Not to be dramatic, but I would trust Oprah Winfrey with my life. So when the annual list of Oprah’s Favorite Things drops each year, I’m the first to analyze her picks and decide which item I absolutely need. So, when the 2020 roundup dropped on Amazon this morning, I couldn’t get through the 72 Oprah-approved items fast enough. In fact, I didn’t even finish scrolling before making a life-changing discovery: Oprah revealed her go-to leggings, the Iconi High-Waisted Leggings (Buy It, $45, amazon.com).
Now, I’ve written my fair share of athleisure-related articles to know that when it comes to celebrity-approved leggings, the prices are rarely, well, budget-friendly. (Stars aren't that much like us, after all.) But leave it to Oprah to be relatable AF: The media mogul found not only a Black- and women-owned business making phenomenal leggings but also one who's high-waisted designs are actually affordable. At just $45 a pair, it's hard not to buy 'em for a whole family. You get a pair, you get a pair, everybody gets a pair!
Of course, you shouldn’t let the affordable price point fool you. The high-quality design has everything you could ever want in a legging: serious compression, an extra soft moisture-wicking fabric, and a totally seamless design. What's more, they're curve-hugging and flexible, according to Oprah.
If you needed yet another reason to be obsessed with Iconi — which stands for “I Can Overcome, Nothing’s Impossible” — it was founded by Angel Johnson. Currently serving in the military, Johnson understands the importance of high-quality workout gear that you can actually sweat in. As the story goes, Johnson was sick of overpaying for subpar leggings that were see-through or rolled down (uh, same!), so she created her own, according to the brand's site.
Although you’ll have to visit Iconi’s website to shop the rest of its equally covetable activewear, the brand’s centerpiece leggings are currently available on Amazon in five different colors. Better yet, it’s a buy you’ll feel good about with 10 percent of each purchase donated to nonprofit organizations. It might even be a reason to buy one in every color.
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