If you’re like me, you live in leggings — even when you have zero intention of heading to the gym.
My go-to brand since college has been Lululemon. Long known for its thick, nontransparent Wunder Under collection, Lululemon has recently been popping up in the social media feeds of fitness influencers with leggings from the brand’s Align collection.
After seeing dozens of women rave about the leggings’ crazy soft material and ultra-flattering high waist, I had to try them for myself. Let me tell you, Align is officially Lululemon’s dark horse. Despite being launched in 2015, the collection of softer-than-soft leggings and shorts has been slowly gaining steam over the past year.
What’s so great about them? First, there’s what the brand is calling “naked sensation” — while that might sound like marketing jargon, this really is the best way to describe how Align pants feel against your body. They are soft and slinky and literally skim your curves, from waist to ankle. Second, there’s the fabric. Called Nulu, the matderial is uber-soft, sweat-wicking and has a four-way stretch. You can move in these pants — whether you’re doing hot yoga or hopping in and out of your car doing errands.
Then there’s the design. The waist is high. Very high. Did I mention I have four kids? There’s extra coverage on the torso, thanks to the double-layered waistband, which gently sucks me in and gives me the tummy control I crave without any digging, pinching or bulging.