This guide to Lululemon leggings talks through the bestselling styles so you can figure out which one is right for you!
As many of you may have noticed, Lululemon’s sale section has been FIRE recently. For a company that never does sitewide sales, the markdowns have been really impressive. So I thought now would be a good time to write an unsponsored guide to Lululemon leggings so you can decide which one is right for you – whether it’s on sale or not!
For a little backstory, I’ve been wearing Lululemon for years. While they aren’t cheap, they hold up extremely well, they stay put during intense workouts, and they come in a variety of lengths. If you’re petite like me, you know how nice that is!! No need to shorten or roll them when you can just get a shorter inseam from the beginning. Such a win! Let’s dive into my favorites…
Guide To Lululemon Leggings
If you’ve heard people rave about Lululemon leggings, they are most likely raving about the align leggings. (They’re a personal favorite of mine, too!) They are made out of their Nulu fabric which feels buttery soft, almost weightless. It has four way stretch and is super breathable. I will say though, while it is moisture wicking, it definitely isn’t their MOST sweat wicking style. They also usually start pilling eventually, but as long as you don’t put them in the dryer, you can prolong that for a while. I mostly wear these for yoga, low impact strength training, and/or just lounging around the house. I wear a size 6, which is similar to a normal size small.
As I mentioned, these pants come in multiple lengths, which is really nice if you’re short like me! I am 5’2″ and my favorite is the 21 inch inseam (sale options here!), which is pictured in the two photos above and slightly cropped on me. I also have 1 pair of 25 inch inseam (sale options here!), which is basically full length on me. If you are taller than me and want full length, I’d recommend the 28 inch (sale options here!) or 31 inch inseams. These are all either $88 or $98, but you can snag these specific colors/prints for $69 or $79 right now – and they’re really good colors/prints, too!!
If the align style doesn’t provide enough compression or moisture wicking for you, Wunder Under tights are where it’s AT. I love that this pair of leggings ($88) has scalloped edges and mesh panels for a little something special – and the length is perfect for my petite self! This full on luxtreme, another signature Lululemon fabric, feels more substantial than the aligns and can hold up to literally ANY workout, including spin classes! And they won’t pill after washing! (I still don’t put them in the dryer though.) I wear my usual size 6, which fits like a typical size small.
The align shorts are the best bike shorts EVER. I was very skeptical of this trend, but once I put this pair on, I was sold. I still don’t love them for fashion’s sake, but they are amazing for hiking and any kind of exercise you can think of. They’re breathable, they have a great high waist, and they stay put. I got the 8″ length because I didn’t want them to be short and I love them. I’d recommend getting your usual Lululemon size! These colors are on sale, too!
That’s not all for this fabric and style! Last week on my stories, I showed you my Formation Camo Wunder Unders that are on sale – I promise to take a better photo of them to add to this post! While those are almost sold out, there are more colors/prints available at full price right now, and I think they’re super worth it. As I mentioned above, the luxtreme fabric has more compression and really wick away sweat, which makes them a lot better for high intensity workouts. They also don’t pill after washing, so they are an investment that will last you for years.
If you’re looking for something in between the nulu fabric and luxtreme fabric, these Wunder Unders in Full On Luon is a great option! They are $98 and come in 3 different inseam lengths.
Full disclosure – I don’t own these, nor have I ever tried them on. That being said, I know people who LOVE them and say that they are one of the most popular styles for a reason. This pair is $128, so definitely more expensive than the other options. Their fabric is called Nulux, which is designed for running. In addition to being stretchy, breathable, and sweat-wicking like the others, these are also quick drying and feel cool to the touch. This pair comes in 25″, 28″ and 31″ inseams.
Are Lululemon Leggings Worth It?
YES! To me, they are worth the money because their quality is so good. If you invest in an Align pant and a pair of Wunder Under leggings, you won’t have to replace them for years. That being said, if you can’t afford both, I would ask yourself what you need them for. If you want leggings for yoga and running errands, go with the Aligns. If you want leggings for high intensity workouts, spin classes, and/or running, go with the Wunder Unders or Fast and Free. Then any other pairs you add to your wardrobe can be from less expensive brands like Zella or Everlane. There’s no shame in mixing and matching price ranges!
Also, if you’re placing an order and you want to try out some other Lululemon favorites, I highly recommend my belt bag (so key for dog walking!), swiftly tech long sleeve (seen here), and tied up tank (seen here). I also put together a quick roundup of the best sale finds here!
Is there anything I didn’t cover? Let me know in the comments!
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