Leggings are an essential part of a girl’s wardrobe. They can be worn with a tunic, cute sundress, or just as regular pants if you wish. They come in a variety of patterns, colors, lengths, and more. They’re sold in all retail stores and have a wide price range.
One of the most popular brands of leggings is LuLaRoe. They’re comfortable, fashionable, but expensive. For those who don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on expensive leggings, we found a cheaper alternative. They are called Viv Leggings and cost about half of what LuLaRoe leggings cost.
Okay, so we found a cheaper version, but are they as good as LuLaRoe? Absolutely! When it comes to LuLaRoe vs ViV, ViV is definitely the better of the two in our opinion because they’re more comfortable, affordable, and have better pattern options. If you’re still on the fence, keep reading.
What Is LuLaRoe?
LuLaRoe is all about the power of individuality and bringing women together. They were founded in 2013 by Mark and DeAnne Stidham in California. In 2017, they brought about $1 billion to small business owners, making it one of the quickest growing clothing manufacturers in the United States.
What Is Viv?
Viv is an apparel company that sells its products on its actual website and Amazon, something you can’t get from LuLaRoe. They’re all about getting back to the basics with black leggings, slip-on slacks, and much more. You can use their pieces to repurpose them into a variety of different outfits. They offer high-quality products at a price that fits your budget.
So now that we know just a little bit about the two brands and what they bring to the table, let’s check out what they have and don’t have in common. The first aspect we’re going to check out is the material they are each made from.
This is very simple to break down. Both LulaRoe and Viv are made from 92% Polyester and 8% Spandex and both are made in China. There is only one main difference between the two brands. The Viv leggings only have a ½ inch waistband whereas the LuLaRoe leggings have a 2-inch waistband. This may not be a huge deal for most people, but others enjoy having either a little more tummy control like the LuLaRoe leggings offer.
This isn’t something that is generally an issue with other products, but there are two main differences here between LulaRoe and Viv.
If you want to be able to purchase LuLaRoe leggings off of the internet, good luck. You can’t unless, Mercari, or Craigslist. Even then, they’re either used or marked up 75% because they’re “rare”. It’s also impossible to find a plain black pair of leggings unless you want to pay triple the price for them because they’re considered rare.
When you attend these pop-up parties, you are supporting the host’s commission. When they sell the leggings, they are entitled to a commission. It’s kind of like Avon or Mary Kay when they were popular. The unfortunate part is that if you’re on a budget and have 10 friends throwing parties, you may not be able to support all of them, especially with leggings being upwards of $25 per pair. If you’re tall and curvy, expect to pay more.
ViV leggings can be purchased on the internet. They have an actual website and an Amazon store page. You don’t have to worry when the next pop-up party or Facebook post will appear so you can buy a pair of leggings for double the price of ViV leggings. Not to mention, you can find plain black leggings! They aren’t “rare” and they are available from size XS to 2XL.
Each product should have a warranty that comes with it in case anything were to go wrong with it. This gives you that extra peace of mind in our opinion. Let’s see what LuLaRoe and ViV have to offer, shall we?
LuLaRoe offers a warranty for the original purchaser. The leggings should be free of defects in materials and workmanship for six months from the date of purchase. It only applies to legging sold in the United States from an authorized LuLaRoe Independent Fashion Retailer. The warranty doesn’t include promotional items or damage caused by improper care, accidents, negligence, normal wear and tear, abuse, or the natural breakdown of colors and materials due to extended use.
LuLaRoe also has a happiness policy. This applies to the first 90 days from the original date of purchase. If for any reason you aren’t satisfied with your leggings, you can contact the retailer you bought the product from and show them the original receipt to receive an exchange, credit, or full refund. If it gets to be 90 days and you aren’t satisfied, you can receive a credit or exchange.
ViV doesn’t offer a warranty on their products, but they do have a return policy. If you aren’t happy, you can send the leggings back for a full refund or exchange. If it’s over 14 days, you will be offered an 80% refund. The product must also be returned unused and in the same condition in which you received it. You must also return it in the original packaging. Additionally, you can get a partial refund if the item is not in its original condition, missing parts, or damaged for reasons that aren’t due to ViV’s error.
LuLaRoe definitely has a better warranty/return policy. You have 3 months to return the item and many more refund options.
Both LuLaRoe and ViV offer fun prints such as swirls, lines, holiday patterns, and more. Both companies offer these, but the quality of the pattern may be lacking on one of them. LuLaRoe, when tested by individuals, was found to have stretched-out patterns. This means that when the leggings are stretched, the pattern breaks apart.
When it comes to ViV, when stretched, the patterns didn’t break apart like LuLaRoe. The patterns remained solid and even though the fabric is made from the same materials, the ink used to create the colors are different. This may not happen with those who have slimmer legs when they are wearing LuLaRoe.
Yes, there’s a certain way you should wash leggings, especially LuLaroe. If you wash them a certain way, it can lead to the disintegration of materials, color bleeding, and shrinking. Washing your LuLaRoe legging is different than washing your regular Walmart leggings. You have to turn them inside out, wash in cold water, air dry so the fabric isn’t strained, and you can use a gentle or delicate wash cycle.
Viv leggings are also able to be washed in the washing machine in cold water, on the delicate cycle, and inside out. They can be air-dried as well. There are no issues with color bleeding, loose threads, or faulty seams when this method is used.
How They Feel
Leggings are meant to be comfortable. You shouldn’t have to worry about bunching, squeezing, or waistband rolling. Both LuLaRoe and ViV are very comfortable. They are both made from the same materials and you can’t see through them when bending over. The main difference is that LuLaRoe is thicker than ViV and has a more cotton-y feeling. This may be ideal for those who live in cooler climates, but for those who live in warmer climates, the thinner ViV leggings may be more comfortable.
When it comes to ViV leggings, some of them fit differently than the others, but they are all relatively close in fit. There is no tugging when pulled up to the waist and no bunching. However, LuLaRoe leggings seem to run small when they have a printed pattern. It can be tough to pull the Tall and Curvy ones up to the waist when they have a design on them. Additionally, there’s some bagginess at the ankles.
- Buttery feeling
- Great warranty
- Many patterns to choose from
- 2” waistband
- Black leggings are hard to find
- Not sold in stores
- Colors may break when stretches
- T&C may bunch at the ankles
- Smooth feeling
- Colors don’t break
- More affordable than LuLaRoe
- Available online
- Black leggings are easy to locate
- ½” waistband
- Doesn’t support entrepreneurs as LuLaRoe does
- Not as good of a warranty
It’s safe to say that both LuLaRoe and ViV are great legging brands. They are both comfortable, they offer a ton of prints, and they last a long time. It’s no doubt that LuLaRoe has a better warranty period if you are concerned about that. You have 90 days to return a product that may have defects plus you have a happiness period. Even with that being said, we believe that the ViV leggings are better than LuLaRoe because they’re cheaper, more easily accessible, and they don’t have a problem with bunching or pattern stretching. If you want to support your friends with their business, then LuLaRoe may be a good option for you, but overall ViV is the better and more affordable of the two.
My name is Keren Tayler. I am a work-at-home mama to three lovely girls, Sarah + Rachel + Hannah. I have been blogging for the last 5 years. I worked for other mom blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to mom’s life and homemaking.