Girlfriend Collective LITE leggings review
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- is a startup that makes the I've ever worn.
- The Seattle-based company gained buzz for giving away free leggings on the internet in 2019.
- They recently released a much-anticipated of breathable leggings that act like a second skin during tough workouts.
- I put them to the test.
- Their are made from 25 recycled water bottles each. Their are made from recycled fishing nets.
After a few years of kickboxing, yoga, dance, and distance runs three to four times a week, my closet is mainly Nylon-based. I have over 20 pairs of leggings in rotation, and a love of exercise, a job as a product reviewer, and a God-given ability to overheat in 30 seconds have all informed my strict guidelines for which ones are worth buying.
For the last two years, my favorite pair has been the . They're relatively cheap at , are incredibly flattering, and are made from 25 recycled water bottles. Their only shortcoming is that they're too thick and compressive to be worn for HIIT classes.
Recently, released their second-ever line: . The second generation of leggings are lightweight, quick-drying, and made from recycled fishing nets, which account for 46% of all ocean plastic by the company's estimation. In addition, a percentage from every LITE legging sale goes to Healthy Seas to support cleaner oceans and healthier marine life.
After popping into public consciousness with a publicity stunt that gave away free leggings over the internet, the company remained thanks to its quality, superior design, and eco-minded process, landing it in pop ups with "it"-brands like Reformation.
They sent a black over for me to test, and I believe has succeeded in another home run, officially edging the company out of the possible paralysis of a one-hit-wonder. The leggings are flattering, relatively inexpensive, eco-friendly, and — most importantly — wonderful to work out in, no matter the heat or intensity.
The look nearly identical to the with the same wide, holds-you-in waistband and intuitive, leg-lengthening seaming, but are far less thick and compressive. The LITE material (83% recycled nylon, 17% spandex) is far lighter, miles more breathable, and barely-there (if you're conscious of panty lines, you'll want to go seamless in these).
However, despite how surprisingly silky and thin the LITEs are, I didn't have any concerns over sheerness, thanks to their material and darker color palette.
I wore the into a hot yoga class that's a fusion of yoga and weight lifting — the sort of workout that categorically denies a comfortable temperature — and they kept me comfortable the entire time. There weren't any distracting, horrible heat pockets, and the thin material acted like a cool, moisture-wicking second skin. The lack of cheap, scratchy mesh paneling also meant I could move fluidly and unrestricted through every move. Girlfriend Collective markets them as a "next-to-nothing legging for your toughest workouts" and I would agree with that; the are among the best exercise leggings I own for breathability and flexibility.
, on the other hand, are compressive, supportive, and benefit from the double-whammy of both a figure-flattering design and a material that acts like comfortable, broken-in Spanx for the entire body. It lifts, smooths, and holds you in, but is necessarily thicker and more repressive. The design and seaming will still provide more architectural sculpture than other exercise leggings, but far less than you'll find in their classics.
The LITE leggings in Midnight, . Girlfriend Collective
I've often called the classics the most flattering pair of leggings I own, but I recommend them as an athleisure staple rather than for HIIT workouts — a consensus I believe most shoppers must have held, and the reason I'd wager was behind the decision to focus the company's second line so intently on breathability. Adding "Compressive" to the title of their classics post-debut of the LITEs only strengthens that theory.
If you're looking for exceptionally figure-flattering leggings that are too thick and compressive for HIIT classes but perfect for casual wear, you should get the . If you're looking for super breathable, flattering leggings that act like a second skin in tough workouts, you should get the . Both pairs get a shoutout for their figure-flattering design and affordability, and both excel in their respective strengths.
Currently, you can pick up the in four colors: black, midnight, plum, and smoke. The leggings come in a size range of XXS to XXXL, and an inseam of 19.5", 23 3/4", or 28.5". For more, .
Video: Girlfriend Collective Leggings Review | 2018
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