Girlfriend Collective Leggings Review

After an ad for free leggings popped up on my Facebook feed multiple times, I became curious.

Girlfriend Collective’s offer promises that these ecofriendly, ethically produced leggings will become your favorites.

To prove that, they’ve been offering them for “free.” I put that in quotes because you *do* have to pay for shipping, which is approximately $20 and charged upfront.

I ordered my leggings about six weeks ago and got them last week. They arrived in an oversized shipping envelope. There were two thick tags attached.

 

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The fabric is reportedly made from recycled plastic bottles, and it’s incredibly soft. These are also high-rise leggings with a smooth waistband, which makes them ideal for squishing away any signs of muffin top.

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Wide waistband

They’re really thick and opaque, which of course is critical for avoiding the dreaded Lululemon see-through effect. The seams are also flat and not itchy in the least.

The fit is tight and would be good for working out, although I don’t think these would be ideal for long runs. For one thing, they don’t have any pockets and the compression-style is flattering but may not be the most comfortable – or breathable – at mile 22.

Where I do think these would shine is for travel.

To be clear, though, leggings are not pants.

Let me repeat: leggings are not pants.

I see this terrible fashion faux pas ALL THE TIME and it still makes me crazy. These are high quality leggings, but you still should wear them  as a layer and keep your assets covered. I digress.

I think they would be perfect and highly versatile for multiple travel looks, including layered with a tunic and boots or worn under a dress, especially to keep warm in winter travel. Since these are quick-dry, they’d also be good to multitask in gym workouts and wash in the hotel sink.

I mostly failed in my attempt to show how they look:

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Yes, I am standing on a tulip chair.

Yes, there is also an American Girl doll highchair attached to our table.

Yes, I am terrible at taking mirror selfies.

No, I would absolutely not wear this outfit in public.

Overall, I think these leggings are a steal at $20. Girlfriend Collective’s site says that they eventually will retail for about $70. Would I pay $70? Honestly, probably not, but I think if I could snag another pair at $20 I would jump at the chance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuff That Popped Up On My Facebook Feed

Oh, Facebook, you know me so well.

Algorithmically, I seem to fit the demographic of someone who likes to drink wine (check) and shop online (CHECK!).

And sometimes I do both at the same time.

Here are a few companies that popped into my Facebook feed that intrigued me:

girlfriendcollective

The Girlfriend Collective started showing up last spring. Much has been written about this startup that is giving away free (supposedly) high-quality, ethically-made leggings for the price of shipping and handling ($20). Ok, I bit, but my leggings don’t arrive until October so I will review them then.

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This Hammitt cross-body bag is on my holiday wish list. I love the red zipper. This style is called the VIP clutch and comes in twenty color combos. Want.

sudara

The premise behind Sudara is one I can totally support: female employees are human-trafficking survivors who are given job training and employment. Read the story here. Sudara’s most popular products are lounge pants called Punjammies, although they have other cute leisure styles. I have a pair of capri Punjammies and an elephant tee that have both seen a lot of wear in the past six months.

ivory

Speaking of elephants, Ivory Ella is a mostly-tees company (and they are cuuuute) where 100% of net profits reportedly go to support the Elephant Crisis Fund. Again, I can get behind that. I might order some for holiday gifts, although I haven’t purchased anything yet.

adorn-necklace

Adorn Jewelry Designs is a local (Midwest) purveyor of handmade jewelry. My feed showed me a picture of this metallic stone arc necklace and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. It looks like it would go with everything and at $35, the price point is terrific. Adorn’s Etsy shop also features cute earrings, including an adorable horseshoe pair.

I am such an easy mark.