Black leggings: We can’t live without them, and we can’t live…without them. Here at #TeamSELF, we’re big on black leggings. And for good reason—they’re versatile and easy to match, and they’re just as useful to wear while you’re out and about as they are to your killer workout.
That all being said, it’s always hard to know whether you really need to add yet another pair to your collection. Is it enough already? How many pairs do you really need? We hear you—which is exactly why we put so much TLC into picking our best workout leggings winners. We wouldn’t recommend these unless we really thought they were the best of the best, and we take our choice of black leggings seriously—trust.
So if you’re in the market for a new pair of black workout leggings, or you’re looking to invest in a high-quality option that feels good, looks good, and simply works, look no further. We think the Spanx Every Wear Icon 7/8 Leggings—a winner in our 2020 SELF Certified Sports Bras, Leggings, and Shorts Awards—are for you. For more of what our reviewers had to say, read on below.
How We Tested the Spanx Every Wear Icon 7/8 Leggings
Our testers took the Spanx Every Wear Icon 7/8 Leggings through yoga flows, a strength-training workout, and a bodyweight cardio class. You can see the full criteria and testing recommendations for buying the best running shorts and best workout leggings here, but in brief, we paid attention to attributes like fit and fabric quality, sweat-concealing fabric, and overall feel.
All of our reviews agreed: The waistband on these leggings is extremely comfortable. However, note that the waistband here is a little nontraditional—instead of having a differentiated piece of fabric that constitutes the waistband like most other leggings, these maintain the same shape and fabric, without any seam, from bottom to top. In other words, it’s almost like they don’t have a waistband—even though they still offer the same support.
One reviewer said that upon first glance, she was worried the waistband wouldn’t stay put, but as soon as she tried these out her concerns were assuaged. They are high-waist, and our reviewers loved how they provided great coverage and stayed put. “These are definitely going to be a new fave of mine,” one reviewer wrote. “They feel amazing on!”
The quality of these leggings is top notch—they feel luxurious and a step above other leggings. They passed the squat test, and remained opaque during every workout we tested these in.
The Icon leggings will stay put no matter how you bend your body—through any yoga pose or sprint, they move right with you. The high waistband also stays put, which will help you feel confident and covered throughout your workout without having to worry about any sagging or hiking up. Our reviewers noted that on occasion, the waistband might roll a bit, but it happened rarely and never felt obstructive to their workouts. These leggings also run true to size.
The 7/8 length of these hit a few inches above the ankle. These run true to size, and our reviewers didn’t find them to run either on the shorter or longer side. Instead, they hit just right!
Putting these leggings on is a walk in the park. Taking them off is slightly more difficult only after a lot of sweat, particularly because of how form-fitting they are, our reviewers noted. But still, the material remains super breathable throughout your workout. In this case, it wasn’t a deal-breaker.
Even when our reviewers wore these leggings for extremely sweaty workouts, they never felt “drenched” or wet during or afterward. Reviewers also reported that the fabric is completely sweat concealing—and yet they still managed to stay breezy on their skin. “They are probably some of the most breathable leggings I’ve ever worn,” one reviewer wrote.
These leggings are equipped with a side pocket for your phone, keys, or credit card, and a cool inner-waistband sticky grip that comfortably helps keep the leggings in place.
The Bottom Line
Our reviewers could not get enough of the Spanx Every Wear Icons. They felt sexy, confident, and ready to tackle difficult workouts. Plus, they’re a great every day pair of black leggings—your closet can never have enough of those!