We Tried The TikTok-Famous Joggers + Aerie Leggings—And We Totally Get The Hype Now

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Photo credit: Aerie/Old Navy

We've tried the TikTok Baked Feta Pasta, the TikTok tortilla wrap hack, the TikTok French toast sandwich trend and this $5 TikTok wall décor trend—and now, we're venturing into TikTok's viral clothing world. And naturally, we gravitated towards the loungewear that TikTokers are raving about. 

In case you haven't heard, TikTokers can't get enough of these Old Navy joggers (a more recent internet star) and these Aerie crossover leggings (which have seemingly sold out and been restocked various times over the last year). And like we said, if you know us, you know we can't get enough of stylish loungewear, so we couldn't not try them for ourselves. Not to mention that Old Navy's High-Waisted PowerSoft 7/8-Length Joggers have nearly 2,500 (!!) 5-star reviews and Aerie's OFFLINE Real Me High Waisted Crossover Leggings have 1,600. So really, how could we not?

High-Waisted PowerSoft 7/8-Length Joggers

High-Waisted PowerSoft 7/8-Length Joggers

Old Navy
$40 Starts at $20

OFFLINE Real Me High Waisted Crossover Legging

OFFLINE Real Me High Waisted Crossover Legging


Our senior editor Cristina tried both—and here's what she thought.

What I Thought About The TikTok Old Navy Joggers

Until 2020—when I was forced to broaden my loungewear horizons—I had really only lounged around in leggings. Joggers were never my thing. But then I tried Old Navy joggers during the pandemic (not TikTok-famous, as far as I know, just liked by me!) and I basically lived in them. (I can't find my exact pair anymore—sigh—but they're very similar to these and these—though mine aren't high-waisted.) So when I heard about these TikTok-famous joggers from Old Navy (and saw that they were on sale), I was in. They feel nothing like my original joggers (they're made of polyester + spandex instead of cotton + polyester) and they're part of Old Navy's active line—which means they're probably meant to work out in—but I wore them to work from home and was pretty pleased. They're just as soft as everyone says they are, they cinch at the ankles—which is perfect for someone like me who's 5'2" and generally looks for "short" options instead of "petite," the latter of which these come in—and they definitely accentuate the waist. (I have to admit, though, I had to wear them for a few hours before the tightness around the tummy wasn't as noticeable.) Based on photos, I definitely thought the large pockets would make the joggers balloon at my hips, but they didn't; they were more flattering than I imagined they would be. My one complaint would be that I felt like I was more prone to sweating in them than I am in cotton joggers. I don't anticipate working out in them—I prefer leggings for that—but am I adding them to my WFH wardrobe? Absolutely.

What I Thought About The TikTok Aerie Crossover Leggings

Okay, I don't want to pick favorites—but let's just say more pairs of these are very likely in my future. I've used two pairs of the same workout leggings for years now. Not because they're my favorite leggings ever, really, but because they're good enough, made well and have lasted long. (It also helps that I don't work out that often.) Once I put on the Aerie Crossover Leggings, though, it was game over. I had found my new workout leggings. They literally feel like butter, and they somehow make you forget you're wearing them all while giving just the right amount of support. They almost feel like tights—but in the best way possible. (They're not annoying to get on, not constricting and not sheer!) I also love that they come in a "short" length, because, like I said, I'm 5'2" and leggings usually bunch on me. These didn't bunch at all. Now, let me say that I've only worn them for a week (that's about five 20-minute dance workouts), so I can't vouch for how long-lasting they are—but needless to say, for now, I'm very much sold. If they prove to be long-lasting, I don't think I'd have a problem paying full price for another pair if they go off sale in the future.

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