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Sweatin’ On: Basic Black

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 by in STR | 0 comments


As much as I enjoy a colorful and crazy pair of leggings, I also appreciate basic, well-made black leggings.  My dresser is well stocked with them because they are a wardrobe staple.  I wear them to sweat, to shop, to work, and to travel (I’m kicking out this post at 34,000 ft in my favorite pair of Lucas Hughs!).  And while I’ll compromise my high standards for a pair of outrageously colorful, but not well-made pair of leggings, I want the best quality with my basic black ones.  Bonus if they have some sort of feature that makes them unique, even if it’s subtle.  I know many of you gals go straight to the Wunder Under shelf at your local Lulu (and they are solid, no doubt), but you have so many other terrific options out there.  Let me introduce you to a few of my favorites.


Lucas Hugh
Lucas Hugh Basic Performance Leggings ($235)
Damn it, I love these leggings.  I get that they are pricey, and I swear I am not trying to sound like Gwyneth Paltrow when I tell you they are worth it.  I found mine on a deep discount on the Outnet (bless you, Outnet, for existing), so if you are persistent and patient, you may score them too.  The material is thick enough that you don’t need to care about anyone seeing your goods, light enough that you can wear them to any type of workout, and comfy enough for cross country flights.



Lorna Jane Charlotte Tight ($106)
I snagged these on my last trip to SF and they have since been in heavy rotation with both my workout and my casual wear.  They fit beautifully and provide full coverage.  What look like leather strips on the legs are actually panels of stretchy, shiny material, so you can do some yoga and look badass at the same time.


Tonic Legging
Tonic Peak Cutout Legging ($82)
Full disclosure – I don’t own these.  I just really want them.  I mean, come on!  Look at them!  There is nothing basic about these leggings except the color.  They are perfect for transitioning to spring.  From far away I would look like a zebra in them because my skin is so fair.  Cool.


xxoo Sweat the Runway      smallSneaker




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