The 22 Best Flare Leggings to Shop Now That They’re Back

Sweaty Betty

The last time flare leggings were a capital-T thing, we were still debating whether they qualified as real pants. (They do.) Flare leggings were also formerly known as yoga pants, or jazz pants for those of us muddling through our first dance classes when they were last relevant. Then time passed, hemlines narrowed, and we forgot about flare leggings — until recently.

The style has crept back into our consciousness: in laid-back street style, in celebrity outfits for grabbing a green juice at Erewhon, all over social media styling videos. At a recent fashion meeting, deputy editor Izzy Grinspan resurfaced them to the fear with a portmanteau of her invention: “flegging.” Google Shopping confirms we’re not just cherry-picking sightings and calling it a trend, though “flegging” has yet to happen. Searches for “flare leggings” spiked across the country last week in Washington, DC, Tennessee, South Carolina, California, and New Mexico, and have remained high throughout the past month nationwide. On TikTok, the hashtag “flareleggings” has seven million views; that number rises to 10.8 million when you make it “flared.”

Sometimes you can mine trends for meaning. In the case of flare leggings, it’s not that deep. Like denim, wide legs are the shape of the moment. Like every corner of clothing, flare leggings are another relic of the early-aughts nostalgia resurfacing along with UGG boots and butterfly clips.

Even shopping for flare leggings is a time warp. Back at the mall, Victoria’s Secret Pink is carrying flared leggings with a fold-over waistband just like the ones I wore in 2007 (first started by Solow). (FWIW, some reviewers say they’ve only gotten better with age.) Big hitters in the space from Athleta to Aerie are also big on flare leggings.

But there are new sides to flare leggings now. More come in knit fabrications that are office appropriate or cuts that feel dressed up. High Sport, a new label beloved by fashion editors and is so far only sold in select boutiques, specializes in knit kick flares in candy drawer shades. All styles considered, we say embrace the moment with the 22 pairs ahead. If you have to relive every vibe from the early 2000s, you may as well do it in comfort.

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With Reprise’s zip-front leggings, you can choose your own adventure: zipped up for a skinny leg or unzipped for a subtle kick flare. They’re made with a fabric that’s both plant based and very stretchy, so take a size down if you’re unsure of your fit. (And there’s free shipping and returns to try on at home.)

Jupiter High-Rise Flared Leggings

The girls who get it get it. And the girls who don’t will soon, once Live the Process enters their wardrobes. They’re a favorite fashion editor for knitwear that’s equal parts lounge and workout gear — and of their many pieces, understated flare leggings are a staple for LTP fans old and new.

The wisdom of the crowd says Athleta’s Elation flared leggings are the ones to shop. Google Trends data shared with us showed searches for these leggings jumped 300 percent last week. We’ll attribute it to the hundreds of five-star reviews and the inclusive sizing.

This set takes all the guesswork out of what you’ll wear back to the Pilates studio. The flare isn’t so exaggerated that it could get in the way of your stretches — and why not buy a matching and supportive sports bra?

In burnt orange or basic black, these flare leggings are casual Friday perfection with a slouchy sweater. (And, they’re available in extended sizes.)

Raquel High Waist Flared Legging

Varsity stripes aren’t the only detail selling us on Splits59’s flare leggings. The activewear brand’s four-way stretch leggings come in sizes XS to XXL in short, regular, and long lengths for a true-to-you fit.

Legacy Sunset Flared Leggings

Spacedye High Waisted Practice Pant

Beyond Yoga puts its flare leggings (and all leggings) under rigorous in-house testing to ensure the best fit. Once this pair arrives at your door, you won’t think of returning it.

Ruching and tie details lend these flares a balletic touch for all your upcoming barre classes.

Double Knit Flare Track Pants

Tory Sport’s ’70s-inspired flares are a workout and weekend lounging essential. It’s all in the stretch knit, which is flexible yet holds its shape through every stretch.

Plus-Size Flared Leggings

These flare leggings are a workwear-loungewear chameleon. Thank the subtle front pleats, which gives them a dressy touch.

We had to include new label Rationalle, which opened last year, in our lineup of comfortable flares. The brand’s ribbed pants are ideal for the woman who wants the comfort of a traditional yoga pant, but a texture and shade that’s a step up from athleisure. Even better if you make it a matching set.

Power Kick Flare Workout Trousers

High waist, extra stretch, sharp flare: Sweaty Betty’s pair is everything we’re looking for.

Barely Flare Live in High Waist Pants

Looking for a flare legging with a little compression? Nordstrom’s in-house activewear label has you covered.

Spat Stretch-Jersey Flared Leggings

Between the exaggerated split flare and the thick knit, Norma Kamali’s flared leggings are meant for dressing up (in comfort).

Groove Super-High-Rise Flared Pant Zero

If Lululemon’s Align leggings are your usual, you’ll love this pair just as much. Made with the same buttery Nulu fabric as the Align collection, these leggings have roomier legs and a high-rise waist. The back drop-in pocket is also spacious enough for your phone.

Leather Crop Flare Leggings

Getting dressed again and loving leggings aren’t mutually exclusive when leather is involved. This crop flare legging has the same sheen as a leather trouser, with a hint more stretch.

Lest you thought flare knits were lacking sophistication, Cult Gaia’s pants will change your mind and your spring styling. The exaggerated slits add movement and breathability for all day, any day wear.

Airbrush High-Waist Flutter Legging

When models like Hailey Bieber dress down, they’re often in Alo Yoga’s Airbrush leggings. This pair has the same buttery fabric and non-pinching waist as those seen in paparazzi shots, just with a little more flair. If you really fall in love with the look, a matching set has your name written all over it.

Real Me High Waisted Crossover Flare Legging

Does the phrase “TikTok leggings” ring any bells? Try-on videos introduced thousands to Aerie’s crossover waistband leggings — and eventually, updates to the sell-out silhouette like a wide flare.

Once you try Lanston Sport’s split-flare leggings, you’ll turn to the LA-based label for all your activewear needs. The quality is consistent through every single wear — no pilling fabric or loose seams here.

Of the thousands of flare leggings listed on Amazon, AFITNE’s pair is the best rated (4.5 / 5 stars after nearly 3,500 reviews). They’re squat proof for working out and feature two covert pockets for carrying your cards or keys on errands. A sample of the praise: “They are perfect! I had to get a second pair. They are easy to pack for traveling and nice enough to wear in public.” Hip.

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