With the holiday season in full swing, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the New Year is just around the corner. That means it’s time for resolutions, and if hitting the gym a bit more is on the list, you’re likely asking Santa for a few new pairs of leggings.
Spanx Booty Boost Perfect Pocket Active 7/8 Leggings
But finding the best leggings can be harder than the actual workout — and finding a great-fitting pair that also has pockets can be a puzzle you have to solve. But have no fear! We talked to an expert to get the scoop on how to find a great pair of leggings that are flattering and comfortable and have superior storage space built right in. Below, exercise specialist Denise Chakoian, owner and founder of Core Studio, shares her top tips for shopping for leggings with pockets.
With her insight, we took a hard look at a range of specs for each brand from the fabric to the rise, color availability and key performance features. We also considered the customer reviews and tried on each pair to see how we liked them. In short, we’ve done the hard work of narrowing this list down to the best of the best.
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Fabric: 68% Nylon, 32% Elastane; Pocket: 79% Nylon, 21% Elastane | Pockets: Side | Performance features: Sweat wicking, sculpting fabric, 4-way stretch | Rise: High | Color: Very Black | Inseam: 25 inches | Length: 7/8
Spanx’s Booty Boost leggings were always my favorite, but now that they come with pockets — even better!
I've been obsessed with these leggings since the first time I tried them on. Designed with the brand’s signature sculpting performance fabric, these popular leggings have a built-in booty lift that makes my backside look great! The side pocket is deep enough to hold my cellphone, keys and cash, but it’s very discreet and unnoticeable if I have nothing in it. Along with the bum-lift capabilities, I also love how breathable and sweat-wicking the leggings are. But my favorite part is the high waistband that sucks me in and doesn’t slide down as I move around.
And I’m not the only one who is a fan; another shopper called them the “best leggings ever” and declared: “Love everything about these!! The fabric, the flattering fit that enhances my look and, of course, having a pocket to keep my phone close. Will get several other pairs!!!”
Fabric: 75% Polyester, 25% Spandex | Pockets: Side | Performance Features: Moisture-wicking fabric | Rise: High | Color: 15 different colors | Inseam: 25 inches | Length: 7/8
These leggings are made with four-way-stretch fabric for unrestrictive movement but have enough binding capabilities for a seamless waistband that can hold in your belly. No wonder more than 35,100 shoppers have given their seal of approval.
These wildly popular, incredibly soft leggings have generous side pockets and a seamless high waist that supports you without digging. No matter how long you wear them, your stomach won't suffer. They're lightweight and moisture-wicking with four-way stretch for a comfy fit, and they come in a variety of color options. Shoppers say they feel like a second skin, and our deputy editor Izabella Zaydenberg raved, "They feel really sleek, don't pill and have magic stitching that makes your butt look good."
"HOLY MACRO!" another shopper wrote. "They fit! And not just fit, they fit perfectly!!!! The stretch in these leggings is nothing like I’ve ever seen, and the hold makes me feel like the 175 lbs I’m aspiring to be. They hold perfectly, but they’re not tight, they stretch but they are not see-through at all!"
Fabric: 79% Recycled Nylon, 21% Spandex | Pockets: Side | Performance Features: 4-way stretch fabric | Rise: High | Color: 9 colors | Length: Full
Soft, stretchy, comfortable and with two pockets? What more can you ask for?
Made from a blend of recycled nylon and Spandex, these cute sustainable Krina leggings are trainer Chakoian's favorite option for leggings with pockets, and it’s easy to see why. Not only are they super soft and can be paired with matching sports bras, but the full-length leggings also boast four-way stretch capabilities to move with you, and they are moisture-wicking to keep you dry during workouts. Plus, the two side pockets are super deep to hold more than just the essentials.
“I got a chance to get a pair of the leggings with pockets by Krina and they are so soft! They are my go-to for softness and comfort, especially when I am doing outdoor or intense workouts,” raved Chakoian.
Shopping for leggings when you’re on the taller or shorter side is no longer a struggle, thanks to these beloved Lululemon bottoms that come in three different lengths.
In addition to three full-length inseams — 25 inches, 28 inches and 31 inches — the Lululemon Align leggings range in size from 0 to 20, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding your perfect fit. The ultra-flattering high-rise leggings have two side pockets and a back pocket. See all 13 different colors.
"I think I'm the only person in the world who actively avoids leggings because I don't think they're flattering on me, but that all changed when I tried this pair of Lululemon leggings. They're magic," said Laura Kenney, our editor in chief of commerce content. "The high-waisted cut helps my waist looked cinched, and the fabric, seams and cut work together to visually sculpt and whittle your legs. The pockets hold all of your essentials too. I didn't get the whole Lululemon obsession until I actually tried a pair, but now I understand — and actually feel confident leaving the house in leggings."
These leggings have a wide, high-rise waistband to give you maximum tummy control at maximum comfort.
In addition to hiding a convenient pocket, the waistband offers superior tummy control. And there are two large pockets on the sides too. The polyester and Spandex fabric is not see-through, like so many other high-waisted leggings we've noticed on the market. Super stretchy and packed with compression, these come in different colors and fit a wide range of body types while sculpting your bottom for a flattering fit.
"I am on my sixth pair, not because they wear out fast but because of how awesome they are," reported a rave reviewer. "Super comfortable, flattering, breathable and soft. I started wearing these leggings to work out a couple of years ago and never looked at another brand. They hold in my tummy without feeling tight and the pockets on both legs are indispensable. Even after having my baby, they hold my mom pooch in. They wash well and retain shape, and the seams are strong. I really can't say enough. You don't need to look any further for great leggings."
Fabric: 74% Nylon, 26% Spandex | Pockets: Side | Performance features: Tummy control | Rise: High | Color: Black, Blue, Purple | Inseam: 26.5 inches | Length: Full
Buttery soft leggings with perfectly sized phone pockets and a supportive high-waisted silhouette? Sign us up!
You can't beat the comfort of pocketed leggings, but when you're wearing something that figure-hugging, they should have extra reinforcement around the waist — we could all use a little more confidence when we're running errands and walking the dog! That's why we love these high-waisted leggings from Zella. They have a supportive mesh layer built into the waistband for ample support and tummy control.
Said one five-star reviewer, “These leggings are truly amazing and here's why: First, I'm blown away by the luxurious material. They feel so airy, light and comfortable, yet somehow there's no skin show-through. Second, there are pockets that are perfectly sized for my phone! Third, I love the shape of the waistband, it's curved in the front and back and very flattering.
Fabric: Nylon/Polyester/Spandex | Pockets: Side and back | Performance features: Polartec Power warm fabric | Rise: Mid | Color: Black, Navy, Spiced Cabernet, Hematite Grey | Inseam: 27 inches | Length: Full
Need a pair of warm, comfortable women’s leggings for the winter? Look no further than this bestselling Athleta pair.
Designed for training in cold climates, these Athleta pocket leggings are made with patented Polartec Power Stretch fleece fabric that is sleek and flattering on the outside and soft and cozy on the inside. The back zip pocket will keep your stuff safe and secure, and there are side pockets if you need even more room! The waistband on these ankle leggings even comes with an adjustable internal drawstring so you can find the perfect fit.
"These are my coziest winter leggings that I wear at my son's hockey games or to walk in the park," said our e-commerce editor Lisa Schweitzer.
Fabric: 62% Polyamide, 38% Elastane | Pockets: Side and back | Performance features: Adjustable inner elastic on back pocket | Rise: High | Color: Pink Petal Camo Print, Blue Floral Displace Print, Black Gradient Dot Print, Blue Illuminate Floral Print, Green Butterfly Print | Inseam: 24 inches | Length: 7/8
If you prefer to have fun with your workout clothes, we suggest these cute printed Sweaty Betty leggings.
Sick of plain black leggings? These cute printed leggings from Sweaty Betty will help you stand out at the gym. Not only are there four funky patterns to choose from, but they also all have reflective details so you can wear them while walking or running at night without worrying that drivers won’t see you. They have two side pockets, a hidden back pocket and an adjustable inner elastic.
“You can never go wrong with power leggings. I wear them for all my home workouts as they are so comfortable, fit perfectly and really flattering. This is such a standout print and goes with so many different tops,” wrote one customer.
Fabric: 79% recycled plastic bottles (RPET) and 21% Spandex | Pockets: Side and back | Performance features: Sheer-proof fabric | Rise: High | Color: 10 colors | Inseam: 28.5 and 23.75 | Length: Full and 7/8
These pocket leggings are so soft, comfortable and flattering, they’ve even got Oprah’s seal of approval.
These sustainable leggings are made from a blend of Spandex and recycled plastic bottles. Along with being sweat-wicking and sheer-proof, the leggings have four-way stretch technology and three pockets to hold all your belongings. Perhaps best of all are the size ranges from XXS to 6XL, and they have two inseam lengths to choose from. With smart details like that, it makes sense they made Oprah’s Favorite Things List last year.
“I love these leggings and especially the pockets. The compression is just right and is perfect for any sort of workout. I love the color and wear these as often as I can wash them,” raved one shopper. Deputy editor Izabella Zaydenberg added: "They're compressive and make your butt look really good! I also had my pair for years now and they still look great!"
Fabric: Signature, micro-performance, double-knit Airlift fabric | Pockets: Side and front | Performance features: Compression for lifting and sculpting | Rise: Low | Color: 5 colors | Inseam: 28 to 28.5 inches | Length: Ankle
A pair of leggings with four roomy pockets? Yes, please!
While most leggings with pockets have them built into the waistband or on the side, this pair of Alo Yoga leggings has two pockets down the sides and two in the front (where you would find front pockets on jeans). Not only will they hold a lot, but the leggings also boast compression to lift and sculpt you everywhere for a super-flattering fit.
One owner, who called them the “best pocket leggings ever,” wrote, “Purchased the sleek leggings and am enjoying the pockets. Smooth on the legs — they looks amazing and really shape your body well! Would def purchase again in another color!”
Fabric: 75% Polyester, 25% Spandex | Pockets: Side and back | Performance features: Tummy control | Rise: High | Color: 20 colors | Inseam: 27.1-28.1 inches | Length: Full
These tummy-control leggings have two outer pockets on each side plus a hidden inner pocket in the waistband, and they come in 20 colors.
We can see why these pocket leggings are Amazon bestsellers: The super-soft, opaque fabric wicks away moisture, and the high waist doubles as tummy control for a flattering fit. And in addition to side pockets, there's a hidden pocket in the waistband!
Says a five-star fan: "The only leggings I’ve ever worn before were LuLaRoe, so I bought these based on good reviews and because they have pockets. I was not disappointed! The fabric has a nice silky feel. They don’t get too hot and they hold their shape really well. They do control my belly but are still comfy enough to lounge around in. The pockets are big enough to hold an iPhone with a chunky case ... and my keys ... and my wallet ... and my lip gloss. They shipped fairly fast, and I haven’t noticed any defect in the manufacturing. I’ve washed them twice, and they look and feel as good as the first time I tried them on. Perfect for a mom on the go looking for comfort and convenience. They’d probably be nice to work out in too; I wouldn’t really know."
Fabric: 4-way stretch non-see-through fabric | Pockets: Side and waistband | Performance features: Compression fit | Rise: High | Color: 20| Length: 7/8
The high-waist design keeps your tummy tucked in while conforming to your curves. The fabric is a blend of polyester and polyurethane for smooth, low-friction, comfortable wear.
Standout features include three pockets, a waistband that doesn't roll down and compression technology that improves blood circulation and helps release muscle fatigue. Add in the moisture-wicking properties and you have the perfect pair.
"I will die in these pants," professed a happy shopper. "The high waistband slims my tummy and doesn't give me a muffin top while being comfortingly tight. It's like wearing a hug, but on your butt. And. They. Are. Sooooooooooooo soft."
Fabric: 63% Nylon, 37% Lycra | Pockets: Back and sides | Performance features: Loops to hold outerwear | Rise: Mid | Color: Pink or brown | Inseam: 26 inches | Length: 7/8
Need more storage space than a regular pocket will hold? Opt for these Outdoor Voices leggings.
Whether you’re hitting the trails for a day of hiking or just hate carrying a purse while you run errands if you’re in the market for a pair of leggings that will hold all your essentials and then some, look no further than this pair from Outdoor Voices. Not only do they have smart pockets at the back and sides but they also even have built-in shirt loops to hold outwear when you get too hot and a removable mini backpack that hooks on to the side of the leggings to hold even more stuff hands free.
“I love these leggings — they are super versatile and feel like a second skin,” noted one owner. “I mostly wear them hiking but have also gone climbing, biking and backpacking in them. Big fan of the number of pockets, and I also love the little backpack, which also works on belt loops on jeans, if you don't want to bring a whole purse with you somewhere but don't want your pockets full of stuff.”
This pair of pocket leggings are perfect for a growing bump!
Along with two side pockets, these ultra-soft Beyond Yoga maternity leggings also have an over-the-belly waistband that you can easy to fold up or down, depending on your preference. The stretchy bottoms are designed to support you through all three trimesters and even after you give birth. The four-way stretch leggings are also moisture-wicking, provide UV protection and are machine-washable.
“I needed to feel comfortable and have pockets — LOVE these pants,” shared one shopper. “The fabric is next to none. I was 135 lbs, 5’6” before pregnancy usually wearing between S and M. Now am 155 at 6 months pregnant and went for a M and they fit perfect. They’re pricey, but just do it; you won’t regret it. I can see how I’d still be able to wear these after baby.”
You’ll never worry about your belongings falling out again, thanks to these zippered pocket leggings from Athleta.
These cute leggings look like joggers and have a whopping six zippered pockets to keep all your essentials handy when you’re out and about. The nylon/Spandex material is resistant to snags and tears and provides UPF 50+ protection, making them a great option to wear during outdoor activities. They range in size from 0 to 16 and come in four versatile colors.
“I wear my cargo leggings every single day to hike and do yoga. I need more colors please! I get compliments and I love the unusual crêpey fabric. The pockets are awesome also,” said one reviewer.
Fabric: 92% Nylon, 8% Spandex | Pockets: Waistband | Performance features: Compression fit | Rise: High | Color: 31 color combination packs | Length: Full
Enhance your silhouette with these booty-lifting leggings that have a hidden pocket.
These compression leggings are designed to smooth your legs and the tummy while creating definition under the rear end, for butt-lifting effect. The high-waisted leggings are seamless, so you don’t have to worry about chafing, and they are squat-proof. Plus, they have a hidden pocket in the waistband
One thrilled shopper wrote, “The are amazing, hide cellulite, fit really well, they don’t fall down because of the band at the top. They also make my butt look great — they are so comfy I’m buying in like every color.”
Give yourself an hourglass figure with these popular cross-V leggings.
Thousands of Amazon shoppers love these quick-drying crossover leggings because they are both flattering and comfortable. The V-shaped high-rise wide waistband provides ample tummy control while slimming your midsection. Shoppers say they aren't too sheer for workouts, and they love how much the pockets can hold.
“I absolutely love these leggings,” wrote one. “They’re so flattering and make me love my shape. They aren’t see-through at all, which is the main issue I’ve had with leggings. Plus, the pockets are deep."
Factors to consider when choosing leggings with pockets
There are many criteria to consider when shopping for activewear and leggings for women, including fit, fabric, performance features, aesthetics and price. As a personal trainer, Denise Chakoian wears leggings at least six days a week, so she’s tried her fair share of options over the years. She says one of her most important requirements for leggings is finding a pair that gives you the right “feel.” Those looking for a cozy pair to lounge in should choose soft cotton leggings, while others wanting a figure-hugging pair that stays put during the most grueling workouts should opt for compression leggings that have extra reinforcement around the waist to hold in their tummy.
We suggest taking a look at each of the following factors in detail:
Fabric: Leggings come in all sorts of fabric, from super-stretchy Spandex to warm cotton blends designed to keep you toasty. Legging fabric matters both for comfort and laundry considerations.
Performance features: Some leggings include performance features like cellphone pockets, promise to wick away sweat and moisture, or are made from fabric designed to keep you dry.
Side vs. back pockets: While back pockets can more easily camouflage items, Denise suggests sticking to side-pocket leggings if you’re wearing them for a tough workout. When the waistband pocket is full, it’s “not as secure” and might start slipping as you move around. Plus, leg pockets are typically larger and can hold more stuff.
Rise: Your preferred rise (meaning the point on your body where the top of the waistband sits) will depend on the level of tummy control you’re after. High rise hits above the waist, mid rise hits at the waist and low rise hits below.
Inseam: The inseam determines whether you have full coverage from hip to ankles or a little shorter. For example, a Capri-style legging keeps your calves exposed. Inseams are especially important for those on the extreme ends of the height spectrum who might have trouble finding leggings of the correct length.
Why choose leggings with pockets?
The best athleisure is functional. Whether you’re wearing them at the gym, while out for a walk or to run errands, leggings with pockets are the perfect bottoms for anyone who wants to be comfortable and has a place to store essentials. “I love a pocket,” said Denise. “For outdoor workouts such as walking and running, I like to have pockets on the side of my pants to place my phone and or keys,” she added.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.