I tried cotton leggings and boxers from Kim Kardashian's SKIMS line, and they didn't measure up to the brand's other styles
I waited more than six months to get hold of items from the SKIMS Cotton Collection. Celia Fernandez / Insider / @ kimkardashian / Instagram
Kim Kardashian West's shapewear brand SKIMS launched their Cotton Collection in October 2019.
When it was released the collection sold out almost immediately and wasn't replenished until June.
I ordered two bottoms from the collection: the Cotton Rib Boxer ($ 32) and the Cotton Rib Thermal Leggings ($ 52).
In my experience, the boxers booted up and were not comfortable to wear outside the house, and the leggings were soft but not worth the price.
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In October 2019, Kim Kardashian West announced the launch of the Cotton Collection, a new line of loungewear as part of their SKIMS Shapewear brand.
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The SKIMS Cotton Collection was first presented in October 2019. @ Kimkardashian / Instagram
Kardashian West's shapewear brand, SKIMS, released their Cotton Collection in October 2019 - one of the first spins for loungewear.
When the Cotton Collection hit the market almost everything sold out immediately, so I had to wait until June for supplies to buy the items I wanted to try.
The collection includes the Cotton Rib Thermal Legging (USD 52), Cotton Rib Brief (USD 28), Cotton Rib Tank (USD 34), Cotton Rib Boxer (USD 32), Cotton Rib Thong (USD 20), the Cotton Plunge Bralette ($ 36) and the Cotton Underwire Bra ($ 44), Cotton Wide Strap Balconette ($ 48), and the Cotton Molded Bra ($ 48).
The items in the Cotton Collection are available in sizes from XXS to 4X and in five different colors.
I signed up for the waiting list and finally received an email in June that the collection had been replenished.
There are a few advantages to signing up for the SKIMS waiting list. Celia Fernandez / Insider
When I want to shop through the SKIMS website, one of my biggest tips is to sign up for the waitlist for every item you are interested in. You will receive an email notification as soon as the items are available.
Customers on the waiting list are also given an hour-long opportunity to access the collection early.
I couldn't get anything from the Cotton Collection in October, and it wasn't until June 15 that I received an email from SKIMS that the items were back in stock.
The bras in the collection didn't appeal to me, but I really wanted to try the $ 32 Cotton Rib Boxer and the $ 52 Cotton Rib Thermal Leggings.
I'm always looking for great leggings. SKIMS
I tried trying out the Cotton Collection bras, but the designs included thin straps that didn't look very supportive to me.
I decided to turn my attention to the collection's boxers and leggings instead. I thought the boxers were a great option to wear at home and I am obsessed with leggings so getting the SKIMS pair was a no-brainer in my book.
I used the brand's size guide and ordered both pairs of pants in size 2X.
The Cotton Collection is available in a size range from XXS to 4X. SKIMS
I've ordered a wide variety of garments from SKIMS and in my experience, the brand's size guidelines are not always the clearest.
When it comes to bottoms, I usually fall between sizes 14 and 16, so I decided to order the boxers and leggings in size 2X. That way I wouldn't run the risk of them being too small and having to return, reorder or wait for more sizes to become available.
My order total was $ 84, which meant I got free shipping.
SKIMS offers free domestic shipping on orders over $ 75. Celia Fernandez / Insider
I spent over $ 80 on a pair of boxers and leggings, but I was dying to try out my new SKIMS items and I waited patiently for next week delivery.
Four days after placing my order, my items arrived in a box with sleek branding and minimal packaging.
The boxers and leggings arrived in separate bags. Celia Fernandez / Insider
The box was adorned with the minimalist SKIMS logo and contained both of my clothes, which were packed separately in reusable bags made of recycled plastic.
My first impression of the pair of boxers was that the jockstrap-like design wasn't that noticeable in person, which I was pleased about.
The pair of boxers was designed with "boyfriend-inspired quilting" according to the product description. Celia Fernandez / Insider
Because of the black fabric, the "boyfriend-inspired quilting" wasn't as noticeable as it probably would have been in some other colors.
According to the product description, the lower parts are made of "cool and breathable stretch cotton".
They're also made from 5% spandex which I could feel right away because the garment was really stretchy.
I think the boxers are a great option to wear around the house as long as you don't mind the fact that they tend to flare up.
I had to keep rolling the boxers down. Celia Fernandez / Insider
As someone who loves wearing boxers in bed, I was excited to try these out.
When I started wearing them, however, they stayed in place for five minutes before sliding up my thighs. The boxers rolled around my legs, which I wasn't thrilled about.
I'm used to clothes riding up my thighs or chafing, but I was surprised that the same was the case with the SKIMS cotton boxers.
Given that Kardashian West is curvy herself - and celebrates that her brand SKIMS is making shapewear and loungewear accessible to people of different body types - I would have expected that she would have considered that when designing these boxer shorts too.
I now reserve these as a nightwear option when I have nothing else to wear to bed or when I hang around the house for hours.
Next I tried the Cotton Rib Thermal Leggings and was surprised how soft they were.
The Cotton Rib Thermal Leggings are made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane. Celia Fernandez / Insider
SKIMS sells a range of wide leg bottoms so I was happy to finally get my hands on pants with tapered, banded cuffs.
The Cotton Rib Thermal Leggings are so soft and comfortable to the touch, and I found that they can be worn alone or as underwear in winter.
While I loved the leggings, they are basically a glorified, more expensive version of Long Johns.
The Cotton Rib thermal leggings are not worth the $ 52 price tag in my opinion. Celia Fernandez / Insider
Given that stores like Walmart and Amazon sell similar leggings for under $ 15, the SKIMS version wasn't worth the hype.
You're basically buying the SKIMS brand and the fact that the leggings are softer to the touch than a generic pair - but the difference wasn't worth the price in my opinion.
Over the course of several weeks, I wore the leggings to walk my dog and run errands, and I found that they were attracting lint. I had to keep using my lint roller before going outside to make sure the pants looked flawless.
Overall, I don't think the Cotton Collection bottoms are worth the price - especially since they are recommended to be hand washed.
The Cotton Collection leggings were so soft, but not worth the price. @ Kimkardashian / Instagram
The boxer shorts and leggings were meant to be hand washed to maintain their quality and for loungewear items it felt a bit easy to care for to me.
However, if you want to buy something from the SKIMS Cotton Collection, I would recommend the leggings over the boxer shorts just because you can wear the long pants all year round.
If not, I'd suggest skipping that line entirely and maybe checking out some of the other SKIMS clothing items.
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This is a split opinion. The thoughts expressed are those of the authors.
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