A great all-rounder, these high-waisted heroes are suitable for running through to yoga.
Comfortable to wear
Feature a flattering high waist
Stretchy fabric moves with you
Inclusive size range
High-end price tag
By Jess Beech
Looking for a pair of leggings that work as hard as you do? They don’t get much better than the aptly named Sweaty Betty Power Leggings. We’ve put them through their paces with real-life testing to see if they are worthy of the title of best leggings and to make sure they’re hop, skip and even squat-proof.
We have trialled a wide range of leggings, from stretchy workout leggings through to on-trend faux leather, to find the very best leggings on the market. In each review, we'll be filling you in on how easy they are to slip into, how they look and whether they’re worth spending your money on.
Keep scrolling to find out if the Sweaty Betty Power Leggings are for you…
Whether you’re a seasoned gym goer, prefer a solo jog or feel more at home, well, working out at home, Sweaty Betty’s Power Leggings have got you covered.
Uniquely versatile, the high-waisted, bum-boosting design works just as well for yoga as it does high-intensity cardio sessions, giving you the confidence you need to take your workout to the next level.
We'd heard nothing but good things about the Sweaty Betty Power Leggings and were unashamedly excited to finally give them a try.
Sweaty Betty Power Leggings specifications
RRP: £75 Sizes: XXS-XXL equivalent to a 6-18 Composition: 62% polyamide, 38% elastane Machine washable? Yes
And we're pleased to report they didn’t disappoint.
These are the kind of leggings that make you see just why the athleisure trend has boomed in recent years. If it’s fashionable to wear leggings this comfortable all day long, why would you ever reach for a pair of jeans?
Reimagined in new prints and colourways each season, the Power Leggings cater for the flamboyant gym goer, thanks to bold patterns and look-at-me shades, and also come in muted, understated tones for the fashion-shy.
On first touch, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Sweaty Betty Power Leggings didn’t feel quite as powerful as their name suggests. The fabric is thin – but that doesn’t mean poor quality.
The magic lies in the stretch, meaning these leggings are not only comfortable to wear, but a doddle to pull on and off. It’s all thanks to the high elastane content, which snaps back into place as soon as you put them on, hugging and honing your figure.
We tried a patterned pair for this review and one of the things that impressed us most was that the print didn’t distort or smear over our hips or thighs. Instead, it was continuously sized all over.
Lightweight fabric doesn’t mean see-through, either. Putting Sweaty Betty’s ‘90% squat proof’ promise to the test, we wore ours with legging-unfriendly black seamed knickers and were impressed to find they were completely camouflaged as we bobbed into squats and lunges.
As you’d expect from a pair of workout leggings, the fabric is sweat-wicking, meaning it draws moisture away from your body to keep you cool and comfortable. It also means they’ll dry quickly, too – handy if you wash your kit daily or enjoy back-to-back classes.
Having said that, a handful of online reviewers on the Sweaty Betty site have complained of sweat patches showing through their leggings. We, too, found that sweat patches were visible, proof that not even Sweaty Betty is immune to those pesky marks that make themselves known when you're working hard.
As with all clothing, dark colours and busy patterns are better at disguising sweat marks than lighter shades, so bear this in mind if it’s something you feel self-conscious about.
Working together, the high waist and adjustable drawstring toggle keep these leggings perfectly in place through downwards dogs to 10K jogs.
The panelling across the top is double-lined, too, for extra stomach-smoothing support.
There are few gym fears more terrifying than the thought of your leggings tearing across the seam mid-squat, but there’s no need to fret. The reinforced crotch is proof that Sweaty Betty really has thought of everything.
Scoring top marks as some of the best leggings with pockets, the small zipped pocket at the back of the leggings has space for your keys and card. You could even squeeze in an energy gel to keep you going on a long run or hike.
The deep pocket along the left hand side is roomy enough to keep your mobile phone snug against your thigh when you’re on the go, too.
Available in three different leg lengths, choose from full length, 7/8 length or cropped. At 5ft 4in, our deputy fashion editor is on the cusp of petite clothing, so the 7/8 style was full length. Those with a taller frame will benefit from the slightly longer leg length, while cropped styles are great for warmer weather.
Still wondering how Sweaty Betty Power Leggings manage to boost your bum? It’s all down to a cleverly constructed series of seams that work together to lift and hone.
Comfortingly form-fitting but not so tight your movement is restricted, the second-skin feel of the Sweaty Betty leggings means you’ll want to wear them for more than just a trip to the gym.
We liked that they’re designed to work for a range of activities, saving you money and time spent shopping for a wardrobe of different exercise leggings.
Are the Sweaty Betty Power Leggings true to size?
We found the Sweaty Betty Power Leggings true to size, taking the stress and uncertainty out of online shopping.
Going one step further to make shopping from your living room an all-round enjoyable experience, Sweaty Betty have recently launched a personal shopping Style Coach service. All you need to do is a book your free 30 minute slot via their website, and a friendly stylist will be on hand via Zoom to offer sizing guidance, information on the products and fashion advice.
The best part? They'll even put the order through for you, so you don't need to lift a finger.
Thanks to their snug fit, Sweaty Betty’s Power Leggings count as compression leggings.
There’s plenty of science behind the term, but simply put, it describes leggings that fit tightly along the leg. By ‘compressing’ your legs, they increase blood flow to the area, helping your muscles receive more oxygen.
According to some experts, not only will wearing compression leggings improve your performance, they’ll help reduce those dreaded post-gym aches, too. Win-win.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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