Stay Toasty With the Best Fleece-Lined Leggings

Cozy up in cold temperatures in soft, plush leggings

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When your priority is warmth and feeling cozy, fleece-lined leggings are the answer. Whether you’re using them as a base layer when you’re in the outdoors or you’re just hanging out at home, they’ll keep you from feeling winter’s chill. We’ve rounded up some of our top picks, from ones that are perfect for the ski slope to your new favorite WFH find.

Read on for the best fleece-lined leggings below.

The Rundown

Best Overall: Under Armour ColdGear Authentic Leggings at Amazon

With four-way stretch, these winning leggings move with you and your routine.

Best Budget: Conceited Women's Premium Fleece-Lined Leggings at Amazon

These leggings give you all the plush of pricier pairs for way less of a hit on the wallet.

Best Splurge: UGG Women's Ashlee Double Knit Leggings at Amazon

UGG is the expert in cozy and these leggings live up to the reputation of their iconic boots.

Best High Rise: The North Face Winter Warm High-Rise Tights at Amazon

Featuring a snug-but-comfy high waistband, these leggings stay put during workouts.

Best Style: Plush Women's Liquid Moto Leggings at Amazon

You don't have to sacrifice warmth for style with these faux leather, fleece-lined leggings.

Best Denim Leggings: Hue Fleece-Lined Denim Leggings at Amazon

For those that love the classic denim look but want a little more warmth, try this pair.

Best Plus-Size: Zerdocean Women's Plus-Size Leggings at Amazon

This well-reviewed plus-size pair is a great all-arounder for cozy winter days.

Best for Hiking: Athleta Women's Altitude Tights at Athleta

Lined with Polartec fleece and are perfect for trips to city trails or mountains just outside of town.

Best for Camping: FitsT4 Women's Thermal Leggings at Amazon

These affordable bestsellers are great for both amateur campers as well as more frequent adventurers.

Best for Extreme Cold: Uniqlo HeatTech Extra Warm Leggings at Uniqlo

One and a half times warmer than the brand’s HeatTech leggings, this version gets an added thermal boost.

Best Overall: Under Armour ColdGear Authentic Leggings

These winning leggings really do it all in the winter, whether you’re living in them at home, pulling them on to walk the dog, or doing for your morning runs (or, say, all of the above). With four-way stretch for a full range of movement, they feature a brushed interior, high-rise waist, and anti-odor technology. A men’s version is available, too.

Best Budget: Conceited Women's Premium Fleece-Lined Leggings

At less than $20, these thermal fleece leggings give you all the plush of pricier pairs for way less of a hit on the wallet. They come in a ton of different colors, from black to mustard and red, so you can grab a pair to go with your favorite old college sweatshirts and long winter cardigans.

Best Splurge: UGG Women's Ashlee Double Knit Leggings

Sure, they’re not cheap, but these fleece-lined leggings are well-made enough to last you a while—even with inevitable daily wear—thanks to their soft, cozy double-knit fleece lining. If anyone knows fleece well, it’s UGG, and these leggings live up to the reputation of their iconic boots.

Best High Rise: The North Face Winter Warm High-Rise Tights

Featuring a snug-but-comfy high waistband that won’t roll or shimmy down on you mid-hike, these leggings are lined with brushed fabric meant for keeping you warm when you’re running or training in the great outdoors (or doing a Netflix binge in the great indoors). They’re moisture-wicking and breathable to keep air circulating and clamminess from building up while you move, too.

Best Style: Plush Women's Liquid Moto Leggings

You don’t often see moto-style faux leather leggings lined with fleece, which is a shame—when they’re this cool, the world should have far more of them. The line’s created by a woman who got fed up with freezing in normal tights and leggings (haven’t we all?) but still wanted to look cute. Enter these—they’ll look great and keep you warm no matter how long you’re out in the cold. (If the faux leather isn’t your thing, they also come in jersey.)

Best Denim Leggings: Hue Fleece-Lined Denim Leggings

Hue Fleece-Lined Denim Leggings

 Courtesy of Zappos

Hue’s been in the jeggings game for years now, and the brand’s leggings are the classic denim-look pair you need to go with winter’s long cardigans and sweaters. Best of all, this version is fleece-lined, so you can stay extra warm while you’re working from home or near a drafty window.

Best Plus-Size: Zerdocean Women's Plus-Size Leggings

The perfect fleece-lined leggings for afternoon strolls or hanging out at home, this well-reviewed plus-size pair is a great all-rounder for cozy winter days. The material’s a little on the heavier side, some report, with a feel more like sweatpants than thin cotton leggings. One note: this pair tends to run a little small, so if you’re on a cusp of a size, trying going up.

Best for Hiking: Athleta Women's Altitude Tights

Athleta Altitude leggings

Courtesy of Athleta

Perfect for moderate to more intense outdoor workouts when the temps are low, Athleta’s Altitude tights are a great choice for hiking on colder days. While they might not be equipped for trips into the severest of the backcountry, the leggings are lined with Polartec fleece and perfect for trips to city trails or mountains just outside of town. Plus, they come in a pretty range of colors, including plum, black, navy, and a dark heather gray, so there’s a pair to go with most sweatshirts and fleece pullovers in your closet.

Best for Camping: FitsT4 Women's Thermal Leggings

These bestsellers are great for whatever cozy winter days bring you, whether it’s winter camping, doing a yoga video in front of the fireplace, or just hanging out on the couch. They’re less than $30, making them a great pick for both amateur campers looking for a pair to curl up in back at home as well as more frequent adventurers. Plus, they have pockets—so you have a handy place to tuck your phone as you spend time by the campfire.

Best for Extreme Cold: Uniqlo HeatTech Extra Warm Leggings

Uniqlo HeatTech Extra Warm Pile-Lined Leggings

Courtesy of Uniqlo 

One and a half times warmer than the brand’s already toasty, much-loved HeatTech leggings, this version gets a boost of thermal superpowers and a resigned waist that doesn’t slip as you move. They’ve also taken notes from customers and readjusted the stretch for better quality over time—so this is one pair you’ll have for a few winters to come.

Best Maternity: Motherhood Maternity Fleece-Lined Seamless Leggings

When all you want to do is live in leggings anyway, you might as well go for some of the sofiest, comfiest maternity leggings out there. Motherhood Maternity’s come through with a flat knit elastic soft belly that stretches and supports, plus a full-length fit that’s great for wearing under tunic-length tops or with an oversized hoodie.

Final Verdict

It's hard to choose just one legging from this list, but the Under Armour ColdGear Authentic leggings (view at Amazon) are a great choice because they feature anti-odor technology and can be worn during a range of activities. The Conceited Fleece-Lined leggings (view at Amazon) are also a top pick because they're affordable and come in a range of stylish colors.

What to Look for in Fleece-Lined Leggings 

Rise

Whether you opt for a high-rise or one that sits a little lower on your waist is ultimately a matter of personal preference, but those using their fleece leggings for active purposes—hiking, training, and camping—tend to gravitate toward higher waists that sit above the navel but allow for better bending, lifting, and lunging. 

Thermal Layers

Sure, some leggings are super warm when they have extra thermal boosts—fabric technology is pretty amazing now—but that might be better when you’re outdoors and keeping fairly low-activity (think camping) versus sweating up a storm mid-hike.

Cost

Live in a cold climate? Found your ride-or-die leggings? Stock up, you’ll be wearing them often—meaning your cost is spread out broadly into dollars per wear. But if you’re just going for a once-a-year hiking trip to Colorado, look for value-minded fleece leggings that will do their job of keeping you warm on the trail, but don’t come with a high price tag. 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How often should I wash my fleece-lined leggings?

    It depends on what type of activity you're engaging in. If you're wearing fleece-lined leggings on a steep hike or brisk run, you may want to wash your leggings after every wear so you aren't sitting in sweat. But if you're wearing a pair while lounging around, you can probably go a couple of wears without a wash.

  • How should I wash my fleece-lined leggings?

    To wash your fleece-lined leggings, begin by turning the leggings inside out. This will protect your leggings from piling. If you want to be cautious, consider hand-washing your leggings with cold water and gentle detergent. Massage detergent into your leggings so that it foams and then thoroughly rinse. If hand-washing sounds unrealistic or too time-consuming, you can toss your leggings into the washing machine instead. Be sure to wash with cool or cold water on the machine's gentle cycle. You should check the legging's tags or the retailer's website, however, to make the most informed decision.

  • Can I put my fleece-lined leggings in the dryer?

    Ideally, you should air dry your fleece-lined leggings so the fabric or fit isn't compromised. You can hang to dry on a hanger or laundry rack and then within the day or a couple of days, they should be ready to be worn again. If you don't want to wait for your leggings to dry, you can opt for the dryer. However, make sure that you use low heat so they don't become warped or damaged.

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Krystin Arneson is a freelance editor and writer who began writing for TripSavvy in May 2018. She is based out of Berlin, Germany. During the week, you'll find her traveling as often as possible; during the weekend, she serves as editor for Glamour.com.

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