The great thing about fitness fashion is there aren’t really rules when it comes to the seasons. Although there are certain colors I tend to gravitate toward for differences in weather, you have a lot more freedom to experiment with, well, basically whatever you want.
And that’s how you end up wearing a textured fall jacket with navy and white striped leggings.
I had these leggings on my wishlist months ago when Olympia first posted a preview on Instagram. The first upload sold out in less than an hour, and I was crushed to have missed them. Fortunately, they did a restock and I got in on upload #2!
The mateo leggings feature a slightly nautical navy and white pinstripe pattern, with a clever angled waistband to flatter the derriere. The waist fits high, up to just below my belly button. I like that the waistband is made of one continuous, double-layered panel with no seam at the top. High waists that employ this design technique tend to be more comfortable and flexible than those with a seam at the top. It’s a similar waistband design to lululemon’s align pants, but Olympia’s take on it is much more dramatic.
The fabric of the mateo leggings is fabulous. It’s thick and sturdy, especially compared to the fabric Olympia previously used. It has light to medium compression and holds you in. It’s soft and stretchy with a slight texture to it, not cottony but not quite silky either.
And the best part: the coverage is great. I was worried that these would be horribly sheer due to their light color, so I was very impressed to find that these are almost perfectly opaque. I can only see the brightest, most obnoxious colored underthings through these, and even then it’s almost impossible to see due to the eye-crossing striped pattern. (The closely striped pattern also made it really difficult to capture in photos, which is why many of these photos don’t look portray the white stripes well from a distance.)
The one downside of the light-colored fabric is that it tends to show a bit more than its darker counterparts. Dark colored fabrics tend to obscure shadows, while shadows stand out a little more harshly on light fabrics. You can see this a little bit at my knees.
In terms of fit, I ordered these in size P, which is Olympia’s version of XS. They fit a little bit smaller than most XS, but not a full size. If you are between sizes, either size will probably work, but you may be a little more comfortable in the larger of your two sizes. Even if there were an XXS available (my usual size when available), I don’t think I would need it.
The one area Olympia loses a couple points is functional details. Unlike most activewear brands, they don’t use flatlocked seams, which is most evident at the waistband: this area is a bit bulkier due to the overlap of the waistband panel with the main body of the leggings. That said, I’ve personally never had a problem with seams chafing due to non-flat seams, so this doesn’t bother me too much.
Overall, I’m really happy I managed to snag a pair of these leggings. They’re so undeniably adorable and chic. They’ll be great for a wide range of workouts, not to mention perfect under dresses too.
Considering their speedy sellout the first time around, it probably won’t surprise you to hear that these are sold out yet again in every size expect L. There are a couple other styles in their stripe capsule that are still in stock. And if you look really closely at this spring collection preview, it looks like we might be in for some more striped treats in their upcoming spring collection.