Monday, 28 January 2019

Reviewed: Wolford Aurora Leggings

We recently featured the new Wolford Cradle to Cradle® Collection: biodegradable skin-wear products that have a safe biological lifecycle.



The two Aurora styles, which are part of the collection, use premium stretch yarn and environmentally responsible fibres.

After the life cycle of the product has naturally come to an end, it can be returned to a Wolford store. In return you will receive a 10% discount on the next Cradle to Cradle® product.



Wolford will take the item to an industrial composting station and the Aurora products will begin a new life as nutrients for the planet, such as humus and bio gas.

Two Aurora products are now available. Wolford sent us sample of both to trial and review.

We recently reviewed the Wolford Aurora Pullover.

We now focus on the Wolford Aurora Leggings.



Wolford describe this product as follows:

"Sustainable innovation: The cycle of nature is our main concern when it comes to these opaque, super soft leggings. Produced from – and with – biodegradable components, these leggings are Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at the gold level and, as the name suggests, a symbol for new beginnings."


Packaging

Wolford have designed new and very specific packaging for the Cradle to Cradle® collection.

The Aurora Leggings are folded and packed into rectangular white card box. This then slides into the outer packaging. It is basically as a drawer that can be opened and closed.

As well as sizing information on the outer packaging, there is detailed information (in English and French) on the Cradle to Cradle® sustainability process.











Material and features


The Wolford Aurora Leggings are made from 70% Modal, 26% Polyester and 4% Elastane.

You can feel the quality as soon as you take them out of the packaging. This is a really substantial garment.

They have a velvety smoothness to the touch. Wolford have clearly chosen the highest quality yarns for these leggings.

The knit is dense, and even when stretched remains completely opaque.

The legs are anatomically shaped, narrowing towards the ankle. There is a 2.5cm cuff. The only seam (apart from the cuff and the waistband) is one running on the inside of the leg up to and around the area under the crotch. all the stitching on this seam is on the inside so that externally there is a smooth, unobtrusive and barely visible line.



The brief is very roomy, with a rise of 28cm from crotch to the top of the waistband. It has no central seam.

The waistband itself is 5cm wide. With clever use of flat stitching it is hardly visible. A Wolford tag is sewn onto the inside of the waistband.



As with the Wolford Aurora pullover the design, construction and finish is all top class.








































Fit, sizing and wearing experience

The Wolford Aurora Leggings are available in five sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL.



















I trialled the XL size.


This is the first time I have reviewed Wolford leggings, and my first impression is that in terms of size, they do come up quite a bit larger than Wolford tights. I take an XL in Wolford tights and the fit is invariably perfect, with a second skin feeling on the leg.

The Aurora Leggings, in XL, don't fit so closely at all. They are not what you would call baggy though: the fit is perfectly comfortable. However, if I wanted a closer fit on the leg, I would definitely go down a size to L.

I am 5'10" and the XL provided more than enough length in the leg and body. The size chart indicated that the XL will fit up to 6'3" and I feel this is definitely accurate.

The material is very stretchy, so whatever the shape of your legs, thighs and torso you will get a decent fit.

The brief is deep and stretched easily above the waist and hips.

More than anything, I was impressed with how great these leggings feel. Soft on the skin, warm and comfortable.

Colour range


The Wolford Aurora Leggings are available in Black only.



Price and availability


The Wolford Aurora Leggings are priced at £120.00.

Conclusion


I really enjoyed trialling the Wolford Aurora Leggings and to be honest, I have been wearing them pretty much for part of every day over the last fortnight.

They are just comfortable and easy to wear. 

Of course as leggings they are incredibly versatile. You can wear them under shorts, as loungewear, for insulation. Perhaps pair them with the Aurora Pullover. 

But note my comments on sizing: if you like a closer fit it's best to go down a size from what you normally go for in Wolford.

I'm looking forward to reviewing the Wolford Perfect Fit Leggings and Wolford Velvet Sensation Leggings. Review of both will appear soon. 

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