The best leggings that are pants for smart, all-day wear

Comfy and stylish, these smart leggings that are pants can work for any occasion

model wearing leggings that are pants
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Leggings that are pants are the fashion hybrid we never knew we needed, fusing comfort and style seamlessly. Leggings have become our sartorial BFF this past year, and even when ‘normal’ life resumes we’re not sure we ever want to part with them. Cue leggings with pants; comfy enough to be worn around the house, yet formal enough for the office. 

So if, like us, you have become rather attached to your figure-hugging friends, then you’ll be pleased to know we’ve rifled through the cyber shelves to find leggings that are pants (or trousers if you're reading in the UK!).

Yep, these comfy bottoms are some of the best leggings available - ticking all the boxes of comfort, durability, and style, and are just about fancy enough for any occasion, especially the best high-waisted leggings

Leggings don’t have to be reserved just for workouts or loungewear. A decent pair can work for anything, from running errands to long road trips, even to the office when styled right – and we’ve found the pairs that prove it.

Whether you want to stick with classic black or you’d like to elevate your look with a bold print or you fancy playing with luxe leather textures, you’re guaranteed to find a style to suit you and your wardrobe.

So if you want to take your leggings love affair into the real world then take a look at our edit of leggings that are pants. These long-lasting pieces will have everyone fooled into thinking you’re making way more effort than you actually are...

Best leggings that are pants for comfort and style

& Other Stories Front Slit Leggings

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Specifications
Color: Black
Sizes: XS-L

Everyone needs a pair of black leggings in their lives and this pair caught our attention for all the right reasons. The front slit on the cuffs adds a flattering finish to the figure-hugging style, adding a slight flare to the leg. Perfect for showing off some fancy footwear, team with barely-there sandals and a silky blouse for your 9-5 getup.

Zara Jacquard Leggings

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Zara Jacquard Leggings

Specifications
Color : Blue
Sizes: S-XL

We’re getting major 90s vibes from this printed style. They sit high on the waist for a flattering and comfy fit. The interest is all in the details – from the contrast piping to help streamline your shape to the subtle side zips for a flared finish at the leg. Wear with a chunky black knit and platform trainers.

Cos Skinny Legging Trousers

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Cos Skinny Legging Trousers

Specifications
Color: Grey
Size: 32-44

Now these beauties are even called legging trousers, making them the perfect hybrid. They have a flattering tapered fit with discreet zip fastenings at the side too. Available in navy, black and mauve, they’re made from cotton with added stretch to get that legging-style comfort. Offset the casual style and team with a tailored blazer.

H&M Leather Leggings

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H&M Leather Leggings

Specifications
Color: Beige
Sizes: 6-18

One foolproof way to up your leggings game is to go for a luxe leather pair. We know these ones are at the higher end of the price scale but we promise you they’re something you’ll reach for time and again. We love the beige for a fresh take on classic black. Keep it tonal and team with similar hues for a chic, fashion-forward look.

M&S Dogtooth Side Stripe High Waisted Leggings

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M&S Dogtooth Side Stripe High Waisted Leggings

Specifications
Color: Mixed
Sizes: 6-22

Combining all the comfy elements of leggings – stretchy fit, elasticated waist – but with a smart dogtooth print and a chic side stripe, these are so easy to wear and can definitely pass as a pair of smart trousers. Wear with stompy boots and a fine cream knit for an effortless weekend get-up that deserves to be seen outside the home. You won’t regret buying these!

White Stuff Janey Jegging

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White Stuff Janey Jegging

Specifications
Color: Blue
Sizes: 6-22

Jeggings are another stylish fusion that has cemented itself in our wardrobes and this pair gets our vote. They fit like leggings but look like jeans and are our go-to when it comes to the school run or a weekend walk. No fussy fastenings means they slip on easily and they have functional back pockets too. Wear with anything from casual tees to smart shirts. A classic style you’ll never want to take off.

Sweaty Betty All Day Leggings

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Sweaty Betty All Day Leggings

Specifications
Color: Khaki
Sizes: XXS-XXL

If you’re looking for leggings that are pants to take you straight from the gym to lunch, then you can’t beat Sweaty Betty. The clue’s in the name with this pair, designed to be worn all day whatever the day throws at you. Sweat-wicking, quick drying, squat-proof and super soft, they feel like a second skin. Team this forest green pair with a light green sweater and chunky trainers for a sporty yet sleek look.

Odolls Collection Monogram-print mid-rise stretch-woven leggings

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Odolls Collection Monogram-print mid-rise stretch-woven leggings

Specifications
Color: Black
Sizes: 6-16

Give your leggings a designer-worthy edge, minus the hefty price tag, with this monogram-print pair. The mid-rise fit, elasticated waist and stretchy fabric add a relaxed feel. Keep it polished by teaming with a black blazer and a longline shirt. Finish off with a pair of mules, sticking to a black and white palette.

Spanx Medium Control Faux Leather Moto Leggings

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Spanx Medium Control Faux Leather Moto Leggings

Specifications
Color: Black
Sizes: XS-XL

Spanx are known for their figure-enhancing powers, so these leggings are guaranteed to be flattering. They have a built-in shaping waistband to help hug your curves and streamline your silhouette. The leather-look finish makes them super easy to dress up. Balance the proportions and team with an oversized blouse and strappy sandals for your Saturday night style.

Hush Glitter Leggings

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Hush Glitter Leggings

Specifications
Color: Grey
Sizes: 6-16

We are obsessed with these glitter leggings! Nothing brings a smile more than a bit of sparkle and this pair adds a dose of glamour to your everyday loungewear, without compromising on comfort. Win-win. Keep the rest of your outfit pared back and wear with a simple tee and trainers for an off-duty look with extra pizzazz.

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor. 


She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys. 


With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_