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As many of you guys probably already know - because I've mentioned it about a thousand times - I’m relatively new to the activewear world and I’m having so much fun exploring all the options on the market (my bank account, however isn’t so impressed). But here’s the thing, I’ve always been very selective about my jeans - back when I lived that life (woof). When it comes to jeans, I can confidently say you do get what you pay for - so I never second guessed dropping a pretty penny on a pair of jeans that just made me feel good, ya know? Below are some jeans favorites:
Being so new to the legging game, I was very apprehensive and the thought of dropping $100 or more on something I was just going to sweat in, didn’t make much sense to me. It took a while for me to bite the bullet and pull the trigger on these capris but when they arrived at my doorstep and I slipped them on, I was shocked at how great they felt. I was happy I got what I paid for in this case, but when it comes to activewear - sometimes that’s not always the case. Candace learned this very lesson when she found a muscle-tank style hoodie at Forever 21 and actually preferred that one over a more expensive similar version from Nordstrom.
Anyway, I’ve heard a few of you guys in the YBC Community mention Old Navy’s activewear line and since I had never purchased anything from their collection, I thought it would be fun to get in on the do you get what you pay for action and test the theory once again.
Alo Yoga Edge Capri: At $82, these capris are hard to beat. They’re 7/8 length, so a bit longer than your typical capri length, but I kinda love the longer length because let’s be real, sometimes capris don’t do a girl’s legs justice (amiright?!). They have a gusseted crotch and thicker waistband (with a hidden pocket) - things I always look for in leggings. The material of these capris are on the thicker side - a blend of nylon and spandex - which always makes me feel more comfortable. I also love the way these pants move with my body and throughout the day, I don’t have to keep pulling them up or readjusting them. My favorite part though, the delicate chevron detail on the bottom with matte and semi-glossed material; making them super fashionable and trendy both in and out of the gym. I honestly don’t know if I’d make any suggestions for improvements aside from the price - A+
Old Navy High Rise Compression Crop: At $29.94 (on sale now for $16.97) these are practically a steal cost-wise but they didn’t give me that wow factor I was looking for. Let’s go over the positives first.
They do have a pretty comfortable wide high-waisted band at the top but they are missing that super useful hidden pocket. The length is 3/4, so it is somewhat similar to the Alo Edge Capri - much more flattering than the shorter - above or right at the knee length. I do really like the subtle geometric design pattern and while they have a gusset - it’s just not designed or stitched as well as the Alo pair so I feel as though the purpose of it is lost a bit. What really bums me out about these are the fit and quality of materials.
The compression varies and is all over the place - my waist and thighs feel like they’re held in comfortably but the material loosens around my knees and is almost too tight around my calves. When I sit, I get a bit of bunched material around my crotch area - which I hate. Also, in just wearing these for 30 minutes, I found myself pulling them back down around my calves quite often as they would rise up and bunch right under my knee. I should end by saying I don’t hate these capris (they actually might have more breathability than the Edge Capris) and for the price, they’re probably worth it. But for me, comfort trumps price and I would simply rather spend the extra $50 to be comfortable and feel good. I’d rate these a solid B-.
Verdict: In this case, I think you get what you pay for. The more expensive Alo Edge Capris were a way better fit for me.
I'd love to know - what brand leggings do you wear? Do you go for quantity over quality? Do you look for anything specific when pulling the trigger on a new pair?
PS - Below are a few favorites I'm eyeing at all different price points.