So a while ago I went to a yoga event in Hong Kong that Grana held to introduce their new line of activewear called Grana Move and I have been in love with their clothes ever since. I have replaced my entire wardrobe with their clothes and have almost every women’s item in their store. Even my husband wears their activewear shirts religiously for yoga every day. I am a busy mama so I will be posting photos of individual products later when I can figure out how, as I am terrible at selfies. So please excuse the rather wordy review- you will just have to trust me for now.
Let’s start with the activewear leggings. I love the feel of fabric and the support it gives, especially for my post-birth muffin top. The high waist keeps everything in without squeezing. I would say it’s like a warm comforting hug. I have both the 3/4 length and full length leggings in large and for a petite person like me (I’m 5″2), the 3/4 length is pretty good as it stops above the ankle. The full length I need to get hemmed. I love the price point and the quality that you get for it. Note: the fabric for the port and black colours are thinner and more cooling than the grey, teal, and rose. Personally I would say two improvements on this product for me would be complimentary hemming like lululemon does for full length leggings would be a great bonus, and way less seams. The leggings have a bunch of seams that presumably make the fabric hug you in a more technical way but my experience is that the seams start to pill almost right away and they are a bit annoying and uncomfortable. I am a big fan of the minimalism of say some of lululemon’s yoga pants that just have an inseam- i.e. only where absolutely necessary to hold the fabric together. That said, for quality price point ratio Grana wins, and they look great for this mama bod.
Continuing on the subject of Grana activewear, the crossback sports bra makes my boobs looks amazing. It supports the post-breastfeeding mama boobs in all the right ways, making them once again the youthful plums they once were. I even wear this bra with normal clothes because it creates cleavage par excellence. Beware that the crossback part moves and tends to ride up during exercise, making the straps choke uncomfortably on the back of the neck. I was constantly re-adjusting them but then I hacked it by sewing the cross firmly in place where I needed it. Also, the bra pads tend to ride up over the edges of the front part of the bra which creates an unattractive different colored semi-circle over the v-neck. Again I had to hack this by either removing the padding or sewing it firmly in place near the armpits. My advice with both leggings and bra is to size up. I did (usually I am a medium for Grana clothes) and it was STILL on the small side.
I tried on the rest of the activewear line at the fitting room and personally I recommend going with the above two options. Especially unflattering was the racerfront crop top and racerback tank top as the front was cut way narrow, meaning your shoulders look immensely broad which works in my opinion only if you are very lanky and tall like a model. What I would love to see is a loose top sports bra combo like at lululemon for more tummy and/or shoulder coverage but with the bra still being almost fully visible. Right now, with my far from perfect abs, I finish off my sports bra always with a low cut loose or sheer t-shirt. But as I said, I wear Grana activewear A LOT and it’s great for both actual sports and for running after your kids outside which is arguably also a sport. I own a lot of Grana silk clothing which I will go into next, but I don’t muck around with the kids in it as it’s more troublesome to clean. The activewear is comfy. I don’t worry about dirtying it, and it makes me look hot. AND, it costs less than half the price of most popular activewear brands. I kind of like that there are just a few colors and options, so it’s not such an excruciating decision process. Just simple solid colors in classic cuts. And this goes for the entire Grana range, not just activewear.
As a final note on Grana activewear, as I said my husband LOVES their men’s active crew neck tee. It’s not form fitting which he likes, because his other technical shirts are too hugging and he feels only comfortable wearing them as undershirts. The colors and cut are classic and flattering and the fabric feels great on him. As with the women’s, the fabric varies by color: the blue and black are thinner and more cooling than the grey.
I discovered the beauty of silk with Grana and I will be eternally grateful to Grana for introducing this material to me at an amazing quality and affordable price point. I either tried on or bought almost every single silk item available on Grana and I have to start this section by naming my favorites: the silk culottes and the silk v-neck camisole. These two are the backbone of my wardrobe, and I own nearly every color available. These are both in georgette satin which I prefer to the crepe de chine that is used in most of the other Grana styles in silk- you can check the fabric in the description of the product. The satin is smoother, not as sheer and delicate, and thicker. Be careful with matching as both the look and feel of crepe and satin are substantially different. I had ordered a cap sleeve top which is my favorite cut with the culottes of the same color, but put together it looked odd as the material was different. I am hoping that Grana will offer the cap sleeve in satin one day as it provides more shoulder coverage. The v-neck camisole is very low cut with thin straps so I tried wearing it without a bra which didn’t work out as my nipples were very clearly visible despite the double layer of satin silk. I had to buy bras with matching bra straps for each of these tops that I own, but now they look amazing. I was able to find the perfect bras for these at uniqlo, one in each color EXACTLY. The bra is wireless beauty light and it feels and looks amazing. So for me, that was the saving grace with these tops because my husband was about to forbid me from continuing to wear them as men were constantly staring. Phew. The silk culottes are meant to hit the ankle but as I am petite, they are perfect as full length wide-legged pants. They are extremely flattering to my build as my legs are standard to short length in relation to my torso, and tight pants tend to make my legs look shorter. And as a beautiful added bonus, they are breezy and have an elastic waistband so they are cooling in the humidity and don’t cinch my muffin top even after a meal. I do own the silk ankle pants in white, since I am a huge fan of white and they don’t have it in the satin version. I find the silk ankle pants cut unflattering and the crepe is as I said, too sheer, but I kept them because white is a great summer color and goes with everything so it’s my go to pick for easy matching. I don’t tend to wear black or navy in summer because those colors absorb way too much sunlight and I bake in them. I do like the silk v-neck slip dress as it’s the dress version of my favorite Grana silk top, but I don’t like the billowy silhouette. It would be nice to have a waist on it like their tailored silk dress. I also own the silk classic shirt in both off white and black which I use as an outer layer, sort of like a light cardigan for air conditioned restaurants. It looks even more flattering when cinched with a belt and it’s versatile because you can use it for more formal situations like the office or the opera (neither of which I am attending at the moment, but you never know what the future holds). It’s much more affordable than the silk blazer and not as long, so it’s my pick for a silk outer layer. It is crepe, which is not ideal for me, but for lack of a better alternative…. I would love it if Grana would make the silk shirt in the cut of the binky blouse with puffed long sleeves and boatneck. I think that cut/style is gorgeous. I have their silk pyjamas in rose beige both shorts and short sleeve shirt because I am petite and the long pyjamas are too long for me. It would be great if they made a 3/4 version of the pyjamas both for top and bottom. I do love to wear the pyjama top just like a regular top as well. The black trim gives it a more dressed up look and emphasises the cut. I am kind of in love with their blossom/rose, cool grey, and stone blue silk colors. I like the silk tank a lot, even though it’s in crepe de chine, it’s very flattering and a great piece for layering. Size down on that one. I am usually medium but I wear a small. Don’t really like the concept of crop top for mama bods because it tends to showcase the muffin top so I don’t recommend that cut at all. On my wishlist is to try their silk cashmere, though I am less a fan of the sweater and more a fan of the cardigan. They currently only have merino in cardigan form though. Merino and cashmere make me itch so I would love to see more selection for layering in silk cashmere or cotton. The silk blazer looks lovely but it’s significantly more expensive than the other options so I’m holding off on that for now. Similarly, I love the breton stripe limited edition, but my preferred cut is boat neck, 3/4 sleeve, and fitted like Kate Middleton’s fave shirts so I haven’t bought it because the price is also much higher than their other other comparable sweaters. I hope they will make the Kate Middleton version of breton stripe in silk cashmere or even in pima cotton, which brings us to the next fabric. I think I might get the grey silk cashmere boyfriend crew or v-neck next to try. I’ll let you know later. One last note about the silk- it IS a very delicate fabric and wrinkles easily so you have to hand wash it, DO NOT wring dry, and steam it which is a bit of a pain for busy mamas. So be warned, but Grana has a great post on how to care for your silk so please please read that before you buy and again before you attempt to do anything to it. I read it once and thought I remembered everything, then I accidentally wrung dry and ruined it so there you go. Read it again before washing- can’t hurt.
I have the pima crew neck t-shirt in all my favorite colors, and they’re alright, though I am not a huge fan of the high neck line and the tee is a tad too long for me. That said, they are a good solid base and comfy for every day use. However I have found comparable t-shirts at a lower price point in fast fashion so not sure that it’s worth it to get these from Grana. Size down on this one. I also have the modal slouchy tee which is soft and comfy but HUGE and only stretched huger with use, so I don’t recommend it unless you size way down.
That said, I have their oversized long sleeve tee in white with navy stripes and that is both comfy and gorgeous. Completely worth it! The cotton feels thinner and lighter, possibly because it doesn’t have the stiff uncomfortable neckline of the crew neck and the pattern/cut is flattering. It’s good for summer because it’s so light and airy but gives you good coverage for sun or air conditioning. It’s my favorite piece in Grana pima cotton hands down. I only wish as I said before, that they would make a fitted version of this in 3/4 sleeve, boatneck, and breton style or with the sleeve stripe starting at the shoulder. Next up, jeans.
I have tried both the Japanese and Turkish versions in high and regular rise, and I have to say, the Turkish denim high-rise cropped skinny jeans are the clear winner. I have it in white and it’s amazing. The length hits just like a full length for my petite legs. Silky smooth, soft like butter, more luxurious than any pair of jeans I have ever slipped on. It’s a bit stretchy so I would size down on this one. For example for the Japanese Denim in high waist I have to wear 29 but a 29 in Turkish is too big. This one is a must have for summer. If only they would get this in black the collection would be complete. Nuff said. Get one and try, you won’t regret it.
I have their lace triangle bra and lace brief in red. The hubs and I are very happy with the set. It is red hot french style in our bedroom, whoo-ee! The light pink looks washed out unless you have dark skin and I already own too many pieces of black lingerie so I went with red which stands out nicely. I own a few of the Italian sensitive briefs and they’re pretty nice. Overall I think Grana underwear is nice and good quality but price point and quality wise I have found cheaper and similar quality in fast fashion outlets like uniqlo. Similarly with lingerie the quality and design are great but I have found other similar ones at the same or lower price point. Perk by Kate online has some kick-ass lingerie as well if you’re looking to expand your repertoire. The bodysuit by Grana I got it in black, size down on this one, it’s pretty loose on me. Not particularly flattering and the neckline is too high in the front for my liking, BUT it’s great if you squat down in skinny jeans to scoop up your kids, you don’t show the top of your butt cheeks by accident. Don’t you hate it when that happens?! I do like their simple black one piece scoop back swimsuit, been meaning to try it but waiting for it to be back in stock. Also need to have their silk sleeveless shirt in white but again waiting for it to be back in stock. My advice? If you see what you like, grab it because it sells out and then it’s gone, especially in popular styles and colors. If you are dissatisfied you can also return or exchange it later, they give you 30 days. I have to say, their customer service is great and I LOVE that they call themselves the Cheetahs. I had some detailed feedback I wanted to give and they referred me to their product department which they called the Unicorns. How amazing is that? I’m a sucker for names and empowering employees with rocking names is just the coolest thing in my book. Good service is hard to find in Hong Kong and I have to say, the cheetahs rock it!
I hope you DO take the plunge and try out Grana for yourself if you haven’t already discovered it and I hope you enjoy these clothes as much as I do. Once you go Grana you never go back! And they do have good customer service. I have given them some feedback on their products and service and they seem willing to accept it so I hope to see even more great things on their site in the future.
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