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What are the best non-transparent leggings to work out in?

We've tried and tested five popular leggings to determine just how non-transparent they really are

Squatting-In-LeggingsNo matter your workout, you want to know your leggings are non-transparent and protecting your modesty

If there’s one thing we women are paranoid about when working out, it’s wearing see-through leggings (alongside body bits jumping around, crotch sweat and many other things)! We all desperately want to find non-transparent leggings that aren’t just non-transparent when you first wear them, but after they’ve been through the wash a dozen times too.

I’ve tried and tested a variety of leggings recently so that I can give you the low down on some of the best pairs to buy that will protect your modesty.

ILU Dream Spin Leggings, Navy/Navy Marl – £47.00

ILU Dream Spin Leggings

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While the ILU Dream Spin Leggings are designed for those who love spinning, cycling and running, these leggings are so versatile! I’ve worn them running, doing a RikaShake trampolining class and also at my regular bootcamp. The material is an absolute dream to touch, wicks away sweat, and I love the mesh detailing on the bottom of the legs. They’re also comfortably high-waisted which is ideal for various workouts – and they don’t slip.

Unlike the Gymshark Flex Leggings, the detailing on the bum is at the top rather than below. This design is to create the perfect hourglass shape. I’m fortunate enough to be this shape already, so it really flattered my curves, but will definitely create the illusion for those who want or need it.

They’re also the perfect colour and material to flatter and hide any cellulite you may have.

Size-wise, they come in XS, S/M, M and M/L. I’m a size 10 to 12 and have got a M/L pair of leggings. There’s a little extra room, but not enough that they’re falling down.

Non-transparency score: 5 out of 5

I’ve done various workouts and asked my gal pals to keep an eye on my butt to see how they perform. Completely non-transparent leggings every time I’ve worn them, even after going in the wash a few times.

Tikiboo Nebula Leggings, Purple – £35.99

Tikiboo Nebula Leggings

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I’m a huge fan of astronomy. I even have my own telescope. So when I came across the Tikiboo Nebula Leggings I just had to try them out!

The material is 360-degree stretch LYCRA fabric and is so silky to touch. It’s completely breathable and perfect for working out both indoors in the warm and also outdoors in the cold.

Featuring a high-waistband and a zip pocket in the back of the waistband, these leggings are ideal for any workout.

These leggings also have the largest size range of all leggings covered here. They come in XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL. It’s great to see a size-inclusive range of leggings – especially such pretty ones. An added bonus is that you can get the matching sports bra and capri leggings too!

I only have two bug bares with these leggings. The first being that the inner material is white – not ideal for when you’re stretching in the leggings. For this pattern in particular, I think a black inner material would work best. When stretching, the black material would only darken the pattern, adding to the design. Space is black, not white, after all.

Secondly, the drawstring waist – whilst perfect for tightening the leggings – moves around in the wash. I spent a good five to 10 minutes threading the drawstring back into place after I washed them. It’s not the end of the world, but going forwards I’ll be sure to tie the drawstring before washing them. The drawstring itself is also quite bulky, which sticks out if you’re wearing a tight-fitted workout top.

Non-transparency score: 4 out of 5

Whilst they are non-transparent leggings, the inner material does show through when you’re stretching. If these had a black interior material, they’d 100% have scored a 5 out of 5.

Gymshark Sleek Sculpture Leggings 2.0, Dark Ruby – £38.00

Gymshark Sleek Sculpture Leggings

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One of the things I love most about Gymshark is that there leggings come in a range of colours and styles. I wanted to try out the latest range of leggings and purchased the Gymshark Sleek Sculpture Leggings 2.0 in Dark Ruby.

I’ve always been a fan of Gymshark, which you’ll know if you’ve read any of my reviews, and these leggings did not disappoint. They come in eight different shades, they’re again high-waisted (which for me is a must) and they have both mesh detailing and pockets. There’s not much else a girl could want in a pair of leggings.

I’ve worn them a few times and they’ve retained their shape, colour and firmness. They’re also incredibly flattering – I’m always worried that colourful leggings will highlight any cellulite on my butt, but these make it look nice and smooth.

The best thing about these leggings is, obviously, the pockets. I’m a huge fan of leggings with pockets and it’s fast becoming a ‘thing’ in the fitness world. You’ll be pleased to know that the leggings stay in place, even with a smartphone in your pocket, and you won’t have to keep pulling them up.

I’m always hearing that you should go up a size with Gymshark clothing, but I never find this to be the case. As a size 10, I always go for a Medium but don’t imagine I’d have any issues fitting into a Small – I just like a little wiggle room (especially for post-holiday training).

Non-transparency score: 5 out of 5

I love these leggings. The material is thick, yet breathable enough that these are completely non-transparent leggings. I honestly can’t rave about them enough. For a more in-depth review of these leggings, check out my blog post ‘Gymshark Sleek Sculpture Leggings 2.0 – review‘.

Alternatively, one of the girls a little while ago did a review on the Gymshark Seamless Energy High Waisted Cropped Leggings which is also worth a read. They were only released a few months ago and, like these leggings, are non-transparent, comfy and come in a variety of colours.

Adidas Response 3/4 Tights – £37.95

Adidas Response 3/4 Tights

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I ordered some Adidas Response 3/4 Tights and had high hopes. I love the brand; the workout tops, running shorts and sports bras I have from Adidas are some of my favourites in my sports collection. I really wanted to love these leggings and be able to rate them high.

It started out well.

The material feels fantastic – so silky smooth. The leggings are made with breathable, quick-dry fabric to move the moisture away from you, and they really do work. They’re also the only pair of leggings I’ve tried out for this piece that have reflective detailing, perfect for late night runs.

Unfortunately though they’re don’t rate very highly for their non-transparency. Before I left the house, I bent over to tie up my running trainers and my partner commented on my choice of pants. Stood up, the leggings were fine, but there’s a lot of stretching involved with warm ups, cool downs and throughout my workouts. I can easily resolve the situation by wearing a long vest, which I will do as these leggings are so comfortable, but it’s not ideal. I would consider buying a size up in order to resolve this, but the pair I’ve got fit perfect and I don’t want to purchase a larger pair and have them fall down on me.

Non-transparency score: 3.5 out of 5

If you’re going to be around a lot of people when you’re stretching, maybe in the gym or a class, then these aren’t quite the non-transparent leggings you’re looking for. They should be fine when out and about running, just be conscious of where your derriere is facing when it comes to stretching (or wear dark pants).

Hola Adios Flexi Lexi Pants – $89.00 (roughly £68.00)

Hola Adios Flexi Lexi leggings

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I’ve only recently heard of the brand, Flexi Lexi. They’re based in Bangkok and started out making bralettes that women could wear during their workouts whilst also throughout the day (I can vouch for this – having tried one, I love wearing it as an every day bra). They have since branched out and now make leggings for all; whether you want a simple one-colour legging or something a little more in-your-face (including unicorns and flamingos). The majority of their clothing are bold and vibrant though, so you won’t find much black on the site at all.

The Hola Adios Flexi Lexi pants are named so because they have the word ‘hola’ on the bottom of one leg and ‘adios’ on the bottom of the other. They’re three colours – green, grey and pink – and a dream to wear. Made with 27% spandex and 73% polyester, they’re really nice to touch and hold well during wear.

What’s more, you can get matching braletters on the site for most of the leggings, or at least ones that are similar colours and will fit well – great if you like to match.

If you’re going to invest in a pair of these leggings, it’s worth noting that they are skin tight (in an incredibly flattering way), but that will mean you get a VPL with pretty much any and all pants you choose to wear underneath.

Non-transparency score: 5 out of 5

These leggings really stood up to the test and were 100% non-transparent. The only real pants issue here was the fact you’ll get a VPL with anything other than a g-string, but that’s manageable. I think we can all agree we’d rather have a noticeable VPL than transparent leggings.

Flexi Lexi’s leggings aren’t the cheapest, but they are a high quality material, last well in the wash and work with you whilst working out. They’re also high-waisted but the waistband can be folded down if you prefer a lower rise option.

Sam Summers
the authorSam Summers
Sam is a regular gym goer who loves a strong spin or step class. Her main fitness goal is to look super buff for her wedding and also to start lifting heavier weights.

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