Mommy Athleisure and How to pick the right Shapewear Leggings

jacket: Guess (old) similar here and here / top: Urban Outfitters / leggings: c/o Svelte /sneakers: New Balance/ sunglasses: Prada (old) similar here and here / bag: Prada other option here and here

Athleisure is a trend in fashion in which clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities is worn in other settings, such as during work, casual or social occasions. Athleisure outfits are yoga pants, tights and leggings that “look like athletic wear” and are characterized as “fashionable, dressed up sweats and exercise clothing”. (source: Wikipedia)

As a busy mom who is always on the go, athleisure is my most go to look. Gone are those days, where you can only wear workout/shapewear clothes only when you are actually working out. Basically everybody wears yoga pants, tights and leggings anywhere and everywhere. We pair it with almost anything from a dressy silk top to a basic tee.

My only issue with those kind of shapewear is the fit around my tummy. As a petite mom with two kids, my body is not what it used to be. My tummy is not as tight as it used to and I have stretched marks around my tummy. I need some kind of support around that area, so I  started wearing shapewears.

The first shapewear I wore is an underwear shapewear. I started wearing one after my first child was born and I like the feeling that my tummy is like being sucked and tucked in. After that, I fell inlove with shapewears of any kind. I have underwears, cami tops, body suits and leggings. The leggings are the ones that I used the most and I’m the most picky of. Most leggings don’t have a built in shapewear material and I don’t like it because I end up getting a muffin top. So, today I’m going to share to you my ideas on …..

How to pick the right Shapewear leggings:

  1. Get the right size – Just because you want to look slimmer doesn’t mean you have to go one size smaller. Sure you would fit because they are stretchable but it is super uncomfortable and the waist is so tight that it will make your lower tummy looked bulgy due to your waist being so compressed.
  2. Medium constriction – For leggings with built in shapewear, I like it with medium constriction. I want my tummy to have some support and smooths the problem areas, but  also lightweight and comfortable.
  3. Choose high waisted – This is ideal to have a smooth line through out the torso.
  4. Thick cotton material – You don’t want to walk around with leggings that see through your bums and legs.

As a regular shapewear user, I have tried different brands. So when I was offered by Svelte to try their shapewear leggings, I was excited and interested with the kind of product they have. Svelte is a Canadian brand that makes built in shapewear leggings. It sculpts a comfortable, non-restricting solution to those stubborn tummy rolls and periodic bloating. All Svelte shapewear products are equipped with a signature, built-in waist panel to accentuate your silhouette. Svelte’s boutique line is ultra-comfortable and delightfully soft.

In this ootd look, I picked out the capri leggings because I feel like capri leggings makes me look a bit taller over ankle leggings. Plus the ankle leggings might run long on me. So, I just wanted to be on the safe side and I’m glad I picked the capri.

I really love the leggings so much. It is very well-made and have a great quality. I was wearing it all day last Saturday and the waistline never rolled down which is the case of most leggings with built in shapewear. It is also so comfy that you wont feel like you are actually wearing a shapewear yet it provides control. I am so excited to share this brand to you guys. This is a sponsored post but even if it’s not. I would highly recommend it. If you tried it, please let me know. I want to know what you think of it.

Before I go, I want to ask you guys. What is your favorite brand of leggings you are wearing right now? I am just curios.

Thank you so much for your time in reading this lengthy post. Have a great day ya’ll!

*Thank you Svelte for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are mine.


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  • Reply Coppelia

    Great tips! I especially agree with getting the right size, to prevent belly bulge!

    January 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Erin Bachman

    Such a cute athleisure look! I love it!

    January 24, 2017 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Brenda

    I’ve never heard of shapewear before. I don’t wear leggings, but it sounds like a good product to have. I like things that are cotton too, especially because they don’t cause static electricity when it’s dry out.

    January 25, 2017 at 1:41 am
  • Reply Liza

    Thanks for sharing, April!! I LOVE my leggings! But it IS so difficult to find the right pair! It’s either too thin (and see-through), doesn’t sit right or wears out before you know it! I love how the leggings are so versatile and easy to wear (compare to the jeans for instance). Thanks again! Now I know what to get!!!!! 🙂

    January 25, 2017 at 3:24 am
  • Reply Kit Stanwood

    Wow leggings with built in shape wear?!? This sounds amazing!!!! When I do a shopping day again I’ll make sure to buy these from your site to check them out! A lot of mine have holes and I need to toss them haha. You look gorgeous!

    January 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    What great tips for all the momma’s out there! Athleisure is the best 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    January 26, 2017 at 3:27 am
  • Reply Angela Amores

    Thanks fir the tips. Love your outfit!!

    January 26, 2017 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Megan

    I love Svelte products!! Their shapewear is awesome. Great post on leggings. xo ~ Megan

    January 27, 2017 at 5:17 am
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you Megan!

      January 28, 2017 at 3:12 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    January 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      thank you girl!

      January 28, 2017 at 3:12 am
  • Reply kels

    I will NEVER by low waisted leggings again. Ever. Like, what was I thinking?!?!? Ever since I was introduced to fashionable and great quality high waisted pants, my sweatpant game is on fiiiirrrre.

    Seriously though, the material, the waistband… those are all dealbreakers, too. And can we talk about how much I love your jacket???

    January 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      I used to buy those low waisted leggings too and i felt the same way you do now lol. Yup, all you said is true. I live in leggings and I’m glad there are so many ways you can wear them now. Thank you so much Kelsi! These jacket is from Guess that I bought from the mall 2 years ago. This outfit is basically my uniform lol.

      January 28, 2017 at 3:12 am
  • Reply Shahla

    Love that they are high rise!

    February 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Gillian

    These leggings looks SO nice! I live in leggings…

    February 3, 2017 at 12:53 am
  • Reply Brittany

    Yep…this is the ultimate mommy style! Comfortable and cute!

    February 3, 2017 at 5:03 am
  • Reply Jessica

    Cute! Looks so comfortable too

    February 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm
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