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The 7 Best Lightweight Leggings for Summer

As the weather changes, so do your activewear needs. These are our top picks for the season.

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As the weather heats up, you may find yourself appreciating the warm temperature when it comes to your practice. Suddenly, that long walk to your favorite studio doesn’t feel quite as frigid. Hey, you may even opt to take your next flow outside. Yet, even as you bask in the warmth of the sun (or at least sneak in some vitamin D), your legs may be feeling a bit, erm, sweatier than usual. Those warm, winter leggings just aren’t cutting it for your summer practice. Instead, you may want to opt for a pair of lightweight, breathable leggings.

I tested out different types of lightweight summer leggings for you during my at-home practices and hot yoga classes, and these are my favorite options that give you that barely there feel. Because when it comes to your practice, the last thing you want to be thinking about is what you’re wearing.

The best lightweight leggings for your summer practice

All Day High-Waisted Workout 7/8 Leggings from Sweaty Betty
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It’s rare to find a pair of leggings that strike the perfect balance between softness and stretch. These lightweight leggings do just that. Made with polyester and elastane, they stay up on your waist, while still giving you space to move freely throughout your practice. After emerging from a hot yoga class, I found these leggings didn’t stick to my (already) sweaty skin, thanks to their wicking and quick-drying properties. Sweaty Betty’s All Day High-Waisted Workout 7/8 Leggings, $88

Luxform Leggings from Set Active
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Set Active’s Luxform Leggings

If you prefer for your leggings to feel a bit like a suction cup (in a good way!), this pair from Set Active may be your new favorite summer pair. The material’s polyester-spandex blend offers plenty of stretch, while also sticking to your waist line. As you move through your practice, you may forget you’re even wearing them. Set Active’s Luxform Leggings, $78

Transcend 7/8 Tight from Athleta
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Athleta’s Transcend 7/8 Tight

When you find yourself practicing on the hottest day of the year, these are the leggings you’ll want to pick. With a very thin (but squat-proof!) fabric, this pair allows you to breathe, sweat, and move without the discomfort of heavier tights. Constructed with nylon and lycra, they are Athleta’s most lightweight legging. Plus, with sizing ranging from XXS to 3X, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find the right pair for your body. Athleta’s Transcend 7/8 Tight, $99

Move Free 7/8 Legging from Outdoor Voices
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Outdoor Voices’ Move Free 7/8 Legging

Looking for versatility? Consider these lightweight leggings from Outdoor Voices. Designed for any and all of your summer activities, these leggings will make you feel supported and secure. Made with a blend of lycra, polyester, and nylon, and featuring an adjustable waistband, these leggings will enable you to move effortlessly from Utkata Konasana (Goddess Pose) to Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose), without having to worry about any potential slippage. Outdoor Voices’ Move Free 7/8 Legging, Prices for colors vary, starts at $44

Becksa 7/8 Legging from Prana
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Prana’s Becksa 7/8 Legging

If you’re not ready to commit your whole legging drawer to summer leggings, this all-season pair is a happy medium. They offer the feel of lightweight leggings, while still giving you the coverage and support of a thicker pair. They also feature two large side pockets and UPF 50+ sun protection.. Plus, we love Prana’s commitment to sustainable practices, including 100 percent plastic-free packaging. Prana’s Becksa 7/8 Legging, $89

Studio Pocket Legging from Vuori
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Vuori’s Studio Pocket Legging

I’m used to leggings falling down throughout my practice. However, as I practiced my Bakasana (Crane Pose), this Vuori pair stayed snugly in place.The material is soft and buttery, and two large side pockets securely fit your smartphone, keys, or sunglasses, giving you the option to leave your bag at home. And thanks to their versatile and sleek look, these leggings can take you from your morning flow into the rest of your busy day—no changing required. Vuori’s Studio Pocket Legging, $98

Float Ultralight Legging from Girlfriend Collective
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Girlfriend Collective’s Float Ultralight Legging

These leggings are lightweight, comfortable, and sustainable. Made from recycled water bottles (and a little bit of spandex), these tights are good for the environment—and your summer practice. They’ll stay firmly in place throughout your flow, while also shedding any unwanted moisture. If you’re looking for a pair of leggings with a slightly more matte finish, these are a great option. Girlfriend Collective’s Float Ultralight Legging, $78