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

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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 to all the new legging trends springing up to take their place. No matter if you wear 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. The fashion set has 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 to shop the best 21 pairs on the market, just keep scrolling.

Crossover Waistbands

A crisscross waistband is 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:

Beyond Yoga Spacedye at Your Leisure High Waisted Midi Legging in Darkest Night ($99)

Year of Ours Veronica Ribbed Leggings ($104)

Core 10 Full-Length Legging ($11)

Aerie Offline Real Me High Waisted Crossover Legging ($445)

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 such as Bella Hadid.

Shop the trend:

Core 10 Yoga Bootcut Pant ($11)

Norma Kamali Spat Leggings ($115)

Princess Polly Imogen Pants Black ($40)

Zenana Flare Leggings ($16)

ASOS Design Rib Flare Leggings ($23)

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:

Helmut Lang Pedal Pushers in Black ($175)

Cult.Form Brown Yorgan Belt Tights ($177)

Michael Costello Brooke Capri Pant in Rose Pink ($135)

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

Splits59 High Waist Airweight Crop Leggings ($98)

Earth Tones

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

Shop the trend:

Beyond Yoga Spacedye Out of Pocket Legging in Eden Green Heathe ($99)

Girlfriend Collective Earth High-Rise Pocket Leggings ($78)

FP Movement Good Karma Heather Legging ($78)

Set Active Sculptflex Leggings ($65)


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:

Carbon38 Ribbed Regular Rise 7/8 Leggings ($98)

FP Movement High-Rise 7/8 Good Feels Ribbed Leggings ($68)

Good American Contour Rib Seamless Leggings ($79)

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