Charlotte Grainger

Girlfriend Collective: The Complete Guide and Review

Shopping for activewear can be tough. There are so many stellar sports brands out there that you may not know where to start. Here at The Sports Edit, we want to put a spotlight on the creme de la creme.

One of our absolute favourite brands happens to be Girlfriend Collective. Read our guide and review to find out everything you need to know about it.

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GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE LEGGINGS REVIEW

If you’re ready to give Girlfriend Collective a whirl, it’s worth looking at the brand’s vibrant collection of leggings. Featuring a super-neat fit and an eco-friendly ethos, there’s a whole load to love about these pieces of sportswear.

As if that weren’t enough to get you excited, the range includes a colour for any mood, outfit, or look you’re going for. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of our top picks.

Compressive High Waisted Leggings

First up, the Compressive High Waisted Leggings feature a four-way stretch, breathable material, and are also sweat-wicking. That means that you will be comfortable and confident no matter what type of exercise you’re doing.

You can expect maximum coverage with this full-length design. If it's your first pair of Girlfriend Collective leggings, we'd suggest a muted look in a neutral black tone. Neat. 

High Waisted Pocket Leggings

Want somewhere to store your trinkets while you work out? The High Waisted Pocket Leggings are worth your time. Available in six beautifully understated colours (we love the Moss tone!), these leggings have everything that you need.

Grab a pair of these, and you can also expect a compressive fit, four-way stretch, and double side pockets, which can fit your phone.

FLOAT High Waisted Leggings

With a matte fabric finish and sheer-proof material, the FLOAT High Waisted Leggings always come out on top. If you’re looking for some leggings that you can wear to the gym for lighter exercise or to brunch, you’ve found them here.

The FLOAT fabric is lighter than the Compressive Leggings, making them perfect for warmer days, sweaty workouts or just lounging around! As the name suggests, these ones sport a high waisted design and are available in five bespoke colours to boot. 

Girlfriend Collective Float leggings

HOW DO GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE LEGGINGS FIT?

Ready to treat yourself? When it comes to Girlfriend Collective leggings, you may be wondering just one thing. How do the leggings fit? The good news is that these leggings are generally true to size.

That means that you can trust the labels and opt for the size that suits your body shape. You can check out the size guide here for more information.

Full Length Leggings vs 7/8 Length Leggings

One thing that you need to know about Girlfriend Collective leggings is that they tend to come up long. If you are petite, you may want to choose 7/8 leggings rather than going for the full-length style.

That way, you can be sure that you will have the coverage you need without the leggings being too long. Not sure what 7/8 Leggings are? Read more here.

If you happen to be more petite, though, there are plenty of options for you. Believe it or not, most of the popular Girlfriend Collective styles are available in both 7/8 length or full-length.

Should you be looking for some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We recommend the Compressive High Waisted Leggings 7/8 or standard High Waisted Leggings, both of which are perfectly fitted so you can bend, flex, and move freely.

You may also want to take a look at the High Waisted Pocket Leggings or High Waisted Pocket Leggings 7/8. The name says it all — you get that high waisted design that flatters your body along with pockets for all of your stuff. You simply cannot go wrong here. 

Of course, it doesn’t end there. The FLOAT High Waisted Leggings and FLOAT High Waisted Leggings 7/8 are popular all year around. With extra soft material and a seamless fit, these leggings are ideal for your next gym session. The full-length pair also features a back pocket, which is a real winner.

Girlfriend Collective compressive leggings

GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE LEGGINGS FOR YOGA vs GYM

Choosing the right pair of Girlfriend Collective leggings for your workout doesn’t have to be a struggle. If you’re a fully-fledged yogi, you may find that a pair of 7/8 leggings do the trick.

You should look for a pair that has support, a tight fit, and the comfort you need to move. We suggest the Compressive High Waisted 7/8 Legging style which ticks every box.

Looking to get your sweat on? Many of the Girlfriend Collective leggings — such as the standard Compressive High Waisted Leggings — feature sweat-wicking and breathable fabrics.

Before you choose the perfect pair for you, take a look at the specifications. Opting for a pair that will keep you clean, cool, and comfortable is always the way to go.

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GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE SPORTS BRAS

The search for the perfect sports bra is never-ending. You need a bra that gives you the ultimate level of support while looking and feeling great too. Luckily, the sports bras from the Girlfriend Collective fit the bill. Here are some of our favourite styles to get you started.

Paloma Bra

Offering full coverable and a slick design, this simplistic Paloma Bra is an excellent all-rounder. This bra offers medium support and a compressive fit. That makes it perfect for low to medium intensity workout sessions.

Dylan Bra

Next up, let’s talk about the Dylan Bra. Featuring four-way stretch, a racerback design, and even a built-in band for support, there’s a lot to get excited about here. The attractive sports bra has been designed for medium-impact workouts and always looks perfect.

Girlfriend Collective Dylan bra

Topanga Bra

Made with recycled materials and spandex, the Topanga Bra offers a decent level of support. This sports bra comes complete with a high neck look and an adjustable neck. It’s ideal for low-impact workouts, such as yoga or Pilates.

Tommy Bra

The Tommy Bra has a full coverage look with a neat square neck. It’s also made from sustainable materials and comes with a secure double lining too. This sports bra is designed for low-impact workout sessions, and will always give you comfort.

Cleo Bra

Boasting sweat-wicking and quick-drying material, the Cleo Bra is something of a dream. Made with low-impact workouts in mind, the Girlfriend Collective sports bra is double lined and lightweight, Put simply, you can’t go wrong with this yoga bra.

Juliet Bra  

The Juliet Bra is super soft with a brushed matte finish. Add that to the adjustable straps and double lined material, and you will find that this is a recipe for success. You can wear this bra for either low-impact or medium-impact workouts. The choice is yours.

Girlfriend Collective Juliet bra

HOW DO GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE SPORTS BRAS FIT?

Before you start shopping, you want to know how these bras will fit. The Girlfriend Collective sports bras tend to be true to size, with the exception of the Paloma classic which comes up a tad small.

For that reason, you may want to go one size down. Let’s take a quick look at how you can choose the ideal bra for your size and shape. 

Find Your Correct Sports Bra Size

First things first, you should check out our size guide for Girlfriend Collective sports bras. As a general rule, these sports bras tend to be close to the right size. However, with a piece of gear like this, it always pays to try them on.

For that reason, you might want to try both a larger and smaller size, and figure out which one is right for you before you commit.

If you don’t know what sports bra is likely to suit you, don’t panic. Read our sports bra guide first and figure out which one is right for you. It’s hardly rocket science.

However, having the right information could make all the difference when you’re next shopping. 

Low to Medium Support

We’ve already covered which Girlfriend Collective bras are low or medium impact (see above!). However, you might not be sure what that means. In simple terms, low-impact sports tend to include yoga, walking, and Pilates. For all of these sports, you will find that a low support sports bra does everything that you need.

Medium-impact workouts include a slightly faster pace. For example, you may wear a medium support bra when you are cycling or even weight training Finding the right bra for your workout is essential when it comes to your comfort and your performance.

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GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE UNITARDS

Searching for the best unitards for your next session? The Girlfriend Collective comes out on top again. This trendy and sustainable brand has everything you need when it comes to these beautiful pieces of sportswear. Here are three that we’re obsessed with right now.

Girlfriend Collective Scoop Unitard

Looking for something a little different? The Girlfriend Collective Scoop Unitard is a real stunner. As the name suggests, this unitard features a scoop neck design along with a built-in bra for the ultimate level of support. You are sure to love it.

Girlfriend Collective Unitard

The standard Girlfriend Collective Unitard is a sight to behold. With a flattering compressive fit, strappy top, and long-length pants, you will fall head-over-heels here. The unitard is also recyclable, which is a major bonus for the environment too.

Girlfriend Collective Bike Unitard

Cyclists rejoice! The Girlfriend Collective Bike Unitard is both fashion-forward and functional. The unitard is bike shorts length, has a scoop neck, built-in bra, and is made from breathable fabric. Yes, it’s ideal for your next jaunt across the city.

Girlfriend Collective unitard

GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE SHORTS AND SKORTS

When you’re looking at Girlfriend Collective activewear, it would be a mistake to overlook the shorts and skorts. These super cute and (you guessed it!) short pieces of sportswear will empower your workouts. Here’s what you need to know and why we love them. 

What is the Difference Between Shorts and Skorts?

Chances are, you know what shorts are. Unless you’ve been living under a rock since you were born, of course. But what on earth is a skort? This portmanteau is made up of the words ‘skirt’ and ‘short’ and the real-life garment combines the two.

That means that you get a pair of bike shirts sitting neatly under a beautifully fitted skirt top. Nice. 

Girlfriend Collective Shorts

Need some new shorts for your gym sessions? The Girlfriend Collective has a few you might want to check out for yourself. We simply cannot get enough of the High Waisted Bike Shorts and the FLOAT High Waisted Bike Shorts.

You can wear these breathable, body-shaping shorts on a city bike, on a hike, or even to your next spin class.

Girlfriend Collective Skort

Can’t decide between a skirt and shorts? You don’t have to. The Girlfriend Collective Skort is exactly what it says on the tin. This piece of sportswear has built-in compression shorts, cute little side sluts, and even some hidden pockets. No wonder it’s so popular.

Girlfriend Collective skort

IS GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE?

The short answer is yes. Girlfriend Collective founders, Ellie and Quang Dinh, strive to make the brand as eco-conscious as possible. The dynamic duo are dedicated to creating a sportswear brand that is not only good for you but also for the environment.

The main recycled material that the company uses is certified Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex. If you want to learn more about the company’s sustainability story, read our guide here.

THE TAKEAWAY!

Girlfriend Collective offers beautiful, sustainable, and functional sportswear. Whether you’re looking for a new pair of leggings, sports bra, pair of shorts, or even a skort, you don’t have to go far.

Check out the brand’s ever-growing selection. We’re certain that you won’t be disappointed with what you find there.