Just popping in to mention (again) how much I love my Girlfriend Collective recycled polyester leggings. I’ve had multiple pairs of these from size small to large (black) and have worn them for Pure Barre and lately to mom group *gasp.* You probably know that I am not one to wear leggings other than for exercise and the rare occasion I have a large sweater or tunic to wear with them, but now, if I know I have to be on the floor with Hawk a lot I’ve found my Girlfriend Collective leggings are an excellent option. With a long t-shirt and maxi cardigan to cover my ass of course…
When I heard that Everlane was coming out with their own recycled nylon leggings I was skeptical, given my track record with Everlane lately, but aside from that, disappointed. Not that other companies can’t do recycled nylon leggings, lots do, but I suppose I’m partial to one of the first companies to do so, a smaller company, and one that is more size inclusive (Girlfriend). I’ve argued before that I think Everlane should stick to fewer things they do really really well (like t-shirts, and maybe jeans? I don’t know anymore) and stop releasing SO MANY NEW ITEMS all the time. They’re starting to feel like Zara.
Girlfriend Collective uses a higher percentage of recycled material in their leggings, and they are COMPLETELY OPAQUE. I can testify to that after years of wearing them. From what I read/see, Everlane’s black leggings leave a lot to be desired in that regard. I’ve also read that they feel more like tights than leggings. If that’s your thing, then okay, but I like my leggings to be compressive, opaque, and smooth.
But anyway, like I said, Girlfriend Collective was there “first”, and even if they weren’t definitely doing it better (which they are), they’re doing it in more sizes, and in an altogether more naturally inclusive way. Everlane’s effort to be more size inclusive feels contrived and is a bit tired in my opinion. I continue to give them credit for what they did to disrupt the industry and make it more transparent, but they really come up short in many ways.
Just my two cents…care to share yours?