The reviews just keep coming around here. Today I have two MORE new activewear brands to talk about: The Upside and Vimmia!
I bought these two tights as part of a 15% off promo Bandier is running (details at the bottom of this post). It was my first order from Bandier, but certainly won’t be my last! They stock lots of activewear brands from big names to the obscure, perfect for us fitness fashion diehards. I was also pleased to see that Bandier included a prepaid return label in my package. I always like when retailers do this, since it’s so much less hassle than emailing customer service, waiting for their response, and printing it out. It’s so much easier to just stick it on and go. Anyway, here’s the scoop on my buys:
The Upside dark lily yoga pants
The Upside is an Aussie-based workout brand that’s been gaining a lot of popularity in the US. The print on these pants is really nice–it’s unusual for a brand to pull off a dark, dramatic floral without looking like you’re wearing your grandma’s couch. The Upside nailed it with the dark lily print.
I had originally spotted these on Carbon38 (where they’ve since sold out) and was lusting after them, but they didn’t have an XXS available, which The Upside does sell elsewhere. So, a couple weeks later, I was really excited to see these pop up in Bandier’s new arrivals section, including my coveted XXS. That plus the coupon code meant I ordered these right away!
First, I’m very glad I was able to get the XXS. Now that I’ve tried these, I’m sure the XS wouldn’t have fit nearly as well. These run true to size to slightly large in my opinion, and the fabric was not compressive on me in this size. While they do fit me pretty well, the fit does not have that firm feeling that some other tights do. In my opinion, you could comfortably size down for a more snug fit. (Here is The Upside’s size chart, note that it’s in the metric system.)
The polyamide fabric has a slippery, silky feel. It’s also quite thin–it doesn’t provide any compression, and it’s prone to showing panty lines. These are some of the most lightweight full length pants I’ve tried. And as the name suggests, they are extremely flexible and comfortable, so they would be excellent for things like yoga. Some other really great positives that this fabric pulls off: it does not white out when you bend over like many prints do, and it’s completely opaque! The rise is slightly higher but comfortable, and the length is moderate (my pair measures 29.25″) with a bit of extra at the bottom on me.
There aren’t any bells and whistles on these pants. No drawstring, no pockets, just a straight-up pair of leggings. I’m fine with the lack of features, since I don’t use them anyway.
Like with most prints, pattern placement varies with these bottoms, but I think mine turned out just fine. I think this print will look nice under dresses or sweaters outside my workouts. They’re fun in a feminine and sophisticated way, and not as loud as many printed active leggings that are out there. Although the price on these is high for plain leggings, these do have some valuable upsides (#punny), and at 15% off, I’m happy with these. Keepers!
Vimmia python jacquard reversible speed pants
Although I thought I had scoured Bandier for things to buy with the coupon code, I actually didn’t notice these pants at first. I bought them on the recommendation of an AA reader and commenter who said she loves her pair. I’m so glad I did!! These pants are really fantastic, and I fell in love the instant I put them on. Thanks Sophie. :)
I absolutely love the python print. It’s subtle but adds that bit of fierce style and dimension to otherwise neutral pants.
The nylon fabric is completely opaque and comfortable. Rather than the typical slick or cottony fabrics you find in activewear, these are a jacquard knit that has a thicker, slightly textured feel. The fit is firm and provides a bit of compression–enough that everything is in its place, but not so much that it’s constricting. I also happen to think these are really flattering, and they feel great to wear.
I usually wear XXS/XS and a lululemon size 2, and the speed pants in XS are perfect for me, so I would say they do run on the tight side. Definitely size up if you’re between sizes or if you’re not into compression.
The rise is medium, and the length only leaves a tiny bit of extra on me (inseam measures 28″). If you’re very tall, these would probably be ankle pants on you, though the larger sizes may have longer inseams.
The reverse side is a lighter grey with dark accents. You can see the seam details and the dark cuff a lot better on this side. I don’t really think I’d actually wear them this way, though. I usually feel like reversible pants always look kinda inside-out, and I like the darker side anyway.
This was my first Vimmia purchase, so I’d say they’re off to a great start. I’ve already popped the tags on these and wore them to a workout last week. I would definitely recommend these pants!
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This week is your last chance to score 15% off at Bandier! Enter FIT15 at checkout by November 15th and get ’em while they’re hot. With the code, both of these pants work out to under $100. :)
Update: the code above is expired, but this weekend you can get 25% off with code GOBBLE25!
Also in dark lily: NYC pant →
Also in python jacquard: reversible victory capri →