Carbon38 is a women’s high-end online athletic wear retailer that stocks fashion-forward fitness brands including Alo Yoga, Lucas Hugh, Michi, Onzie, K-Deer and my most recent favorite discovery, Ultracor.
Let’s delve into my Carbon38 Takara Leggings review!
Carbon38 Activewear Review: Takara Leggings + Relay Tank + Catalyst Bra
I purchased an entire Carbon38 outfit for this review! I chose green Takara leggings as my pop of color. My black Catalyst bra and gray Rally tank top were perfect staples for my activewear wardrobe. I could also wear the top and bra with other colored and printed leggings.
Carbon38 Takara Leggings Review
Takara means “gold” in Japanese. To date, the Takara leggings are Carbon38‘s best seller and the black is constantly selling out.
There have been two iterations of the Takara pant. The second iteration allowed for a more comfortable fit, as the first version ran really small, but not much smaller IMHO.
The leggings do not provide much compression and were very form fitting. I would advise sizing up due to the tight fitting waistband.
UPDATE: I have high waisted black Takara leggings from 2019 and I went with my true size. I recommend going with your true size if you’re buying Takara leggings 2019 or newer.
#2 Style: Long length legging with a wide bounded elastic waistband.
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#3 Inseam: The Takara leggings come with a 29″ inseam, making them great for taller ladies.
#4 Rise: The rise is high and sits just below the navel.
#5 Waistband: The regular waistband is wide and measures 3.25″. The waistband is composed of a large elastic band encased by fabric, similar to Terez waistbands.
The fabric is then sewn shut with a flat seam on one side of the waist. I had no issues with the waistband moving and it felt more supportive than my leggings that do not have this feature. I did not experience slippage during practice or normal wear. This was my most favorite feature about Carbon38 bottoms.
UPDATE: The Takara leggings now come with a high-waist measuring 5″. It’s really high, so make sure you’re comfortable with wearing the high waist style above your naval before buying.
- Fabric Content: 80% Nylon 20% Lycra
- Fabric Feel:
- Fabric has a cire (shiny) finish, creating a sleek and sexy look and feel.
- Fabric is thin and feels like a second skin. I unfortunately wore some lace bikini briefs that you could see on the surface of the leggings due to the delicate form fitting nature of the fabric. I highly recommend wearing a seamless thong if you want to avoid any unwanted textures or bumps through the fabric. You can also choose to go commando.
- Fabric Performance:
- The leggings are very lightweight! Which makes then great for traveling.
- Fabric fits and feels like nothing I’ve tried before. I have a pair of Beyond Yoga Gloss Over High Waist leggings that feel similar but are more compressive.
- Fabric is not compressive. Check out their other collections which offer more compressive styles.
- Keep the fabric away from rough surfaces. After 5 wears, I noticed some snagging on the back end of my leggings.
- Opacity: Leggings are 100% opaque! I did not experience any see-through issues. The darker colors do not have see-through issues, however lighter colors (such as the pink and yellow) will be see through.
- Fabric Features:
- No pockets
- No logos
- Shiny/Cire finish that gives the leggings a leather look.
#7 When to Wear: Takara leggings are perfect for yoga, any style of fitness and casual wear. I love wearing my entire Carbon38 ensemble because it goes so well together. I would definitely also wear it out on a date with a black tunic or just casually with a chunky sweater while I’m running errands around town.
#8 Cost: Carbon38 Takara leggings are $98 and up. The price point is comparable to other brands and they’re definitely worth the investment!
#9 Gusset: Takara leggings come with a triangle shaped, single layered gusset. The triangle is actually pretty large and provides a lot of coverage.
#10 Stitch Seam: Flat seams are used throughout the pant including on one side of the waistband.
#11 UPF Protection: Not Disclosed
#12 Made in China. Designed in Los Angeles, California.
#13 Care Instructions: Wash your leggings in cold water with gentle detergent inside-out. Always hang or lay flat to dry. I hang to dry on a foldable drying rack such as this one. I avoid sunlight as well.
Rally Tank Review
You need this tank in all the colors! The Rally Tank‘s ($42) fit is so flattering. The material is 100% jersey and very lightweight and comfortable. Depending on my mood, I wear the top both tied and un-tied. I love when the un-tied ends peek out underneath my jacket giving the illusion that I am wearing a skirt or extra long tank. Both variations are attractive. The Rally Tank is definitely is a classic silhouette that will go with many of my other activewear pieces. My favorite thing about this top is that it doesn’t pill. This tank will hold up for a long time.
Catalyst Bra Review
The Catalyst bra ($65) fit me perfectly. I ordered a medium and wear a size 8 in lululemon. The material feels like swimwear and can be worn on land and in sea. The strappy, cage style back is very attractive. It also comes with removable cups. It’s one of my favorite Carbon38 bras!
Hassium Solid Parka
The Hassium Solid Parka ($295) is life! The material feels like neoprene and is lightweight. It doesn’t have the most flattering silhouette (arms are a bit big) but it’s a great piece to wear over activewear or running errands. I recommend buying your true size or sizing down for a slimmer fit.
The fabric is also great for Spring or Fall seasons. It does not offer much insulation if you’re looking for Winter outerwear. Carbon38 offers the Hassium/Arrancada parka in black, olive green and navy.
Should I Buy Carbon38 Activewear?
YES! I fell in love with Carbon38 after this outfit. The tops are comfortable and very durable. The Takara leggings are very sexy and will turn heads, but they’re not the most durable. I also loved their parkas and sweaters.
After this review, I am tempted to buy the Takara leggings and Rally tanks in every color. Good thing my wallet won’t let me! ????
I highly recommend Carbon38‘s activewear collections because the quality is excellent and the look is chic and sexy.
Since this post, Carbon38 has released multiple collections. They don’t create many pieces within each collection, but when they do, the quality is excellent and everything looks absolutely sexy and feminine.
Where to Buy Carbon38
You can also find Carbon38 on the following third-party websites:
- Mercari - Use code SYVFUT for $10 off your first purchase.
- Poshmark - Use code SCHIMIGGY for $5 off your first purchase.
I am also running a Carbon38 giveaway for the rest of 2019! One lucky winner will win a $100 USD gift card to Carbon38! That's enough for a pretty pair of Carbon38 leggings or anything else you've been eyeing. Winner be notified on New Years Day 2020! Good luck everyone!!! Winner will be notified via e-mail and on the Schimiggy Reviews newsletter!
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