Product Review: Yummie by Heather Thompson Rachel Leggings

Hello Everyone,

It’s no secret: Most of our customers hate bra shopping. They may love our shop and their overall experience with us, but friendly customer service does not always turn what is viewed as a self-esteem destroying chore into a joy-inducing activity. In fact, I frequently joke how bra shopping is one member of the unholy shopping trinity which also includes trying on bathing suits and jeans. Because of my expertise, bra shopping is actually quite enjoyable for me because I love eyeing gorgeous new sets to add either to my collection or to my ever-expanding wish list. Bathing suit shopping by proxy has also become easier since many of the same brands I wear for bras also make a range of bra-sized swimsuits which leave me feeling stylish, supported, and confident.

Because what's the point in writing a blog if you can't combine a review of leggings, Halloween, and Mia Wallace?
Because what’s the point in writing a blog if you can’t combine a review of leggings, Halloween, and Mia Wallace?

Jeans shopping, on the other hand, sucks. The last time I went jeans shopping I tried on over forty different pairs, left extremely disheartened, and refused to do any clothing shopping for several weeks. While I generally like my lower half (carb pooch notwithstanding), it’s not easy to find pants which work because I have a butt and hips and a narrower waist. It’s like trying to capture some magical trifecta of space in the rear and sides without creating too much gaping at the back waist band. Oh and thighs. I have those too. As a result, when I find a pair of jeans which fits all of those parts, I tend to buy several, returning to my denim watering hole when new ones are needed until they are eventually discontinued, or in this case, I gain weight.

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Last year, my battle with PCOS and weight gain left me in a dreary limbo where none of my jeans fit properly. While I do tend to wear dresses often, I still adore my jeans, but the weight issue split my collection down the middle, figuratively. Some would not zip at all while others created major muffin top which refused to be concealed.

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At first, I entered weight loss denial mode and refused to purchase anything because I was so sure the weight would slide right off, thus allowing my jeans to slide back on. When it became clear the weight was not going to be so easily discarded, I attempted a jeans shopping expedition, the result of which was a trip to the ABC store and the decision to focus on pants with a more flexible fit. Yeah, I’m talking about leggings, leggings as pants even. I picked up some jeans and cordory-like leggings and a pair of black cotton ones for long shirts.

I discovered it’s a lot easier to get something to contour to the aforementioned hips, thighs, butt, and waist if there is copious spandex involved. Having experienced some weight loss setbacks after my brother’s injuries, I found myself facing the same prospects as last fall, and again, have turned to leggings. Enter my amazing Yummie by Heather Thompson sales rep who recommended their Rachel leggings to me and was even so kind as to put up three pairs as prizes in our annual giveaway. I snagged a pair for myself to test naturally (buy yours here!), and behold: We reach the point of this post!

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For sizing, I found myself between a medium and a large at the time of ordering, and my rep recommended sizing up. The large fit fairly well with a little looseness in the waist, but when legging weather finally arrived in warm NC, I gained back all the weight I painstakingly lost over summer. I don’t know that I would have sized down at my former weight, but I was sure grateful for the extra room when the pounds came back. Overall, I would say the Rachel leggings run true-to-size.

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Because it’s a Yummie product, they included some built-in hold to keep the tummy supported and smooth, which I adore. I haven’t reviewed many of their products here even though I have tried several (something I plan on rectifying in the future), but one of the things I enjoy is how they not only use exceptionally comfortable fabrics, but they also strike the perfect balance between providing hold without creating that overly tight sensation which results in the unattractive squishing of any tissue outside the garment’s purview.

Designed to sit higher on the waist, the Rachel leggings hit me at my natural waist to ensure my entire stomach region is covered. The leggings also utilize a heavier hold in the tummy region comparable to light shapewear without feeling too constricting on the rear, sides, or thighs. These are without a doubt the most comfortable leggings I have ever tried, a point proven by the fact that I chose to wear them while waiting for my brother to come out of surgery yesterday.

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Furthermore, the Rachel leggings are more polished than your average pair of plain, cotton leggings. A touch of sheen plays well against the classic black color, and the ankle length means they work with flats, boots, or even sneakers. The heavy but breathable cotton fabric tucks easily into boots, and the style pairs well with longer tunics or sweaters. If you’re not a fan of the plain leggings, Yummie has some fashion ones which I want to try too.

My only concern with the leggings was whether they would maintain their shape throughout the day. I bought a pair of Hue jeggings, and within a few hours of wearing, they were already starting to slide down my hips. However, I have worn these at the store without any issues, perhaps because they sit so much higher than my hips. They stay put and do not require readjusting, which is a bonus for me as I am quite active at the shop. The elastic content is higher here, so I do not recommend drying them in the machine. Overall, I really love them and highly recommend them.

Overall Grade: A

Product Review: Yummie by Heather Thompson Rachel Leggings
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.

13 thoughts on “Product Review: Yummie by Heather Thompson Rachel Leggings

  • November 3, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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    They look great! Sorry if I missed it, but do you carry these in the store or can we order from you directly?

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    • Erica
      November 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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      Yes! We do carry them in the shop. I’ll update the post with a direct link to them. 🙂

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  • November 3, 2015 at 10:43 pm
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    There are several brands of jeans available that are designed to fit women with a curvy figure and smaller waist than thighs, for example NYDJ, Eddie Bauer Curvy fit, Cookie Johnson, Levis Curve ID, PZI jeans, Old Navy Sweetheart fit – hopefully one of these brands will work for you. I speak from experience.

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    • Erica
      November 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm
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      Thanks, Kara!! I did try the Curve ID from Levi’s, but they didn’t seem to get my shape as well. I have seen PZI recommended before as well as the Old Navy ones. How did you find the consistency lately? I went jeans shopping there once for myself when I was in my peak shape, and I tried the same style in multiple sizes with crazy results. I, admittedly, get frustrated really quickly when it comes to pant shopping, and when two pairs of size 8 jeans in the same style fit vastly different, I was done. My brother, on the other hand, walks in and gets his same size every single time.

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      • November 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm
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        I also found Curve ID to be a huge disappointment in fit. I only have 1 pair of jeans from Old Navy so I can’t comment on the sizing inconsistency. They fit well but not in the waist but they are very cheap so I put up with that by wearing a belt – or you can buy Hollywood Fashion secrets jeans clip thing to pull in the waist. I have heard elsewhere on the internet that their sizing is VERY inconsistent – I think it’s a quality issue. Personally I love love love the fit of NYDJ (boot cut) and have gotten huge compliments when wearing them but they cost a lot more than Old Navy. Also with NYDJ check their size charts before you order if you order them as they do something with the sizing so you don’t have to size up for your hips so I wear a size smaller in their brand than any other pants or jeans. You can buy NYDJ from Nordstrom but only the styles that are most in style like skinny – e.g. bootcut you have to order online from the manufacturer.

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        • November 4, 2015 at 9:33 pm
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          hip hugger is the name of the jeans thing by Hollywood Fashion Secrets. But if you can afford to buy a pair of one of the other brands I think you will be much happier with the fit even if you can afford less pairs.

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          • Erica
            November 5, 2015 at 11:10 am
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            Curve ID disappointed me too because some of the original Levi’s cuts aren’t terrible for me. They require a belt, but when I get fed up with everyone else, that’s usually where I go back. Plus, they last forever. Thanks for the tips on NYDJ too. I don’t own a lot of clothes as I am more of a quality over quantity gal, so I’m not opposed to spending a little extra for the right fit. I tend to gravitate to my favorite pieces anyway, so I really wouldn’t need more than one or two pairs. I have given myself six months to see where I am at weight-wise after which I am going to accept that weight as my new normal, so I am trying to avoid buying anything expensive at the moment. But when I am ready, I will definitely try those!

    • November 12, 2015 at 8:01 pm
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      I’m not sure if many people know this, but a skilled seamstress can actually fix the gaping that happens with jeans. I never knew this until I went jeans shopping at Nordstrom and the sales lady overheard me complaining that every pair I tried on gaped. Unfortunately the fix is not cheap ($22 fee if you buy the jeans at Nordstrom), but it is totally worth it to not have to wear a belt. I find that the Hidden Hills version of Paige jeans help with this issue – they have a slightly higher rise which helps. If you have a Nordstrom credit card they send Nordstrom notes for the alteration fees. My latest purchase was a pair of 7 for all Mankinds – but only one of the 4 different styles I tried worked and there seemed to be quite a bit of sizing inconsistency.

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      • Erica
        November 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm
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        Hi Dawn! Even still, a $22 fee to have it fit perfectly is certainly not terrible. Like you, I am more in the “don’t wanna wear a belt” camp, so this is good to know for the future! Fit is the most important thing for me, and I’m not opposed to a good alteration.

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  • November 4, 2015 at 6:52 am
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    I have been looking at those leggings they look so comfortable however, with being short, I am afraid they would be to long.

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  • Erica
    November 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm
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    The stretch factor does give them a little leeway with length, but inseam is about 27.5″. However, they do have a skimmer version which is shorter and may work for a more petite frame.

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  • November 5, 2015 at 6:27 pm
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    Do they hide your underwear? I am on the hunt for leggings that can be worn with tops that don’t fully cover my butt. 🙂

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    • Erica
      November 6, 2015 at 1:41 pm
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      They do a pretty good job with my Natori Bliss panties. There were a couple times the flash showed a line or two (but it was a camera flash + daylight). With inside lightning, they didn’t show anything whatsoever. I am going to wear them with tops that cover 1/2 o 3/4 of the butt region (plus longer ones as well), and I think it will work. Now, they do have ones which are thicker/more coverage on the website too. These are more fashion oriented. I think on my next order I may snag one of those too since I liked the Rachel so much.

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