Soooo POPFLEX released a new collection on March 22nd and I went a lil’ crazy with my cart… Fortunately for those reading, that means I have more items to give honest reviews! XD They released tops, sports bras, and one pair of leggings (which I did not get because I’m waiting for more prints/styles/colors to come out). One thing that I liked was that they told us they went back to the Peony/Mermaid collection sizing, as the Dark Bloom sizing was smaller than usual. HERE is the size chart they’re using for Dusty Blossom.
For reference: I’m 5’4″, size 4 in bras, and size 6 in bottoms. For tops, I usually get a size 6, but I’m wondering if (for this collection) I’m a size 4….
Here are layouts of the main colors I purchased:
Dusty Blossom print items (From Left: Keyhole bra, Hold me zip bra, 1.5 Hi-Lo shorts)
Indigo items! (Probably one of my favorite colors that POPFLEX has released). (From Left: Hello There top size 6, keyhole bra size 4, 1.5 Hi-Lo shorts size 6)
Let’s separate these by categories, shall we?
Hold Me Zip Bra
I’m glad the POPFLEX team listened to us from the last Dark Bloom collection–the zenith zip bras were pretty, but for those who are more well endowed than I am in the chest area, there was no way to secure the zipper! There’s also a handy strip of fabric to give extra comfort so the zipper doesn’t poke us in the sternum during workouts. The fabric is comfy and soft, and the backing on the zip bra is cute. The cups are also removable!
**One thing to note is that ALL items with the Dusty Blossom print are made with a different material (it’s a little thinner) and are a little bit larger than the other colored items of the same style. Examples here:
Keyhole bras: both size 4 (the indigo fits me perfectly, but the dusty blossom is a tad large)
Hi-Lo shorts: both size 6 (As you can see, the Dusty Blossom is a bit larger than the indigo)
So, if you are planning on getting any Dusty Blossom items, I would probably size down, especially with the keyhole bra! The Dusy blossom Zip bra is also a little large, but I had no other item to compare it to 😛
(I will pose pics of the keyhole bras when I get the chance!)
Probably my favorite color/style of bra that POPFLEX has released!
- fairly easy to take off–no contortioning needed!
- fits me perfectly. I followed the size chart (I’m a size 4 in this collection along with the peony/mermaid collection)
- Comfortable–no squeezing on my underarm flabs during my workout! ❤ this is a pretty huge thing for me because the Set the bar POPFLEX bras have always squeezed on my flabs.
- COLOR (I guess this is biased because I love blue)
- sturdy, keeps everything in place (from the perspective of a small-chested girl, so I can’t say otherwise for those with different bust sizes!)
- The backing is super cool
- if you decide to go out into the sun with this top, wear sunscreen! You don’t want a dotted looking tan lol.
paired with the hi-lo 1.5 short in Indigo
When I first saw this top, I was like “interesting–this looks more like a going out top!” Once I pulled it on and popped my head through, I was like ooooh I feel fancy! lol I think this would pair nicely with the high waisted highness leggings. The midsection is a bit wider than I expected, but I think if I sized it down any more it would be too tight on my armpit area. I found it interesting that they kept the torso/midsection so wide. It might be possible that they were trying to answer some customers’ concerns with previous collections’ tops being too narrow in the waist? *shrugs*
- removable cups
- really pretty color
- the neckline design is quite dramatic 😉
- haven’t tested it in a workout, but maybe I’ll wear it to next week’s class and update you guys!
- a little wide around my torso
- Taking this top off is a challenge! Felt a little like a contortionist while also trying not to ruin the front/back straps.
paired with the secret run shorts in black!
side view: as you can see my chest is verrrrrry small XD hahaha
back view= same design as the front!
Hello There top in indigo (front)
No cups on this one
Probably one of my favorite tops, just because it’s layer-able and the cut is kinda cute. To be honest, this whole collection got me overwhelmed with the mesh/fishnets, so I’m really wondering how to best pair these items so I don’t end up looking like a washed up mermaid! XD What works best, for me at least, is pairing one mesh item with a solid legging/short. I’m sure you guys can pull it off, but mesh top with mesh bottom might be too much for me (as shown below)!
Paird with the zip bra and secret run shorts: have I reached mermaid status yet?????
As you can see, the top is a little bit wider around the torso area, so if you like your tops a bit more fitted, maybe size down? (This is a size 6 btw–and I like that it’s not too tight around the arm pit area–I have wide shoulders and always worry about this area fitting well)
Probably one of my favorite tops, since it’s pretty flattering with whatever sports bra you decide to wear with it! I also really love the color ❤
mesh on top, with attached sports bra underneath (with removable cups)
Another favorite top! I got a size 6. I probably could have sized down, but I’m comfortable in it–and I like the fact that I can hide that midsection mesh bit–I don’t really want to show off too much skin during my POP Pilates classes, even if it is covered with the fishnet mesh. I like this top because I feel like I have enough coverage (I know, I know my boobs are small!) that I don’t have to worry about anything shifting around while I’m moving and doing POP Pilates moves! The length is just right, too. Last night I had my weekly POP Pilates class and wore this top with my fave draw the line leggings, and everything stayed put! My top didn’t ride up and I was comfortable doing hundreds of roll ups.
- coverage (for small chested peeps, at least)
- removable cups
- can style it so the mesh shows/doesn’t show in the midsection
- removing this requires a little bit of contortion, at times I’m worried I’ll tear the fishnet mesh.
I really like the neckline of this top! However, I find the side mesh parts to be a little distracting and a bit awkward, on my body at least. During the launch they had a live video showcasing this top and how they wanted to make an illusion of slimming the body down using these side cuts, but I don’t quite see it–at least not on me. I think my body shape is too straight or my waist doesn’t have that flattering ratio like on the POPFLEX models lol. I kind of wish they kept the side cuts out of this top and it would’ve been perfect! Now that I think about it, I think if the side cuts were a little bit higher up, like right underneath the bust (similar to the bodypop tank), then maybe it would look more flattering. Maybe. Overall, my least favorite top.
- removable cups
- backing is nice and comfy (last collection’s zipper backing was pretty but I couldn’t wear it to POP classes as we have lots of back work and I can’t stand a zipper stabbing me in the back while doing roll ups lol)
- the cut-outs were the major con for me, not flattering for my straight torso/wide shoulders combo. Kinda looks like a shark bit out my sides.
looks pretty good from the back
I’m still so confused by the side mesh cut-outs! If it had a continual design along the back or front, I think it might’ve looked a little better on me.
my tummy just looks bigger lol
maybe 3/4 angle it looks okay? lol not the most natural looking pose, however!
I’m realizing this post is getting a bit long, so I’ll be covering shorts in my next post! Feel free to leave a comment/question if you have any! 🙂 Hope this can be helpful, and happy shopping ❤ If you are interested in getting any items, you can get those items HERE and make sure to sign up for their rewards program so you can rack up points and save on your next purchase 😉