A detailed review on the Flex, Dreamy, Ombre Seamless, and Energy Seamless Legging! Read before you buy!!!
I'm a big fan of athleisure and I'm a big fan of Gymshark. There are a few reasons to be a fan of the Gymshark brand. If you've never heard of Gymshark, here's a little bit of background info. It was founded in the UK in 2012 by two 19-year old college dropout students, who managed to turn their small company into a multi-million dollar company and one of the fastest growing companies in the fitness industry. Since then, the company itself has seen tremendous growth, becoming popular among a broad range of athletes, from college students to professional powerlifters. As inspiring as this is, many consumers feel that Gymshark products are a hit or miss. Are their products as nice as people say they are? Here's my in-depth, honest review of the Flex, Dreamy, Ombre Seamless, and Seamless Legging!
Fit: True to size, very stretchy
Squat Proof: Yes
Sweat Proof: Yes
I remember when Gymshark started to become popular. All of the fitness guru youtubers/social media influencers started working out in these insane booty-contour leggings. They became a hit in the fitness community. Due to the intense contouring, never in a million years did I think that I would ever purchase a pair of my own but here we are today. I just couldn’t resist and I’m so glad I went for it. I love how supportive yet comfortable these leggings are. They are very stretchy and breathable. On leg days, I reach for the Flex legging and my Ombre Seamless the most.
I do have a few notes on these leggings. First of all, they are mid-rise, not high-rise, which isn’t my favorite. It still hits at a flattering part of the waist, although many people have complained that it squishes in belly fat, causing slight muffin top. You could hike them up, but that can lead to camel toe, which isn’t desirable either. These leggings are also pretty long, but this can be solved by folding them up. I recommend that you go with your normal size. However, there are some colors with very little give to them. If you buy the leggings in beet, blueberry, charcoal, light grey/black, khaki, peach, light grey/sherbet and purple/pastel lilac, the leggings are very stretchy and you should go with your usual size. All of their new colors should be TTS. For other colors, consider sizing up. I wouldn’t recommend sizing down in these. I remember there were a few cases where people had to deal with ripping and holes due to the leggings being too small. I’m in between a size XS/S, and I find that a size XS works best for me.
Fit: Runs big
Squat Proof: Yes
Sweat Proof: Yes
If you want soft, luxurious feeling leggings, these are definitely for you. I have found that the Dreamy Leggings come in some of the most beautiful colorways that Gymshark has ever released. As you can see, I own the cropped version in Indigo. I would have bought the full-length ones if someone was selling them on Poshmark, which is where I got these. I didn’t realize this until I received the leggings, but they are really cropped. Most of the time, I can get away with a cropped legging as a 7/8 length because I’m only 5’3. However, these ones hit me at about 3 inches past my knee. A lot of this is due to the extra fabric in the knee, but I’ll delve into that when I discuss the cons. If you decide to order the dreamy leggings, purchase the full-length version.
I would love these leggings so much more if the sizing wasn't so off. There's something about these leggings that is so bizarre. They fit very snuggly on the waist, which I enjoy, but some people may find the elastic that runs at the top of the waistband to be very uncomfortable. On top of this, they run big in the wrong areas. In the pictures of me wearing the leggings, you can actually see how the fabric bunches up around the knees. In addition to this, unfortunately, there is the same issue in the crotch area of the leggings. Since I am between sizes XS and S, it's not too terrible on me, but it's not amazing either. I would definitely size down a full size in this legging. The interesting thing about this specific issue is that it is very prevalent on the actual Gymshark athletes, which is rare. Typically, when you see a Gymshark athlete wearing the brand, the items look absolutely flawless on them. In their reviews of the Dreamy Legging, many of the athletes commented on how you need to size down with this style, because, for some reason, there is just too much fabric in the crotch area. I'm really hoping that the design team corrects this with the next version. I like this legging, but it definitely needs a lot of work.
Fit: True to Size (for the most part)
Squat Proof: Depends on the color
Sweat Proof: Yes
Love, love, love. These are my absolute favorite Gymshark leggings. The color/design is absolutely gorgeous- if you know me, you know how much I love my pink. They are the most expensive Gymshark leggings but are well worth your money. I actually purchased this pair on Poshmark, for a much lower price than retail, so don't forget to always keep an eye out for that! Gymshark actually does not sell these leggings in this specific color anymore, but you can always find this color on Poshmark or Mercari if you're set on buying it. They still have a ton of other really cute colors available on their website, and two pretty neutral colors (light grey/chalk pink and black/light grey) if you're not really into the ombre look. I have also found that these are also the most flattering Gymshark leggings that I have ever tried. They have the perfect combination of stretch and compression, and the legging perfectly forms around the butt. I really enjoy the contour on these leggings, which hits me right under the bum. I know a few people complained about the contour/ventilation panel/whatever it is hitting them at the hamstring. If you feel like that might pose a problem for you, then choose a colorway with a more subtle contour. There is also a seam that runs on the inside of the leg for design purposes. I really like the contrasting seam, but according to a few reviews it wasn't popular among everybody.
My only con with these leggings is the fit of the waistband. I have a smaller waist and I find that it's a little loose on the waistband, particularly when I do a squat. The waistband actually stretches out throughout my workout, which I don't really enjoy. It goes back to normal after I wash it, but it still gets annoying (pictured). I feel like I could have sized up to a small, but I wouldn't want the waist to be too big on me. The material is stretchier than the Energy Seamless, so the XS still fits really well. There is also a slight amount of camel toe on these, but it's very minimal. It's more of an emphasis on your inner thigh rather than in that area if you know what I mean. You'll typically get this kind of fit with seamless leggings since the gusset doesn't connect to any front seams.
Price: $50 (on sale now for $35+!!)
Fit: Runs about a half a size small*
Squat Proof: For the most part, yes
Sweat Proof: Yes
There's a reason why this pair isn't featured on my cover photo. I actually sold these on Poshmark a few months after purchasing them on the Gymshark site. The Energy Seamless was the first legging/first ever purchase I had ever made from Gymshark, so I didn't know about how the sizing varies between styles. Out of all the Gymshark leggings, I believe that these ones run the smallest. This is just from my own experience/what I've heard in consumer review videos and from the actual Gymshark athletes. The material is made out of a tighter knit and provides more compression, which is great for leg day but not so great for an activity like yoga. Apparently, the colorways, from tightest to loosest are black, lilac, purple wash, beet, and then the new colorways. I'm interested in giving them another try since they are all on sale now, but I'll definitely be sizing up to a small.
As you can see from the only picture I have of the size XS on my body, I was able to wear them, although they were very tight on me. I felt like this wasn't flattering on my body, as the combination of the high compression and poor sizing squished down my hips and butt. It took me about 5-10 minutes to get them on my body every single time. Putting those on was my warm-up- I didn't even need to do the Stairmaster when I wore these. I was able to work out in these a few times, but I noticed that the seams were starting to give out and I had a feeling that they would rip if I kept wearing them. Don't get me wrong, they're good quality leggings, but you need to size up if you want these to last. They are mostly squat proof, but you the high amount of nylon in the fabric leads to a finish that is not 100% opaque when stretched apart. Basically, when you squat, you'll see a bit of shimmer in the leggings and that can be mistaken for sheerness. Another thing to take note of before purchasing is that the waistband comes up VERY high. I have a pretty short torso, and I could wear these with a crop top without my belly showing. Some people might really like this, I honestly kind of enjoyed the intense tummy control because the waistband stayed up and maintained elasticity, unlike the Ombre Seamless.
My friend Taylor does a really good job of reviewing the Gymshark leggings (the Flex, Ombre Seamless, Energy Seamless) and joggers on her youtube channel. She goes over sizing, squat probability, etc. in great detail! I've attached the video below, so make sure to check it out!!
Also, if you choose to order from Gymshark, make sure to take advantage of the Student Discount!!
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