I accidentally fell in love with the K-Deer’s signature stripe leggings a couple months ago when the lovely folks at K-Deer HQ sent me a couple pairs to try out (review here). My workout wardrobe has a lot of brights, including pink, so I was so excited when they re-released Laura stripe just a few weeks ago–I had to get a pair!! Next, I have my eye on Alexis stripe and Josephine, too, plus I still need Jamie stripe to come back.
Since their full length is super, super long on me, I decided to try out their capri length this time. Yes, you do lose some of the color change effects at the bottom of the leggings, but since I’m fairly short, most of that ends up being hidden since it’s all scrunched up anyway. Plus, with a single-color version like this, losing a little bit of the bottom isn’t such a big deal. Plus, they’re $10 cheaper, so that’s always a plus! :)
My biggest reservation about longer capri lengths like this is that the hem often ends up gaping at my calf. Based on the fit of my full length K-Deers, I had a hunch the lower leg fit might work out after all. And they did! The hem lays perfectly flush on my legs.
Although the inseam on my pair only measures 20.5″, they have quite a bit of vertical stretch, so in practice, they’re more like an inseam of about 22-23″. I really like longer capri lengths, and I think these are very flattering. The slightly shorter length will also be a bit more comfortable going into the warmer months compared to the full length. The only downside is they aren’t quite long enough to wear with ankle boots, like I did with my Trina stripes here.
The fabric K-Deer uses feels a bit like the material of a bathing suit. It’s slick, not cottony at all, and pretty lightweight. When I do a squat test, each pair of my K-Deer leggings are a bit different. The worst pairs aren’t too bad, just a little bit see-through in a squat (I just wear nude underwear underneath), while the better pairs are fully opaque. My Laura stripes are almost perfectly opaque.
Size-wise, the capri length fits exactly the same as the full length. K-Deer in general runs about a half to a full size small. I recommend going up a size if you are unsure. I wear a 2 in lululemon and the XS in K-Deer fits perfectly. Their rise is very high and comes just over my belly button. If you are petite with a short torso, they might be a little *too* high for you, so proceed with caution if that’s you. You can roll down the waistband if you want to, but since the fabric is slippery, sometimes the waistband doesn’t stay in place very well when rolled down.
Stripes are my favorite geometric pattern, partially because I like the look in general, but also because they’re really flattering. Forget the “rule” that horizontal stripes make you look wide. They do a booty good.