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Squat Proof Leggings Part 1: The Search is On!

Squat Proof Leggings Part 1: The Search is On!

I got 99 pairs of leggings but none of them are squat proof, son!

I got 99 pairs of leggings but none of them are squat proof, son!

Imagine my absolute and complete horror when my Darling Boyfriend chooses to inform me that my leggings are totally see through.

Now, this wouldn’t be such a big deal if it were on our way out the door. No, no, no my friends. We were home. From the gym. Where I just did a whole lot of squatting. In front of a whole lot of people.

Did I mention that my undies were cheetah print? Hmm. Cute as frick but I really don’t like to share my undergarments with the world.

I had some major, retroactive embarrassment. Who is designing leggings that show your hoo-ha to the world? Old Navy. That’s who.

I’ve heard the term “Squat Proof” thrown around before but I never paid much attention because I thought I was truly golden. Turns out I’m truly an exhibitionist. My life is a series of horrifying public mishaps. But we live and we learn. Shout out to the gentleman caller for finally cluing me in. Clearly, my spin class pals weren’t going to broach the subject.

So, now I’m on the hunt to find the ultimate legging because I am a modest, grown ass woman. And if I’m gonna work out, I deserve some nice, opaque gear.

But, I’m fussy. So,they must fit the following criteria:

  1. Squat Proof. Completely and totally. No matter what color underwear I have on. Non-negotiable.

  2. Easy to find and/or order. I’m not waiting six weeks for these things to ship from China. They must be easily accessible.

  3. Size inclusive.The brand must offer a wide range of sizes. Fitness is not one-size fits all, people.

  4. Look (relatively) cute. Gosh, I wish I was one of those girls who look like they just left the spa by the time spin class is over. Sadly, I am not. I look like I was the last one standing at the end of the 75th Hunger Games.  I embrace it and own it. I understand that how I move my body as part of my self-care routine is more important than how cute my outfit is but I want to feel confident in them.

  5. They must be comfortable. No itchy, scratchy, tugging, slippy nonsense. With a decent fit and quality fabric.

Being the scientist that I am, I began with some thorough research. I scoured the internet -- Google, Reddit, Youtube, and the blog-o-sphere -- for the perfect pants to sweat in.

You know where this is going, right? Turns out no one can agree on a single, best pair. So, I guess we’ll have to try ‘em all. Anything excuse to do some shopping, I guess.

My hours of extensive research (this is not hyperbole, I seriously spent half a day doing this) lead to these top contenders. The most mentioned “squat proof” leggings.

Zella Live In Leggings ( see the review here!)

Lululemon Wunder Under Tight

Victoria Secret Knockout High Rise Tight

90 Degree by Reflex SUPPLEX High Waisted Tight (see the review here!)

Aerie Play Real Me High Waisted Legging

Fabletics High Waisted Powerhold Legging

Athleta Contender Tight

My wallet is screaming but I hope this experiment will not be in vain. I’ll try the leggings so you don’t have to.Stay tuned for Part 2: Testing the Squat Proofness of the Internet’s Most Squat Proof Leggings (working title).

What are you favorite squat proof leggings? Let me know in the comments!

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