For the curvier among us, finding the best plus-size leggings for winter can feel like a never-ending struggle, especially come winter. From flimsy, unflattering styles to pairs that are downright see-through and anything but warm, the perfect pair is few and far between, leading us hold on to our favorites well past their shelf life. This year, however, you can update your collection with ease, since we found 12 options that can be dressed up for your next work party or down when you need running errands. The best part? They’ll all keep you warm and cozy as temperatures continue to plummet. Keep reading for more on our favorite plus-size leggings for winter to suit all tastes and budgets.
How to Wear Plus Size Leggings
Choose your fabrics with care: In the winter, keeping warm is key, so before you hit “add to cart,” be sure you’re picking up bottoms that are made with winter-appropriate materials, such as wool, fleece, corduroy, and faux leather.
Look for moisture-wicking features: Whether you’re working out or simply cranked the heat up too high, it’s easy to break into a sweat in winter leggings, even on the coldest winter days. This winter, pick up a pair that touts moisture-wicking technology. Moisture-wicking garments are piece made with fabrics that have the ability to pull moisture away from the skin using tiny, built-in capillaries. From there, it moves sweat toward the exterior of the fabric, helping it to evaporate and consequently keeping you dry and comfortable.
Don’t forget to have fun: While basic black leggings are a staple every woman should have in her closet, it never hurts to add a little color into the mix to brighten up a dreary day. From evergreen ($24.99, ModCloth) and metallic gold ($102, Bare Necessities) to chic navy blues, the color options for leggings are endless. Add a bright pair to your wardrobe that’s sure to bring on the compliments.
Best Winter Plus Size Leggings
Variety can be hard to come by when you’re shopping for plus-sized clothing, but this list affords plenty of coices that will keep you warm when it’s 32 degrees and under. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best plus-size leggings for winter that you’ll love wearing this cold weather season!
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Best Plus Size Layering Leggings
Where to buy: $25.50 (Originally $34), Macy's
Moisture-wicking and warming, these Cuddl Duds leggings, which go up to a 2X, will make you feel like you’re wearing pj's, but look like anything but. With ClimateSmart technology that's designed to help keep you warm and dry despite winter's constantly evolving temps, they're ideal for daily wear and effortless layering, whether you’re out in the cold or curled up in front of a fire.
Best Plus Size Workout Leggings
Lane Bryant Active Wicking Legging
Where to buy: $39.95, Lane Bryant
This one’s for the diehard gym-goers. If you’re brave enough to venture out into the cold and work up a sweat, these wicking eggings from Lane Bryant will keep you cool during your workout. Fitted from hip to ankle and available in sizes 10 to 28, they offer a wide elastic waistband, a hidden pocket for hiding a credit card or a key, and moisture-wicking technology that will keep you dry no matter how intense your workout may get.
Best Plus Size Fleece Lined Leggings
Where to buy: $38.90, Torrid
Made from a cotton/modal/spandex blend, this comfortable pair from Torrid is fleece-lined to warm you up in even the most blizzard-like of conditions. Body-hugging with a high waistband to help tuck and smooth, these polished leggings, which go up to size 30, are still sleepwear soft. Pair them with a chunky knit ($54.95, L.L. Bean) cream or mustard-colored sweater ($59, ModCloth) to help channel the feeling of the season.
Best Plus Size Faux Leather Leggings
Where to buy: $15.99, Amazon
Highly stretchy, wrinkle-resistant, and featuring a wide elasticized waistband, these 7th Element leggings are a sleek addition to your closet that will lend an edge to your everyday streetwear. Faux leather leggings are a popular option when temps begin to drop, as they're made from a dense fabric that helps easily traps heat. Extended sizes, up to a 4X are available.
Best Plus Size Velvet Leggings
Where to buy: $24.99 (Originally $29), ModCloth
Looking for a fun fabric to add your legging collection? Get in the winter spirit with a fun velvet pair! The lovely forest green color of these City Adventure leggings make them a great festive option for the upcoming holiday season. Stretchy, machine washable, and available in sizes up to 4X, they also feature an elastic waist for extra comfort.
One reviewer wrote, "I could live in these leggings (actually, I practically do)," so get ready to make these a winter staple!
Best Plus Size Jeggings
Where to buy: $65.50, Torrid
They may look like jeans, but take it from us, these stretchy cotton-spandex jeggings from Torrid move with you throughout the day like no denim ever could. Their chic dark wash makes them a great work staple if you’re tired of dress pants or chinos and their size range of 10 to 30 makes them a practically universal pair. To top it off, they've got a vintage-inspired flared hem that slims and a smoothing triple-button zip fly, plus a five-pocket design that gives them a more realistic denim-like look.
Best Plus Size Wool Leggings
Where to buy: From $64.99, Amazon
Nothing quite beats the cold like Merino wool. This super-soft pair from Minus33 can be slipped under denim or work pants to give you an added layer of warmth when winter starts to show us what it’s made of. Complete with flat lock seams, a tagless design, and available in six stylish colors, they're also machine washable, making them plenty easy to care for. Best of all, they're crafted to fit sizes XS to 3XL.
Best Plus Size Metallic Leggings
Where to buy: $102, Bare Necessities
You’ll be the life of the party in these jazzy metallic leggings. This slimming pair from Spanx are just what you'll need to wow at your office's holiday soiree or to brighten up an everyday outfit. Made from a faux leather textured stretch-microfiber, these high-waisted picks (sizes 1X and 2X) feature a streamlined cut that's perfect for tucking into your favorite boots.
Best Plus Size Seamless Leggings
French Laundry Crochet Detail Leggings
Where to buy: $26, Kohl's
Looking for comfortable shaping leggings that aren't all black? These 1X French Laundry finds are just the ticket. They've got a seamless design, a mid-rise waistline, and are so smooth you won’t want to take them off. They also offer a nice change of pace in the color department, but still go with just about anything: A white fleece jacket ($29.98, Woman Within) will pair nicely with the navy hue for casual outings while a thick cream cardigan ($53.50, ASOS) that stops at the knees is great for dressing them up.
Best Plus Size Ponte Leggings
Style & Co Seamed Ponte Leggings
Where to buy: $29.70 (Originally $49.50, Macy's)
Style & Co's ponte leggings, created exclusively for Macy's, are a pair you won’t have to worry about bagging around your knees after a long day of wear. Available in three chic colors and six sizes (16 to 24), they feature seams at the front for a sharp look that's perfect for work. To style, tuck in a neutral-colored blouse ($59.95, Lane Bryant) and a blazer ($99.95, Eloquii) that cuts in at the waist. Headed to a dinner date after? A black pea coat ($119.99, Macy's) and chunky black boots ($54.99, Kohl's) will complement these leggings well.
Best Plus Size Corduroy Leggings
Where to buy: $29.95 (Originally $44.95), Lands' End
We love these sport knit corduroy leggings from Lands' End, which lend an element of excitement with five different color options. With a soft texture that makes them comfortable both inside and out, these leggings also feature subtle vertical detailing that helps to elongate your legs for a slimming effect. Complete with hand side pockets, a comfortable elastic waist, and a size range of 16 to 26, you'll be wondering why you didn't add these to your closet sooner.
Best Plus Size Stirrup Leggings
Torrid Premium Leggings
Where to buy: $26.90, Torrid
The addition of stirrups makes these Torrid leggings extra practical for winter. Made from a cotton/spandex blend, this top-rated pair (sizes 10 to 30) was designed with a waistband that holds in your tummy for a smoothing effect. Loop them around wool socks before putting your boots on to keep your ankles covered, pesky pants from riding up, and socks from falling down.