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The best fleece leggings to brave the winter chills

It might be freezing, but this activewear is a gamechanger

By Mae MacDonald
Winter has arrived, so we're searching for the cosiest pieces of clothing to add to our winter wardrobes. At the top of our list are the much-hyped and surprisingly affordable fleece lined leggings.
Lined with a light fleece or a more heavy-duty thermal material, these multifaceted leggings are the perfect blend of fashion and comfort. They can be paired with an oversized cardigan and white sneakers for a day of errands, layered underneath an oversized blazer and boots for a cosy office outfit or worn with a comfortable hoodie for the quintessential winter activewear look.
In case we have you convinced and you're tempted to try out some fleece-lined leggings for yourself, below we've rounded up our favourite women's fleece lined leggings for your perusal and answer all your questions about the wonderful winter style staple.
From left to right: Fast and Free High-Rise Fleece Tight, $165, from Lululemon, Amy Winter Thermal Leggings, $90 (usually $150), from Lorna Jane.

Will fleece-lined leggings keep you warm?

Yes, fleece-lined tights are a fantastic option to keep warm this winter. Layered under light shell pants for extra warmth or worn on their own, the snuggly activewear is perfect for hitting the slopes (under ski pants), partaking in outdoor sports and activities, or even just lounging around the house.
From left to right: All Day Lotus Thermal Full Length Leggings, $85 (usually $145), from Lorna Jane, Merino 260 Tech Thermal Leggings, $149.99, from Icebreaker.

Can you wash fleece leggings?

While you should always check the care label on your garment, generally, fleece leggings can be machine washed in a cold cycle with similar colours (do avoid bleach or fabric softeners). Hanging your fleece leggings to dry instead of opting for the dryer will also help with the longevity of the pants.
From left to right: Fleece High-Rise Tights, $145, from Lululemon, Active Intent Fleece Leggings, $35, from The Warehouse.

What is the warmest material for fleece leggings?

Thermal wool or thermal polyester are common manufacturer choices. While wool is warmer, polyester is more lightweight. Both are excellent choices for winter.
From left to right: Active Fleece Zip Leggings, $27, from Kmart, Geothermal Pants, $49.99, from Macpac.