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When it comes to clothing - especially activewear - I'm sort of picky and a big believer in the saying "you get what you pay for" and I'm willing to pay a pretty penny for a solid pair of yoga pants. But recently, my theory was proven wrong with a pair of shorts and now I'm sort of reevaluating.
We've talked about insecurities before, so you know how I feel about shorts, but recently the weather has been humidly disgusting that shorts are the only way to go, so I picked up a new pair at Lululemon the other day but when I got home and put them on? Yikes! They couldn't compare to my trusty Nike pair (that I found on sale at Nordstrom for $23) and I couldn't wait to return them. But first I snapped a few pics just in case you, like me, thought you get what you pay for.
Nike compression shorts: At $28, these compression shorts are pretty solid. They have a gusseted crotch, are about 3 inches long which is more flattering on my short legs. The compression is pretty good, and the shorts stay put when I move. The only improvement I can think of is a slightly thicker fabric. This fabric isn't particularly thin, but I would love to see it in a thick luon-esque type material for 100% opacity.
Lululemon what the sport short: For a whopping $58 dollars, I had such high hopes for these, but woof. Let's start with the two redeemable qualities - 1) the fabric. It is a thick luon that seemed 100% opaque. 2) A gusseted crotch because #comfortfirst. But it was all downhill after that. The compression wasn't even throughout - it was tight-ish through the thigh, but then extremely tight at the hem of the shorts. The hems were backed by a clear rubber band that I think was meant to help keep the shorts stay put on your legs and not ride up, but they also dug into the skin and created the dreaded sausage leg look.
They also have a really weird pocket on the side that I can't imagine would keep anything securely while working out. Despite the two redeemable qualities, I couldn't get past the overly tight hem of the shorts and they just were not at all flattering on my legs. I do think they'd be great on longer legs with less muscle, but for me, they were an instant return.
Verdict: In this case, I don't think you get what you pay for. The less expensive Nikes were a way better fit for me.
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