Legging Love #1 – Dharma Bums Rainbow Stripe

Welcome to the first of a new series of posts dedicated to my love of the patterned legging. I often get comments and questions about my leggings on Instgram and when I post pictures of them on the blog so I thought I would share the love a bit more.

Now I am no fitness model. I’m a size 12-14 and an apple shape – my tummy is my problem area. Not all leggings are for me, I generally need something with a relatively high waistband to avoid having the unpleasant experience of having my tummy pop out of the top mid workout. Sorry for the image but it’s my reality!

So as I share these leggings I’ll be letting you know which size I have them in and which activities I’ve found them to be best for. Leggings that are great for yoga may fall down during a run. Those which are great for static weight lifting might not perform so well during Olympic Lifting. I’ll also give you my view on their value for money – do they seem durable, are they washing well, how versatile are they, do they coordinate with other kit well?

I’ve decided to kick off this series with a pair of leggings that make me smile whenever I wear them. They are so bright and colourful that I knew I had to have them the moment I saw them on the Active in Style website. Made by Australian brand Dharma Bums – this is how they are described:


– Made from premium, high performance fabric that has a medium to soft hold waistband for comfort

– The fabric is soft, luxurious, offering 4 way stretch to allow the garment to hug and move with the body

– It is moisture wicking, breathable and quick drying

– Suitable for yoga, gym, pilates and most other workouts as well as worn casually for everyday style

– Lined gussett & non sheer

The fabric is super comfortable and super colourful. The waistband is high enough to cover what I need it to without digging in and making me look like a sausage (a problem us apple shapes can sometimes encounter). The fabric isn’t at all sheer and I’ve never once been worried that I might be displaying more than I’d intended to mid squat or stretch.

IMG_20150412_131456I’ve worn these for bodyweight and static weight lifting sessions and they’ve been great. They’re also good for things like yoga and Pilates. They’re not so good for running – I tried it and they fell down, the waistband isn’t secure enough to stay in place – it would need a drawstring to secure it. I’ve also tried them for a plyometric type workout and had to stop quite a lot to pull them up. So overall I think they’re best for workouts where you’re not jumping about too much.

I have these in a Large as per the sizing guide on the website and they fit well. At £60 they aren’t exactly cheap but I love them and think they are going to last well. With so many colours they are also super easy to coordinate. So overall a big thumbs up from me!


3 thoughts

  1. Have always admired these leggings every time you post a photo of them! Definitely need to work some more colour into my running wardrobe!

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