At this point there’s a multihyphenate legging in everyone’s closet: high-waist, sweat-wicking, color-blocked, thermo-regulating…. To say the list goes on is an understatement. But how many times can a legging be reinvented? To that, Everlane said, “Just once,” and introduced its first-ever style in January.
The Perform Legging is billed as a no-frills essential that comes in four colors—black, gray, khaki, and rust—and, supposedly, “does it all.” Meaning, wear it anywhere and style it however you like. Throw on an oversized knit for a post-yoga coffee date. Slip into a tissue turtleneck and wear it with a blazer to make it fashun.
Everlane’s back-to-basics approach—at a time when seen-on-Instagram leggings run upwards of $120—feels like a breath of fresh air. And because some of us would never spend that much on a piece of fabric meant to absorb sweat—and yes, wipe food crumbs on, the brand’s $58 offering proved worth looking into. (After all, nothing spurs a roundtable debate quite like a polyester and Lycra blend.)
Here are six Glamour editors’ honest thoughts about the new Everlane leggings.
Macaela Mackenzie, senior health editor
What was your first impression? I’m always a little skeptical of leggings that promise to take you “from gym to street.” I like a decent amount of compression in a workout legging, which usually feels too restrictive for running to brunch. But I immediately loved these—they were light enough to be comfy but still maintained that snugness I like if I’m going to sweat. My favorite feature, however, was the high waistband. Love 👏 a 👏 high 👏waist 👏.
What are your thoughts on the material? Lighter than air with a good amount of elasticity. Even though it was 32 degrees out when I was wearing these, I have a feeling they’re going to be amazing for summer workouts.
Do you feel it gets the sizing and length right? I’m 5’4”, and the regular inseam hit me perfectly at the ankle in a size S.
What activity did you do in the leggings? I took these from a very chill Pilates class to Sunday errands, to lounging on the couch, and honestly, I never thought about them, which is in my mind, the mark of a truly good legging.
How does it compare with other leggings in your closet? These are standard in the very best way. They’ll definitely be a staple in my closet and in my workout drawer.