Let's go back about a year... My best friend gave me a pair of Lululemon Aligns and I loved them and wore them frequently. So I contemplated buying another pair or 2 as "back ups" - but couldn't bring myself to pay $100 for leggings (or even $40-50+ secondhand). Plus, my one gripe with them was no pockets. A girl needs pockets. Especially THIS girl that doesn't carry a purse anymore (just my keys and phone with a little wallet / pocket thing on the back for cash + cards).
Anyways, between my best friend and I - we bought a few different brands / pairs of leggings to test out (Amazon, VS / PINK, other random brands that we heard of, etc. and I'm rounding down by saying a "few" haha)... These right here are the winners!!! A few reasons why :
1. The material is VERY similar to my Aligns (the closest I've found) - just a smidge thicker, I would say... but oh-so-buttery soft and silky. 2. Squat-proof AND they smooth out imperfections / hide that pesky cellulite on the back of my thighs! 3. Rise comes right above my belly button and doesn't slide down with movement. 4. The crotch gusset eliminates camel toe and flat stitching doesn't cause any irritation or rub. 5. POCKETS!!! The ones on the legs will fit a standard iPhone / Galaxy / whatever you have and the 'hidden' one in the waist can hold headphones or cards or whatever.
My Lululemons are a size 4 but I'm usually a size 6 in most jeans. Waist measurement around my belly button is 28-29", hips are 37-38" (big butt lol). I bought a size medium at first, but exchanged them for a small and those have been the best fit, as they stretch a LOT. I now have 3 pairs - black, gray and navy blue and I'm sure they won't be my last purchase from Lingswallow.