I don’t know if you’ve seen the articles and ads for Girlfriend Collective leggings – there were articles on Refinery 29 (which is where I first read about Girlfriend Collective), InStyle, and Who What Wear – just to name a few.
The basic premise is that they believe that their legging are so awesome that they will send you a pair of their basic core legging for free, and you pay for the shipping. I initially thought that there had to be a catch – like you end up being stuck in an unbreakable subscription where they send you $100 leggings every month forever, or something terrible like that.
Before moving onto my review, let’s take a look at Girlfriend Collective (info taken from company website):
When we started Girlfriend Collective we knew that we wanted to get away from fast fashion that strips the world of its resources and ends up in landfills. We decided to commit to meaningful change rather than the quickest route by using recycled fabrics, certified by Oeko-Tex, Global Recycling Standards, and Bluesign. All our fabric is cut and sewn at our SA8000 facility, the fair trade equivalent for garment production.
We also discovered quickly that high end fit and feel is not a matter of cost, it’s a matter of time. We take the time to make sure every single one of our designs is so beautiful that you won’t cycle through it the next time you look through your closet.
Beyond that we wanted to find a community of people who cared about where their clothes come from as much as how they look. We’re lucky to have found you. Take a look around, we’re glad you’re here.
*screenshot taken from Girlfriend Collective website*
About the free leggings campaign:
We are doing this free campaign because we believe the best way to fall in love with a product is to try it yourself. […] We started Girlfriend Collective because we saw the need for affordable, luxury activewear that doesn’t destroy the environment, and that gives everyone from the factory to the office living wages and a decent life.
About the fabric:
The leggings are made from 79% micro polyester (recycled), 21 spandex, and the fabric is 260 gsm (grams per square meter). The polyester yarns are made from recycled pop bottles. This gets better – fabric science time – the micro polyester yarns add moisture wicking properties to the fabric. The spandex adds not only stretch and recovery properties, but also a level of compression. This means that the leggings add support to your muscles, but not in a too tight, uncomfortable way. As well, the way in which the fabric is knit (they call it Tite Tech), serves to make the fabric opaque (not sheer) and pill resistant (the fuzzy, knobby bits that often show up after wearing and washing certain fabrics).
I placed my order in late November, and knew that my leggings would not ship until some time in January. For the initial pre-launch free leggings run, they ship directly from their factory in Hanoi, Vietnam. The shipping to Canada was $29.99 USD, and with the exchange rate (USD to CAD) it was $41.36 CAD. Once they launch their full line in the spring, they will be shipping from the US, so the shipping cost will likely be a lot cheaper.
My package arrived around the second or third week of January. Since then, I’ve worn and washed them several times, and I feel like I am ready to review.
When I first opened the package and tried them on, I thought that I’d made a mistake in sizing as I was pulling them on as they felt quite snug. But once pulled all the way up and adjusted, they felt comfortably snug – similar to my running tights in terms of fit and compression.
I’ve been wearing my Girlfriend Collective leggings for yoga several times a week, and I have to say that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM! They are so comfortable!
The waistband is nice and high (the rise is about 12″) and stays flat during yoga. The waistband does not slip or roll. All of the seams are flatlocked so the seams don’t bunch or rub (especially good if you are wearing these leggings for physical activity like yoga or running and not just for watching Netflix).
Despite having to hang these leggings to dry – which might seem like an inconvenience – it really isn’t as the micro poly fabric dries pretty quickly.
Sadly the pre-launch free leggings deal ended on Feb 3rd. If you missed out, you will have to wait for spring when the full line launches. I’m looking forward to seeing the whole line. I’m hoping for some colourful leggings! I need to buy another pair (or three)!
I’ve been doing yoga every single day so far this year. I started with the 31 Day #yogarevolution done by Yoga with Adriene (which if you follow me on Twitter, I tweeted about it daily) and now that it is over, I’m hoping to keep a daily practice going. It was a great experience, and I’m so happy that I stuck with it.
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤
Disclosure: I purchased this!