It’s time to introduce another new brand: ADAY. Launched in 2015, ADAY’s ethos is similar to many brands I talk about around here: they want to make active clothing that transitions easily from gym to street.
What I like about ADAY is how they effortlessly blend modern, minimal, and feminine motifs. They use subdued neutrals and a lot of loose fits to create a downtown chic vibe that reflects their connection to London and New York.
I decided to try out their throw and roll leggings, priced at $125. I had seen articles touting a 2000-person waitlist and a 4-time sellout, so I decided it was basically my duty to investigate the hype. Getting these leggings currently operates on a preorder basis; I ordered mine in August and they took about 6 weeks to arrive. They’re now backed up til December, so expect a similar wait time.
Here are my thoughts on ADAY’s flagship leggings.
Side note before I jump in: Saks and Bloomingdale’s are both having friends and family sales right now! Of note, you can get Koral’s mystic capris for $66 (one of my favorites and VERY worth that price), Alo’s popular moto leggings for $83, and new season Alala gear for 25% off.
It’s hard for me to resist a rose gold detail, so I admit that’s a big part of what sold me on these leggings. I love the zip detail. The zippers are actually fully functional and open to pockets. The extra fabric for the pockets adds a slight bit of bulk to the front thigh, but nothing too bothersome. There’s also a nice side contrast detail and a contrasting shine-finish waistband. Fun little detail: the right side panels is a slit pocket! It’s large enough to comfortably fit my iPhone 6, and may fit larger phones as well. The left side panel, however, is sewn closed.
One thing that makes ADAY’s leggings unusual is that they used bonded seams. This gives the leggings a little bit of an avant garde twist. Sometimes bonded seams can feel stiff, but I thought these seams felt totally comfortable. All the seams looked very securely finished. The waistband, inner thigh, and crotch/bum midline seams are not bonded, but are overlocked instead (i.e,. not flat-seamed).
The rise is medium, although considering that most rises on leggings have been creeping higher, these might feel low by comparison. The back rise is a bit higher so it offers good bum coverage. Plus, they do make a very similar design in a higher waist, so you’ve got options. The waistband has an elastic insert at the top that helps keep the leggings up, since there is no drawstring. In addition to the contrast finish, I like the details on the waistband: diagonal accent seams and a subtle embroidered A logo. The designers did a lovely job of adding charming and functional details throughout these leggings.
The fabric is a smooth-faced, medium-weight fabric with a decidedly technical feel. It’s neither silky nor cottony and is in more of a “none of the above” category. It has a lot of stretch and light-to-medium compression. Coverage is good, though I could see a tiny bit of show-through in a squat or bend. I’d call these 90% opaque.
I ordered a size XS, but in my opinion they run a bit big. I had a couple issues with the fit. You can see some general wrinkling all over the pants, but there were a couple of problem spots. If you look closely at the photos, you’ll notice that there’s some odd bunching/wrinkling underneath the bum. The fabric doesn’t quite sit flush here. The worst part about this is that it produces a slightly uncomfortable shifting and pulling sensation around my upper thighs and crotch when I walk around. Although the visual effect is subtle, the feeling was definitely noticeable.
You can also see a little bit of wrinkling around the front and back of the knee. Admittedly, that is more visual and usually not a huge deal. Another thing that isn’t a big deal but is worth noting is the stacking at the ankle. These are quite long, so there was quite a lot of excess length on me, plus the ankles were also loose, which made the ankle stack appear even more dramatic. Basically, these were just a bit lumpy all over for me, as the photos show.
Interestingly, the models on the website have no such wrinkling issues, so it’s possible that sizing down could’ve taken care of most of these issues. But, since I was already wearing an XS, this was as good as it was gonna get for me.
Overall, these just didn’t conform to my body shape in the way that most leggings do. In particular, the odd fit around the low hip/thigh was the deal-breaker for me. I was really disappointed to have to send these back, because these leggings were otherwise so thoughtfully designed. I’d definitely consider giving ADAY another try in the future.
Fortunately, ADAY offers free shipping and free returns, so even though these didn’t work out, I didn’t lose anything by trying! If you’d like to try out ADAY for yourself, you can find the throw and roll leggings here, or browse their whole collection.