Two words strike fear into the hearts (and crotches) of women everywhere: Camel. Toe.

It can creep up (literally) when you least expect it, even when you think you’ve stuffed yourself into a pair of leggings that has your lady business in mind. If you exercise, you probably own a pair of capri tights—the standard, flattering workout pant for all females. So I took it upon myself to do extensive research (read: shop) to find the best and worst out there when it comes to the dreaded camel toe AND also address another two-word concern–muffin top. My rating system is from 1 to 5 with the following descriptors:

1: Worst camel toe ever. Like, a camel literally crept into your pants and stuck its toe between your legs.

5: No camel toe here. You can run, Fly, cross your legs, do yoga, rub up on a dude, whatever without the slightest hint of a hoof.

Now let’s get into these pants…

 

The Pant: Lululemon Run: In the Sun Crop, $88 (and pretty much all Lulu pants for that matter)
Rating: 5. Of course it is. Lululemon’s ad campaign is “Say No to Camel Toe” and they reign supreme when it comes to fitness gear.
Perks: Where to begin? Super lightweight “Luxtreme” material keeps you and your lady business cool, they’re chafe resistant, the wide waistband minimizes muffin top, discreet pockets can hold a key and/or iPod, etc.. Oh, and Lulu pants come in true sizes (2-10) for an even more perfect fit. They would.
Bummer: They’re $88. When it comes to performance workout gear, you get what you pay for.
Where to find: Online and at Lululemon stores (in Atlanta, at Shops Around Lenox).

 

 

The Pant: MPG Simha Capri, $54-$58
Rating: 5. I freaking love this pant. I have yet to see camel creep in.
Perks: The thick, high-rise waistband with the dip in the front literally takes away your muffin top. As in, you’ll wonder where it went (but you won’t miss it). This pant feels like a second skin and is moisture-wicking and quick-drying.
Bummer: It’s not as lightweight as the Lulu pant, but that also means it can carry over into the cooler seasons.
Where to Find: Online and in Atlanta, at Atlanta Activewear.

 

 

 

The Pant: Adidas by Stella McCartney Run 3/4 Tight, $90
Rating: 4. If you’re so skinny that you never have to worry about muffin top (bitch), you can wear these lower with no camel toe. But if you need to ride your pants up a bit higher like the rest of us, a little bit of C.T. can sneak up occasionally.
Perks: They are ultra lightweight and make your legs look so thin, it will be worth a little bit of crotch crease. And like, they’re Stella McCartney. I rock them all over town with no shame.
Bummer: Outside of NYC, the line can be hard to find and is pricier.
Where to Find: Online and in Atlanta, at DEKA. Try some discount sites to land them on sale.

 


The Pant: Under Armour Escape Fitted Capri, $44.99
Rating: 3. I’m usually a fan of Under Armour and these pants are okay. Every so often, a bit of camel can surface, but for the most part, you’ll get a comfortable, non-awkward wear out of them.
Perks: The ruching and wide waistband is super slimming/muffin minimizing and UA’s fancy “Moisture Transport System” keeps you cool and dry. (Also, I’m LOVING UA’s What’s Beautiful campaign right now.)
Bummer: Since they’re a cheaper  material, they won’t feel like a second skin and will lose their elasticity quicker.
Where to Find: Online and where Under Armour is sold.

 

 

 

The Pant: C9 by Champion Knee Tights, $34.99
Rating: 3. You’re going to get some toe, but these pants are still totally wearable. Let it be known that I ran my first half-marathon in Champion pants from Target before my obsession with fancy “performance gear” began and it was all good.
Perks: These pants are cheap and available at Target (always a plus). The wide waistband minimizes muffin top and they’re comfy.
Bummer: Again, cheaper material = no orgasmic, second-skin feeling you get when you pull on a pricier pair. And you know you’re not leaving Target without spending $65 more on stuff you may or may  not need.
Where to Find: Target stores and online.

 

 

The Pant: Nike Tech Women’s Running Capris, $58
Rating: 2. Oh, Nike. I am on my eighth pair (seriously) of your Air Zoom Structures and will never wear another running shoe, but your pants need WORK, girl. I want to love you, but I just can’t.
Perks: The Dri-FIT material does keep you dry. Hence the name.
Bummer: The thinner waistband (with drawstring, ugh) induces muffin top and you may as well have a full camel foot inside your pants. Also, the image of the pants on a gray background is really screwing up the aesthetic of this blog entry.
Where to Find: You sure you want to?

 

I hope this helps you fine ladies on the search for your dream tights, but keep one thing in mind while shopping: Per the pants experts at Atlanta Activewear, it’s the fit (not your hoo-ha) that determines whether a hoof makes an appearance. Don’t assume you’re going to be the same size every time (I always bring two sizes into the fitting room with me).

Let me know with a comment or a tweet if you have another top pick or complete disaster when it comes to camel toe and muffin top!

LYLAS,
Ashley

Comments

  1. Donna says:

    Great post! I have those MPG capris from Atlanta Activewear….thank god for that muffin top cover after one (five) too many margaritas!

  2. 50Peach says:

    As I type this, I am wearing the Target knee tights and have been wanting an upgrade. Thanks for the help and hilarity! (And whaaaaaa? There’s a Lululemon by Lenox?!? Sweet!)

  3. Bridget fine says:

    Love the post Ash. Always looking for new gear. I also and a huge fan of lulu’s Astro pant. Particularly great at cutting down muffin top!

  4. Camel Toe says:

    Women have become a little too obsessed with concealing their camel toe. It’s natural and not to be ashamed of, show it off!

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