18 Best Lululemon Legging Alternatives That Are Just as Soft as the Real Thing

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You’ve already experienced the life-changing (read: butt-changing) magic of a good pair of Lululemon leggings, but trust me, they’re not the only brand that can serve up a solid pair of workout pants. There are tons of options out there that will feel just as cloud-like, look just as cute, and make your legs look just as good – but for a third of the price.

Since it’s basically impossible to figure out whether leggings fit the standard without actually sweating in them, you’re basically left to spend hours reading online reviews and polling fitness-savvy friends for their favorites. Well, I’ve already done that (you’re welcome) and I’ve compiled all the game-changers right here on this list.

So, before you hit “Add to Bag” on yet another pair of $100+ leggings, skim this list for the best Lululemon alternatives that feel just like the real thing – and some that feel even better.

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Editor’s Pick

Booty Boost Active 7/8 Leggings



These are hands-down the best workout leggings in my personal lineup. They do to your entire lower half what Lululemon leggings do to your butt. They keep you feeling fully snatched, with zero knee-pit chafing, and the butt seams frame your booty – I cannot stress this enough – perfectly.

Warmup 7/8 Legging

Outdoor Voices


These leggings have a cult-following among influencers and fashion editors (including me) – and not just because they look hella cute in pics. They’ve got 4 stars, thanks to their durability and stretch. They’re perfect for active workouts. 


Elation 7/8 Tight



These vibrant tights boast 3,202 5-star reviews (and counting). Wearers say they’re buttery soft, super smoothing, and can even take on a half-marathon. Plus, the Elation Tight comes in both straight and plus sizes. Though one review calls them “better than my Lululemons,” you can nab these babies for like a third of the cost.

Offline Real Me High Waisted Legging



Our friends at Elle have already given American Eagle leggings their stamp of approvalcalling AE’s designs “better than most sports brands.” They offer the perfect combination of durable, stretchy, supportive, and affordable.  

7/8 High-Waist Airbrush Legging

Alo Yoga


Fans of Lululemon’s Wunder Under leggings, listen up. These tights look and feel just like them. They’re super touchable and stay up, even through a heavy-duty workout. 

Bargain Alert!

Sexy Stretch Full Length Leggings



You usually go to Express for their blazers and Going Out Tops, but they actually have a fantastic range of leggins. These classic cotton pants are crazy comfortable (for lounging, not for *actual* workouts) and will never give you see-through-butt. Even with an $30 price tag, these babies will last you years

Piper Legging

Beach Riot


These workout leggings “stay put during high-intensity workouts,” and are “really comfortable and flattering.” And did I mention they’re LEOPARD PRINT? Because yeah, they are.

High-Waisted Plus-Size Yoga Leggings

Old Navy


The internet is obsessed with these leggings. Right now, you can shop them in plus and straight sizes for under $25. 

Center Stage Legging

All Access


Don’t let the pricetag scare you, Bandier has legions of loyal followers who swear by their workout gear. The silky-smooth Center Stage Leggings offer enough compression for a multi-mile run, but somehow still make your butt look bomb. If the metallic pink tint freaks you out, you can shop these bestsellers in 10 different colors. 

Ultra High-Rise Extra Long Good Times Leggings

FP Movement


Fans call this one the “holy grail legging.” Even without the 5-star rating, these pants are worth it for the design alone. The jewel tone hues add a dose of fashion, while the seams make your butt look like a 10/10. 

Adicolor 3-Stripes Tights



These leggings are a streetwear favorite. Out of 523 reviews, these bad boys boast a 4.5-star rating. Satisfied customers say they do double duty – perfect for the gym or daywear

Flex Leggings



Because of Gymshark’s two-tone detailing, your butt will truly never look better. On top of that, they’re sweat-resistant, and comfortable enough for several hours of veg-out time after your workout. 

Black Lattice Crop Wicking Active Legging



Multiple reviewers report that they “live in these” Torrid leggings – that’s how good they are. If you need more proof, just scroll through the reviews and look at all the super positive reviews.

Fierce Booty Support Ankle Biter Tight

Lorna Jane


Lorna Jane‘s tights come with a triple-digit price tag, but can be worn to the gym, class, and beyond. They’re comfortable enough for 8-hour stretches on your couch or a hardcore fitness routine. Plus, the high-rise waistband really smooths and synches. 

Women’s Tights Nike Pro



The Pro Tights are Nike’s best-selling workout legging – and that’s saying something. They’re breathable, offer great compression, and give you Lululemon levels of butt framing.

Spacedye At Your Leisure High Waisted Midi Legging

Beyond Yoga


These leggings (which come in five different colors, FYI) are Beyond Yoga’s number one seller. They’ve got almost exclusively 5-star ratings that all say something along the lines of: “these leggings are the softest and most comfortable leggings I own.”

Tie Dye High Waisted Seamless Legging



On top of the cute print, these leggings are lightweight and won’t ride up. Plus the smooth-fit tummy panel makes for comfortable compression

Bargain Alert!

Women’s Simplicity Mid-Rise Leggings

All in Motion


These 4-star leggings hit at your true waist and the fit is just as flattering as your favorite Lululemon leggings. Stretchy, comfortable fabric makes for a top-level workout.

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