Nothing makes me feel quite as unstoppable as a sleek, all black ensemble. This outfit in particular has a special kind of edge that feels next-level rad. I’m wearing the Alo moto leggings, Alala alpine tee, and Alala sherpa drape vest. I haven’t talked about any of these on the blog yet, so here’s a quick review of each!
Alo high-rise moto leggings
I’ve been mulling around the idea of trying these leggings for ages. They’ve become the moto legging to have in the active fashion world. I was skeptical these would work for me for a long time, but I finally decided to give them a shot. A reader was kind enough to find a deal on these for me, which made it that much easier to go for it. I debated between black and navy, but ultimately I decided on black since I felt like it’s the most truly moto color.
Alo has a medium rise and high rise version of these leggings; I opted for the high rise. I haven’t tried the medium rise, but I really like this version. The waistband doesn’t have any seams so it’s incredibly comfortable. It comes up just below my belly button.
Despite all the paneling, these are an extremely comfortable pair of leggings. The fabric is especially stretchy and has a cottony soft feel that’s similar to lululemon’s luon. The fabric is medium weight with light to medium compression. The cottony feel might get a little hot during high-sweat workouts, but for winter that’s no problem. With that in mind, I wouldn’t consider these a technical pair of leggings. They’re best for casual and low-impact workouts. For me, their real selling point is the comfort and style.
One of the most frequently asked questions about the moto leggings is whether they work for petite people. I’m 5’3″ with a 28.5″ inseam and they work for me. You can see in the photos that one seam hits around the top of my knee, but it isn’t too noticeable. There’s quite a bit of excess length, but it’s not too noticeable since the ankle is nicely fitted. I didn’t fold the hem under at all for these photos. Overall, these are definitely more suited to taller people, but they can work for petites as well.
As for sizing, I was debating between XXS and XS in these since I wear both sizes depending on the brand. I decided on XS. I always have problems with cotton-like fabrics being sheer, so I didn’t want to push my luck with the XXS. Fortunately, I’m happy with the fit.
There’s some wrinkling at my knees, but I don’t think it’s a sizing issue. It just takes some fussing to get these to lie perfectly smooth. The waist is cut slightly narrow than I expected, but it has plenty of stretch. Not to mention, the high rise and tighter waist help to smooth out your lower belly. As I suspected, these are still slightly see-through if I squat or bend, but they’re fine with the right underwear. Others have said they aren’t sheer at all, so your mileage may vary.
All this to say, I would order your normal size or go with your larger size if you’re in between.
Alala sherpa drape vest
I love to mix materials to keep a monochrome look from being too dull. This sherpa vest adds interest to any outfit with its faux leather finish and sherpa lining. It makes the perfect pair for the moto leggings. The back length hits around mid hip, but the front drapes a bit lower.
The leather/sherpa fabric is thick, but not overly bulky. While the fabric itself is fairly warm, there is no closure, which means cold air can definitely creep in. It’s best for mildly cold temps. The side has stretch panels to help it drape more nicely. The front slit pockets are pretty large, which I like. I secretly had my phone and camera lens cap in my pocket for these pics, but you can’t see them at all.
For sizing, I suggest sticking with your true size (I’m wearing my usual XS). Since it’s a vest and doesn’t close, there’s not a lot to worry about in terms of getting the fit right.
Alala alpine tee
The alpine tee is a long sleeve tee ideal for moderately cold temps. The body of the tee is a medium weight fabric that’s slick on the outside, and ever-so-slightly brushed on the inside. It’s pretty warm against my core. The mock neck also helps with warmth. The neck doesn’t fit tightly, so if turtlenecks don’t bother you, you should be fine with this one. There’s a seam on the mock neck that makes the neck a little tight going over your head, but it’s totally manageable.
The sleeves are made of a pindot fabric, so the arms of the tee don’t retain warmth. If you’re worried about the pindot fabric being too delicate, I’ll say that I accidentally stuck my fingernail through one of the holes and it didn’t tear at all. Hopefully that’s a good sign! The pindot fabric is fairly fitted through the sleeves and doesn’t have quite as much stretch as the body of the tee, but it’s not too tight for me. There are also thumbholes on the sleeves for keeping your sleeves locked down. If you don’t like the pindot fabric, the charge 1/4 zip is a very similar style.
This top is cut a little generously; I’m wearing my normal XS and I have room to spare through the waist. If you prefer an extra-fitted look, consider going a size down, especially if you’re between sizes.
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