Because I have grudgingly accepted that exercise makes me a more physically and emotionally functional person, and because I refuse to join a gym for reasons that I no longer remember, I run four to five times a week. Even though I've been running regularly for the past four years, I still sort of hate it and have to continually bribe myself with all kinds of treats and incentives. The treats are mostly cute workout clothes, the idea being that now I must run so I can show off my little outfits to everyone in the park, or something. Whatever, it mostly works! And since I got them, the Alala Captain Tights have been my number one sartorial incentive.
They have all the qualities of the perfect running pant — thick waistband, spacious key/cash wallet, and a breathable fabric that's well-fitted without being constricting. But if I'm being honest, those things are all just icing on the cake —
the cake being how fucking good these tights make my butt look. I don't know what kind of compression wizardry is at work in the fabric, but I'm all in on whatever black magic lifts my butt up like I'm wearing five-inch heels.
These are too good to relegate to workout gear — while I do run in them, I've also worn them on errands, to dinner, and — yes — to work. (Granted, I work at BuzzFeed.) At $110, they're a splurge, but if you're looking for a pair of polished, versatile, magically butt-lifting leggings, the Alala Captain Tights are a fantASStic choice. —Jessie Gaynor
Get them from Alala for $110+ (available in sizes XS-L).
Alala sent me these leggings to try free of charge, but I wasn't obligated to positively review them.