When Girlfriend Collective released their spring 2020 collection, Desert Blooms, I fell in love with the color Trail and knew I had to place an order for the set. If you are looking for something cute to wear at home during this quarantine period, may I suggest a bra and legging set from an ethical Seattle-based activewear brand, Girlfriend Collective?
Girlfriend Collective is an activewear brand founded by a husband and wife duo, Ellie and Quang Dinh in 2016. With a focus on ethical manufacturing, recycled materials, and body positivity, Girlfriend Collective has built a community that consists of like-minded people like myself who support the mission and adore their products.
Girlfriend Collective is based in Seattle and does not currently have a retail space. They had held warehouse sale which I was able to make it to their corporate office once and got myself some $25 leggings. Their bras retail for $38, and leggings retail for $68. Very affordable compared to many activewear brands out there!
Textiles are made from recycled materials in their facility in Taiwan specializes in eco-friendly and high-quality textiles, then cut-and-sewn in their SA8000 certified factory in Hanoi, Vietnam, that guarantees fair wages, safe and healthy conditions, and zero forced or child labor. Learn more, HERE.
Girlfriend Collective currently has a small collection of bras, tops, leggings, and shorts.
All bras and leggings are made from #1 plastic or Polyethylene Terephthalate, also known as PET. Compressive fabric contains 79% RPET and 21% spandex.
The sizes range from XXS-6XL.
Each pair of Compressive Leggings starts with 25 recycled post-consumer water bottles, certified safe by Oeko-Tex and guaranteed recycled. They fit very high at the waist and come with 3 leg lengths: 28.5”, 23 3/4”, and 19.5” inseam. $68
I am 5ft5 and wear the Compressive in Trail size S and White size XS.
I have a total of 3 pairs of Compressive legging, a black, white (discontinued color), and a limited color: Trail. I fit best in size XS in all Girlfriend leggings and prefer the 28.5” inseam length.
REVIEW: At this point, I have a big enough collection of Girlfriend leggings, a few black and navy pairs from Lulu Lemon, a few fun colored ones from Outdoor Voices, and I’ve got to tell you that it’s hard to pick a favorite. I reach for each legging depending on my mood and what I feel like wearing that day.
As you can see from more outfit photos of me wearing the Trail set right below, I am actually wearing the Compressive in Trail size S because XS is sold out. They are comfortable and fit me great, of course, easier to put on and take out but I worry about the long term as I’m sure they will stretch out a little bit. One downside is that there is just a bit excess fabric hence it makes the crotch area look like I have a camel toe. One way to avoid that is to go a size smaller. Other than that, the Compressive leggings get a big thumbs up from me for the price and quality.
Girlfriend is a small brand, and everything is so affordable already. Return and exchange might be a hassle since there will be restrictions on sizes and colors. In addition, you’d have to pay for a restocking fee and a return label, so make sure you want to talk to their customer service before doing so. I have contacted them about a potential exchange but decide to keep these size S since I love this particular set in this color so much. Again, I’d much rather go for something slightly bigger than too tight.
The Topanga has a high neck, low back with criss-cross adjustable straps. Each bra takes about 11 water bottles diverted from landfills and is made from Girlfriend compressive fabric. $38
I am a 32B in bra and wear the Topanga size XS.
REVIEW: Because of the high neck and criss-cross back, the Topanga is so easy to put on and take out. I love that the straps are adjustable, and for someone with small boobs like me, I really have no complaint here.
Paloma bra has a scoop neck, racerback, and is made from 11 water bottles diverted from landfills. $38
I am a 32B in bra and wear the Paloma in XS.
REVIEW: Paloma Bra has the most flattering fit out of everything I have in my activewear/athleisurewear bra collection. Mine is in the color Rose, sold out color since it’s from last year’s collection. I got it from Reformation along with my Girlfriend biker shorts below.
The Paloma was initially a bit tight to put on and felt snug yet very secure. However, as I got adjusted to the feel of Girlfriend’s fabric, it actually got softer with time. I reach for it so often to wear around the house, and as you could see below. I’ve worn it countless times during my travels last year. It is still my most-reach-for bra to wear around the house, and I think it is mainly because of the lower scoop neck that is ultra-comfortable.
Made from the same materials as the Compressive Legging, the High-rise Bike Short has the same fit but shorter in length, an 8.5″ inseam. The Run Short is even shorter in length, a 4.75″ inseam, but I do not currently own one. $48
I am 5ft5 and wear the Bike Short in black size XS.
REVIEW: I love that I’ve gone for the classic black pair, so versatile and they go with everything. I initially hesitated to pick these up mainly because of the length. My thighs have always been a little chunkier than I like them, but with proper tops to pair with, they look fine!
I hope that this blog post reviewing Girlfriend Collective is helpful. Please keep in mind that you don’t have to wear these activewear/athleisure pieces as a set. As you can see, I’ve incorporated my other bras and leggings from Lulu Lemon and Outdoor Voices and worn them out everywhere.
Last year, I did quite a bit of road trips, and these were mainly what I wore in the car. I hiked in them, and I always packed along with a light layer like a T-shirt (short or long sleeves), a cardi, a windbreaker, or a light jacket for layer depending on the weather that day!
Athleisurewear is no longer for the gym, don’t you agree? I like to mix and match things and wear them at home, to the park, to run errands in.