Werkshop is a relatively new, smaller brand that’s been on my radar for a while. Their creatively printed cropped leggings have earned them a burgeoning fanbase, so I’m excited I finally got a chance to try out a pair of their famed crops.
Disclosure: these crops were complimentary from the lovely people at Werkshop for the purposes of review. The opinions and experiences in this post are my own.
One of Werkshop’s most recent release is the Fantasy capsule, which includes dove, dragon, and dagger. I certainly have my fantasy nerd tendencies, so I immediately fell in love with this theme. I’d been waiting for a Werkshop print that really spoke to me, and this collection was definitely it. I especially like that the dove print is neutral, which means I can pair it with just about any solid top, and not feel like I’ve gone overboard.
Werkshop’s leggings are created from an Italian compression fabric, made of 70% polyester and 30% elastane. This fabric is definitely very compressive. They’re on the thicker side, so don’t expect something especially lightweight.
The fabric is opaque in a stand, squat, bend, etc. It has a slick face with a synthetic feel, not cottony though not stiff or scratchy either. It holds everything in place firmly. I also noticed, unlike a lot of polyester prints, the fabric does not fade to white when stretched, even though the inside is lined with white. The print is vibrant on the fabric, and I noticed that only when I pulled on it vertically with my hands did I see any white coming through (which isn’t really something that happens when they’re worn). Most prints “grin” white when they’re strained in the horizontal direction, especially in the hip/butt and knee areas, which is usually noticeable when worn. No such issues with these! So, lots of bonus points for the great print quality.
The website warns that the compression fabric runs a bit small, and small they are. The XS feels like it fits similar to my other tights in XXS/lululemon 2, and they still were pretty compressive. Definitely think about sizing up, especially if you’re on the bigger end of your size and/or if you’re not keen on a compressive fit. Check their size chart for more guidance–it was accurate for me. The length is great, too, just a couple inches above the ankle, and no gaping at the hem. If length is something you’re worried about, the inseam does get longer as you go up in size, according to their size chart.
I did a couple workouts in these bad boys, and the fit was great for running and squatting, no tugging required. I probably got more comments on these than anything else I’ve worn in recent memory. They’re pretty hard to miss!
When and where to get Werkshop
Werkshop’s growing popularity means a lot of their new releases and popular styles sell out. This was definitely the case for the Fantasy capsule when they were first uploaded. There are only a couple of sizes available. Luckily, Werkshop is restocking tomorrow (Friday) at 9am PST, and that will include restocks of all 3 fantasy styles! Be sure to check the site tomorrow if you want a piece of the Fantasy goodness. You can find the restock here, and specifically dove here, as featured in this post. Werkshop sends out restock info via their email list, which you can sign up for on their site. I’m really pleased with these tights so far, and I’m wondering if maybe some dragons might need to make their way to my dresser drawer next…