The best high-waisted leggings to suit all body types

No sagging or bunching – these are the best high-waisted leggings to rely on

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Best high-waisted leggings: Lindex
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Everyone needs a pair of high-waisted leggings in their life. But we know that finding the best leggings to suit your shape, style and budget can be a tricky task, and that’s where we come in. 

Here at w&h, our team of fashion experts have put their knowledge together along with insight from the industry to combine new, exciting iterations with all-time favourites. And one of the most important factors – none of them are see-through!

Although it’s best to avoid a trend-led purchase when it comes to leggings, it’s also advisable to take advantage of the new styles that are dropping in that have more advanced technology, inclusive size ranges and brand new colours. We look to the humble leggings for support (quite literally) during a lot of occasions – from everyday outfits to yoga or high-intensity workouts – so it’s important to find the best high- waisted leggings to suit you. 

Why go for high-waisted leggings?

The answer is simple – the best high-waisted leggings give you more support. The higher waist means they’re less likely to bag, sag and stretch and they also won’t need to be hoisted up every two seconds. You can also get styles that have stretch waistbands, wider styles for comfort and some that are made from moisture-wicking materials which are great for working out. 

Some of the best workout leggings made for high-impact activities have a higher waist, this is to keep them in place as you move. If you opt for a high-waisted pair for everyday use, you’re basically guaranteed they’ll sit where they’re supposed to without rolling or falling down. 

How do you choose the perfect high-waisted leggings?

With our handy edit, of course. Finding the perfect pair of high-waisted leggings needn’t be a daunting task. Although the easiest way to find the right fit is by trying them on for yourself, you can often rely on reviews from other shoppers, recommendations and star ratings.

It’s also handy to take a look at the images of the model and check out the ‘details’ section to find out their height. This way you should be able to judge how high on the waist and how long the leggings will be for you. 

Unsure what length you like? Sites such as Lululemon have leggings in inches so you should be able to choose them based on your usual jeans size. 

While you’re looking at the pictures of the model on the site, zoom in to check they're not see-through. Don't worry, for the styles below we've already checked this. 

Now you know what to look for, keep reading to see our carefully curated edit of the best high-waisted leggings to shop now. 

The best high-waisted leggings to shop now

Even&Odd High Waisted Leggings

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1. Even&Odd Active Leggings

RRP: £23.99
Sizes: XS-L
Reasons to buy
+Perfect for yoga and Pilates+Made using 20% recycled nylon +Available in three other colours
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing 

You can’t go wrong with a simple, timeless and classic pair of black leggings. This particular style is great for exercise including yoga and Pilates, as they offer just the right amount of stretch. Aside from working out, we can imagine you’ll also get a lot of wear out of these on winter walks with a cosy teddy coat and a chunky pair of boots. 

H&M+ Seamless Sports Tights

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2. H&M+ Seamless Sports Tights

RRP: £19.99
Sizes: L-4XL
Reasons to buy
+Available in a range of plus sizes+Fast-drying fabric+Minimal seams for a comfortable fit
Reasons to avoid
-Smallest size is large

H&M+ is a go-to when it comes to everyday outfits and sports looks for curvier figures. These grey leggings are the minimal, effortless style to rely on for low-impact sports and everyday dressing. The high waistband is elasticated for extra comfort while the quick-dry fabric is made to keep you cool while you're working out. 

Oysho High Waisted Leggings

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3. Oysho Compression Leggings

RRP: £35.99
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy
+Great for intense exercise +Shapewear fabric+Smoothing silicone waistband 
Reasons to avoid
-Only ankle-length available

If you’re looking for leggings you can get away with wearing every day and also for an intense workout, this compression pair is the one. Designed to support and smooth, they’re also made from a moisture-wicking material so they will dry quickly during intense movement. The fabric is also similar to shapewear so it has an instant slimming effect if this is what you’re after. 

Next maternity leggings

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4. Next Maternity Sports Leggings

RRP: £18
Sizes: 6-20
Reasons to buy
+Over-the-bump band for support+Sheer mesh detail+Stretchy material 
Reasons to avoid
-Limited colours

Maternity leggings are designed to fit a growing bump. This super high-waisted style will move with the body and the soft – but supportive – material will make you feel extra comfortable. The stretch fit is also perfect for light workouts and everyday looks. You can also get them in a more statement blue animal print.

Marks and Spencers Magic Shaping High Waisted Leggings

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5. Marks & Spencer Magic Shaping High Waisted Leggings

RRP: £19.50
Sizes: 6-24
Reasons to buy
+Short, regular and long leg lengths+Sculpt & Lift™ technology to lift the bottom area+Built-in tummy control
Reasons to avoid
-Only in black or navy

Part of the Magic range at M&S, these shaping leggings do what they say on the tin. The clever Sculpt & Lift™ technology stretch fabric is designed to pull in and lift at the same time. The StayNew™ technology also means the colour and material will stay newer for longer. 

IUGA Yoga Workout Leggings

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6. IUGA Yoga Pants With Pockets

RRP: £29.95
Sizes: XS-XXL
Reasons to buy
+Side pocket for phone and top pocket for keys+12 different colours+Also available in shorts
Reasons to avoid
-Sell out fast

With over 33,000 reviews and an overall star rating of 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon, it’s no surprise these leggings have been making waves among the masses. Not only are they perfect for yoga and working out with the four-way stretch, moisture-wicking material, they're also great for everyday outfits, too. Some of the best leggings with pockets, they have one at the side for your phone and a hidden one in the high waistband for your keys so you can go for a walk handbag-free. 

Lululemon Chase The Chill Pant

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7. Lululemon Chase the Chill Super High-Rise Pant

RRP: £59
Sizes: 6-16
Reasons to buy
+Reflective details for running+Brushed on the inside for warmth+Lycra® fibre for stretch and shape retention
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizes

Activewear brand Lululemon is championed by fitness editors. This particular pair of leggings is made from wind-resistant material with extra stretch for running. Of course you'll want to wear these for working out but they’re ideal for winter looks, too. The brushed lining of the leggings will keep you super cosy and they're quick-drying in case you get caught in the rain. One of the best parts about Lululemon’s styles is you can get them in different leg lengths to suit tall or petites. 

Harriet Davey
Harriet Davey

Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor, writing and styling for titles including Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Who What Wear, and woman&home. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Harriet has a love for shopping but also a newfound interest in trying to be more sustainable. From renting outfits instead of buying new ones to opting for investment pieces, there are so many ways you can be more conscious of the way you shop.


This is why at, Harriet is here to bring you carefully curated edits of the very best pieces worth spending your money on. With a love for Scandi brands and an eye for key designer pieces to mix in with high street hero buys, expect to see shopping stories and buying guides that’ll make you feel excited about updating your wardrobes.