The Perform family now includes a sports bra, a fitted tank top, and bike shorts in quintessential fall shades like copper, teal, and chocolate. (Even its O.G. Perform leggings now come in these new colors.) Like much of Everlane’s other basics, these new pieces are made from recycled plastic and affordably priced: $32 for the sports bra and $38 each for the tank top and the bike shorts.
As far as we’re concerned, Everlane couldn’t have introduced its mix-and-match pieces at a better time. Not only do these new items have endless style potential, but they’re also perfect for the transitional season ahead. (Bike shorts plus a trench coat? Say no more.) And for those of us continuing to work from home this fall, a matching workout set has proven to fulfill our easy-does-it dressing needs without missing a style beat.
Shop our top picks from the new collection here—and scroll down to read our honest reviews on Everlane’s best-selling Perform leggings.
Original story: 2/7/20
At this point there’s a multihyphenate legging in everyone’s closet: high-waist, sweat-wicking, color-block, thermo-regulating.... To say the list goes on is an understatement. But how many times can leggings be reinvented? To that, Everlane said, “Just once,” and introduced its first-ever style in January.
The Perform Leggings 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 workout leggings, 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.
Lindsay Schallon, senior beauty editor
What was your first impression? In person these leggings look deceivingly small—I got an XL (size 14/16) and thought no way they’d fit. But that’s the magic of their compression capabilities. As soon as you put them on, they expand to fit your body snuggly (if not a bit tight).
What are your thoughts on the material? The material is really what makes these leggings a winner in my book. They’re perfectly opaque, and I love that they’re made with recycled nylon. I’ve been trying to be more mindful about sustainable clothing, so it feels good to invest in a brand that’s investing in the environment.
Do you feel it gets the sizing and length right? It’s great that the sizes go up to a 20, but I’d love to see them add some 3x and 4x options for the leggings. The regular length is also a little long for me, but that’s the curse of being 5'3".
What activity did you do in the leggings? Running errands and hanging around the house.
How does it compare with other leggings in your closet? My biggest gripe with leggings is that so many of them pill after one wear or wash—and while I haven’t washed the Everlane leggings yet, after a few light wears running errands and hanging around the house, there’s not a pill in sight.
Talia Abbas, commerce writer
What was your first impression? “Oooh, this color would look great with a chunky cream turtleneck.”
What are your thoughts on the material? The leggings stretch and I like its near-seamless style, but the material erred too much on the sheer side for my taste.
Do you feel it gets the sizing and length right? I'm 5'1", so my life is a never-ending search for the perfect ankle legging. I appreciate that you can choose between two lengths, but the XS was still too long for me, so it had that awkward bunching effect at the knees and ankles. I rolled the leggings in to make them a bit shorter!
What activity did you do in the leggings? Yoga! And cleaning my apartment because what else do you do in leggings?
How does it compare with other leggings in your closet? As a self-professed leggings expert, I’d say my overall impression is that this is definitely more of a lounge legging than a workout one, especially since the waistband rolls during stretches. It’s also not as thick and compressive as some of my other leggings, but that’s a personal preference.
Shanna Shipin, commerce editor
Do you feel it gets the sizing and length right? I’m between an XS and S in leggings and went with a small ankle length. I love that Everlane gives the option for a shorter inseam; since I’m 5'2", most leggings go to the middle of my feet and I hate how they look bunched up at the ankles.
What activity did you do in the leggings? I took them on a cabin stay in upstate New York, where I knew there would be a lot of lounging and (reluctant) hiking. They held up on the couch and the trail. I did feel a little naked walking around in 32-degree temps with just leggings, but I worked up a bit of a sweat so didn’t actually feel cold.
How does it compare with other leggings in your closet? These are amazing leggings for the price. While I wouldn’t wear them to a HIIT class, they offer enough support to wear to a low-impact barre class—or on a moderate hike, like I did. These days, “quality” leggings start around $100, but Everlane’s are great for how much they (don’t) set you back.
Madeline Hirsch, senior manager of social media
What was your first impression? My first impression was “I hope these fit.” Thankfully, the leggings have a ton of stretch, so I had no issues. Don’t be afraid of what they look right out of the box; they’re not as small as they seem.
What are your thoughts on the material? I was surprised at how much they were able to stretch while maintaining their color and opacity. They also kept me relatively warm for how light the fabric is, and you couldn’t see through the material.
Do you feel it gets the sizing and length right? I’m super tall and they fit to my ankle! To me, that’s a huge success. I prefer my leggings to hit me right around or below the ankle, and I was worried even the longer option would be too short.
What activity did you do in the leggings? I did my regular Sunday stroll around my neighborhood in Brooklyn—grabbed a coffee, ran a few errands, bought a plant! No need to pull these leggings up or down. They stay put as you walk.
How does it compare with other leggings in your closet? I usually buy true running leggings with a bit more weight to them (I jog outside in allll types of weather). These were on the lighter side.
Erin Parker, commerce writer
What was your first impression? My first impression was that they are supersoft and lightweight—movable and slimming but not constricting. And the Ink Grey hue is a bit offbeat, which I like.
What are your thoughts on the material? I really like the material! It’s soft and smooth and not too hot—it’s the perfect weight for spring weather. It also feels well-made, and like you’re not sacrificing quality and feel for sustainability.
Do you feel it gets the sizing and length right? I’m usually a size large in pants, but I thought it’d be fine to go with a medium for leggings, since they stretch, obviously. They ended up fitting perfectly, smoothing and slimming in all the right places without flattening my bum.
What activity did you do in the leggings? These Everlane leggings are honestly so lightweight and movable that you could stay in them all day. I wore them to a yoga class before swinging by the farmers market to pick up some groceries.
How does it compare with other leggings in your closet? I definitely haven’t tried all of the leggings on the market, but I’m comfortable saying these are my favorites in my closet. You’d be hard-pressed to do better at this price point.
Originally Appeared on Glamour