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What is it about leggings that make us love them so much?
I like wearing leggings, not just at home or at the gym but everywhere. Maybe it’s the lightweight and buttery soft material that makes me feel super comfortable, or maybe it’s because they’re so practical and form-fitting that they make me look good, even when I feel like putting zero effort into my outfit.
And I’m sure I’m not alone. Many of us have been living in them for the most part of 2020. Whether we’re lounging at home, working remotely, or running errands, leggings have taken center stage and are now part of our regular wardrobe.
When it comes to leggings, we all have our favorite brands. Lululemon, Athleta, Alo Yoga…. the choices are endless. But none of them have a bigger impact and cult following than Lululemon and for a good reason. The brand is famous for the quality of its design, but also its sweat-wicking, and apparently indestructible material.
But with such high standards of quality also comes a hefty price tag. The price point for the coveted leggings starts in the $80-90 range. Some of us will gladly pay for it — and they’re worth every penny. But once you start filling that shopping cart with a couple of pairs, a few times a year, it can tally up to a small fortune in no time.
I’m a big fan of the mantra “get the same look for less”. Which made me wonder if there were less expensive alternatives out there, without sacrificing quality and comfort. And luckily for all of us, I found out that Amazon is full of affordable brands that will do just that.
Many of the look-alike brands sold on Amazon have glowing reviews by users and some were even hard-core Lululemon fans that were so impressed that they converted to the more affordable options. They swear the quality is very much comparable to the Lululemon original — minus the price tag.
The truth is, it’s hard to know for sure because Lululemon doesn’t reveal the exact material blend it uses to make its leggings because it’s patent-protected. But if you don’t want to take my word forward and decide to do your own homework, always look for brands that use materials like spandex and polyamide which give that stretch and sweat-wicking quality that lulus are known for.
So without further ado, here’s a list I gathered of the best Lululemon inspired leggings on Amazon, in a side by side comparison with the original:
Yogalicious is a great inspired version of the Lululemon Wunder Wander tights. Just like the original, it’s also made of smooth and buttery-soft material. The only drawback is that there are only 2 colors to choose from: black and gray. I have one in black, and I wear it all the time, especially when I’m at home. They give great support and a form-fitting, which makes you look good, even if you don’t feel like it.
2. Core 10
The recommendation is to size down, as they tend to run large. These are very much comparable to the cropped Wunder Under with a buttery soft material, 4-way stretch, light hold, and the “naked” sensation. These leggings come in 7 different colors to choose from.
Colorfulkoala has a reputation for being the best Lululemon look-alike on Amazon and they even manage to recreate the buttery-soft material the high-waist Align is known for. These also have good compression just like the Align original and are true to size.
4. CRZ Yoga
CRZ Yoga Naked Feeling High Waist tights is another brand you can search for if you’re an Align girl looking for a great dupe. It has over 6,000 five stars reviews on Amazon. It has great compression but still, buttery soft material although silkier than the original Lulu. Aside from that, it has a great variety of colors and patterns to choose from.
5. 90 Degree by Reflex
90 Degree by reflex doubles as an inspired version for both the Align and Wunder Under leggings. It offers a little more compression than the Yogalicious brand and the material is a bit coarser than the previous ones. If you don’t look at the label you would trick yourself into thinking you’re wearing an actual Lulu legging.
Besides Amazon, you can also find them at TJ Maxx, many times at an even bigger discount.
Overall, I feel like these leggings are better for actually working out rather than lounging or running errands. The quality is amazing and it costs only a fraction of the price.
That’s all have for now. Keep checking in often, as I’m always updating my posts.
Happy Shopping loves!