I love wearing a good, solid pair of leggings. If you find the right pair, they’re comfortable, shaping, and can go with almost any outfit.

But not all leggings are made equal, some serve a specific purpose, like compression leggings. Not only do they have body slimming features, but they can provide an assist when it comes to keeping the blood flowing in your body.

I’m a big fan of opting for a pair of plus size compression leggings when it comes to long flights. While you might not always physically feel the difference, a good pair of compression leggings can help keep foot swelling to a minimum—if you’re anything like me, this is especially important. 

What are compression leggings?

Compression leggings are designed to help increase oxygen throughout your legs, and help keep that blood pumping. While they might seem like a gimmick, they are often recommended wearing during and after exercise, and after surgeries. They can also help during long period of sitting, like when you’re on a long-haul flight.

It’s not just leggings that are built with this compression technology, you can find socks, shorts, and even sleeves. Some research even suggests that these compression garments can help increase endurance, enhance performance, and speed up recovery during (and after) exercise.

How do I find the right compression leggings for me?

We all have different body shapes and comfort levels, but I’m a firm believer that there’s a legging out there for everyone. When it comes to picking the right compression leggings for you, you’ll want to consider:

  • Quality
  • Price
  • Style

Valuable information can also be found in customer reviews, especially when it comes to finding a bigger fit. Compression leggings come in all shapes, styles, and colors. Whether you’re looking for everyday wear, something to workout in, or need to dress them up, there’s something out there for you.

Right material

Compression leggings are most often made of breathable spandex. But the true magic is in the make from the different companies—you can definitely tell a quality from a crappy pair when you’re wearing them.

Some leggings are moisture-wicking material which means they dry faster. Others have more breathability, stretch, and even have better compression. I particularly like a plus size compression legging that has UPF built right in, bonus points if they’re made of recycled material.

Right fit

Beyond the material, the right pair of pants will fit just right—and you might need to goldilocks those bad boys.

The right fit for you might be a pair of high waisted leggings that cover your back when you bend over (hello, crack coverage!). Likewise, you might be most comfortable with a material that has a more amenable four-way stretch and sits a little looser on your legs.

Whatever you choose, you want something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. 

Best compression leggings for plus size women

Leggings come in all shapes and sizes, whether you’re looking for an active legging or something more casual there is a compression style that’s perfect for you. I’ve shopped all my regular stores and picked out my favorite leggings, so the work is done for you. Here’s what I love: 

Let’s see if we can’t find the perfect pair of compression leggings for you!

On the Go by Fabletics

Capri leggings are perfect for warmer weather occasions and active workouts. The On the Go leggings by Fabletics are perfect for all your yoga and treadmill needs. The soft fabric provides all-way stretch and breathable comfort, with hidden pockets to store your most valued possessions.

If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland soon, the chafe-resistant fabric helps prevent chub rub and its moisture-wicking properties keep you dry. And with 10 colors to choose from, these fit any style, making it easy to Disneybound as your favorite character.

PowerPress by Old Navy

Old Navy’s PowerPress compression workout leggings are perfect for athletic and casual occasions. From kickboxing to cuddling on the couch, these are an affordable legging option. Especially considering the five color choices you can choose from.

This ankle-length legging feature a wide, soft waistband compression waistband that does what it can to get rid of the dreaded muffin top. Made from moisture-wicking fabric, these leggings keep you dry and comfortable, and the flat-lock seams prevent chafing.

Booty Boost by Spanx

Who doesn’t need a little booty shaping? A built-in booty lift with sculpting properties is exactly what you get with Spanx’s Booty Boost leggings. Made of sweat-wicking, breathable and quick-drying material, these high-waisted pants are perfect for your next workout.

What makes these different from the other pants on my list is they feature a flared leg—I fully admit that I’m a skinny-leg kinda gal, but every once in a while, adding a little flare is necessary. The other big positive with these stretchy pants is that there is no center-seam, so you can say goodbye to those pesky camel toes. 

All in Motion by Target

If you’re looking for a casual everyday legging that works for yoga, dance, and heading out for coffee, these All in Motion pants are perfect. They’re even made with at least 20 percent recycled polyester, making them slightly better than some of those other fast fashion picks.

Made of supportive fabric, these plus size leggings are soft and comfortable. They are built from UPF 50+ rated material, have a wide waistband with full elastic, stash pockets, and a power waist panel. Not to mention they’re quick drying due to their moisture-wicking material.

Ultimate Stash Shorts by Athleta

The Ultimate Stash shorts are made for warm summer days or all-season indoor medium-to-high impact workouts. With four colors to choose from, these fit leggings provide tummy control and support during intense workouts. 

Made from recycled material, these Athleta plus size shorts feature a hidden pocket in the back waistband, and two side pockets. They provide a sleek outline and provide supportive compression that can keep you going.

Define High-Waisted by Fabletics

There are plenty of plus size women who swear by Fabletics. Built with superior construction, the polyester and elastane combination provides a durable fabric with all-way stretch. Not to mention they come in 27 different colors, so you can find your favorite leggings.

With a 7/8 pant leg, the define high-waisted leggings don’t quite make it to your ankle which makes them perfect for those middle-of-the-road fall days and tucking into boots. There’s a mesh lining that helps give you shape while wicking sweat away.

Medium Compression by Shapermint

Made from a combination of spandex and nylon, these Shapermint tights offer medium compression and a comfortable high waist. The higher waistline offers anti-slip qualities and gives your tummy an easy smooth-over. 

These black leggings are lightweight and breathable, perfect to live in. But Shapermint recommends that you size up if you’re planning on wearing these all day long to give you a little extra breathing room.

Sheer Compression by Absolute Support

This pick by Absolute Support are more compression tights than leggings, but they still get the job done. If you’re looking for a footless pantyhose that can act as a contoured legging for under your sexy LBD, this might just be it.

Considering the added compression over a regular pair of tights, it might feel a little tedious getting these bad boys on. But if you need to boost your blood flow at a fancier occasion, these are the compression pants for you.


A collage of plus size compression leggings.

Compression leggings FAQ

What are compression leggings good for?

Compression leggings are said to help increase oxygen and blood flow in your legs. Further studies suspect that they might even help increase endurance, enhance performance, and speed up recovery.

Which leggings have the most compression

The leggings with the most compression tend to be made, at least partially, with spandex. You can also find “high” versus “medium” compression leggings.

Should I size up for compression leggings?

You can often wear your regular size in compression leggings. But some brands recommend sizing up if you’re planning on wearing your leggings all day long.

Can you wear compression leggings all day?

Yes, you can wear compression leggings all day long.

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