21.02.17

Ethical Workout Tights Which Will Pass The “Squat Test”

Kira Simpson

Over the years I have purchased many workout tights online, only to try them on and find that the paleness of my derriere shone brightly through the fabric.

Not a good look when you’re bending over in a public place.

My workouts consist of heavy weights, yoga and running if something is chasing me.

The first two require a certain amount of bending over, so the tights opaqueness is the primary consideration when shopping for a new pair.

So, in the interest of exposed bums everywhere, here are my favourite, tried and tested, ethical workout tights that will pass the “squat test”.

ethical workout tights

DHARMA BUMS

Why we love them:

By far, the best pair of tights in my workout collection. While I do love plain black tights as a wardrobe staple, I can’t go past fun prints and bright colours for the gym. Dharma Bums tights come in mid or high waisted options, so no crack exposure during downward dog. They’re super soft, easy to pull on and after two years of wear, have not faded or stretched. They also offer a length shortening service if you prefer your tights in crop or 7/8.

The ethics:

Dharma Bums are accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, which means their clothes are made in Australia and their Australian supply chains are fully transparent.

Our favourite pair:

The Dark Blooms Yoga Legging

FIRST BASE

Why we love them:

The gorgeous pictorials drew me in and their compression tights made me a fan. First Base is all about #itscooltobekind by creating gorgeous, functional clothes that are kind to people and the planet. The compression tights pass the squat test and unlike some compression brands I’ve worn in the past, don’t create a sauna in your pants. In addition to the active wear, they  also have a great range of swimwear and basics.

The ethics:

Their motto – ethically produced because we give a shit. Made in China in WRAP accredited (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) factories. First Base take sustainability very seriously and are constantly improving their environmental impact and looking for new ways to do better.

Our favourite pair:

The Recovery Full Length Legging

D+k

Why we love them:

Highwaisted, super stretchy, breathable and they make my ass look an inch higher! Anything that gives a little bum lift is good in my books! With the rebranding, D+K will be providing even more options with a greater variety of styles, launching very soon.

The ethics:

Yogiic are another one accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Everything is designed and made in Brisbane. We will be sharing a behind the scenes look at the team behind Yogiic and their factory. Stay tuned!

Our favourite pair:

Raindrop Crop

ethcial workout tights

THE GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE

Why we love them:

Because quite simply they me a free pair of tights. The Girlfriend Collective launched an incredible campaign last year where they gave away free workout tights, you only had to pay for shipping. Brilliant strategy because it got people from all over the world to notice their brand. not an easy feat in the ethical fashion world. I won’t receive my pair until March but I have it on good authority, these tights are as black as the night and will pass the squat test. I’l update the review once I receive them.

The ethics:

Made in Vietnam, certified by SA8000, which is a social accountability standard and certificate developed by Social Accountability International (SAI). They also use recycled fabrics!

Our favourite pair:

The free ones of course!

Kira Simpson

Founder + Director of The Green Hub, an urban green living advocate and coffee obsessive. She believes there is no one size fits all green lifestyle and we can all live more sustainably in a way that fits in with each of our unique lifestyles.