As we inch closer to summer, the weather continues to warm up, and working out seems more and more uncomfortable thanks to the heat. It can already be difficult to motivate yourself to get to your HIIT class or go on a run, never mind when you have to consider the thought of pulling on a pair of thick, sweat-inducing leggings. Sadly, unless you're planning on going to a naked yoga class, your options remain leggings or shorts, and personally, I'm not trying to sport a pair of teeny, butt-hugging spandex shorts while I burpee and squat-jump my way through my workout.
The solution? Lightweight leggings that can take you from hot yoga (clothes included) to an outdoor run without turning up the heat more than necessary. The key is to look for breathable, quick-drying fabrics like nylon or polyester (there are sustainable options in this category!) and design elements like mesh panels or lace-up detailing. Whether you're looking to get active or just prove that leggings are, in fact, pants, we've rounded up the 20 best lightweight summer leggings for you below.
FP Movement Good Karma Tie-Dye Leggings ($88)
These are mostly made up of nylon to keep you cool.
Zella Live In High Waist Leggings ($69)
These leggings come in sizes from XXS to 3X.
Spanx Seamless Crop Leggings ($72)
Camo is a cool alternative to black that still feels neutral.
Core 10 High Waist Full-Length Leggings ($41)
This soft and lightweight fabric is breathable, so you don't have to worry about overheating.
Koral Activewear Aden Leggings ($80)
These black leggings are ideal for taking you from the gym to grocery pick-up afterward.
Tory Sport High-Rise Weightless Chevron Leggings ($128)
It's all in the name: These are as weightless as they come.
Girlfriend Collective Midnight High-Rise Pocket Legging ($78)
Did someone say pockets?
FP Movement High-Rise 7/8 You're a Peach Leggings ($98)
You bet they're sweat wicking.
Lululemon Fast and Free Tight 25 ($128)
I wore these exact leggings to run the NY Marathon last year and can confidently say that they're the most comfortable leggings I own.
Amazon Essentials Sculpt Leggings ($23)
Breathable? Moisture-wicking? Affordable? Check, check, and check.
The Upside Batik Yoga Pants ($120)
These leggings are enough to motivate you to go on a run.
Zella Live In Spray Dye High Waist Leggings ($48)
These don't just look cool. They wick away moisture, too.
Sweaty Betty Contour Capri Leggings ($64)
If you really want to feel on-trend, consider capris.
Nike Pro Mesh Logo Tights ($50)
Yes to mesh.
Nike One Dri-Fit Crop 2.0 Leggings ($50)
Nike always has you covered.
Girlfriend Collective The Maternity Legging ($88)
Moms-to-be need lightweight leggings, too.
Nike One Luxe Icon Clash Leggings ($100)
Between these colors and the sweat-wicking fabric, you're set.
Alo 7/8 High-Waist Airlift Leggings ($114)
These are easily the lightest and most airy (but sleek) leggings I own.
Vitamin A Nova Leggings ($160)
These are even waterproof, so you can take a swim in them if you really get hot.
FP Movement Self-Hem Ecology Leggings ($118)
Think of these cutouts as little vents to keep you cool.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.
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