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I'm going to buy them in every color
on January 11, 2013
I've had the black leggings for a while. First off, FYI (never having worn leggings before, this was like discovering fire) -- you have to put them on the same way you would put on pantyhose, rolling down and pulling up. Not sure how to describe that. If you try to just put them on like pants, you will fail, at least if you have thunder thighs like I do.
I'm 5'2" and was size 18 when I started wearing the black leggings. They were snug. Aforementioned thunder thighs had the leggings at probably the upper edge of the fit range. And they don't really get stretched out like jeans; the amount of tension in the fabric remains consistent for me even at the end of the day. Now that I've lost some pregnancy weight and am down to a 14/16, they are not as snug, but still form-fitting, like magic. I have a short torso; the leggings reach up to my navel with plenty of stretch around the hips, and I have yet to have a problem with them rolling down.
These leggings are fantastic. They provide enough coverage/warmth for me to be able to wear my skirts in the winter. I'd say below about 25*F I start wishing they were lined, but I don't stay out in the cold long enough for that to matter.
I have run them through the washer (I don't remember if this is recommended, so be aware that I might be going against the care instructions) many times. Sometimes I hang dry, other times I toss them in with my other clothes on low heat, just making sure there's nothing else in the wash that might snag them. They have worn really well and are still going strong. I have had to lint-roll them a few times. It helps to wash and dry them inside out to keep lint at bay.
They finally got them back in stock in the gray, so I ordered those, and the gray color is SUPER nice. It's a lovely dark gray. Pretty true to the color I see in the photo on my screen now. The very first time I put them on, I was headed out the door when I turned around to grab something and accidentally stepped on my cat, who had sneaked up behind me. She clawed at me instantly, poor thing, and I was so upset thinking I'd ruined my new leggings before I even got to wear them out of the house, but they didn't even snag! No runs, nothing. I ran and put a bandage on the cat scratch underneath before any blood could get on the leggings, but my leg was the only thing that sustained any damage. Kitty was fine, too. So I'm now a customer for life as long as Angelina manufactures these leggings, and I'll be trying other products of theirs. Seriously, for the price of these, vs. the price of a good pair of nylons? No contest where longevity and durability concerned.
These would NOT be good as "pants," at least not if you are on the upper half of the size range -- I would never wear them without a skirt over my backside and upper thighs. It's possible a small person might be able to get away with it. While the leggings are not see-through when they are stretched taut at the upper edge of the fit range, they are a little bit shiny, I suppose from the Spandex or whatnot being exposed more to the light. So this is an issue on the upper thighs and rear end/hips, not below that.
These leggings are soft to the hand, very pleasant to wear and feel, not at all scratchy or uncomfortable like nylon pantyhose can be on thunder thighs, yet just as form-fitting, but with plenty of stretch and give. They're just about perfect. I said in the review title that I'm going to buy them in every color ... okay, so I wouldn't have much use for yellow leggings, personally, but I have my eye on several other colors for sure, and maybe even those new fishnet style ones, rrrawr. They're such a great price. Love 'em.