Leggings were already considered to be a pretty universal wardrobe staple even before a global pandemic forced us all to move indoors, and the compressive pant went from off-duty weekend attire to everyday emotional-support necessity. Now, when shoppers catch wind of a supernaturally flattering pair, a virtual shopping stampede ensues. This is precisely what happened last fall, when a video posted by TikTok influencer @hannahschlenker showcased Aerie’s OFFLINE crossover leggings to her (almost) 700,000 followers and they completely sold out, leaving legions of leggings-lovers out in the cold.
If you thought 2021 was off to a rocky start, you were right — but right now, we have a glimmer of good news. We discovered that Aerie just restocked these coveted leg-huggers in black for the fifth time — and this time, they’ve added plethora of new styles and colors to the mix. Along with the standard black, there’s now a rainbow of tie-dye tones — including brown, pink, and a summer-ready blue-green — along with a pair designed in collaboration with gymnast Aly Raisman. New silhouettes include a bike short, a shortie bike short, swim bottoms, and — wait for it! — a flared yoga-pant style, proving that the early-aughts bottom is officially back on the scene for summer.
If this single brand of activewear won’t satisfy your lounging needs, never fear: we also combed the internet for every single serviceable dupe of the v-waisted style we could find — unearthing options from the likes of Nike, ASOS, Amazon’s Core 10 activewear label, and more. So, if you see a pair of waist-trimming, curve-hugging leggings in your future, get to shopping — while Aerie has expanded their offering considerably, the assortment probably won’t stick around for long.
You never want something until you can’t have it. So, each week in The Sell-Out, we’re getting the scoop from your favorite retailers on what’s selling like crazy. Watch this space to find out what everyone’s buying, sign up for waitlists, and keep tabs on restocks.
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