Classic black leggings are a staple in any person's closet, regardless of whether working out is a part of the equation. They're arguably one of the most versatile pieces you can own, perfectly suited to a long day of traveling, running errands over the weekend, relaxing at home after work, and of course actually exercising.
I bought my first pair of simple, high-waisted black leggings back in college, and though I wanted the Lululemon version everyone was wearing, I opted for a pair of Zellas I found at Nordstrom for half the price. Though I had never heard of the brand before, I essentially became an unpaid ambassador for them after my first few wears—they're comfortable, fairly priced, flattering, and, most importantly, high quality.
I still have my original pair from 2010 (in addition to a few new pairs) and would argue that they're more durable and a higher quality than the pair of Lulus I inevitably bought after graduating college. I've never had issues with them being see-through, the high waist hits at just the right point, the color hasn't faded, and the material has held up over the last eight years—they're always my go-to when working out or traveling.
Nordstrom's anniversary sale enlightened me to the fact that they have over 4000 five-star reviews on site, and I'm not one bit surprised. One reviewer called them her "favorite leggings ever," while countless others raved about their durability and flattering shape. What's more, they're currently on sale for just $36, which, for the quality, is a steal. Shop the Zella high-waisted leggings below as well as a few stylish alternatives.