January 24, 2014

Geeky Leggings Comparison/Review

Fashion leggings is an area that has exploded in the last three years. It seems like it all started with Black Milk Company. I remember seeing their galaxy leggings and their R2-D2 swimsuit first. Since then, they've acquired multiple licenses and churned out dozens and dozens of leggings with appealing prints. Geek ladies around the world rejoiced! Before too long, other companies got hip to the trend and now, there are leggings freaking everywhere. It's kind of awesome, but with all the differeing price points and materials, it's hard to know which brands are worth it.

Though I resisted purchasing leggings for a while because I didn't think I could wear them without showing my spandex covered butt to the world, I eventually came around. I recognized how comfortable leggings are and finally understood that I could just wear longer shirts with them. Finding lengthy, stretchy tanks and layering them with sheer flowy shirts have allowed me to expand my leggings collection enough that it now warrants its own drawer.

Since I own a few different brands of leggings, I figured it was time for a run down of the positives and negatives.
Black Milk Clothing Leggings

Good: Tons of options and getting more licenses all the time: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Adventure Time, etc. High quality material, wide variety of cool designs, not see-through at all, been around for a while with reliable reviews, free shipping, epic Cyber Monday sale
Bad: If you're in the US, the free shipping can occasionally take a while, pretty much the priciest leggings I own
Material: Polyester, lycra, spandex - it varies
Sizing: I wear a medium, true to size
Price: $65 and up

Good: Good quality, fair price point, the designs they have so far are fun
Bad: Just Doctor Who and The Walking Dead designs as far as I know (still good designs)
Material: Polyester
Sizing: I wear a large (a size up for me)
Price: $27

Good: Frequent sales, several franchises including Disney, and Her Universe brand items show up here
Bad: Stock changes too fast to keep up with sometimes, medium quality but better than Forever 21, some prints are ones you see on lots of licensed apparel (especially Star Wars)
Material: Disney brand is 94% polyester and 6% spandex blend
Sizing: I wear a large (a size up for me)
Price: $19 and up

Good: Really cool Marvel comics designs, most affordable leggings on the list
Bad: Fabric pilled up after the first wash, very see-through and lowest quality I've purchased so far (still wearable)
Material: 95% cotton and 5% spandex blend
Sizing: I wear a large (a size up for me)
Price: $15 and up

Good: Fun and unique designs
Bad: Initial shipment had delays (specific to the type of leggings I ordered) and myself and a friend noticed we could hear seams stretching and making unhappy noises when we put them on - nothing actually ripped, but I've never had that happen with leggings
Material: Polyester and lycra blend
Sizing: I ordered a medium/large
Price: $65 and up

Good: Snappy designs with artwork that begins low enough that it won't be covered up by long shirts, bright and colorful and several cute options
Bad: Slightly see through, print on demand so shipping takes slightly longer than other places (in the US)
Material: 95% polyester and 5% spandex blend
Sizing: I wear a large (a size up for me)
Price: $26.50

As you can see, price makes a difference in the thickness and overall quality. You get what you pay for. The less expensive and thinner options are fine as long as you're planning to wear something long to cover the underwear area and if you won't be outsize in freezing weather.

I'd love to hear about your experiences with different brands and make this a leggings reference compendium thing!

16 comments:

  1. This is a post I've been waiting for. There are just SO many options out there, I don't know where to start. Thanks for putting this together Amy!

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    1. I'm so glad it's helpful! Good luck finding the right pair... and not getting addicted. :)

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  2. Some companies put a special stitch on the seams that need to be pulled before worn. They make this horrible breaking sound but its normal. I've only run into a few who do it, but sometimes it happens.

    These leggings sound interesting. I might have to get me some. Thanks ;-)

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    1. Oh, that's good to know! Thanks for the tip!

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  3. Some companies put a special stitch on the seams that need to be pulled before worn. They make this horrible breaking sound but its normal. I've only run into a few who do it, but sometimes it happens.

    These leggings sound interesting. I might have to get me some. Thanks ;-)

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  4. I had no idea WeLoveFine sold leggings. Thanks for the info!

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  5. Hi, I was wondering, can any of these leggings be used as exercise leggings?

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    1. I haven't tried working out in these, so I'm afraid I'm not of much help in that regard. Sorry!

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  6. Very true those trendy leggings have exploded the fashion streets in recent years. The pattern and mesh leggings are the most popular among fashion freaks. The best thing is that the leggings can be used for workouts too. They are very comfortable to move the body.

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  7. No matter what you're interested in, you can probably find a pair of leggings inspired by it being sold somewhere online. They work with dresses or tunics, or you can rock them as pants. They also come in a range of styles that can let you be conspicuous about your geekiness or more subtle.

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