Fashion trends come and go (and come and go), but there are some things that will never go out of style. One of them is the timeless animal print. Animal print leggings are more popular this season than ever. You can find their traces everywhere. Among them, Leopard has to be the most often seen print. In addition to that, cheetah, python / snake and zebra prints are also well liked. To prove how popular animal print leggings are this season, I list 21 pairs from brands I like and / or follow closely here. Even though I don't own most leggings I share today, I hope to shed some light of them based on my experiences of the brands.
Note: The list below is based on the alphabetical order of the brand.
First off, Athleta Leopard Elation Ultra High Rise Tight in Powervita. This is the first and the only (so far) animal print legging I purchased (kept) this season. Stay tune for the upcoming review!
Overall Rating - 8.4 / 10
PROS / The glossy liquid finish of Carbon38 High Waisted 7/8 Length Takara Legging is stylish and versatile. It gives a sleek look from the studio to the street. The fabric is soft, stretchy, breathable and sweat wicking. The wide waistband keeps everything in place during any workout.
CONS / The elastic band is too wide and not comfortable. It makes me feel restricted. The fabric is not wrinkle resistant. It gets very wrinkled if I keep it folded in the closet.
BOTTOM LINE / I love the performance of the glossy, leather like fabric. It covers everything needed from yoga to high impact gym workouts. The 7/8 length is perfect for my height (5'2"). The only complaint I have is the ultra wide encased elastic band. Although it keeps everything tucks in and stays put, it is too uncomfortable to wear.
Author's Rating - 7.7 / 10
PROS / Carbon38 Tanjung Legging is cute with intricately handwoven macrame detailing trails up the leg. The fabric is silky smooth. It is high compression providing tons of muscles support for high impact workouts.
CONS / It runs small. I wear my regular size XS and it is very snug. The intricacy woven detail is beautiful yet uncomfortable. It lacks of elasticity and leaves indentation skin marks.
BOTTOM LINE / Carbon38 Tanjung Legging is a show stopper. I was sold by the intricately handwoven detail, but it is not practical. It is not very stretchy and leaves indentation red marks on the skin. The legging runs small and my regular size (XS) fits pretty tight. That said, the fabric is soft and high compression (great for high impact workouts). The encased elastic band is pinch-free and keeps everything tucked in.
Overall Rating - 8.6 / 10
PROS / Made with silky soft, lightweight and medium compression fabric, Carbon38 Cosmic Legging suits for both yoga and gym workouts. The microfibre construction allows air to flow and wicks away the moisture from hot and sweaty exercises. The focal point, metallic foil cosmic printings, is sturdy (no cracking or peeling after several washes).
CONS / I don't like the ultra high waisted design. The front rise is too long and the elastic band is too wide. The waistband covers up to my lower ribs which makes me feel restricted and uncomfortable.
BOTTOM LINE / Carbon38 Cosmic Legging is a great all purpose legging. It covers most needs from high impact workouts to yoga. I wish it comes with a flat waistband. The encased elastic is never comfortable. With a such high rise wide elastic band, it presses into lower ribs and makes me feel like wearing a shapewear.
Overall Rating - 9.2 / 10
PROS / Carbon38 Nova Legging is a well made and stylish legging. The fabric is four-way stretch, breathable and fast dry. It covers most needs for yoga and training. Not only is the ruched waistband cute, it is also comfortable. I like how it keeps everything tucked in and hides the muffin top.
CONS / The legging runs big (not a snug fit on me), especially around the groin. Since I am only 5'2", there is some fabric gathering around the ankle (very little), not enough to wear it over the heel.
BOTTOM LINE / Carbon38 Nova Legging is a versatile, high performance legging that can be worn to heated and non-heated yoga classes, gym workouts as well as outside the studio. The wide ruched waistband is comfortable and provides full coverage for the stomach. The legging runs big. Size down for a true size fit.