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. Here are 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, look out for fleece lined leggings, thermal leggings or those made from knit fabrics.

Warm and fleece lined pants |

Nancy (above) shows that faux leather can be another good option to keep the chill at bay.

Get this top, similar jacket, leggings and knee-high boots to recreate her look.

Take a look at how to wear leggings over 40, 50 and beyond for more inspiration on how to wear your winter leggings.

The best warm leggings this season

We’ve lined up some of the best warm leggings for you this season.

Fleece lined leggings

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.

Hue fleece lined denim leggings |

Hue fleece lined denim leggings

Fleece leggings

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 to ensure you can continue to wear them when the weather cools down.

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.

Eileen Fisher thermal leggings |

Eileen Fisher thermal leggings

Winter leggings

If you like to exercise in the winter months, or you still like to get out and about in the fresh air, take a look for cold-weather athletic wear.

Nike warm tights |

Nike warm tights

Ideas to wear leggings in winter |

Carelia (above) opts for a pair of print leggings with cozy boots.

Steal her look with this similar coat, leggings, boots, scarf and beanie.

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

Thick leggings

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.

Conceited fleece lined leggings |

Conceited fleece lined leggings

Warm leggings

These are another great option for winter as they offer not just warmth but also tummy control.

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

CakCton tummy control pants |

CakCton winter tummy control leggings

Knit leggings

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.

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 patterned base layer bottoms

Thick black leggings

Another pair of great black leggings with tummy control for you.

Choosing thick leggings for women over 40 | 40

90 Degree by Reflex tummy control leggings

Warm weather clothing |

Susan (above) teams her leggings with a stylish cable-knit sweater and print scarf.

Check out this similar sweater, leggings, knee high boots and scarf.

Winter leggings for women

As a base layer, Icebreaker is another good brand to look out.

Base layers for cold weather |

Icebreaker wool base layer leggings

Winter leggings for women that are also slimming

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

Homma tummy compression slimming leggings |

Homma tummy compression slimming 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.

Sofra cable knit leggings |

Sofra cable knit leggings

Insulated leggings

Another pair of warm knit leggings for you which can be worn indoors and outdoors.

Eberjay leggings |

Eberjay ‘The Winter Leggings’

Best winter leggings for working out

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.

Zella leggings |

Zella leggings

Cold weather leggings

Another pair of leggings which have been especially designed for the cold weather are these leggings from Under Armour.

Under Armour ‘ColdGear’ leggings |

Under Armour ‘ColdGear’ leggings

Leather leggings

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.

Vero Moda faux leather leggings |

Vero Moda faux leather leggings

leather winter leggings  |

Annette (above) wears her black leggings under a brighter coat.

Get this look with this similar coat, leggings, scarf, booties and handbag.

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 6 pack seamless leggings fleece lined

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!

BALEAF yoga leggings |

BALEAF yoga leggings

Winter leggings as 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.

These merino wool and silk leggings feature a pretty lace panel at the ankle.

Hanro wool & silk lace loungewear |

Hanro wool & silk lace leggings

Winter loungewear |

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

Check out this similar sweater, leggings, scarf and slip-on sneakers to steal her look.

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

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.

Do you like to wear leggings in winter? What are your favorite brands?

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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