Do you stop wearing your leggings when cold weather arrives, because you don’t think you’ll be warm enough? You really don’t have to. This article has all the best winter leggings to keep you cozy when the mercury dips.

Warm and fleece lined leggings

If you love the style and comfort of wearing your leggings with tunic tops and dresses or with long-line cardigans and sweaters, you can still continue to wear them during the colder months.

Rather than thinner styles that you would wear during the summer which can almost feel as if you have bare legs when the weather really turns cold, look out for fleece lined leggings, thermal leggings or those made from knit fabrics.

Take a look at how to wear leggings for more inspiration on how to wear your winter leggings.

The best warm leggings this season

Below you’ll find some of the best warm leggings for you this season as well as leggings outfit inspiration for the colder months.

Nic in a winter outfit |

Nic (above) stays warm and stylish in leggings, a sweater and warm coat.

Check out this similar pair of leggings, white layering tee, sweater, jacket, sneakers, crossbody bag, hat and sunglasses.

Winter leggings from Uniqlo

Uniqlo is one of my favorite brands for winter leggings and base layers. The HEATTECH range traps in heat so you stay cozy even as the temperatures dip.

Uniqlo HEATTECH extra warm leggings |

Uniqlo HEATTECH extra warm leggings

Fleece lined leggings from Amazon

When looking for leggings for winter, you will want to look for those which are specifically designed for the cool weather.

A fleece-lined pair will keep you warm. The leggings from Conceited at Amazon (below) come in a huge range of colors and have good reviews from women who say the lining is cozy and warm.

Conceited fleece lined leggings |

Conceited fleece lined leggings

Warm black leggings

Rachael wears lace-up boots |

If you already have a pair of classic black leggings that you wear in the warmer months, it could be worth adding a warmer pair to your closet.

You can pop these under your dresses or wear with a tunic or shirt to ensure you can continue to wear them when the weather cools down.

Racheal (above) wears her warm leggings with lace-up boots.

Recreate her outfit with this similar pair of fleece leggings, shirt, jacket, boots and beanie.

Double knit leggings from Ugg

UGG is renowned for its warm winter boots. However, the brand’s range has expanded in recent years to include cozy clothes including the leggings below which are lined with double layer fleece to keep you warm.

Ugg double knit leggings |

UGG double knit leggings

Thermal leggings 

While thermal wear may once have had a reputation as being frumpy, thermal styles are now very stylish.

You really can’t tell the difference in style between a “normal” piece of clothing and thermal wear. The important difference is how warm you will be.

The Thermajane leggings (below) come in a set with a warm thermal long-sleeved top.

Thermajane thermal leggings |

Thermajane thermal leggings

Thick leggings

Jona wears a thick shirt and boots |

Leggings which are too thin are never good. I’m sure we’ve all seen women wearing leggings which show more than they intended.

A pair of thicker leggings will provide you with coverage and warmth.

Jona (above) keeps her look neutral with her black leggings, long thick shirt and Gucci handbag.

Steal her look with this similar pair of leggings, turtleneck top. jacket, boots and sunglasses.

The HUE leggings (below) have good reviews from women who say they are thick and aren’t see-through.

HUE leggings |

HUE leggings

Merino wool warm leggings

Looking at leggings which feature warm fabrics such as merino wool are a good option. The leggings by Meriwool (below) are designed to be worn as a warm base layer. They have great reviews from women who say they are warm even in the coldest temperatures, making these a good option if you love being outdoors.

MERINO wool base layer thermals |

MERINO wool base layer thermal pants

Also take a look at the best tummy control jeans to give you a smoother look.

Thick black leggings

Aroob wears a monochrome outfit |

Aroob (above) shows off another outfit featuring thick black leggings for winter, which she teams with her Chanel handbag.

Check out this similar pair of leggings, puffer jacket, sneakers and sunglasses.

Slimming leggings

If you want a pair of leggings that are warm as well as being figure flattering, then the leggings by Homma (below) could be a good choice for you. They have a high waist and compression material to smooth you out and tuck you in.

There are more slimming leggings in this article on tummy control leggings to give you a smoother silhouette.

Homma thick tummy compression leggings |

Homma thick tummy compression leggings

Knit leggings

Beth wears a fluffy coat |

Knitwear is always a staple for winter and fall. Look out for a pair of knit leggings that you can layer with your other knitwear.

You could, for example, wear with a tunic top and a longline cardigan.

Beth (above) wears her leggings with a cozy teddy bear coat.

Get her look with this similar pair of leggings, top, coat and sneakers.

If you’re looking for knit leggings then the Daily Ritual ponte knit leggings (below) could be a good choice. They feature a double knit to keep you warm and reviewers say they hold their shape well.

Stylish knitwear for women over 40 |

Daily Ritual ponte knit leggings

Warm leggings for winter: wool leggings

If you are heading to very cold climes or you tend to feel the cold more than most, how about looking for a pair of wool leggings which are designed for the ski slopes?

You can wear these on their own with a longer sweater, or as a base layer to stay warm.

Staying warm in colder months - Smartwool |

Smartwool patterned base layer bottoms

Winter leggings for women that are also slimming

Julia wears leggings with her knitwear |

There are plenty of leggings designed not just to keep you warm but also to give you a smoother silhouette.

Julia (above) wears her leggings with a sweater and layers her jacket over the top for extra warmth.

Check out this similar pair of leggings, sweater, boots and necklace.

If you’re looking for tummy control leggings, there are more options below.

CakCton fleece lined tummy control leggings |

CakCton fleece lined tummy control leggings

Diravo fleece lined tummy control leggings  (6-pack) |

Diravo fleece lined tummy control leggings  (6-pack)

Insulated leggings

Lou wears a white shirt |

Lou (above) shows how the simplest of outfits can still be super stylish. She wears her long, white shirt over her leggings.

Recreate her outfit with this similar pair of leggings, shirt, combat boots and crossbody bag.

If you want to wear a similar outfit while making sure you stay warm, then the Heat Holders leggings (below) are insulated.

HEAT HOLDERS fleece lined insulated leggings |

HEAT HOLDERS fleece lined insulated leggings

Cable knit leggings 

On cold days, there’s nothing better than a cable knit sweater to keep you warm. But have you thought about cable knit leggings?

At one point cable knit may have fallen out of fashion favor, but it is definitely back on trend.

You could wear a pair of cable knit leggings with a long top and a moto jacket.

Or just wear them as loungewear to relax at home.

MUK LUKS cable knit leggings |

MUK LUKS cable knit leggings

Best winter leggings for working out

Sandra wears a tunic top and sneakers |

Do you usually wear your leggings for exercise, for running errands or are you a keen runner?

Choose athletic leggings especially designed to keep you warm if you’re exercising in them.

Sandra (above) wears her leggings with sneakers for a look you could go for a walk or run in.

Check out this similar pair of leggings, tunic and sneakers.

The Under Armour leggings (below) are a great choice for winter athletic wear. They have a double layer with a brushed interior and a fast-drying exterior, just in case you get caught in inclement weather.

 Under Armour ColdGear leggings |

Under Armour ColdGear leggings

Winter leggings for yoga 

Are you a yoga buff? Apparently, 36 million people in America alone have practiced yoga.

If you’re one of them, find a pair of yoga leggings for winter. Unless of course, you do your yoga in a heated room!

The 90 degree leggings (below) are well reviewed by women who say they compare favorably to expensive leggings brands.

90 Degree By Reflex yoga leggings |

90 Degree By Reflex yoga leggings

Winter leggings as loungewear

Winter loungewear |

Do you tend to wear your leggings as loungewear.

They can be a great option for relaxing at home as well as popping to the shop, walking the dog or running quick errands.

Susan (above) wears her leggings at home with an oversized sweater.

Steal her look with similar pair of leggings, sweater, scarf and slip-on sneakers.

You could also try the lounge leggings below which feel super soft. They’re comfy enough to wear at home and thin enough to wear under your jeans if you’re heading out.

32 DEGREES lounge leggings |

32 DEGREES lounge leggings

Also read our article on the best loungewear pieces that will make you feel comfortable and stylish

Leather leggings

Claire wears leather with a moto jacket |

Leather or faux leather leggings can keep you warm because they don’t let the wind or rain get to your legs.

You could wear with a longer top for a party, or you can wear with a long sweater or cardigan and flat booties for a more casual look.

Claire (above) wears her leather leggings with an on-trend shearling moto jacket.

Check out this similar pair of leather leggings, sweater, jacket, boots, handbag and sunglasses.

SPANX faux leather leggings |

SPANX faux leather leggings

Velvet leggings

Velvet is a big trend this season and for good reason. You could wear velvet leggings for a more formal occasion, perhaps with a beautiful long tunic top, or you could style these with a chunky sweater.

Spanx velvet leggings |

Spanx velvet leggings

Multi-pack winter leggings

If you tend to wear a lot of leggings to layer under your outfits and to wear at home, investing in a multi-pack could make sense for you.

Free to Live 6 pack seamless leggings fleece lined |

Free to Live seamless leggings fleece lined (6-pack)

Leggings for layering under your pants

Finally one last tip.

If you like to stay warm in winter, but still like to wear your jeans, you can wear leggings underneath your pants.

My favorite brand for leggings to layer underneath is the Uniqlo HEATTECH range. You can get leggings for mild, cold and super cold weather. The latter are excellent to wear as outer layers too.

Uniqlo HEATTECH stretch leggings pants |

Uniqlo HEATTECH stretch leggings pants

Do you like to wear leggings in winter? What are your favorite brands? You can let me know in the comments below.

Continue reading:

  1. How To Wear Leggings Over 40 – A Complete Guide
  2. The Best Tummy Control Jeans To Give You A Smoother Look
  3. The Best Loungewear That Makes You Feel Comfortable AND Stylish

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Winter leggings and fleece lined leggings to keep you warm this winter |

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