What It Is: A line of fitness clothes, including pants, tights and capris that aren’t see-through in the butt when you squat, Down Dog and bend over! Hallelujah.
What You Might Not Know: The company name is a big tip-off that these clothes are Made in America; L.A. to be exact. And in true L.A. fashion, the company recycles fabric trimmings and sources locally and organically for an eco-friendly touch.
Feelin’ the Love: We’ve all stood behind that woman in a yoga or fitness class (or, eek, in Whole Foods!) who’s sporting the cutest-ever workout tights that also happen to be rather sheer in the rear. Or worse, you are that person.
I’ve ditched a pricey pair of fitness pants from a trendy brand (hi, Lululemon) because I just didn’t feel good about exposing an x-ray view of my thong underwear every time I bent over for a burpee.
I know, call me a prude.
Enter American Fitness Couture. Their fitness pants are made from a super-thick thread count, so, no, they don’t go all see-through when you bend over. This was a real confidence-booster for me when teaching fitness classes up on a stage, basically under a spotlight. Inversions in yoga class felt a little more carefree, as well.
Another bonus: This fabric washes well as long as you skip the dryer. No fading, no pilling.
If I Could Change One Thing: For these fitness capris and pants to be as opaque as they are, they’ve got to be thicker than your average fitness fabric. It stands to reason, then, that they’re also hotter once you start working up a sweat. I did notice a difference. However, for some women, a little extra heat is a decent tradeoff for keeping their “privates” private.
If you’re ordering online, heads up that the pants might not be true to size (TTS). The capris I have are a size Small (XS or Small are my usual), but I would have appreciated a little more “give” in the thighs and butt. They’re a tad tight, folks. I think this is because the fabric feels a little less stretchy than other fitness pants I own. The label says: 45% cotton, 45% polyester, 10% spandex.
Perhaps I should have gone up a size, except the roll-down waist fits like a dream. The waistband on my 3/4 Length Capri Leggings can be flipped up for more “tummy” control (remember this fabric is thick, so it’s going to hold you in) or folded down if you’re a hipster. Worn either way, the waistband sits perfectly flat against my abs without sliding down or muffin-topping.
Should You Buy It: Yes, give them a try. After all, wearing peek-a-boo pants is so last year. Cost: Fitness bottoms start at $69 USD; AmericanFitnessCouture.com
BTW, American Fitness Couture makes more than just pants. Their yoga tee ($44) is basically just a t-shirt, but the fabric feels like lovely, soft pajamas. And it’s TTS – my usual XS fits just right.