One of the things I love about having this site is that it gives me a platform to spread the word about things I love, especially when those things come from small businesses. I love seeking out new brands, supporting entrepreneurs, and unearthing hidden gems.
Today I get to share a brand that’s SO new, they literally JUST launched on Kickstarter. Meet Do Lyfe Activewear: a new fitness fashion brand aiming to bring high-quality workout clothes without the super-premium price tag. You may have noticed that the price point of just about every high-end active brand out there is creeping higher and higher. These days, there’s an ever-decreasing number of brands out there for people who want better quality than what the bargain bins offer, but aren’t on board with forking over $150 for every new pair of leggings. That’s where Do Lyfe comes in.
I got the chance to test drive a pair of their brand new leggings and see if they lived up to their claims. Here’s what I thought.
Thanks to Do Lyfe for sponsoring this post and having me as a part of their launch campaign. As always, all opinions are my own.
When the founder of Do Lyfe reached out and asked if I would consider talking about their leggings, I admit I was really nervous. Since they’re brand new, I had nothing to go off of but her word that they were great. I really didn’t want to get the leggings and end up not liking them (awkward), but I decided to take a chance anyway.
Well, taking a chance totally paid off! As soon as I pulled these out of the package, I was immediately impressed. In fact, when I tried these on, I was just about to head to the gym. I liked them so much that I didn’t even bother changing into the outfit I had planned, and instead just kept these on and rolled out!
The fabric feels silky, soft, and just a tiny bit “spongy”. It’s slick, not cottony. Even better, I found them to be 100% opaque, even in a deep squat. The fabric is the aspect that impressed me the most about these pants. I can honestly say they’re just as good (and in some cases better!) than the leggings that cost me 2x as much.
So, how much will these cost you? $53. Seriously.
My pair is a size XS and the fit turned out perfectly I’d recommend going with your normal size in active bottoms, but I agree with Do Lyfe’s recommendation of going up if you’re in between sizes. The rise is medium-high and lands a little below my belly button. The length is ankle length on me, so expect them to be more of a long crop if you’re significantly taller than my 5’3″ stature.
As I mentioned above, I worked out in these right away after I received them. They performed well, staying in place and not rubbing in any uncomfortable spots.
Despite their low price tag, these are anything but bare bones in terms of details. I love the black and white, since the little bit of white brightens things up without being totally impractical.
The mesh at the back of the knee gets points for both style and function: the mesh panel is wide enough to actually provide some venting for your legs. Everything is flat-seamed, and the figure-flattering seam placement is a nice plus too. The seams are very tight with no loose threads at all.
There’s a back zip pocket at the waistband for smaller items like keys or a card. For larger storage, there’s actually a front pocket.
The front pocket has an invisible zip closure and is plenty large enough for my iPhone 6. As you can see in my pictures, the pocket is quite wide, so you can scoot your phone off to the side. If you’re running or squatting, though, you might feel your phone up against your hip crease, but moving it the outside edge of the pocket helps with that.
One very tiny detail is that the zipper pull is located to the inside of the leg when it’s closed, which puts it in a slightly awkward spot. This doesn’t bother me too much since my top usually covers it anyway, but it’s worth mentioning if you think it might bother you. I’m told this will most likely be switched in future designs.
These do not have a gusset (and instead just have a “+” seam at the crotch), but this didn’t cause any issues for me in terms of fit or feel.
Do Lyfe’s launch includes 6 pairs of leggings and crops to choose from. If the pair I tried is any indication, I bet you can expect similar quality from their other designs as well.
Overall, I’m so impressed with what Do Lyfe was able to accomplish with these leggings. I don’t know how they managed to do it, but they really do offer a product that I think is a much better value compared to a lot of other big brands in the luxury active fashion world.
If you’d like to support Do Lyfe as they get their business started and get a sweet pair of workout tights in the process, you can back their Kickstarter campaign. A pair of leggings can be yours for as low as a $49 pledge. And, if you pledge for more than one pair, the price per pair drops even further. It’ll take a few weeks for them to get to you, but your patience will be rewarded with a killer price. I really think these are well worth their price tag. I can’t wait to see what else Do Lyfe has up their sleeve.