the hunt for great leggings!

In 2012 Bahar and Nese posted about their hunt for the perfect leggings. More than 2 years later this post still recieves the most traffic via search engines out of all of WLB.  So since I found a new pair that I like, I thought I’d put in my two cents.

First off I’ve been on a continuous search for the Mind Body and Soul leggings that Bahar, Nese and a bunch of commentors seem to like, but I still haven’t been able to find them. I’ve heard that every so often they show up at Khols or BJ’s, but they go super quickly. Be sure to scoop up a pair if you ever see them!

So onto the new find…. I got a little tip that Target had come out with a new product via Spanx and they got AMAZING reviews online. Like any good blogger I figured it was worth a try. They’re a little more pricy than I’d like ($30 each), but I have to admit that they’re pretty darn wonderful. They are a a true black and completely opaque- no worries about giving a surprise show or a preview of my knee when I bend and move (though I sized up for comfort and security). I also love that they have a control-top high waist. Not like those fat sucking stockings, but smooth and flexible like Spanx is known for. It gives me a little extra protection and confidence.

They are soooo comfortable I keep looking for excuses to wear them. Luckily almost everything counts as a good excuse.

Cozy day at home? Yep.

Heading to bed? Duh.

Found a long sweater? Sure.

Long car ride? Of course.

Heading to walmart?….why not?

Now if you’re looking for something even thicker? I also wear the heck out of my Gigi pants from JCrew Factory. I bought them a few years ago during one of their 50% off sales and it was definitely worth it. They have pockets and a zipper and they are thick enough to count as pants, but don’t be fooled- I’ve slept in them more than once. They aren’t your traditional cheap-o leggings, but they are great for playing pretend all day. (They are also currently on sale! and IMO, they run true to size)


I know these options aren’t as inexpensive as some other options, but in my experience they’ve both been great investments and they have heald up through many washings! That being said, I’m always looking for new, more cost effective options. If you have any suggestions, spill!


  1. I actually just bought a pair of fleece-lined leggings from Target yesterday and so far they are ahhhhhmazing!! Super warm and comfy, and opaque of course. I guess you probably don’t need fleecies in Florida though 😉 I also have the Gigi pants and while I love them, mine definitely good for sleeping! The waistband is a little uncomfortable for me.

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    • I have a fleece-lined pair, too! I can’t remember where I bought them though. They were wonderful for the first wear or two, but unfortunately they shrunk and started pilling really quickly. I hope yours has better luck!

  2. those Gigi pants look amazing. i’ll have to keep those in mind. also the target ones! going to try those on ASAP! i used to love my Forever 21 leggings, but they’ve gotten like half as thick and twice as small 🙁 Old Navy has good ones too i think, but they’re nothing compared to the Gigi or even the Spanx/Target collab.
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    • FYI on the Gigi’s- the jcrew employees had suggested that I should size down because they tend to stretch. I listened but I found that they just don’t stretch enough to warrant the downsizing. The waist is thin and sits more like jeans so I wish I had went with my actual size for comfort. I’ve never thought about old navy!

    • I had the same thing happen to my old Targets! These are a little more pricey, but they’ve held up better. I’ve washed them a lot more since this post and they’ve thinned a bit, but are still wearable. No pilling!

  3. I’m glad I came across your blog – it has given me some good info – I have a small update to offer…via the old version of this blog!
    I think I found Mind Body Soul leggings online through a UK site.
    From the menu you find Women’s Fashion – Leisure – and go to second page
    from there i guess it depends if they ship to your location 🙂
    It’s funny how this conversation is still relevant 2 yrs later!
    I am in Canada and our Targets are in process of closing – I’ll have to check for those leggings before they do…

    • ahhh thanks so much, Christy! I’m definitely going to check that out. I’m sad to hear about your Targets though 🙁 Hopefully that means you’ll be able to catch some really good sales!

  4. The Mind, Body & Soul leggings offered on the UK website are not the same as the leggings sold at BJ’S. In July 2015, the authentic MBS leggings will be back in stock at BJ’S and will also be available online at
    Check them out!

  5. The Mind Body Soul Leggings, beyond being at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, can be ordered online at They’re listed as Front Panel Leggings. You have no idea how excited this development has made me. My local BJ’s is out of smalls, so online ordering it is!

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