Branching Out From Black Leggings

Black leggings are familiar and loved by all of us, but maybe it is time to get out of the comfort zone and wear colored, fun or patterned leggings. Here is why and how to try a different kind of leggings.

We know ‘em and love ‘em. They have taken us from boot camp classes to yoga and back again, but it’s time to branch out. It’s time to try … gasp … a pair of leggings that isn’t black.


You can start with small changes and eventually go wild and crazy, it doesn’t have to be a drastic transition. Here are some tips to get started:

The safest choice here is heather or charcoal gray. They are nearly black, and they’ll go with all of your tops. But try to stretch yourself a little bit, maybe a medium blue, or how about burgundy? As you gain confidence you can add brighter colors like pink and fire engine red, just think about your coordinating tops and how you can pair them with bolder bottoms.

The next step is small patterns, often this is a blend of tones in the same color palette, streaks of gray or blue that from a distance look like a solid color. Also, you’ll see small repeated patterns with the same subtle effect.

Stripes can be bold or subtle, thin horizontal stripes on leggings are very on trend right now. The look is subtle and they won’t make you look wider! Yes, you can choose bold stripes that help you stand out from the crowd too.

A trend that started in California has grown hot, Large graphics cascading down leggings that catch the eyes. Bright swirls of color, or images of the moon and stars, there are a lot of ways to express your individuality. Keep the rest of your outfit toned down so your leggings can truly shine.

When moving beyond basic black, you do need to take a little time to see how your tanks, tees and hoodies coordinate with your bottoms. Throwing on an old road race t-shirt might not be the best pairing. Think of technical tops and sleek designs that pull the whole look together.

One thing we’ve found true with any legging, if it fits and moves well, you’ll feel empowered and have a better workout. Let those red leggings energize a spin class, or camo print bottoms spark your inner warrior, it really does work.

ActivewearUSA believes in rocking your workout, your way. That’s why we have 360 pairs of leggings in any style you can imagine.  From the ubiquitous black to out-there patterns you can look your best during your next workout.

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