Apr 06 , 2021
It can be tricky to find the right size and fit when you are shopping for clothing. This is especially true when shopping for workout leggings or yoga pants. Whether you want fashion leggings, gym shorts, or just your trusted black leggings. You'll want to choose the right size the first time instead of being disappointed and having to take it back.
Unfortunately, sizes and fits for women’s leggings aren’t standardized across all brands. It’s great to find a perfect size at one store, only to discover that you’re an entirely different size at another. In this article, we’ve got a few hacks that can help you determine which leggings are the right size for you and fit your body perfectly.
Below are tips and tricks that can be useful when you purchase our leggings:
Leggings VS pants
Leggings won’t—and shouldn’t—fit you the same way that your normal pants do. That said, your pants size is still a good place to start. If you usually get your pants in a small, you most likely won’t need extra-large leggings.
However, size formats can differ, depending on where you live. For instance, when shopping online this can become a huge headache because some brands use the international system of Small, Medium, and Large. Whereas other brand sizes could be measured in inches by US brands or in centimeters by EU companies.
The simplest way to cut through all of the confusion is to find an international size conversion chart. Again remember that your pants size may not necessarily be your leggings size. We have a size chart available for all our leggings so you can easily convert your size from what you know to what we give.
Now that you have a general idea of what your leggings size is, the next step would be to narrow it down further by taking a few measurements. For the most accurate results, we recommend taking them first thing in the morning before eating or drinking so that you are not bloated or anything.
First, measure your waist. Take a tape measure and loop it around the smallest part of your waist, just above or along your belly button. Next, measure your hips. To do this, stand with your feet together and wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your hips, just below your hip bones and around your buttocks. Finally, measure your inseam, otherwise known as the length. Run the tape measure along the inside of your thigh, starting from where your crotch ends to the bottom of your ankle bone.
You might want to measure the circumference of your thighs, too. That’s because your thighs may not be the same size. To start, wrap the tape measure around the top of one thigh and take note of the number. Then, do the same for the other one. If you do find that one thigh is larger than the other, you’ll want to get leggings in the bigger size just to be safe.
Seek 4-Way Stretch Fabric
Stretch fabric is available in two variants: two-way stretch and four-way stretch. Two-way stretch fabrics can only stretch in one direction, while four-way stretch fabrics can stretch both crosswise and lengthwise. This means that two-way stretch fabrics tend to be tighter and more restrictive than four-way stretch fabrics.
If you’re shopping for leggings to work out in, four-way stretch leggings will give you more freedom to move around without clinging to your body, making you uncomfortable. Another advantage of four-way stretch fabric is that it holds its original shape better than two-way stretch fabric.
Know What Makes Leggings the Wrong Size and Fit
Sometimes, the best way to find the right leggings is by knowing why the pair you are currently trying to fit on isn’t working for you. Firstly, leggings should be completely opaque—no exceptions. If you have ever performed a Google search for “how do I know if my leggings are too small”, the answer is simple - if you can see your skin through them when you stretch, squat, or bend, that means they’re too tight. We suggest going one size up or trying a different fabric.
Checking the leggings’ crotch area is another way to tell if it’s the wrong size and fit for you. If you see too much fabric gathering there when you put it on, that means that the leggings are too loose and that you should size them down. On the other hand, if you can see the outline of a camel toe in that area, they’re too tight against the crotch and should probably go one or two sizes up.
Workout leggings and gym leggings should also never pinch or pull, whether you’re simply walking in them or performing a yoga pose.
Your perfect pair of leggings should fit you snugly and comfortably, much like a second skin. Finding the perfect pair might take a bit of time, but with our tips and tricks, the process should be much easier.