8 Non See-Through Tights Your Active Wardrobe’s Been missing

Because nobody wants to flash the entire gym when they're dropping it like it's hot.

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We’ve all been there. You’re in the gym busting out some squats, thinking about how good your legs are going to look for summer. Then, it hits you. You realise you’re dropping it pretty low and the tights you’re wearing have seen better days. ‘There’s a very real chance someone can see my underwear right now,’ you think to yourself. Suddenly, you can’t even focus on your form because all you’re thinking about is your potential wardrobe malfunction! You try to sneak a glance in the gym mirrors, but realise it probably just looks like you’re checking out your own backside.

When it comes to the ‘are leggings pants?’ debate, we’re firmly in the ‘yes’ camp. But if you’re going to be wearing your tights everywhere from the gym to the office, you need ones that aren’t going to expose your rear. Luckily, there are plenty of exercise tights out there that are opaque enough to protect your modesty, while still being comfy and stylish. Here are our top picks:

1. Lululemon Flow and Go Crop

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These Lululemon crops are a staple in every active girls’ workout wardrobe: for good reason! They’re so comfy and flattering, we’re tempted to buy a pair in every colour. Most importantly, they’re completely opaque and will stay that way for the many years you’ll no doubt keep them for.

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2. New Balance Premium Performance Tights

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New Balance are mainly known for being the sneaker of choice amongst fashion ‘it’ girls. However, we think these tights could give them a run for their money! We love the fact that they’re thick enough to give you full coverage but are still incredibly slimming. They also featured a contoured waistband to accentuate your curves, sweat wicking material and a nifty pocket for your keys!

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3. Alo Yoga Airbrush Capris

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These patterned Alo Yoga capris are so stylish, you’ll want to wear them everywhere. And thanks to how thick they are, you can! With their tummy-flattening waistline and streamline ‘airbrush’ fit, they’ll also make you look like a million bucks whenever you’ve got them on.

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4. Fabletics Salar Leggings

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Thick, durable and super chic: these leggings have it all. Not to mention, they’re incredibly smooth, are chafe-resistant and have a four way stretch. Not a fan of the print? No worries! These tights currently come in 42 different patterns and colours, so there’s something for everyone.

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5. Ivy Park High Rise Leggings

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Beyonce may have one of the world’s most famous derrières, but she sure knows how to cover it in style! These high-waisted leggings from her activewear line Ivy Park are 100% opaque. They’re also quick-drying, durable and have a super flattering silhouette that will  make you feel like Bey herself!

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6. Cotton On Active Core Tights

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You don’t have to break the bank to keep your assets covered. These tights from Cotton On Body are only $24.95, but offer both comfort and full coverage. They’re also simple enough to go with any workout top, are moisture wicking and have a interior waistband coin pocket. What more could you ask for at such an affordable price?

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7. The Upside Lanakai Yoga Pants

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These yoga pants are so smooth and lightweight, I assumed they were going to be see-through when I tried them on. Yet somehow, they’re not. They’re actually as opaque as you would expect from the thickest pair as tights! I don’t know how The Upside do it, I’m just glad they do!

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8. Nike Legendary Tights

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The name of these tights says it all: they’re legendary when it comes to keeping you covered. There’s a reason these are the tights of choice of many athletes. Who has time to worry about whether you’re flashing anyone when you’ve got competitions to win and records to break? The fact that they’re optimised for range of motion just makes them an even better option for legs day at the gym.

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Emma Norris
A true believer in balance, Emma is just as passionate about pizza as she is about pull-ups. When she’s not writing, she loves strength training, visiting new cafes and trying out new fitness classes. Having lived in Ireland and Canada, Emma was bitten by the travel bug at a young age. She loves nothing more than visiting new destinations and experiencing different cultures. Emma grew up (and currently lives) near the beautiful Coogee Beach and is happiest when she’s near a body of water. She started her career in magazines and has recently made the exciting transition to the digital world.