Leggings — a great staple to have in your closet on any normal day, a must-have staple for the year 2020 (#WorkFromHome), and a desperately desired staple to have when you’re pregnant (especially in the cold weather seasons). I tested out two of the most talked-about brands in maternity leggings, Spanx and Blanqi, as well as a third, stylish option that received great reviews in an effort to find the BEST maternity legging.
When I first got pregnant I declared that I wasn’t going to buy any maternity clothing. That worked for a little while, especially since these non-maternity leggings are comfortable and stretchy enough to work wonders in those first months of a growing bump. Fast forward to my third trimester, and I was buying up more maternity pieces than you would likely believe. So what switched? UHM, uterus pressure, hip pain, and needing an option beyond dresses. I rounded up my favorite maternity jeans in a separate post, but what I REALLY wanted to find this pregnancy was the perfect maternity legging.
Here are my reviews — while doing a few of those last-minute baby prepping necessities (folding tiny laundry, preparing the crib and installing that car seat)!
You know how you say something out loud once, and your phone immediately begins showing you advertisements catered to that something? When I had just found out I was pregnant, Blanqi leggings were probably the first thing to show up all across my social medial channels. It was springtime, so their biker shorts were specifically pushed my way (and I loooove a good biking short). I was still in the phase of “Maternity clothing, what? Why?” so I never took the clickbait (my BAD). When everything changed and I decided to find the best maternity legging, this brand was the first one I thought about.
I shouldn’t have been so surprised to find that these. are. amazing. I ordered what I would have in pre-pregnancy sizing — a medium — and they have everything I love in a pair of leggings. Slightly compressing in all the right areas, long enough to reach my ankles,…and the belly support? An amazing fit that feels like it’s offering a slightly lifted hug to my larger-than-life belly. Not all belly bands are created the same, but Blanqi got it right. If there was a little more time in my pregnancy journey, I would totally grab this same pair in blue.
These Spanx leggings are remarkably similar to the Blanqi pair. The length hits perfectly, they have great compression, and the belly band is well-supportive. The differences are few, but should be noted. First, the material that these are made from is not quite as soft as the Blanqi Everyday Leggings. Second, the compression is a bit firmer — which is to be expected, since Spanx is famous for their body hugging & shaping materials. The biggest difference, however, is that after a full day of wearing these, they began sliding down just slightly. Not enough to not love them, but just so that I felt like I needed to hike them up in the upper thighs once in awhile. You can grab these in plus sizing, too!
There’s one major thing this pair has on the Blanqi leggings, however. My husband, who took all these pictures, lowered the camera while shooting this pair and said “your butt looks great in these.” Gold, pure gold. I pretty much don’t have a butt, like, none whatsoever, so this was a huge statement. And ladies, if there’s one thing we need while our bodies are ever-expanding during pregnancy, is finding ways to still feel confident. Of course, looks aren’t everything, but comments like that from the hubs? “Alexa, play Flawless by Beyonce.”
I was originally eyeing up the Spanx maternity leggings in their faux leather material, but the maternity pair didn’t seem to be as beloved as their original version. Instead, I opted to try Ingrid & Isabel’s faux leather leggings, which received mostly great reviews as I hunted around the internet.
I won’t beat around the bush here, these weren’t my favorite. My longer legs caused these to crop a bit shorter than I personally prefer. The faux material was very slight — not enough to look like I was rocking a leather pant. The belly band was a different material than the pant, which totally makes sense (who wants faux leather on the belly?), but I prefer the other two pairs, which have a seamless flow from the band to the legging, allowing for more styling options.
Last, because of the more stylish material, these didn’t provide much in the way of compression. They wore much more like pants rather than leggings that keep everything held in. Perhaps that’s why reviews loved these over the Spanx version; if you’re not looking for that typical compressed leggings but instead want more of a normal pant — these could be the thing for you.
The Best Maternity Legging: Verdict?
So, WHAT is my vote for the best maternity leggings? I should have taken note of those dang Instagram ads months ago, because the Blanqi Everyday leggings receive 5 stars in every way. Let’s not forget the Spanx pair, that comment from the hubs alone reserved a spot for them in my closet.
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P.S. This one’s for the pinners..