Leggings
November 19, 2014 4:53 PM   Subscribe

Looking for warm AND comfortable leggings/tights for regular sized women.

I hate leggings/tights and how they fit. But since it is cold outside and will be so for the next few months, I have started my search for the most comfortable leggings-as warm as possible. I prefer thicker leggings which are very very warm. Any suggestions would be welcome, especially from European stores (I was in Europe recently and surprised at how different their collection is from the one in the US). I would mostly wear this with skirts at work (but also sometimes with pants)
posted by jellyjam to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (15 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
 
Look for fleece lined leggings, available at online boutique shops, lots of colors and patterns. Personally, I think cotton leggings are warmer in general but they tend to stretch out and not look as nice for work.
posted by tamitang at 4:58 PM on November 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'd suggest looking for long underwear (or "thermal underwear" or "base layers"). They usually fit tightly because they're meant to be worn under other clothes, so it's easy to use them in place of tights or leggings. They also come in different weights or temperature ratings, so you can easily choose your desired level of warmth. I don't have any suggestions for European stores, but you can find examples here (cheaper) and here (more expensive).
posted by ourobouros at 5:06 PM on November 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


Sock Dreams!

* Fleece-lined leggings
* Thick cotton leggings
* Sweater leggings
* Thermo-fleece leggings

Most of the product descriptions include a fit description/sizing tips as well.
posted by erst at 5:08 PM on November 19, 2014 [2 favorites]


Do you live anywhere near a Uniqlo? Their heat-tech leggings are great. Super warm, slick, and not so tight you end up with seam imprints. So comfy I even sleep in them. I suggest you order a pair or two--they are pretty cheap. I swear, as a New Yorker that walks miles in the cold every winter, I swear by these.
posted by greta simone at 5:11 PM on November 19, 2014 [3 favorites]


Cuddle Duds which you can get at Kohl's are very comfy, warm and cottony. They come in cotton, fleece or technical materials.

-mrs.coevals
posted by coevals at 5:21 PM on November 19, 2014


I'm a big fan of LL Bean for warm, high quality clothing, and I definitely am not above wearing something that's technically 'long underwear' or 'base layer' as leggings under a skirt.

If you're looking for something a little bit classier/more pricey, they have this LL Bean Signature line that's pretty new and they have leggings as a part of that.

I am rarely disappointed in the quality and fabrics they use, and if something else like fit is a problem, returns are a breeze.
posted by treehorn+bunny at 5:40 PM on November 19, 2014


How cold does it get there? Do you do a lot of walking outside? How much are you willing to spend? What don't you like about the fit of tights?
posted by unknowncommand at 6:59 PM on November 19, 2014


Amazon has tons of fleece lined leggings. You do have to watch the sizing as most of them seem to be Korean brands so order up two sizes and if you're tall forget it. But they are cheap and I've bought tights then cut the toe part off to make leggings!

Athleta also makes some AWESOME fleece leggings that come in petite, plus and tall sizes. They have a great waistband. I would live in them all winter if they weren't so darn expensive. They are ridiculously warm: leggings, boots and a skirt and you are good well below zero.
posted by fshgrl at 8:34 PM on November 19, 2014


Seconding Uniqlo Heattech. They carry leggings, tights, and knee high socks and they are all amazing. I am a wussy Californian with bad circulation who has to begin her commute in 30-40-degree weather in the winter and Heattech is a lifesaver.
posted by phatkitten at 3:55 AM on November 20, 2014


I'm in rural Ontario and the best solution I've got for this is a pair of regular leggings under a pair of wool leggings -- wool's great, & layering makes for toasty legs.
posted by kmennie at 5:07 AM on November 20, 2014


You can get fleece-lined leggings at Walgreens. I know, sounds weird, but they're super comfy and easy to find. And come in a ton of colors.
posted by pyjammy at 6:17 AM on November 20, 2014


I swear by Hue Leggings. Usually I wear them under my jeans when it's super cold, but they're also warm and thick enough that they're great with skirts or a long shirt.
posted by sephira at 6:40 AM on November 20, 2014


I adore Muk Luk fleece-lined tights and leggings (they make both). Super soft, warm, and comfy.
posted by rainbowbrite at 7:32 AM on November 20, 2014


I'm dressed head to toe in Uniqlo Heat Tech today, and I was comfortable walking in the 18-degree F Chicago weather this morning.
posted by smich at 8:31 AM on November 20, 2014


Update

Thanks for the great advice. I bought the following-
Cuddl Duds-Bought the fleece leggings, very comfortable and cozy, I could wear this all day. However the band around the waist is not well made, a little sloppy.
Uniqlo-I bought two types-1) leggings-well made, comfortable and yes I see myself wearing this a lot. It doesn't seem all that warm to me though. 2) Knitted tights-very uncomfortable, scrunchy and bunches up, not happy, returning it (did find it to be warm enough) One point about Uniqlo-I did write a review and it never got published. Secondly they do not have free shipping but charge $7 returns which gets a bit pricey.
posted by jellyjam at 4:20 PM on December 8, 2014


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