In a perfect world, every pair of leggings I put on my body would be tailor-made to fit my five-foot frame and enhance my runner’s thighs. But alas, leggings just don’t work that way.
Or so I thought, until I discovered the “Build Your Own” leggings from Amazon’s in-house athletic-wear brand, Core 10. The genius concept allows buyers to customize the waist style (cross waist, medium waist or high waist), length (short, regular or tall), color and size of their leggings. Oh, and did I mention they’re only $44?
Sound a little too good to be true? I thought so too. But then I scrolled through several of the more than 200 five-star reviews. “Best leggings I’ve tried. Hands down,” one woman wrote.
“These are the best leggings I’ve ever owned. I have Lululemon, Spanx and Fabletics, and these are by far the best,” added another.
That was enough to convince me to try them for myself.
When they arrived, I was immediately impressed by how high-quality the fabric felt. The Studiotech material is a blend of polyester and spandex that feels just like my more expensive pairs—not thin and cotton-y, like I was expecting.
As I slipped them on, I was blown away. The cross-waist style that I chose created a flattering V shape that made my waist appear smaller. The material held me in, skimming over my thighs and calves so that they appeared longer and leaner. They were so comfy that I decided to leave them on for the rest of the day (one of the perks of working from home).
Then, out of a pure lack of desire to change, I decided to put them to the test for my evening workout too. Besides the occasional readjustment of the waistband—which is to be expected during a HIIT routine—they had me feeling sucked in and supported the whole time.
My only complaint? Even though I ordered the short length, they’re still a tiny bit long on me. But given that I have to cuff the ends on some of my other pairs, I’ll take it.
If you need me, I’ll be living in these leggings for the foreseeable future.