Printed leggings are hard to resist. Sure, I’m a big fan of neutrals, but there’s no denying that some days an explosion of super-bright colors gives me the extra energy I need to tackle a workout.
But once you bring home a pair of bright stretchy pants, sometimes it can be tough to figure out what on earth to wear with them.
So, how do you pull off head-to-toe color without looking like a total looney tune? Here’s a simple trick: choose one color within the print, and grab a top in that same shade. I got lucky with these leggings: this top I already had is pretty much a perfect match!
Specifically, I think heathered colors look even better than solids when it comes to matching loud prints. The swiftly long sleeve from lululemon is always a good fallback for a sleek heathered top. The heathering softens the look just enough to keep the top-bottom combo from looking blocky. The end result is vibrant and colorful, but still looks pulled together instead of haphazard.
These new power leggings are one of the loudest prints in my fall legging wardrobe. I love the effect of the blue mixed with streaks of hot coral. Although the people at Sweaty Betty were kind enough to send me a pair, I honestly would’ve been happy with them even if I had paid regular price. You might’ve seen these blow up your Instagram feed this week, and for good reason. I seriously love these pants and have already worn them a couple of times. Sweaty Betty made a great choice by highlighting these leggings this season, because they’re legit awesome.
Here’s a quick review of Sweaty Betty’s power leggings.
The fabric is a smooth but soft material somewhere between silky and cottony, making it a great hybrid that will work for just about any workout. And, the thickness is great for fall–not as thick as a thermal, but just a little thicker than the crops I like to wear in hot weather.
I typically wear size XXS in Sweaty Betty leggings, but these are a size XS since that’s the smallest available. I was nervous about the sizing, but luckily, they’re a great fit! They’re light-to-medium compression on me, so if you purchase your usual size, expect medium compression. If I’m being really picky, they’re just slightly loose in the lower legs, but it’s barely noticeable at all and doesn’t bother me. I recommend buying your true size, and if you’re between, you may find your size up more comfortable.
The “7/8” length is just about perfectly full length on me and will work well on taller ladies too. The rise is high, just under my belly button. They also feature an invisible back zip pocket that’s large enough for my iPhone 6, plus reflective detail at the calf.
My pair is fully opaque, even in a deep squat/bend, which is always a big plus for an all-purpose pair of leggings. Another reason these are a big winner: the backing is a lighter color of the print, rather than totally white. This makes for some great print integrity, meaning these do not white out when stretched!
Overall, the power leggings are awesome and I’ve worn them a few times already. I would definitely consider another pair!
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