Ahh, leggings. The sort-of pants that just seem to get what new mamas need — and what they don't — especially when our bodies seem unfamiliar even to us. Whether you're looking for a supportive gym pair to accompany you while you work off any remaining baby weight or a comfy pair that looks magical under oversized sweaters and tucked into boots, we've rounded up our six favorite leggings that you need in your drawer right now.
1. The just-starting-to-show leggings: Old Navy High-Rise Stevie Built-In Sculpt Pants
Consider these leggings proof that your bank account doesn't have to take a hit to get you in some comfy pants. Old Navy's High-Rise Stevie leggings are thick, soft, and suck in all the right places. And when they're this inexpensive, you can buy one for every day of the week.
Pro tip: Sign up for Old Navy's emails for an extra 30% off coupon code before you buy. They're practically giving them away.
2. The bump is real leggings: Maternity Seamless Belly Leggings by Ingrid & Isabel for Target
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Pro tip: Not a fan of over-the-belly? These leggings have a foldable panel that you can wear over or under your belly.
3. The pregnancy-to-postpartum leggings: Girlfriend Collective Leggings
You may have heard the hype about these fair-trade, ethically sourced, and, oh yeah, totally incredible leggings on social media. The high-waisted design of Girlfriend Collective's leggings is perfect for new moms, and the fabric is thick enough to dismiss any worries of see-through malfunctions — meaning yes, you can pretend these are real pants.
Pro tip: The pants run true to size, but they take a few wears to break in, so don't panic if they feel a bit snug at first.
4. The postpartum tuck job: Mother Tucker Leggings from Belly Bandit
Listen, you probably weren't serious about that tummy tuck post-labor, but thanks to these pants, you can stay far away from the operating table. Mother Tucker Leggings boast three compression centers to smooth your thighs, flatten your tummy, and boost your tush. So you can go ahead and say “buh-bye" to any muffin top woes.
Pro tip: Go ahead and throw them in the washing machine — you don't have to worry about them losing their shape in the wash.
5. The spin-class-to-girls-night leggings: Wunder Under Pant III from Lululemon
Okay, okay, we know the price is steep, but bear with us: These are some seriously amazing leggings. Wunder Under Pant III's fit is comfortable enough to wear to the gym or while binging Netflix but sleek enough to pair with a slouchy sweater for drinks with the girls. Plus, they're reversible, so just think of it like you're buying two pairs.
Pro tip: Still stuck on the price? Shop the We Made Too Much section for discounted styles!
6. The get-your-sexy-back leggings: Faux Leather Leggings from Nordstrom
Oh, hi. Meet your new sassy pants. These liquid-look faux leather leggings add style and drama to any ensemble — only you'll know the high-waist is perfect for smoothing postpartum bellies.
Pro tip: They run large, so order one size down.
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