Sorry, But Basic Leggings Don't Stand a Chance Against These 5 New Trends

Anna LaPlaca

Leggings are a forever staple we wouldn't dream of tossing, but there are tons of new styles on the rise that stand to rival those plain skinny leggings we all know and love. Nothing against them—they are closet staples after all—but suddenly those basic pairs are starting to feel tired in comparison with all the new legging trends springing up to take their place. No matter if you're someone who wears them exclusively for workouts or exclusively for lounging (or a mix of both), this still applies to you.

Sometimes even the smallest of details can make all the difference, be it a shrunken hemline, a flared-out leg, an updated waistline, or a non-black neutral color. And each of the below five legging trends has one small tweak that makes it a bit more exciting to wear—or, at least, makes me more enthusiastic about wearing leggings than I typically am. Fashion girls have been all over them, too, which tells me that we're only going to see more of them. To see each new legging style in action and shop the best 21 pairs on the market, just keep scrolling.

Crossover Waistbands

A crisscross waistband is the one detail that takes simple leggings up a notch. It brings more style to your overall look and is really the perfect update to standard black pairs.

Shop the trend:

Good American The Cutaway 7/8 Legging ($89)

Year of Ours Veronica Ribbed Leggings ($104)

Core 10 Full-Length Legging ($11)

South Beach High Waisted Leggings in Black ($32)

Jazz Pants

Yep, non-skinny leggings are starting to bubble, and the flare and bootcut hems we're deeming "jazz pants" are already counting fans like Bella Hadid.

Shop the trend:

Core 10 Yoga Bootcut Pant ($11)

I.Am.Gia Halo Pant ($70)

Zenana Flare Leggings ($16)

ASOS Design Rib Kick Flare Legging in Sand ($19)

Splits59 Raquel Flare Performance Leggings ($98)

Pedal Pushers

You're only a hemline away from embracing one of the coolest legging looks I've seen in a long while. Fashion's early adopters are leaning into these capri-length leggings, or "pedal pushers," as I'm fond of calling them, in lieu of ankle-length versions.

Shop the trend:

Nike Cropped Tights ($50)

NBD Ode Capri in Black ($118)

Zella Live in High Waist Pocket Crop Leggings ($55)

H&M 3/4-length Leggings ($13)

Earth Tones

Plain black leggings are useful and all, but there's a new neutral in town. Muted earth tones like moss, mocha, and stone are gaining a foothold lately, and they're actually so chic.

Shop the trend:

Beyond Yoga Spacedye Walk and Talk Leggings ($88)

Target High-Waisted Brushed Jersey 7/8 Leggings ($35)

Set Active Leggings in Slate ($65)

Beyond Yoga Heather Rib Legging in Mocha Heather ($99)


Another key detail to look out for when shopping is ribbing. The subtle texture adds another interesting element to leggings and is so comfy you just might turn your back on any other material.

Shop the trend:

FP Movement High-Rise Full-Length Hop to It Leggings ($88)

Year of Ours Ribber Joggers Leggings ($98)

JoyLab Rib-Knit Seamless Leggings ($30)

Good American The Seamless Ribbed Legging ($89)

Up next: the celebrity-backed "risky" trend that could rival leggings.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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