Dark florals had a bit of a moment this winter, and I found myself swooning over these dahlia print tights from Nimble Activewear as soon as I laid eyes on them. The print reminds me a bit of lululemon’s spring has sprung print, which I also love (see comparison below). After getting my hands on a 15% off coupon, I decided to give these tights a shot.
I like that the Amelia tights aren’t just plain leggings, but also aren’t overstyled. The side accents help break up the print, and the seam details are flattering.
The black paneled sides are solid most of the way down, but are accented with mesh from the knee down. The mesh detail curves around the back just above the ankle.
These tights fit true to size in my opinion. The XXS (Aus size 6) is on the fitted side, but definitely still works for me. I can’t pull them straight on, but rather have to work them up my legs a bit. I could probably comfortable wear an XS in these tights as well. Stick with your true size for a tighter, more compressive fit, or up for a slightly more relaxed fit. They have a medium rise and do not have pockets or a drawstring. I have a couple inches of excess fabric, but they aren’t as super-crazy long as some of my other full-length tights.
The fabric is a polyester/spandex blend that’s slick and cool to the touch. It’s lightweight but has good compression. The compression means it has a bit less stretch to it than a lot of my other tights. The overall feel isn’t as luxe as some of my other tights, but they certainly don’t seem cheap either.
The biggest downside with these tights is that the fabric doesn’t have good “print integrity”. In other words, the print fades to white quite a lot in a bend/squat. It makes it look a bit like they’re sheer, but they’re not–even brightly colored underthings did not show through.
Here’s a comparison of Nimble’s dahlia print to lululemon’s spring has sprung. Nimble’s is a bit darker, has less colors, and also has a slightly distressed look when you look closely. You can’t see it well in this pic, but dahlia also has more consistent print coverage, while spring has sprung can be more sparse and irregular.
Overall, these tights have quite a few pluses from a functional perspective. The fabric is opaque and compressive. Plus, they’re a lovely design. At $95, these are a luxury price point but aren’t priced as sky-high as many other brands of late. On the other hand, they lack pockets and have the white out issue with the print. Although they aren’t perfect, I decided to keep mine because I love the print so much, and they’re functional enough for my needs.
Nimble’s dahlia tights are available via Uzima here. If you like this print but would like a smaller dose of it, the Lara tights have dahlia accents just on the sides (and they’re $15 less!). Uzima also carries a matching sports bra.