As I mentioned in my February activewear highlights last week, I bought two things from Athleta. I used rewards I’d earned through my Athleta and Banana Republic credit cards so paid only $15 for both!
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When Athleta released the Chi Mesh Tank last summer, I waited too long for a sale and it sold out in my size. This year I snagged it! I really like Athleta’s series of Chi Tanks. They’re lightweight, soft, and come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and lengths. I like them for running because they’re comfortable and don’t chafe me, though I don’t wear them on the hottest days. I have a few of the long length versions to wear under other tanks or tops or just when I want bum coverage.
I like the contrasting color of the back and straps of the mesh version, and the mesh will be practical in summer. The colors are gorgeous in person! The grey is a dark, heathered shade, and the magenta color is bright and really pops. The fit is consistent with my other Chi Tanks (I wear small). As with the other Chi Tanks, this one has “unstinkable” fabric and is also rated UPF 30+. I love this tank and am really happy with it! If you’re thinking of this tank, you might not want to wait too long given that it sold out last year, and you know it’s rare that things sell out at Athleta.
The High Rise Fadeout Chaturanga Tights is also much prettier in person. The fabric is a slick and silky recycled poly that is very different from the knit-like Pilayo fabric in the regular Chat Tights and Capris. The fabric of Chat Tights varies based on the pattern and style, so be sure to check the fabric details before buying if you have your heart set on a specific fabric. While I love Athleta’s Pilayo fabric and generally prefer knit to sleek fabrics for non-running tights, I really liked the fabric in these fadeout tights. The silkiness feels really nice, and they just feel good on. There is slight compression like the regular Chat Tights. The fit is consistent with other Chat Tights (I wear small.) I personally wouldn’t wear them running but think they’d be great for all other workouts. The high rise style comes above my belly button but isn’t tight and is very comfortable. I also really loved the pretty, subtle fadeout pattern.
I really liked these but… They were sheer. 🙁 Not even sheer as I could see a bit of panty, but sheer as in I could totally see my panties and bum like I was wearing pantyhose. I tried them on two different days–a sunny day and a cloudy day. On the sunny day I could see my whole behind just standing up. On the cloudy day, they were only sheer in a deep bend. I’m so sad because these are really nice. I wouldn’t even be comfortable wearing nude panties with them. So, unfortunately, back they go. Someone posted a comment when I mentioned these previously that she got the purple ones and loved them, so maybe the purple ones aren’t sheer? Or maybe I just got a bad pair? In the online reviews, only one person complained of sheerness. If you really love these, it might be worth giving them a shot to see how they are on you.
I’m linking up with Nicole at Fitful Focus for the Fit & Fashionable Friday Link Up.