This post is aimed at the lovely ladies reading this blog, unless you are a member of the male species who is looking for a gift for one of your lady friends, or a bit of a laugh, then this is for you too. I need to paint you a little bit of a word picture here so that you can fully understand why I am so excited about this.
You find yourself needing a new pair of tights to gym in, having left school and the indecisive person’s heaven that is a school uniform, there is a sudden need to buy socially appropriate gear to go gym in. Shop around a little bit, drool on the windows of Nike, Lululemon and Lorna Jane while the wallet shakes in fear and hides itself at the very bottom of your handbag, and eventually end up buying two pairs of tights (baited by a particular store’s sale deal that gets you every single time) you head home relatively chuffed at your life choices. Not the prettiest pair of tights you ever did see, but they are comfortable and you won’t have to eat boiled eggs and rice for the rest of the month.
At this point for whatever reason you go, you get involved in going to the gym. For me, it was only a matter of time, dating a gym rat meant that this was bound to happen at some point. So now you’re at gym, and your new gym pants have given you that extra spring in your step and that little bit of motivation to actually try out a couple of exercises. At this point in the word picture, I also start doing very basic yoga poses following an embarrassing incident where my mom proves that being 30 years older than me also means that she can touch her toes where my hands can only hope to scrabble desperately for my shoe laces. This means there is some stretching going on that involves my bum sticking up prominently in the air while I attempt to trick my body into becoming cool and bendy. Fast forward 2 years, and I am is still so stoked with the previous pant purchase because they haven’t fallen apart, they still look like they did when I bought them and so far I have categorized this one as a student budget win. That is, until the following conversation occurs:
Gym Rat: (as we get into the car after gym) That’s some nice underwear you’re wearing today.
Me: (not sure where this is going, but hey, I’m just going to roll with it) um, thanks, but how do you know?
Gym Rat: I could see them through your pants.
Me: um.. WHAT! Why didn’t you tell me? ( You can insert some more colorful language there if you want to make it more believable)
Gym Rat: I don’t know, I thought you knew, you always wear those pants.
Me: NO! (picture all those dramatic move scenes or this)
Life Lesson: always bend over in change rooms to check that the yoga pants you are about to buy are more pant than they are sheer stocking.
Sarah Bingham is great for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons why you should all think she is great (for now) is that she has just launched her own brand of sportswear for women. I am so excited to be able to share this with you because this girl and her brand are going places. I didn’t know her before the pants; the pants brought us together – like the sisterhood of the travelling pants but not really at all. I feel like the best way to introduce you to the tights she is making is to tell you about them the way that she told me about them.
“I wanted to make tights that actually work for you, that don’t ride up when you run or move” … or just look at the pants funny. I usually don’t go for shorter tights for this exact reason, I get baited into thinking this pair will be different, but they are usually as disappointing as when you’re hungry and you think the waiter is bringing you your food, only to watch them put it down on the table next to you. Having experienced all the wrong movement from a pair of pants, I can safely say that these tights stay exactly where they are meant to stay. I have been putting them through their paces for the last few weeks and they are officially hot yoga and Kayla’s BBG Leg Day approved! If you have ever experienced either a hot yoga class, or a BBG Leg Day, then you will understand just how important an optimal pant situation can be, and if not, then just trust me.
“I wanted to make something that makes you feel good when you’re wearing them and something that’s pretty, because girls actually like to look pretty while exercising” This might not come as a shock to you, dear reader, but it’s a simple truth that most sports brands do pick up on. The tricky part though, is the ones that are really pretty, come with a less than pretty price tag. Esjay’s price point is completely reasonable, and when you fall in love with your tights (which you will to the point where you won’t want to take them off your body) you’ll realise what a great life choice your R280 just bought you.
PS, Please excuse the background in this photo, its not ideal, but this pic does show you the ideal fit situation of these tights.
“I wanted to make something that doesn’t go see-through”. Again, a relatively logical situation for pants, but one that is surprisingly (and not always in a good way) not as normal as you would think. I’m not going to go through all the benefits of having pants that are not see-through, I’m pretty sure you could get creative with your own list there. Esjay tights are made from a material that is thicker than lycra, but thinner than wetsuit material. If that freaks you out makes you think that your legs will look like the Michelin Man, stop, these pants will make your legs feel like Gisele Budchen’s illegitimate love-child. If you have zero trust issues with pants, you could even go underwear-less, although personally I’m not quite there yet (as mentioned above, some damage was done).
I can’t stress enough how great these pants are. Esjay is just starting out, but it is going to be everywhere pretty soon, there are some more exciting designs and pieces in the works – so watch this space for more;). These exercise tights tick all the boxes, even the obvious ones (like not being see-through), the prints that are available are the perfect mixture of fun and elegant, so you won’t end up feeling like you’re auditioning for the Boswell Circus while you’re out moving that lovely body of yours. These tights are comfortable, as stylish as wearing a great pair of nikes with your skinny jeans and the cut and the way that they fit will make you feel as great about yourself as you should feel every day. They are actually a danger to all other pants because once you put them on, you won’t want to take them off.
You can, no you SHOULD, click here to follow Esjay on Instagram and Facebook . For more information, you can also text 0847891032 with the following message “You’re amazing and I want your pants” or whatever else you think is appropriate 😉