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 editor in chief Elizabeth! Have opinions about your favorite leotards of all time? We want to see your top 15! Submit your rankings to us via email at [email protected] and include your name, ranking, links to images and a description for each. Your list just might be featured on the site! Remember, limit one leo per team.
No. 1: Oklahoma: I realize I’m breaking the rules on the very first one, but I refuse to choose between these two Oklahoma leos. They’re both fantastic, with different great things about them. And I make the rules, so I can break them, right? More Images of This Leo
No. 2: Michigan State: This leotard is an all-timer. The emerald green and white are just perfection together, and I love the design paired with the mesh sleeves. The only thing that could be even the slightest bit improved would be a slightly different yet still strappy back. More Images of This Leo
No. 3: Nebraska: I realized when doing this that Nebraska has a LOT of good leotards, but I of course had to go with one that had ombre and white. I wish this leo had been worn more, and I’m afraid now that we’ll never see it again. Alas, it’s fantastic. More Images of This Leo
No. 4: Arizona State: This is one of the first leos I remember loving in the ombre era. The sunset arms will forever be a favorite of mine—I just can’t get enough of them. More Images of This Leo
No. 5: Rutgers: I think this leo is probably on almost every other editor’s list if not every other editor’s. It’s just GREAT. The black and white ombre with red accents—you can’t get better. Plus, this is how you do school and state spirit. More Images of This Leo
No. 6: Michigan: This leo is serving athletic, old school Adidas realness. I wish more teams took the classy athletic approach to leo designs because this one is perfect. More Images of This Leo
No. 7: Temple: I’m honestly kind of surprised that out of all the leotards, this one from Temple is not only in my top 15 but in my top 10. But it’s great. I love the subtle school spirit with the feather, as well as of course the white, red and black ombre. Temple is an underrated leo team recently, and more people need to take note. More Images of This Leo
No. 8: William & Mary: If only this leo existed and not the Michigan State one as well, the Tribe’s version would probably sit even higher on my list. I love the dark green and white ombre, plus the design is flattering to boot. All it needs is a little better transitions between the solid and mesh and a strappy back. More Images of This Leo
No. 9: Maryland: I went back and forth on which Maryland leo I wanted to do. The one with the flag on the back and red ombre sleeves is another fave. But I went with this one because the sleeves are so unique. Who would have thought to do the flag design in mesh? More Images of This Leo
No. 10: UCLA: Again, I struggled with which UCLA leo to choose as my No. 1—there are so many I love. And while the centennial design is very similar to this one, I just love the shades of blue used here, as well as the wide V back and sweetheart neckline. More Images of This Leo
No. 11: Utah: How can you not pick this Utah leo as a greatest of all time?? The concept is just so unique, and the ombre in general is obviously great. I will say, though, if I could have highlighted the recent modern throwback the Utes debuted in 2019, I would have as well. More Images of This Leo
No. 12: Florida: I complain a LOT about Florida leos, how they all look the same and how they don’t use enough orange. But I will admit there are a lot of good ones in the bunch if you look properly. This is a design that wasn’t worn nearly enough, and I wouldn’t be mad if Florida wore is for every single meet one season. More Images of This Leo
No. 13: Minnesota: While most of the designs my list are from the past 5 or so years, I couldn’t have an all-time ranking without some velvet. Yes, Minnesota has worn this relatively recently, but it’s still a throwback if I’ve ever seen one. I love the sparkly velvet, as well as the wide open back. More Images of This Leo
No. 14: Arkansas: Arkansas has debuted a number of good leos lately, but this one will always be my favorite. I love the black with throwback white design, as well as the subtle red detailing in rhinestones. It also has no giant hogs on the women’s chests—a victory if I’ve ever seen one. More Images of This Leo
No. 15: Arizona: I really struggled with white leo to put as my final in my top 15. And I will say that Kentucky, you almost made it in there. But in a last-minute push, I swapped in this gorgeous Arizona number. I just love the white with red so much, and the logo on the chest is just the right amount of bling to tie everything together. More Images of This Leo
Honorable Mentions: Again, I’m a big cheater because I couldn’t not at least mention these four leos at the end, even if they didn’t make it into my top 15. Kentucky’s is by far my favorite of its while Illinois’ represents it finally using orange in a fantastic way. Auburn managed to perfectly combine orange and navy in a way I don’t hate, and this Pitt design with the lemonade sleeves will always have a special place in my heart.
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Article by Elizabeth Grimsley
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