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The Difference Between Compression Leggings And Regular Leggings

Posted by Nima Rafizadeh on

Maybe you’re suffering from lymphedema after surgery and you’ve been told that “compression” leggings can help. Or maybe you just love your legging wardrobe and are looking for options to add to it. In any case, hearing about compression leggings can be confusing and make you wonder if and what is the difference between compression leggings and regular leggings. 

Compression Leggings Versus Regular Leggings 

Before we get into the differences in the leggings, it helps to see where leggings fall the spectrum of tights, leggings and workout pants. 


  • Tights tend to be lighter, made of thinner materials and worn under skirts and dresses
  • Leggings are generally made of a heavier material and can be worn on their own
  • Workout pants, or yoga pants, can also be worn on their own, and they are made of the heaviest materials of the three.

Regular Leggings 

Now that we have a better idea of what are leggings, we can look at the differences between the regular versions and compression leggings.

Regular leggings are one of the most versatile options in anyone's wardrobe. Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, they too can be worn under dresses and skirts, under a dress shirt for nights out and by themselves all day long just because they are so comfortable and give you so much freedom of movement.

Compression Leggings

Considering their evolution from their beginnings as a medical garment, compression wear, including leggings, are generally not available in as many colours and patterns as regular leggings. But the advantages of compression leggings far outweigh anything they give up on the fashion front.

Here is just a partial list of the advantages offered by compression clothing.

  • Improves blood flow, which brings more nutrients to your skin to make stronger and healthier looking.
  • Helps treat deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and varicose veins
  • Reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • Improves lymphatic flow which gets rid of waste products, like lactic acid, from your body. It also helps reduce the effects of lymphedema, which is swelling in your arms and legs due to a damaged lymphatic system.
  • Reduces muscle fatigue so you can wear them all day. Your muscles also recover faster both from soreness and injury, so you can stay more active

Active Slim Compression Leggings offer the added benefits that come from combining bio-ceramic fiber and 3D knitted fabric. These include an instant slimming effect the moment you put them on, and a unique massaging action that improves circulation which can lead to a reduction in the appearance of your cellulite. 

If you enjoyed this post, check out our recent article about the best compression tights for poor circulation.

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