I had been wanting to try Beyond Yoga’s back gathered leggings for a while, and when Black Friday rolled around, I stacked some discounts and got a great deal. I got them in the wild plum color, a red-toned purple. Here’s a quickie review:
On the positive side, I love the color–a lovely, saturated jewel tone.
It’s very similar to lululemon’s plum–it’s a bit less red, but still more red than most purples. This photo is in direct sun, with Beyond Yoga wild plum on the left, lululemon plum on the right.
The first thing I noticed when I pulled these out of the box: they are cut very small. This photo is Beyond Yoga’s XXS on top of lululemon’s size 2. BY’s leggings are smaller all around, but especially at the waist. If you are between sizes, a size up is definitely the more prudent choice, assuming their sizing is proportional all the way up.
They’re also cut a couple inches longer than wunder under crops.
Despite the small cut, I was still able to get them around my booty with only a minor amount of shimmying. They didn’t feel too small when I had them on–no cutting in or constricting. The fabric also didn’t have the sheen that tends to appear when nylon leggings are overstretched.
I really like the styling in the back. The seams and ruching are a nice bit of styling to otherwise plain crops.
Major problem though: the opacity just didn’t cut it. I could see the white waistband tag while standing, so you can imagine the bend test did not go well.
Even if I sized up, I would imagine that standing up straight wouldn’t be a problem, but I’m not confident they would pass a bend test. As I said above, they didn’t feel too small when I put them on.
I was really disappointed in the coverage since I had heard that BY’s fabric was nice and thick. These didn’t seem particularly thick to the touch, in addition to not having great coverage. I was hoping that choosing a dark color would increase my odds of success, but no dice.
Fortunately, I got these with a coupon code, so I was able to return them. Their sale section is final sale, so I’m glad I took the cautious route and made sure I bought something I could send back.
Overall, I won’t rule out BY’s leggings based on a sample size of 1 (lol science), especially since others have had better experiences. Next time, I will definitely stick with a darker color again to be safe, but I’ll also try a size up and see if that makes a difference. If anyone else has had experience with BY’s sizing and coverage, sound off in the comments so we can compare notes!
Hi! First time commenting, but I love your blog. I swear by BY leggings because there are just so comfy, opaque, and silky soft. I have about 10 pairs. I recommend sizing up to a XS, I think you’ll get better results as far as being opaque and trying some of their tops :)
Agent Athletica says
Thanks for your input, Lia! Your comment renews my hope. :) Maybe I just got a bad pair and/or sizing up will fix things! I’ll still be stalking their new colors so I can jump on it when another one I love comes out.
Insightful Athlete says
I agree! I have about 4 pairs and never have issues with sheerness….even with lighter colors. They are thinner but ridiculously soft. I haven’t ordered in a long time…I would hate it if they changed the material. I would also recommend sizing up. I have a color that is a light purple and it is completely opaque.
Thanks for the review!
I have yogasmoga, glyder and lulu leggings and crops and was tempted to try beyond yoga leggings, however, after seeing a girl at the climbing gym wear the leggings and seeing her sweat marks sweeping through, I was glad that I never bought a pair- especially with their no return policy on sale items! It was also a little see through as well :(
I think BY shirts are so cute, especially their long sleeves, but I also like the Alala tops and I can’t wait to try it out!
Agent Athletica says
Yeah, BY has a lot of really cute pullovers! They always seem to be sold out of my size by the time I see the ones I like, though.
Oh dear! I’m sorry to hear that they’re sheer on you. But you look great in them!
I’m mostly size 4 in LLM, and XS in BY, so XS should work for you too. Glad you could return them, and hopefully try another pair…. in space dye! :) The fabric’s a bit different and super super soft. I’m replacing LLM luon pants with BY space dye leggings. So far, no pilling.
Yuanyuan Liu says
I am debating to try xs on BY’s leggings… I wear size 4 on Lulu pants, never had any issues. I bought one pair size S of space dye BY legging, but it is a little too stretched, I have to pull it up a few times in the begging of my practice until I sweat enough to maintain the stick. Any input on this? Thanks!
Thanks for the review – too bad on the sheerness because they are such cute crops and they have great colors. This is all super helpful info, along with the comments. Like you AA, I may still give them a try at some point but will definitely not purchase final sale for the first go.
Lotus Leggings says
Best article on Leggings ever. Main reason for wearing them is COMFORT!!.Keep blogging.
Aleesa Anderson says
I love the information. Leggings are soooo comfortable!