Black workout pants for every body type


Suit up with confidence in these flattering workout pants that make you look slimmer, sleeker and sexier.

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If you're boy-shaped

Fake sexy curves.

Pick pants with strategic seaming that gives the illusion of shapely legs, like the Alo Energy Legging ($48;

Nylon comfortably hugs the body, magnifying minicurves, and stitching runs over the thighs and shins in semicircles to create va-va-voom contours. A vertical row of buttons along the calves sets the style apart.

Tester says: "The seams are key! They make me feel sassier during my dance workouts."
Anna Maltby, associate health editor

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To enhance the behind

Create a cute caboose.

In search of posterior-perfecting pants? They're in the can!

Seams around the seat of these Adidas by Stella McCartney Run Performance Tights ($100; outline your butt, making a flat rear look round or a droopy booty appear perky.

Tester says: "I'll be wearing these the next time I'm in the front of a workout class—I feel amazing in them!"
—Hilary Keefe, account executive

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If you're bottom-heavy

Minimize thighs.

Downplay thick thighs with a style that tricks the eye: The above-ankle hit of the Via Privé Iris Crop pants ($72; draws focus away from thighs and toward slender calves. A wide, supportive waistband keeps your tummy tucked.

Tester says: "The stretchy fabric hugs my muscular thighs, but it's not constricting. The waistband doesn't roll down when I bend during Downward Dog or bounce jumping rope."
—Bari Lieberman, contributing fitness blogger

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If you're petite

Elongate a small frame.

Long pants that you don't drown in? We found them in the Nike Legend Slim Fit Pant ($70; Yahoo! Shopping). They skim your hips and thighs, then flare below the knee to give a slight build more presence. The full length extends the line of your legs.

Tester says: "I still had to have them hemmed—I'm 5 foot! But I love the subtle flare, and they're so comfy I practically live in them."
—Jean Cabacungan-Jarvis, photo director

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If you have a tummy

Make your middle little.

Sport flat abs with the Spanx Power Pant ($118; Yahoo! Shopping). The same geniuses who created your go-to stockings made these gym-ready bottoms with a double-layer, superstrong highrise panel that holds in your stomach, so you don't have to.

Tester says: "I love the stretchy, incognito band that comes up a little higher than typical pants do. It flattens my mommy-of-two tummy, so I get an instant confidence booster."
—Amy Barton, senior Web editor

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If you're long and lean

Love your length.

Nabbing a pair of workout pants long enough to cover legs that go on for miles can seem like mission impossible. But with the O'Neill 365 Steady Pant ($84;, you get extra length without extra width and a too-loose fit.

Tester says: "It's tough to find long pants that flare only slightly, but these fit the bill! Plus, they have the elasticity I want for yoga and the tightness I need for running."
—Sarah Schmidt, editorial assistant

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If you're curvy

Flaunt a fab figure.

The Lululemon Wunder Under Crop ($68; has a midrise waistband and a seam around the hips that highlights an hourglass figure. Four-way stretch fabric moves as you move but still holds its (and your!) shape.

Tester says: "Formfitting material shows off my generous behind but also helps suck me in so I feel smooth and curvy, not jiggly."
—Lindsey Palmer, features editor

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If you've got a muffin top

Stop spillover.

The soft-but-snug, thick waistband on the Reebok EasyTone Pants ($80; Yahoo! Shopping) banishes bulging without feeling like a girdle. And the boot leg balances a broad middle by adding width to the lower part of your legs.

Tester says: "These really hold me in during cardio— especially on the tummy and hips. And they're thick and smooth enough that I wear them around town after my workout. I love the faux front pockets—they add style without adding bulk."
—Paula Derrow, articles director

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If you're plus-sized

Look up to several sizes smaller.

Go for sleek and fitted pants like the Reebok on the Move Capri pants ($45;, rather than something bigger, which would only add volume. With enough suck-you-in spandex, this fabric provides the support you crave. Ruching up the calves attracts attention away from the thighs, helping slim the whole leg.

Tester says: "They fit like a glove but don't feel as if they're going to stretch out. And the ruching makes me feel sexy, even as I'm sweating through kickboxing!"
—Joy Fennell, makeup artist

Slim Fit Capri

Fit for all

From boot camp to Zumba, a park run to pilates, the Nike Legend Pant has your back, er, butt.

With a close cut and flare at the knee, the Slim Fit Capri ($60; Yahoo! Shopping) was an allover hit among SELFers, even with our range of sizes and even bigger range of workouts!







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