Athleisure is my go-to choice for work now that I work from home full-time. I can only describe the material as delicious: It’s super soft and stretchy, and so comfy that I forgot I was even wearing clothes. I went to the movies in this set, and it felt like I was wearing pajamas. The material is breathable and light, which will be perfect for the upcoming warmer months.
There are a few downsides, however. The pants ($88) are too long on my 5’4″ frame. If I pull them up to be higher-waisted, I get the dreaded front wedgie. But if I leave the pants around my hips, I trip over the wide-leg bottoms. I also did not like how cropped the track jacket ($98) was. I prefer a jacket that’s comfortable but doesn’t show my entire stomach.
4. Sara Coughlin, senior commerce writer
This was my first time trying anything from Girlfriend Collective, and I was immediately impressed with how the track pants ($88) fit and felt. I’m 5’3″ and they hit my ideal high-waist height (fully covering my belly button) and have a super soft, weightless feel throughout the roomy, wide-cut legs. At first, they seemed luxurious and worth the high-end athleisure price. I loved how billowy and breezy they were while wearing them around my apartment, but quickly noticed their flaws when wearing them on a walk. They’re just too long, and living in a city where there’s a pile of poop, pee, or trash every couple of feet made me keenly aware of what I could be dragging home with me on the hem of these pants. (I wound up tucking them into my socks just to be safe, which was not a fashionable choice.) These are some of the comfiest pants I’ve worn in a long time, and I expect I’ll enjoy wearing them year-round, but for me, they are most definitely for indoor use only.
The windbreaker ($98) is a bit of a mystery to me. The cropped length is awkward, and it has a slouchy, structureless fit. This is probably due in part to how soft and lightweight the fabric is, which is a plus if you just want a super light layer, but it doesn’t make the jacket feel like it’d be useful in…any kind of weather, really. I do appreciate the number of pockets (two zippered exterior ones and two interior ones), but I wouldn’t trust them to hold anything particularly heavy or valuable because, again, the fabric is so flimsy. In all honesty, I probably won’t use this jacket for more than running to my mailbox in very mild weather.
5. Jenifer Calle, senior commerce editor
This was my first time testing Girlfriend Collective apparel, and I was pleasantly surprised by this line’s buttery-soft, lightweight fabric. I’m 5’2″ and normally opt for a loose fit so I tried the windbreaker jacket and shorts in size medium. While the bottoms were a little snug—the inseam is on the shorter side so I felt a little exposed on the back—the jacket fit perfectly. It was also loose enough that I could wear a shirt or a sweatshirt underneath or I could tie the drawstring for a tighter fit. Though I love a matching set, the jacket was easier to wear with just about anything than the shorts, so I know I’ll be reaching for it more in my closet. It’s become my go-to for running errands, walking my dog, or working from home.