Hey guys! If you’ve followed me for a while, you might know that Lululemon makes my favourite leggings. Specifically the Align leggings. When my friend told me about this Amazon dupe I purchased it right away. I want to share that dupe with you guys.
So for those who are unfamiliar with the Lululemon Align leggings they’re unique compared to other leggings. The Align collection is made with their Nulu fabric that is buttery-soft and lightweight. The design is also quite minimal as well with few seams. I love these leggings because they feel soft and they don’t look shiny. I don’t mind shiny fabric for workout leggings, but for everyday wear I prefer something without shine. I like wearing these leggings for every day or light exercise such as yoga. Because of how often I wear these leggings I have numerous pairs, in different colours and different lengths.
The only downside about these leggings is the hefty price tag. The crop leggings are $88 and get more expensive as you add length and pockets. So I have looked for dupes to help my wallet. I have tried a few but found they never lived up to the originals. The fabric was either shiny or quite thick. But when my friend, who loves Lululemon just as me, told me about this dupe I decided to check them out.
The Sunzel Leggings for Women are described as having a ‘naked’ feeling, with the fabric being lightweight and breathable. They also have pockets! (Note, the Align leggings do have a version with pockets, but I don’t own any). They have a variety of colours as well. And the price is $29.99 – way cheaper than Lululemon.
Something to note is that both Lululemon and the Sunzel have limited sizes. Lululemon has made progress with expanding its size range, now offering up to size 20 in certain styles – but most products go up to 14. I wear a size 12 in their leggings. When looking at Sunzel they have even fewer options, they have only x-small to x-large. I got the XL (and I want to note that my size is currently sold out in most colours right now).
Right away I was impressed with the fabric. It’s quite soft and the closest dupe I’ve felt. There is a faint shininess, it’s not completely matte but it’s much better than the vast majority of the leggings I’ve tried.
The leggings fit pretty well if slightly small. It was mainly in the calf and ankle area where I felt it was slightly tight. I have pretty large calves so that wasn’t too much of a surprise. I’m sure with a couple of wears the fabric will stretch a bit.
The pocket is a good size. I have the iPhone 8 Plus and it fits perfectly. But if your phone is bigger than that it might not fit.
I haven’t worked out in these leggings yet but I did some squats and walked my dog in them and had no problems. I will note that these aren’t compression leggings so I wouldn’t use them for high-intensity workouts. I have also washed these once so far and they still feel good after washing.
Now the real test is to see how long they last and unfortunately I can’t answer that because I’ve only had them for a week. Now I can attest to Lululemon’s quality. I’ve had several pairs for years now and they last well. I have one pair that I wore to work all the time and they have chlorine stains on them. 😂 I will say if you’re like me and have thick thighs then expect some pilling between the legs. Also Lululemon has a really good warranty. If there is a hole along the seam they’ll fix it for free. I got a pair fixed before this current lockdown! So something to consider, if the Sunzel ones wear down they won’t fix them.
So my final thoughts on the Sunzel leggings are I think they’re a great dupe but I’ll hold off from buying more until I see how they last long term. I think if you can’t afford the Lululemon ones then these are a great pair to check out. But I can attest that Lululemon’s products are good quality, will last a long time and they have a good repair warranty.
I hope you guys found this post helpful! If you have a pair of these Sunzel leggings or other Lululemon dupes let me know, I’ve love to hear your thoughts or try them out!