Leggings have always been the pinnacle of comfort—from the stirrup versions of the ’80s to today’s technical, holds-you-in fabrics. But there is one type that we’ve gained a new appreciation for during this year-long quarantine: cotton leggings.
Cotton is a natural fiber known for its breathability and softness, so it’s a no-brainer when it comes to long-term wear. It’s comfortable to sit in (or stand in) for long periods of time, it’s easy to wash, never restrictive, and will never make us feel bad for indulging in that necessary lunchtime cookie. Sure, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend cotton leggings for an hour-long Cody Rigsby Peloton ride (unless there’s a hefty amount of stretch and sweat-wicking abilities stitched in). While activewear leggings are meant to support, sculpt, and resist sweat, cotton leggings are by far the most comfortable bottoms to wear for a day of Zoom meetings at home. And thanks to their ability to pair seamlessly with an oversized cashmere sweater, we feel a little bit more professional than we would in our favorite loungewear sets.
Not that you needed any convincing, but we scoured the internet for the 20 very best cotton leggings of all kinds. Grab a few pairs and thank us later.