Happy Friday! What a week! I’m swamped at work and haven’t been able to do anything all week except work and run. I’m so behind on blog reading, commenting, and posting. Everyone needs to hold off on posting new things until I’ve read the old ones! I hope to catch up a bit this weekend. I did have time, though, to organize my Activewear page. I’m still adding content, but I think it’s more useful now. That’s why I accidentally re-published a post on summer activewear at the beginning of the week. If you’re a subscriber you probably though I was a little nutty, but it was just a mistake. Sorry! I also had some time to take the pics of my other EMS items I got on sale so I could post this review. Here’s the review of the first EMS items I reviewed if you missed it.
We’ll start with the worst of the bunch. Ugh. This dress! It’s just awful. The fabric is stiff and looks like a sack on me. The stiff fabric also created these weird wrinkles around my chest. The only good part about this dress is that there is a discreet zippered pocket on the arm. This dress is still available in all sizes for $27.80, but don’t be suckered in because of the cheap price like I was. Returning this!
This, on the other hand, is a winner! If you like cotton tees, you’ll like this. It feels a lot like cotton and is slouchy and comfy, though it’s not soft, which is a common theme with the EMS fabric. I got it in a medium. The tee is made of the EMS Techwick fabric, so I like that I can wear it running, and there are no thumbholes, which makes it great for casual wear too. The seams don’t seem scratchy, though I will probably use Body Glide under the seams as someone suggested since the product description doesn’t say it’s for running. I got this tee for $12, which is a steal. It’s still available in lots of sizes and colors for $15. The pics of this tee are with the shorts below.
Older readers will know that I started wearing shorts last year for the first time and dabbled in running in shorts but was still a little hesitant. While I love the look and feel of Lululemon’s 4-inch Tracker Shorts, they expose more of my thighs than I’d like while running. I tried Oiselle’s 6-inch Long Roga Shorts, but they were a disaster on me. I’ve been on the hunt for 5-inch shorts, and since these were just $22, I figured I’d give them a try. I ordered them in a size medium.
My first impression was that the length was perfect–long enough to keep my thighs covered while running but not too long that they look like men’s shorts. There’s one zippered pocket on the back. The fabric is a lightweight fabric that isn’t too silky, which is good because really silky fabrics ride up. The liner is a lightweight crepe-like fabric.
The only bad thing was that I found the liner in the medium a little too tight on my rear. Because the shorts are still only $24.50, I put in a second order for the large. I have to say that it was difficult ordering a large size. I haven’t had to do that in more than five years! So I don’t know if I was happy or sad when I tried on the large and they were much too big for me. I would say that the EMS medium is closer to a Lulu size 6 rather than 8 (I wear 8 in Lulu Trackers shorts), and the EMS large is definitely larger than a Lulu size 8–probably close to 10 or even 12 though I haven’t tried either of those sizes on.
Damn. My quest for cute 5-inch shorts continues! The size large will definitely go back, but I may keep the mediums for now since I have a year to return them. My weight is up a few pounds ever since a moment of weakness at Target resulted in my buying a family-sized bag of Twizzlers a few weeks ago. Once I’m done training, I can focus on getting those pounds off and maybe be a bit more comfortable in these shorts.
I’m glad I tried some things from EMS, but I need to remember not to buy things, and especially things I don’t need (mainly the dress) just because they’re on sale. I’m at a point with my workout wardrobe that I’d much rather pay more money for something I really love that comes from a brand I know well.