It’s Official: These Workout Clothes Have Replaced Lululemon For Us
If there’s one thing that’s for sure, it’s that our editors value one another’s opinions—especially when it comes to recommendations. I can’t count the number of times one of us has sworn by a product casually in the office and a few weeks later, everyone has it and is singing its praises too. The latest brand to get The Everygirl office hype? Girlfriend Collective.
The first thing that caught our attention about Girlfriend Collective was their beautiful activewear, but it was their brand’s mission that really made us want to shop there. Not only are all of their products ethically manufactured and made from recyclable materials (like old water bottles), but their products also range from a size XXS to 6X, celebrating the concept that health and wellness come in all shapes and sizes. With prices that are affordable and pieces that our editors have had and loved for years without showing signs of wear, there’s not much not to love.
When everyone on our team loves something, you know they’re doing something right. Here’s exactly why we can’t get enough of our Girlfriend Collective pieces and why we decided it’s finally time to spread the word.
In my new world of working from home most days of the week, it’s vital for me to feel cute and comfortable all day, every day—and that’s where matching workout sets have come in. There’s nothing like how put-together a matching workout set makes me feel. During the day, I can throw a white button-up on top for meetings, then I can wear it to my workout once I’m done with work. I’ve tried a lot of leggings in my day, and these are truly my favorite.
I’m a runner, which, in my opinion, is the biggest test for workout wear, as there are a lot of boxes they need to check. Keeping my boobs supported is a must in a sports bra, and my leggings can’t move or slide whatsoever or they won’t be reached for again. Girlfriend is compressive enough that it’s flattering but not so compressive that it’s uncomfortable—and with the colors and styles they offer, I truly have never found sets I gravitate toward more. Mine is what I reach for that first day post-laundry, and buying more of this set is at the top of my list.
I am also obsessed with workout dresses at the moment, and theirs is the most supportive I’ve found. I don’t personally work out in my workout dresses (I know, I know), but I can already tell you I’m going to be living in this one this summer.
Sizing: I usually range from a small to a medium in sports bras, but with their bra, leggings, and dress, I fit perfectly into the size small. I wouldn’t size up or down in them—you’ll be good with your true size. I’m 5’5 and I got the 23-inch inseam, and they fit me perfectly (their size guide will guide you to which inseam is best for you).
I am a sucker for a matching set to the point where I won’t buy a new pair of leggings or a sports bra without considering what I currently have in my workout wardrobe. Yes, I can throw on whatever to work out in, but when I wear a matching set, I feel like I’m that girl. And that’s a feeling I absolutely must latch onto because in all other aspects of my life, I am certainly not her.
From a functionality standpoint, more so than any other set I own, I can truly do it all in my Girlfriend set. It’s structured enough to keep everything in place during my spin classes but not so constrictive that I couldn’t also enjoy my daily nap in it. I’m going to leave you with this hugely controversial opinion: I love my Lululemons, but I reach for my Girlfriend set first every chance I get.
Sizing: When it comes to activewear sizing, I am truly all over the place. In some leggings, I’ll be a small or medium. In shorts? Large. In bras? I could be anywhere on the spectrum. Needless to say, ordering new workout clothes online is always a gamble. I’d felt the Girlfriend Collective material before and was really worried my set would be way too tight even though I went with the usually safe size medium. To my surprise, the medium (which I do consider my true size) was the perfect fit. You can rest easy going with your true size here.
– Garri, Managing Editor
As a pretty active person, collecting new workout sets is both a guilty pleasure and a necessity for me. I have activewear from everywhere from Nike to Amazon to brands I come across on Instagram, so I’ve come to really know what I like and what I don’t like in my workout clothing.
One of my favorite qualities about my set from Girlfriend Collective is hands-down the buttery soft material. It’s so smooth and slides right on your body. Since the material isn’t too compressive, I prefer to wear this set for hot girl walks, pilates, WFH outfits, or lounging because I tend to go for a tighter-fit set for high-intensity workouts like boxing classes where I prefer a little more support.
Overall, I’m a huge fan of the quality of the material because I’ve found they don’t wear down with washing, and I feel like I’m definitely getting what I paid for. Also, the fact that ethical and sustainable practices are a top priority for this company is a huge win in my book.
Sizing: For workout leggings, I always go for a size small, and I felt like the Compressive High-Rise Leggings from Girlfriend Collective were pretty true to size. Since they aren’t too restricting like some other brands, I probably could have been fine even going a size down for a tighter fit. I suggest sticking with your normal size, but if you are between sizes or looking for more support, size down. For bras, I usually go for a small or medium. I went for a small in the Iris Juliet Strappy Bra, and it fits perfectly.
– Keely, Senior Social Media Editor
Pieces on our wishlist
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