February 12, 2020

I love leggings

A million years ago, OK maybe five years ago, I bought the URL swtpnts.com (1) because I love sweatpants and wanted to start a website about sweatpants and (2) I thought I could review sweatpants on the site and earn passive income through affiliate revenue. Cut to five years later and my failed entrepreneurial dreams, and what do I find myself doing for at least two hours every day? Watching leggings review videos on YouTube while I eat dinner after work. Then I fall asleep around 9 or 10 p.m., and wake up in the morning and order new leggings online (usually new drops happen overnight, HK time) before heading to the gym.

Result: I own 20+ pairs of leggings (I just counted 16 pairs in my workout clothing drawer, and I'm sure there are at least five more pairs in my hamper, and a whole bunch that are too big / casual / loosey goosey to be workout leggings, but that I keep for weekend runs to the coffee shop or Marks & Spencer.

Here are my current favorite leggings
Presented in no particular order, I love them all.

  1. Lululemon Align Asia Fit: I like the 7/8 length. These are ultra-soft, ultra light fabric, totally opaque. Great for yoga but I mostly wear them for either regular workouts or just for mincing around on the weekends.
  2. Lululemon Fast and Free Asia Fit: Sportier and shinier, but still an ultra-light fabric that makes you feel like you're not wearing anything. Best for the gym; the dots around the ankles make them a little too sporty for casualwear.
  3. Gymshark Training Leggings: A total steal at $35, these are plain black, ultra-soft, ankle-length opaque leggings that I would live in if were socially acceptable to go to the office in leggings on a regular basis.
  4. Gymshark Camo Leggings: Thick, nubby, stretchy, cozy, these are my current favorite colder-weather (who am I kidding, it gets down to a low of, like, 58 degrees in Hong Kong) leggings. I wear them to the gym for weight lifting and also cardio. They're just weird enough that they go with all my super-colorful sneakers.
  5. Alphalete Surface Path Camo Leggings: I just got these in the mail today (along with five other pairs of Alphalete leggings I ordered, they were on sale OK) and I can already tell I'm going to love them and wear them all the time. They're a semi-brushed, semi-sleek fabric that's ultra-soft, totally opaque, and they have just enough compression so that your legs don't feel like they're in leg prison, but you also don't feel like you're flopping around too much at the gym.