If your kids are like mine, leggings have a tendency to turn into swiss cheese at the knee far before they outgrow them. And when they're the only thing your kid will wear, it's easy to find yourself buying replacements far too often. That's not only tiresome on your wallet—it's a big bummer for the environment as well.
Clothes should be made to keep up with kids' daring adventures, scooter mishaps and wild playground tendencies. And in a perfect world, they should be able to hold up well enough to land into the hand-me-down pile instead of the trash can.
With that in mind, I've rounded up some of the highest-rated and positively reviewed durable kids' leggings that they'll love just as much as you will.
File under: BRILLIANT. Lands' End's line of Iron Knees® pants is such a no brainer that I can't believe they didn't exist sooner. Designed to stand up to all the tumbles, slides, falls and roughness kids can throw at them, these bad boys feature soft polyester patches on the inside that are invisible on the outside to reinforce the most vulnerable spot!
Hanna Andersson has been in the game since I was a baby, so it's no surprise they've got this on lock. (Not that I'm a day over thirtysomething.) Creating clothes that last through one kid is part of their ethos—even leggings. These are some of the pricier ones out there, but in addition to their potential for handing down, they also regularly run fantastic sales. They wash well and hold up like total champs, living a nice long life with knees that are not only intact but also sag-free.
Primary can do no wrong in my book. Their colorful, high-quality basics have been a wardrobe staple for my kiddo since the brand launched. Surprisingly, each and every piece has survived her hard-wearing beatings long enough to be outgrown and hit the giveaway pile instead of the trash—including the leggings. They have a wide waistband and smooth, flat seams so kids stay cozy no matter what antics they get up to.
These are also from Primary and deserve their own mention because seriously, how cute are they?
Fun fact: Did you know that Cat & Jack guarantees their clothes for an entire year? Yep. Me neither. Their leggings have a reputation for being durable but I know of a least a few pairs that were no match for my kid's roughhousing. Now I know I could have marched them back to Target and replaced them. Noted!
According to Lands' End, their Tough Cotton "stands up to wear and tear up to four times better than traditional cotton knits." They're reinforced all over—not just the knees—through an innovative process that makes the fabric stronger for longer by creating bonds with the cotton fibers. Saved by science again!
As a big fan of leopard, these seem like a wardrobe must-have. According to Old Navy, their Built-In Tough Jersey fabric is 2x more durable and strong than standard jersey. And if you're really looking to stock up, they offer a 3-pack of various styles and colors for only $20!
Made with GOTS certified organic cotton, like Lands' End, Mightly's reinforced knee leggings feature a no-show, no-feel patch that is fused directly to the inside of the fabric and helps prevent holes and makes leggings last. They come in packs of two and a wide variety of bright colors and fun patterns which are perfect with tops or under dresses.
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