I absolutely love wearing bold black and white patterns, so when L’urv’s new atomic kitten leggings showed up on Carbon38, it was love at first site. Black and white patterns like this are incredibly fun, but still neutral enough to match anything else you want to wear with them. I’d seen L’urv’s name pop up a few times, and I’d been curious what their gear was like. They’re an Aussie-based brand that’s slowly been infiltrating the US. Here’s what I thought about ’em.
Carbon38’s fit info tab noted that these run a bit small, so I was a bit unsure how these would turn out in terms of sizing. I ordered XS, since I often wear XXS in other brands. Sure enough, they fit me absolutely perfectly. If you’re between sizes, definitely go with the larger of your two sizes. If you’re not between sizes, I’d say stick with your true size, but expect a somewhat tighter fit. Size up for a more relaxed fit.
The fabric feels amazing. It’s smooth to the touch, but very supple and soft. It’s thick enough to be sturdy, but not so thick that it’s hot or stifling. I love it. The fabric is more supportive than most, but not ultra-compressive. They feel great to work out in, too.
Given how much white this pattern has, I expected the worst in terms of coverage. So, you can imagine I was stunned to discover they passed the squat test easily. The only bad thing is that the black part of the pattern does tend to white out a bit when stretched. So, when you bend or squat, it might look like they’d be sheer because of how much the pattern fades, but they’re actually not (i.e., it still conceals what’s underneath). The pattern fading is the one area for improvement on these pants.
The gusset is unique on these. Rather than your usual triangle gusset, these are in an “H” shape. There’s a seam that runs the full length down the middle, but instead of meeting in a “+” pattern in the middle, it’s broken up by this black insert. That black panel runs down the entire length of the inner leg.
Another odd thing: they have little hanging loops sewn into the inside waistband. In case you want to hang up your leggings, I guess?
These have a very high rise, coming up just over my belly button. They have a V seam at the front and back which I think is pretty flattering, though it does make the waistband look a bit odd if you roll them down. With that in mind, I’m content to just let them sit high. The waistband is sewn from two layers of fabric, so it has a little more support than the rest of the pants. There is a seam at the top of the waistband as a result, but it isn’t too bulky.
Also: there are no pockets, and the only logo is “L’URV” embroidered at the back center of the waistband. This photo also shows you a bit of the pattern fading when stretched I mentioned above. Granted, the light exaggerates it slightly, but you can see that the spots across the bum aren’t as deep black as the ones on the leg or waistband.
These were one of those purchases that I couldn’t wait to wear right away. To complete the look, I wore a bali breeze cool racerback from lululemon and a pop of a hot pink sports bra underneath, then topped it off with my new Alala everyday hoodie (review for that on its way shortly!) and my fave black and gold Nikes.
Overall, these are one of my favorite purchases in a while. The look is bold and playful, and they fit and feel fantastic. I’d definitely buy another style from L’urv in the future. You can find the atomic kitten leggings here, or check out everything from L’urv via Carbon38 here. Alternatively, if you want a few more options, you can order from L’urv directly, though note that prices are in AUD they ship from Australia.