Active Gear Life
ZYIA Legging Guide
Updated: Jan 4, 2022
With so many leggings to choose from, it can be hard to figure out where to even begin! To help you out, this guide goes over our three main fabric types, and what type of wear they're best for.
The Light n Tight
First of all, as I've told you before, these things are my absolute favorite for working out in! The name says it all. Lightweight fabric with the perfect combination of high compression. The Light n Tights are, hands down, our most popular leggings. The high-performance design offers a firm compression that feels supportive (think luxtreme fabric!) You’re going to want them in every color! Trust me, I know from experience 😂
Strategically placed seams contour to your shape, supporting and accentuating your muscle tone while still allowing you to bend, flex, jump and twist. They do have a seam at the top of the waist, which means these leggings stay in place for a frictionless, effortlessly flattering look.
The Light N Tights fit true-to-size but are intentionally very compressive.
Compression level: 10/10
Best for: Runners, weight lifters, group exercise class junkies, high-impact cardio, or anyone who wants an instant tummy tuck
Style notes: Available in solid colors and patterns, with and without pockets, and in crop, capri, 7/8, and full lengths
Fabric Makeup: 73% Polyester, 27% Spandex.
The most versatile of all workout clothing, our Brilliant performance leggings reign supreme. If you love our Light n Tight line but fancy just a bit less compression, these are the leggings for you.
Flat-serged seams inside and out— plus 25% Spandex content—provide the wear-all-day comfort you demand from a quality legging. Our Brilliant fabric is similar in feel to lululemon's Nullux fabric. There's no top-seam along the waist band, so it comes right to your bellybutton and lays flat so it won't dig, pinch, or tug as you move. Some people find that without this seam, the brilliants "roll down" if you are bending at the waist. I've personally found that once you're sweaty, they stay in place just fine. Also, staying true to size helps to prevent rolling.
This quick-drying, sweat-wicking technical fabric resists fading, shrinking and pilling. The Brilliants fit true to size, but some people prefer to size down to get some additional compression.
Compression level: 6/10 if true-to-size, 8/10 if sized down
Best For: Weight Lifting, Low-Medium Impact activity such as walking, yoga, or biking, or casual wear
Style Notes: Solid colors and animal-print patterns, with and without pockets
Fabric Makeup: 75% Nylon, 25% Spandex.
We call these leggings Ascend because we're confident they'll rise above your expectations for comfort and performance. To touch them is to fall in love with their powder-soft feel and just-right level of compression.
You'll love how the fabric contours to your shape and accentuates your muscle tone. Jump, flex, bend, twist, and reach for more; these leggings stay in place.
Enjoy the nearly-nude feeling and the effortlessly flattering look. The high-rise waistband stays put without pinching or rolling while durable seaming stands up to wash after wash.
Free of all hardware and pockets for a truly "bare" feeling and flat-serge seams offer all-day comfort without chafing.
Compression level: 5/10 if true-to-size, 8/10 if sized down
Best For: Weight Lifting, Low-Medium Impact activity such as walking, or casual wear
Style Notes: Solid colors only
Fabric Makeup: 87% Nylon, 13% Spandex.
Once you try them on, you'll probably never want to take off our buttery-soft Luxe leggings.
Incredible range of motion meets moisture-wicking performance in this gently compressive style that feels better-than-bare. The flat hi-rise waistband creates a sleek silhouette and a secure feeling that holds you in without holding you back. Camel Pose through Downward Dog—your leggings will never pinch, pull, or chafe.
The four-way stretch fabric offers adaptability that supports your every move. Buttery, matte fabric feels fantastic against your skin. Superior wicking keeps you cool and dry. If you're a fan of lulu's Aligns or Nulu fabric, you'll like the Luxe.
Recommended to size down for a more compressive fit. I typically wear a 6-8 in solid color light n tights or 8-10 in the patterns, but size down to a 4 in the Luxe because they are so stretchy.
Compression level: 0/10 if true-to-size, 3/10 if sized down one, 5/10 if sized down two sizes
Best For: lounging or yoga
Style Notes: solid colors, color blocks, and monochromatic patterns, some styles feature a contrasting stripe down the leg, pockets, or drawstrings.
Fabric Makeup: 70% Nylon, 30% Spandex.