This month, Alala debuted a limited edition print, called blueprint. Blueprint is an urban-inspired abstract print that strikes a nice balance between neutrals and pops of color. It comes in three of their core styles, and I was so happy when they surprised me with a package of all 3! Here’s my reviews and some pics of each.
Disclosure: I received these three blueprint styles complimentary from Alala. As usual, all the opinions here are my own.
Photos by: Julia Romano Photography
I have 3 pairs of Alala’s captain crops, but I’ve never taken the plunge on a pair of the full length ankle version. The first thing I noticed about these is that the seam and details is really flattering on the leg. Even though my legs are pretty short, these pants did a nice job of elongating the whole silhouette. The captain tights have two pockets: one back zip pocket, and one front slit key pocket.
Sizing for this pair feels a little bit smaller on me than my captain crops. I’m not sure if it’s this particular printed fabric or the cut of all full-length captains, but both the waist and legs felt a bit smaller compared to my crops. I also noticed the ankle opening is cut tighter–I had to wrangle these around my heel a bit. Overall, I’d say these are true to size or maybe slightly small. If you’re between sizes, I would recommend going up.
The one thing I noticed with the captain ankle tights versus the captain crops is that the front seam “swoop” is sewn differently. I started to notice this after wearing these for a workout, so I laid out the ankle tights versus the crops to see if there really was a difference. What I found is that while the top, outer edge of the front accent seam starts at the same place, the ankle tights have a steeper angle, meaning the bottom of the seam meets the inner leg seam about one inch lower than it does on the crops. From that perspective, the captain ankle tights aren’t just a longer version of the captain crops.
The plus side: the steeper angle is definitely part of what makes these flattering on the leg. On the other hand, the lower position of the seam does mean that, for short folks like me, the seam may cross over your knee joint a bit. Of course, the seams are all flat-seamed, which definitely helps, but overall the seam placement makes this style a bit less petite-friendly than its cropped counterpart, at least if you’re seam-sensitive. Non-petite ladies: you’re in the clear!
The printed fabric is a nylon/spandex blend that’s slick to the touch and lightweight. The material makes these a great all-purpose tights for the athlete who likes to mix things up. I would wear these for pretty much anything.
I’m pretty picky with opacity, and I’ve tried some other Alala prints that didn’t have as much coverage as I’d like. With that in mind, I was admittedly nervous putting these on. But lo and behold, not sheer at all! I hope this bodes well for future prints from Alala. Take note that pattern placement does vary from pair to pair on these tights, though. Hopefully the good coverage will still hold true even if you get a pair that’s lighter in the back than mine.
P.S. Lots of love for my flyweight tee, too. <3 :)
Next up: the everyday tee.
As the name suggests, this tee is a simple long sleeve style. It has thumbholes, but not really any other bells and whistles. Although this is a crewneck style, they relaxed the cut at the neck just enough to give you some room to breathe.
The fabric is the same nylon blend the pants are made of, so this is a lighter weight, slick-feeling long sleeve, not a thermal weight. It’s the same fabric that’s used on the tights above. It’ll be an ideal weight to transition into spring, or to wear in the winter if you live in a more mild climate. I have some room in the XS–it’s a tailored fit, but not skin-tight. The length hits right at my hip, and doesn’t ride up. The sleeves aren’t too egregiously long on me, unlike many other long sleeve tops.
Quick side note: I want to follow up on my previous review and add that I’m loving my chill tights even more now. They may be “plain” black, but they’re still quite special as far as I’m concerned. It was in the 30s outside when we were taking these pictures, but my legs still felt cozy. They’re definitely one of my favorite Alala styles from the current collection, and believe me, I bought a lot of Alala this season!
It was waaaay too cold outside for me to tolerate taking pics in a sports bra, so for the zip it up bra, we’ll have to make do with an un-fancy selfie and tripod pic for now. :)
This is my second zip it up bra–I also have one in cerise. It’s hard to find a well-fitting bra that combines a firm, supportive band with good coverage at the bust, but the zip bra totally delivers. I love the wide band, and it fits my super-petite rib cage very well (my rib cage measures 27″ and I’m wearing an XS). I wear a small D cup, but the front coverage fully covers everything without cutting in. Take note it doesn’t have any slots for cups. Alala has added slots on some of their other bra styles, so I’m crossing my fingers they start doing that for everything, since I personally like a little extra coverage.
Since buying my first one, this bra style has become one of my go-to’s for workouts, and I’m sure I’ll get lots of use from this print, too. The support is medium to high, which is enough for the running, jumping, and lifting I do during CrossFit. It pretty much nails the magic sports bra combo of support, comfort, and style. And as Alala promises, the back zip really does help for taking it off!
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