Hey, guys, I have an exciting new style post up for you today! I love finding out about amazing new brands creating great athleisure clothing and I have some exciting high waisted training tight finds! I initially thought it would be hard to track down many high waisted styles but found so many – hence the sixteen different options (I might have gotten a little carried away!). All of these brands also carry a range of other high waisted styles so there really are lots of options out there. I hope you enjoy this post -B xx
We have shown several different yoga pant finds, mostly made from organic/recycled fabrics on the site. It’s great to have yoga pants made from natural organic cotton/bamboo because they will be silky smooth and ultra comfortable plus also really sustainable!
Training tights or leggings are almost always made from synthetic fibres. You are also looking for them to perform quite differently.
The Performance Needs of Training Tights:
– You want to hold everything in place really well during an intense workout.
– You want them to have compression ability so that your muscles perform better. Compression fabrics are said to increase blood flow to your muscles increasing performance, while also decreasing recovery time.
– They need to have quick dry or moisture absorbing abilities to ensure maximum comfort.
– You want them to be high waisted and fit really snug around the waist. The last thing you want to be doing during a weights or HIIT session is to be fiddling with your pants or constantly pulling them up!
– You will want tights to be of a really good quality in a thicker fabric so that when you are doing your squats you are not too worried about your pants turning see-through!
– They will need to be super stretchy while also holding their shape and fitting you like a second skin! Synthetic fabrics are best for this.
Most training pants are made from different combinations of synthetic fabrics. Some also have some natural fibres mixed in! Unfortunately, polyester/nylon type fabrics are not very environmentally friendly. They also leak small plastic particles into the water when you wash them! You can help to minimise any environmental effects by always washing your work out tights in a mesh wash bag (they will always last you longer this way too!). Also, try to wash all of your synthetic fabrics in their own separate wash.
I think it is always better to buy one pair of really good quality training leggings than ten cheap ones that might turn see-through, stretch out or not last as long. If you look after them really well they should last you a good couple of years! Now for the fun stuff!
How to Style Your Training Tights:
High waisted leggings are not only great for performance but they are also super flattering! They offer great coverage, make your legs look super long and sleek and also give great support to your body, sucking in and hiding any of those parts that you may feel a little self-conscious about! Wear them with your favourite loose T-shirt knotted at the waist, or with your favourite training bra with a cropped hoodie or T-shirt thrown over the top. They also work really well with a mesh tank over top as most high waisted training pants come up right past your belly button so you will still feel quite covered up!
16 HIGH WAISTED PERFORMANCE TIGHTS:
1. BEYOND YOGA SPACEDYE ‘TAKE ME HIGHER’ LEGGINGS:
These leggings from Beyond Yoga are high performance while also being ultra comfortable and soft at the same time. Beyond Yoga, leggings are designed and made in the US and pride themselves on being a luxury athleisure brand that is able to easily transition day-night. Beyond Yoga has a strong body positivity message. All of their pieces are designed to be flattering to different shaped and sized women’s bodies. They are also anti retouching and aim to always feature women doing amazing things in all of their marketing. These leggings have amazing reviews and are so strikingly different and versatile! (Amazon)
2. NIKE POWER LEGEND TRAINING TIGHTS:
Nike has a great range of high-performance training leggings. These beautiful, botanical printed leggings use Nike dri-FIT technology to ensure that you will always be dry and comfortable during any heavy work out. These tights are also designed to give good compression and to fit super snug. Great for your next intense cardio session! (Amazon) (Note: Sizes are listed under Nike separately, you can also try direct from Nike)
3. CORE 10 ‘THE DAREDEVIL LEGGING’:
Core 10 is an athleisure Amazon brand filled with gorgeous basics that have quirky twists in fabric choice, design and style. They also have ‘build your own yoga pant’ options and gorgeous high waisted plus size leggings. Not only that they are also designed for performance! These leggings are high waisted with great knee detailing and even have an inbuilt smartphone pocket in the back! Most yoga pants are only designed with a key/coin pocket so to have the capability to hold your phone is a great design! This range also comes in four fabulous basic colours, black, dark grey, a greeny khaki colour and a lovely red colour called ‘Merlot’. Core 10 is a great go-to basic range that is also designed for great performance and comfort! Great reviews although be sure to check the sizing chart and order one size down for a snugger fit as the sizing does run on the large size! (Amazon)
4. NIKE POWER TRAINING TIGHTS:
These training leggings from Nike are designed with their Nike power fabric, known for its stretch, comfort and performance. The contrasting contour panel detail is super flattering to your body and this design is not quite as high waisted if you prefer that and the leggings also come with an inbuilt pocket. These tights are a great everyday piece that will fit well with all other colours/styles of your existing work out gear! (The Iconic) (This design is also similar from Sports Direct)
5. HARD TAIL ‘SKELETON’ LEGGINGS:
These innovative yoga leggings are from the Californian brand Hard Tail. The print is a gorgeous tie-dyed skeleton print and they are also very eco-friendly made from 90% organic cotton and 10% lycra to ensure great fit and performance. The brand is completely US designed and made in California and was inspired by a girls-can-do-anything philosophy and a commitment to women’s athletism and empowerment! I love these yoga pants and the relaxed, beachy vibe that Hard Tail promotes. (Amazon)
6. BEYOND YOGA SPACEDYE MIDI LEGGINGS:
Beyond Yoga also carries these lovely basic leggings again in their soft and comfortable spacedye fabric. These are a great basic legging that is perfect for yoga and they also come in a variety of colours including some nice nude shades. Pictured are the high waist midi design but they also do an even higher waist design – great if you have an extra long torso or want some extra coverage! They also have a compression range for extra performance made with 22% recycled lycra. These are the perfect leggings for working out and also lounging around the house! (Amazon)
7. EMILY HSU ‘KALANI COBALT’ LEGGINGS:
Emily Hsu has designed the most beautiful range of high-performance activewear in vibrant prints and sparkly fabrics. Her signature is the high waisted legging which ensures a snug fit and maximum comfort so that you can make the most of your work out! Her range embodies different personalities, whether you are feeling flirty, bold or vibrant. Emily Hsu designs also make for great dancewear! 100% designed and handmade in the US. Perfect for yoga, HIIT, dance or running! They are also designed with high-performance smooth and stretchy fabric for a compression fit. (Evolve Fit Wear)
8. LNDR ‘EIGHT EIGHT’ TIGHTS:
LNDR is a relatively new activewear brand that was launched in 2015. Their clothes are designed to be worn through every aspect of a fast-paced, active, city lifestyle. The brand is based in East London and is beautifully designed and made, being the absolute definition of luxury sportswear. LNDR leggings are also more of a splurge purchase but in return, you will get a gorgeous fit, great technical fabrics that also perform well and you will feel absolutely amazing in the clothing! These tights are made in a comfy compression knit fabric and have pretty blue ventilation detailing on each leg. Perfect for running, training or anything else in between! (The Iconic)
9. ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY ‘TRAIN MIRACLE’ LEGGINGS:
These vibrantly patterned training leggings are designed by Stella McCartney for Adidas. High waisted and beautifully slimming the fabric used is also designed to absorb moisture for maximum comfort during your work out. Stella McCartney’s Adidas range also includes many colourful, fun and quirky designs! Stella McCartney is a champion for sustainably sourced and made fashion and chooses to use no animal-derived products in all of her designs. (Amazon)
10. RYDERWARE BLOCK BANDED TIGHTS:
Ryderware is an Australian activewear brand designed for serious athletes whose workouts are focused around bodybuilding, lifting and hardcore training. They are perfect for a more muscular, athletic physique. These pants are designed with their signature block banded feature and also feature a high waistband – perfect for those squats, lunges and burpees! Ryderware also have a great startup story! (The Iconic)
11. BEYOND YOGA LUX PRINT LEGGINGS:
These fabulous luxury ‘Havana Nights’ print leggings are also from Beyond Yoga. Designed for performance with smooth, quick dry fabric to ensure your comfort. These leggings are actually very on trend with a cropped fit! They are also designed with no outside seams. A great everyday legging perfect for yoga, training or getting through your to-do list! (Evolve Fit Wear)
12. LNDR ULTRA LEGGINGS:
LNDR also have these great basic leggings that come in either navy with a white banded ankle or a bright blue with a red banded ankle. Comfortable, high waisted and designed for a great, flattering fit. Many of their designs are also mix and match with their great block printed sports bras. Their sports bras are really colourful and beautifully designed in a racerback style with a comfortable wide bottom band. (The Iconic)
13. NIKE PRO TRAINING TIGHTS:
These high-waisted pro training tights from Nike are designed for athletes and to stand up during intense training sessions. They come in a versatile dove grey or black with a thick branded waistband – I love the innovative crossover design! The tights are perfect for HIIT or any competitive activity. They are also designed with Nike’s signature dri-FIT technology. This all makes for a great basic go-to work out tight! (Amazon)
14: PUMA ATHLETIC LEGGINGS:
Puma designed these leggings to be perfect for training and also running. These leggings are a bit different from the other ones that I have featured because they have a high cotton content, made from 90% cotton which is rare in a high performance work out legging. So these are great if you are into natural fibres but also want great comfort and fit. I love how these leggings look like a basic black legging from the front but then when you turn around you will see the holographic Puma branding on the back left leg, which adds a quirky twist! The waistband is also designed to be extra wide and supportive. (The Iconic)
15: MANDUKA HIGH LINE LEGGINGS:
These gorgeous printed leggings from the yoga athleisure brand Manduka and they also come in a variety of colour and print designs. They are very eco-friendly made from 65% recycled materials. This design is the ultra high waisted legging but you can also fold the waistband over if you want the waistband to sit lower on your hips. Made from beautifully soft but also thick and hardwearing fabric. Great for yoga class or also anything that requires a high performance tight that is going to fit well! Manduka also make great, hard wearing yoga mats! (Amazon)
16: LNDR SPECTRUM LEGGINGS:
LNDR also has these great sporty contrast leggings in their collection. I love the style and shape! They are designed to be really comfortable and perform really well with a compression fit. If you struggle with polyester performance leggings that are really thick and fit closely to your body, LNDR leggings have more of a lightweight, ribbed knit feel but still fit really snug. These leggings are great paired with the matching sports bra or mix and match! (The Iconic) ♥
(Header photo: Melody Jacob vis. Unsplash)