a gym hangover for the next week. Oh the pain! Well, whatever your fitness routine I have some amazing news for you. These leggings are your new best friend. They are made with FIRMA’s distinctive fabric which contains active biocrystals woven directly into the fabric. Not sure what that means? Neither did I, but apparently these magical crystals provide multiple benefits that can lead to better health, wellness, and comfort. They contain increased microcirculation allowing for better thermoregulation. Next time you pull a muscle slip them on because they claim to also aid your muscle recovery. Sign me up, next summer of course.
For the average price of the other leggings on this top ten, these offer something the others don’t. For fitness lovers out there they are a gift from above with customers coming back for seconds. Not talking about the pizza!
Their size ranges from an XS to XXL which is always nice.
Some customers have had them last for up to three years which is fantastic.
They are made with a sleek and shiny finish on one side, a flat surface on the other. You can wear them inside out basically meaning you have two pairs.
Some complaints with the seam quality from customers, stating they had to sew an extra layer in the crotch area. Hmmm.
Other downfalls is that they do not seem to reduce cellulite as promoted. Guess their magic only goes so far.
Another popular choice on the market, these mid-rise leggings are fit with an elastic band on the waistline. A little more expensive than the others on the list, you are buying the brand with this model. Defining their leggings as a skinny legging pant, they are a little more upscale than regular models of similar nature. Proven to create a slimmer silhouette, toning legs and hiding tummies customers have been known to repurchase these pants. Gym membership? Don’t need it when armed with these leggings in your wardrobe. Sturdy, yet not bulky like some on the market, these seem to be worth their above average price tag. A little bit of class to your standardized leggings anyone?
Who can go past the slimming powers these babies offer? I mean I am already sold on these solely due to that factor.
Claimed to be the best leggings ever purchased by many customers their reviews speak for themselves
Have no fear wherever you go, these are perfect staple for traveling, casual outfits or even office attire.
The price is not affordable for everyone, so if you’re going to include them in your budget, make the most of them. Wear them everywhere!
Due to their popularity their sizes are sometimes restricted, momentarily offering only extra small or medium on Amazon.
Channel your inner bad girl with these moto inspired leggings. Purchase these and next thing you know you might be sitting on the back of a Harley Davidson. Somewhat similar to a suede finish these leggings exude effortless street style. Being cool has never been so comfortable! You can pair them with a printed t-shirt or an oversize sweater and instantly look amazing. Although they are leggings you can totally get away with wearing them with a top skimming your waistline. No oversized tunics required! Like the suede option, grab a size smaller, because they will stretch.
A great option for someone venturing further from the basic leggings available on the market.
Easier to wear and create outfits than expected. Team these lovelies with virtually anything and score street style cred from trendsetters much like yourself.
Comfort is the best part of these edgy leggings. Be the envy of your fashion frenemies by staying carefree and chilled, whilst simultaneously looking amazing.
The price is not affordable for everyone, so if you’re going to include them in your budget, make the most of them. Wear them everywhere!
The stretching can be an issue, sometimes going so far as to not being wearable with this type of fabric. Be sure to grab a smaller pair, the smallest you can fit your booty into. Washing will help in bringing them slightly back to their original shape, but nowhere near to their initial fit.
Part of the Karen Kane 2016 fall collection these structured knit leggings are wrinkle-free making them the ultimate travel choice. Composed of lyocell, nylon and spandex they come in sizes ranging from XS-XL. Whether they’re to be paired with a tunic and flats, or some heels and a bolder outfit, you cannot go wrong. They are a classic with an elastic waistband, giving your gams a slimmer silhouette. Another popular option that has customers coming back for more of the same. Washing them in cool water is a must, or else a trip to the dry cleaners awaits.
A basic essential in today’s modern and trend driven world. Providing you with a comfortable daily outfit option, or a go-to for your next wild night out. Watch out boys!
Keeping their shape is important when it comes to your leggings, and these seem to do just that. Nobody wants their knees etched in their leggings whilst walking down the street, what are we five?
The fabric seems impressive and worth that little bit extra. Quality is essential with wardrobe staples, so spending a bit more may work out in the long-term.
The price is once again a factor, but try to catch them on sale and you have yourself a bargain.
The fabric is lush, though for some it may run a little thick. It just depends on your personal preference. Please, if you need to know anything about leggings it’s that they should never be see-through. EVER!
AN UNWILLING CONVERT
From someone who detested the sight of leggings I have, over time come over to the dark side. Accepting their rule over the fashion world, it is simple to see how they have become a wardrobe staple. With the right underwear, leggings offer a relaxed and stylish character to most outfits. With these best black leggings that are not see through you are no longer restricted to the gym or track, their versatility is their selling point, after comfort. From a girl who loved spending all day in her PJs, I can do the same looking cuter, not sacrificing my soothing creature comforts. On the other hand, channeling my inner rock legend has never been easier with edgier models. You have the best of the best, but the question remains, which ones will you be pulling on today?