Breathable Summer Leggings: Your Search Stops Here!

All legging lovers know the struggle–many of our favorite pairs become impossible to wear in the summer.

It’s too hot for you to wear your usual favorites? Keep on reading to find out how to find breathable summer leggings for 2022 that can take you through your errands, outdoor workouts, and city strolls while keeping you cool and comfortable.

What to Look for in Leggings for Summer

Leggings can sometimes get a bad rep during the summer–but that’s due to picking the wrong designs and materials. Thanks to technical fabrics and clever cuts, there are now leggings you can wear in even the hottest conditions.

The main thing you should consider is not the aesthetics, but the materials. The fabrics that work wonders in the winter can be impossible to wear in the summer heat. Focus on breathable leggings, made with moisture-wicking, quick-drying materials that keep you cool.

When thinking about colors and cuts, opt for styles that are lighter and show more of your skin to make sure you’re ready to tackle that summer heat.

Only after you take those things into consideration should you begin to focus on style. But don’t fret just yet–even when you narrow down your options, you’ll still have a whole list of summer leggings to choose from, regardless of your taste.

Features of the Best Summer Leggings

Now you know, functionality is more important than looks when it comes to picking summer leggings. However, it’s normal if you still feel confused. In the end, we usually get the pair that looks best and don’t consider other features as much.

But picking the perfect leggings for summer doesn’t have to be too hard. Here’s a list of features to look for that’ll make shopping straightforward:


The secret to breathable leggings is the material they’re made of. Look for technical fabrics designed for sports. Running and gym leggings are created to keep you dry and cool during sweaty workouts. They’re just as effective in protecting you from the summer heat.

For example, our PowerHold® leggings feature a moisture-wicking material and offer UPF 50+ sun protection. The InstaBoost Technology is an added benefit, giving you a streamlined figure and a defined booty, so you can wear those crop tops with confidence.

Motion365 is another fantastic option. The resistible nylon is super lightweight and breathable and wicks away sweat during your summer workouts.


We all love black leggings–they go with everything. However, they’re not the best option for summer. Black-colored clothes absorb more heat than any other color. That means you can pick two exact same leggings in black and white, and the black ones will make you sweat much more than the white pair.

Summer is the perfect time to get comfortable with lighter colors. You don’t have to pick white leggings if that makes you uncomfortable, just make sure they’re light. The lighter the color, the better it reflects heat.


The length of the leggings can also make them more suitable for summer. Opt for the 7/8 cut or capri leggings –you’ll be surprised what a huge difference that makes. You can also opt for biker shorts, which are a combination of leggings and shorts.

If you prefer wearing leggings that reach your ankles, opt for styles with ventilation panels and slits, like most leggings in our SculptKnit collection.

To sum up–always check if the fabric is moisture-wicking and breathable, steer away from black, get a shorter cut. With these things in mind, you can pick a perfect pair of summer leggings that’ll actually keep you cool during hot weather.

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