Having ranked our top 10 leos for all the big four conference teams, as well as some other popular schools (let us know if we haven’t ranked a team you want to see!), it’s time to look at each individual editor’s top 15 leotards of all time—limited to one leo per school. Next up is our USAG editor Rebecca! Have opinions about your favorite leotards of all time? We want to see your top 15! Submit your rankings to us via email at
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I love two types of leos: very strappy, dance-inspired backs and solid darks (black and navy especially) with over-the-top detailing. There are a few other looks sprinkled in here, but those are my guiding principles.
No. 1: Utah: This is everything I could ever want in a leo. Black. Creative use of colorful and clear crystals. An interesting back. It will always be a winner to me. More Images of This Leo
No. 2: Iowa: I told you I like black. This is so simple and elegant and sparkly. This thing SHINES in arena lighting. More Images of This Leo
No. 3: Ohio State: Ohio State has a lot of great leos, and every once in a while they give us some gunmetal. I just adore it. I’m also very into the Buckeyes’ looking at the mesh sleeve trend and saying, “nah, matte black please.” We also haven’t seen it yet (thanks, pandemic), but the team teased a late 2020 white leo that I can already tell you will be a top-tier Big Ten look for me when it debuts. More Images of This Leo
No. 4: Lindenwood: I remember the first time we saw this gem. It’s so simple, but stunning. I’ve never liked a shade a tan or gold before, but against the white and used for that back band, it’s just lovely. More Images of This Leo
No. 5: Michigan State: The Spartans rock a lot of black looks that I adore, but this green ombre is something special. More Images of This Leo
No. 6: UCLA: I know, I said I love strappy backs and chose a regular old back from UCLA. But these COLORS. For me, it evokes that moment after sunset just before the stars come out. And against the white sleeves? Pure joy. More Images of This Leo
No. 7: Oregon State: I love the black and white Beaver leo Rebecca highlighted last week, but this one has that strappy back that I just can’t get over. I’d also like every team to take notes re: no mesh sleeve seams at the shoulder. More Images of This Leo
No. 8: UC Davis: I know this one is too simple for a lot of our editors, but I love it. It’s classy and classic and so sparkly. More Images of This Leo
No. 9: Texas Woman’s: So listen. I like the front design on this one better than the similar Oregon State leo above, but it’s those sleeve seams. Otherwise this is a dream look. More Images of This Leo
No. 10: Arizona State: That simple black body plus the fiery ombre sleeves just works. More Images of This Leo
No. 11: Missouri: This is a 2008 look that I wouldn’t mind seeing again. It’d be much higher on the list if that neckline were a little less squar; it’s a design we’ve seen make the rounds, but something about the way Missouri did it just works for me. More Images of This Leo
No. 12: SCSU: I know, I know, this guy is on everyone’s list. But it’s so good. The ombre is great, and the back is what dreams are made of. More Images of This Leo
No. 13: Arizona: Simple, classic, the “A” is big but doesn’t look extremely out of place. Yes. More Images of This Leo
No. 14: Pittsburgh: I don’t fully understand what’s happening with the front of this one, but it’s all about that back. The use of the Panthers’ new and improved shade of yellow to create that sunburst effect is genius. More Images of This Leo
No. 15: Florida: Again, I know some folks are going to say this one is too simple, but that’s why I adore it. It’s clean, crisp and that open back is lovely. (My runner up Gators pick cannot be ignored either. Sorry Elizabeth! I’m breaking the rules twice in one post.) More Images of This Leo
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