adidas x Universal Standard Review

Woman flexing in a black unitard

We all know I am a fan of Universal Standard, a brand that has democratized fashion by offering cool style from quality materials in sizes 00-40. Universal Standard has partnered with brands such as J. Crew and Rodarte to push them to extend their size range but now they've partnered with a brand that makes me even more excited. In October 2019, Universal Standard and adidas joined forces to create an inclusive activewear collection available at adidas online. This collection available in sizes XXS through 4X goes beyond just the usual sizes of small, medium, and large, to create pieces that feel like a second skin, that move with our bodies, and give us the freedom to do any sort of activity or movement we desire on our terms.  

This post is sponsored by adidas

Woman in a black activewear bodysuit lifting a kettlebell above her head

The initial adidas x Universal Standard collection dropped at the end of 2019 but today is the launch of the newest collection. I had the pleasure to try a few of the pieces prior to the launch. For reference, I am 5'3″ and 195 pounds. I lift weights a few mornings each week and usually fit in a walk or bike ride (or both!) on the weekend. In Universal Standard I wear an XS (which is a 10/12); in activewear, I choose a size Large, and in most mall brands I am a 14 or 14 petite. Offering this data to adidas they provided these pieces in a size Large, which on the adidas size chart is a 12/14.

woman in blue bodysuit from adidas holding a kettlebell

My adidas x Universal Standard Activewear Review

I was not able to pick my pieces, and I must say when I opened the box and found two unitards I was terrified. I am 45, I have soft curves, I didn't love the idea of wearing a second skin without hems and layers to camouflage. I also wondered how comfortable it would be and how difficult it would be to take it on and off. They are the 3-Stripes Bodysuit; they have a half-zipper with circle pull and adidas' iconic three stripes down the side from armhole to ankle. The fabric is stretchy and soft, but completely opaque. The 3-Stripes Bodysuit was easy to pull on, the tightest part for me was on my calves, which keeps it from sliding down. The chest zipper helps with getting on and off but also is a cool style detail. The adidas 3-Stripes Bodysuit has two seams at the midsection which flatter curves but also provide shape so you can move and stretch in any direction without your clothing shifting or sliding out of place.

Reviewing the adidas x Universal Standard activewear line that is available in sizes XXS-4X

The fabric of the bodysuits is more buttery than traditional activewear, but keeps its shape and fit through workouts. If I look sweaty in these photos it's because I truly did a workout while wearing these pieces so I could really asses the fit and quality. I was happy to find both colors stayed opaque even with sweating and stretching. This bodysuit is supposed to be a 7/8 length leg; as with other activewear brands I find this length is full-length on my 5'3″ self.   It says it offers compression; I found the fabric too lightweight and the fit too easy for that but that doesn't mean I didn't like this. What I loved about a one-piece like the 3-Stripes Bodysuit is there is none of that awkward hiking up of my leggings after performing squats or lunges. When I bent over I didn't have to worry about flashing my lower back or the top of my underwear to the whole gym. And since it is so sleek, it looks great on its own or worn under a tank, tee, or sweatshirt and prevents the segmentation that can happen with the waistband of some activewear.

The adidas x Universal Standard unitards are made with Polygiene Odor Control Technology, which keeps clothes fresh longer and also extends the life of the fabric. The active ingredient is a biocide based on silver salt made from recycled silver. It is recommended to NOT wash clothing from this fabric after each wear, saving time but also saving water and the environment.

woman in white long sleeved tee from the universal standard and adidas collection

The shirt is the long-sleeved Performance Tee; a cool-weather version of the Performance Tee that was part of the original adidas x Universal Standard collection and a best seller. I love the thumbholes and that the shirt is so lightweight and breathable while stretchy so it can move with you. I got this shirt in white yet it is also available in three other fabulous colors.

I am so glad adidas partnered with Universal Standard for this collaboration.  It is so hard to find activewear in plus sizes, especially pieces that are as functional, technical, and quality as the Misses-sized offerings.  I hope this collaboration does well and motivates other brands to follow suit.  Women of all sizes love to be active, participate in sports, dance, move, and have fun outdoors and deserve to have the gear and activewear to do so. 

To view the entire adidas x Universal Standard collection, visit this link to the adidas website. I'd love to hear if you tried this collection yet and what you think of it!

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15 Comments

  1. Christine
    February 27, 2020 / 7:19 pm

    Too bad, many styles only have the very smallest and largest sizes left. I’m sorry US discontinued their own Game range of exercise clothes — the two tops I bought are still my very favorite workout tops ever.

    • February 28, 2020 / 9:54 am

      I expect the pieces to come back in stock. They flew when they launched Friday but I know it’s not a line that is limited edition. I too loved their workout line, I wonder if they had to stop so it wasn’t competing with this collab. I must say this line is great quality. Not the same fabrication as the original US line but a similar fit.

  2. Valerie
    February 22, 2020 / 10:25 pm

    Hi Allie, the links don’t seem to be working….

  3. L H Carter
    February 22, 2020 / 11:15 am

    The fourth photo down is stunning. You look peacefully strong. The blue color of the jumpsuit totally knocks the black one flat as a burned breakfast pancake. Great post!

  4. Krista
    February 21, 2020 / 11:41 am

    So how difficult is it to go pee while wearing this? Inquiring minds need to know? 🙂

    • February 21, 2020 / 1:45 pm

      It’s stretchy and not heavy/hardcore compression so it’s easier to slip on and off than a swimsuit and the zipper in front makes it even faster. Yes you’ll be in just your sports bra while you do it, but I didn’t find issue at all.

  5. Jill P
    February 21, 2020 / 11:29 am

    You may have posted about sport bras before, but can you share what sport bra you have on in this picture? I am looking for a good sport bra for training, and they all make mine look like one bunch of smushed dough. I wear one like that to run because I don’t want movement, but for training in a gym I would like to look better. You look great in these!

      • Jill P
        February 21, 2020 / 6:42 pm

        Thank you so much, that is just what I am looking for!! I want an adjustable back and straps and I don’t like that loop thing for straps. I wear Moving Comfort Fiona for running and I love it but I don’t run at the gym and want to feel more confident. They were low on sizes for the “Sonic” but they have one called the “Active” that looks similar. I love that it’s Nordstrom so I can try and return easily if it doesn’t work.

  6. Mary
    February 21, 2020 / 10:55 am

    Looks comfy, but I would need a flap to go to the bathroom.

    • February 21, 2020 / 1:44 pm

      It is super stretchy I was able to slip it on and off fine but I was then just in my sports bra.

  7. Jennifer Porter
    February 21, 2020 / 9:40 am

    Allie, with the unitard, did you still need a sports bra underneath?

    • February 21, 2020 / 9:42 am

      Yes. There is no support built into the unitard, same fabric and layer from ankle to shoulder.

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