Silver metallic leggings by Espiral - review by Jul!a

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Silver metallic leggings

Leggings by Espiral

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Um.. What? (L)

These leggings had a lot of potential. I mean, metallic leggings that don't cost an arm and a leg? Yes please. And they're completely opaque? Jackpot! Unfortunately, actually wearing these was another story. The sizing guidelines they have listed are accurate with the inches they list, but are a lot smaller than other brands carry for the same sizes. These may work for some people but they won't work for most.
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Pros:
Inches listed on sizing guidelines are accurate, Well made
Cons:
Sizes are much smaller than other brands, Odd fit, Don't breathe
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review
The packaging on these was fairly decent. The leggings came folded neatly inside of a plastic bag with the attached tag visible. There's a tag on the inside of the leggings that lists the size, as well as materials ( 93% Polyester and 7% Elastano, which seems to translate to "elastane" which is generally Lycra) and images for care. The images appear to indicate hand washing only, no bleaching or ironing or dryers. I would probably follow that recommendation.

The sizing on these is way off. Like, way, way off. I normally wear a small, and according to Espiral's chart, I should fit in their recommended size 25" waist and 34" hips. Ok, maybe I'm slightly bigger at about 120, with a 29" waist and measure about 34" around the top of my hips and 38" around my butt. I'm also 5'2" with an inseam of about 29". I heard these ran small, so I picked up a medium, which should come in at between a size 27" waist and 36" hips. Those show up and nope, they're too small. Next size up. A large says you should be between 29" waist and 38" hips. I did fit into the large, but barely. * I did make a mistake with brand initially, but it's correct now.

If I may bust on the sizing a little bit more. The actual measurements are lower than a lot of the other brands. For instance a large to Coquette is a 30-32" waist and 40'42" hips. So I guess I may not be that accurate in saying that the sizing is way off, because the measurements do line up. I fit into the measurements listed. However the measurements listed are quite a bit lower than one might expect for the size listed. If you do decide you want to buy some of these, just focus on the hip measurements.

The general style is pretty simple: metallic leggings. They're similar to a lot of other fashion leggings in that they end at the ankle and generally look cute coming out from underneath a long T-shirt or something similar. How they differ from other fashion leggings is how they feel. They're completely opaque and feel a lot like a really soft tarp. There's very little in the way of breathing that goes on, so they're nice if you're out in the cold but not nice if you're going to be somewhere that's already warm. The physical construction isn't all that bad. There aren't any loose or frayed ends, and everything feels fairly sturdy.

The waist has an unstretched circumference of about 30 1/2" and stretches up to about 33 1/2". Despite the waistband being about 2 1/4" tall, they're still pretty lowrise, and if you have a larger bottom they most likely won't cover everything. The outseam is about 32" long, and the inseam is about 23" long. The legs do taper and narrow like a pair of skinny jeans and fit tightly, but not uncomfortably, around my thighs (22" around at the widest) and ankles (about 10" around).

And here for you are some pictures of me attempting to wear these leggings. Here you can clearly see my underwear through them (not sexy), and you can see where it doesn't quite come up to cover my whole butt, and where it digs in and muffin tops majorly. I've also included a picture of how I was going to wear them out if everything had fit properly.

Experience
If I could sum up my thoughts on these leggings in 1 word it would be "ugggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh." Seriously. These just frustrate me so much. I initially bought them to go with that little snowman dress to wear out as a holiday outfit, but they're not looking that great now. After I had to return the one to exchange for an even larger size, and then they still aren't flattering at all. I'm very disappointed with them. They've got a lot of potential, and I may try another color in an even larger size, but only if I can't find a different brand to go with.
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Comments
  • Steve99
    Steve99  
    Great review
  • BornInApril
    BornInApril  
    Thank you
  • Huff
    Huff  
    Great review, thanks
  • starslite12
    starslite12  
    Good job. pics are always huge help.
  • LoooveMonkey
    LoooveMonkey  
    Thanks for the pictures. I'm sad that they're not as silvery white as they appear to be. I kind of liked that idea.
  • hut22dunn2
    hut22dunn2  
    Good info
  • SUBMISSIVE
    SUBMISSIVE  
    Thank you for the review!
  • Rosen Rot
    Rosen Rot  
    Thank you for the pictures!
  • ShinySuicide
    ShinySuicide  
    Thanks for the review and pics.
  • dlw
    dlw  
    GREAT review!
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