Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Lululemon Must Have - The Pulse Wrap Jacket

The initial release of the Pulse Wraps back in April were in and out of my local stores so fast I never even got to try one on. Thankfully, more Pulse Wraps are now hitting stores in new colors - heathered charcoal, bon bon (pink), heathered dark mud (brown), and ivory - so now is the time to head to your store and get one (or call the GEC if your store doesn't have it). Additionally, and this is BIG, they now come in size 12!

I picked up a heathered charcoal (dark gray) Pulse Wrap at a Lululemon trunk show today. I'd never been to a trunk show before but it basically consists of a local Lululemon store bringing a couple of racks of clothes and accessories to a local studio. Anywho, the Pulse Wrap is exactly what I have been looking for to wear over my spaghetti strap tops like my new Twisted Tank.

Words cannot express how much I love the Pulse Wrap. It is essentially a belted blazer-type jacket in Lululemon's pajama soft beechlu fabric. The jacket looks great belted or left open with the belt tied in back. You can cinch the collar, as shown in the above photo, to open the neckline a bit. The jacket is a little longer in back than at front. It is not a long jacket and is designed to hit right above the hip bones so that whatever top you are wearing underneath will show. The seams and hems have a funky unfinished look. The Lululemon symbol is tone on tone and very discreet so you can use the jacket for every day outside-the-gym activities.

The Pulse Wrap will definitely become one of my wardrobe staples. It gives a polished alternative to throwing on a hoodie or warm-up jacket. Well done Lululemon!

Features:
  • Wrap that makes your pulse race in and out of the studio
  • beechlu fabric is breathable and good for warming up
  • Wrap tie allows for a customized fit
  • Collar can be worn with ties gathered to allow for a more open neckline
  • Gathered hems keep sleeves in place while dancing
  • Reflective-free logo for onstage wear
  • Chafe resistant - flat seams
  • Preshrunk
  • $98

Thursday, May 28, 2009

J Lo in Lululemon

I love celebs in Lululemon. Jennifer Lopez in a Shape Up Jacket in denim luon on the set of her new movie.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Try On Review - Astro Crop, In Motion Crop, Twisted Tank + More

I visited my nearest Lululemon stores to pick up a Conditioning Tank and to try on the new arrivals. I tried on the Astro Crops (pictured above). They aren't on Lululemon's website yet but they have been in a few of my product alerts. I found them very comfortable. I think they are a snug fitting crop but not as snug as a Groove Crop. It's hard to tell from the photo above but they run a little shorter than most of lululemon's crops, hitting me a little below the knee and have a straight leg, meaning they don't bell out at your calf. The waistband is comfortably wide and has an overlapping v in the front. If you want to see a photo of actual people wearing these crops go to Lululemon Promenade's facebook site. They have a great album of photos entitled "This Just In."

I also tried on the In Motion Crops. They are very wide leg crops with a roll down waist. These were super comfortable. I didn't care for how the wide pant leg made me look - it hit at the widest part of my calf and I felt it made me look stubby, but that's just me. There is no ipod pocket in these pants which is a big flaw in my eyes. However, I could see myself buying a full length version of this style. I bet they would rival the Still pants in comfort.

I also tried on the Twisted Tank and ended up going home with that instead of the Conditioning Tank. Both tops are very feminine and flattering. The Twisted Tank has a very relaxed fit so you can easily size down to get a closer fit (like in the picture I posted previously). The support is definitely low but there are pockets for the bra cookies. The straps can be crossed which makes a cute keyhole cutout in the back. The primary reason I choose the Twisted Tank is that it looks more like street wear than athletic wear - it's solid colored and the logo was black on the black top.

Other observations - The organic Scoop Back Tank looks like a great summer wardrobe staple. There are some cute new color combos (solid charcoal and a cool sky blue with purple) in the Move Tank, which has become my favorite hot weather running-around-town top.

Astro Crop Features:
  • Cross-front for the fun of a lower rise but safe for bending
  • Back waistband pocket for storing money and keys
  • Coolmax gusset designed for sport
  • Made with luon, our signature fabric
  • Chafe resistant flat seams

  • In Motion Crop Features:
    • Feel free to move your body in this crop
    • Made with luon, our signature fabric
    • Roll down waistband is comfortable and customizable. PS it is great for before, during and after pregnancy!
    • Wide leg fit is perfect for moving in your yoga or dance class
    • Chafe resistant - flat seams

    Twisted Tank - Hot!


    How great does this woman look in the new Twisted Tank? (My husband walked over to take a closer look when I opened the product alert - he really appreciates what Lululemon does for the female form ;-) ). It looks very similar to the Conditioning Tank in the front with the gathers at the bustline. I must try this on!

    [PS - I have to say I really dislike the female fit model used on the website. It may just be me, but I don't think she helps sell the clothes at all. She is built just a little too boyishly (wasn't Lululemon started to cloth women in their 30s - well most of us have curves) with an insanely long torso (I'm 5'5" and my Groove pants don't hit me 4" below my navel), wide shoulders, straight waist, no hips and not much bust. Not that they should use a woman like in the above photo - that would be a bit too much like Bebe sport. They should go back to using headless mannequin forms in their photos. A generic form lets us insert our bodies into the garment. If you want to use photos of actual people use photos of Ambassadors or educators.]

    Features:
  • Some like it loose - adjustable strap tank with a relaxed cut
  • Front bust detail adds fullness to the bust for the less endowed
  • Hidden hem drawcord can be cinched so it will stay in place during activity or for a different look
  • Low open back keeps you cool
  • Longer length provides bum coverage
  • Wear this with your Wonder Unders or Boogie Shorts to class
  • Made with luon, our signature fabric
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    The Power Y is Back - Did People Really Miss It?


    Lululemon has brought the Power Y tank back. I really can't figure out why. I've tried to like it. I've owned a couple but ended up selling them on eBay. I just didn't like the thin straps; they always dug into my shoulders. I currently have two Ujayyi tanks and one Tri Y tank. I really like them. I find the support a lot better on those tanks than the Power Y. I think the built in bra is just a bit tighter. The thick straps are comfortable, too. I also really like the mesh panel with ipod pocket that runs down the back of the tank, particularly when I'm in spin class.

    My personal observations aside, based on what I have seen on eBay the Spark (and the similar Repose and Sport) tank seems a lot more beloved than the Power Y. Unless the listing is poorly written, Spark tanks always engender a bidding war and sell for close to or over retail. Used ones sell very well, too. This rarely happens with the Power Y unless it is a discontinued print. Whatever. I just hope Lululemon brings back the Spark soon. Until then, I'll be shopping on eBay.

    Note: Photo above shows Power Y, Tri Y, and Ujjayi.

    Wrap Strap Tank - Try On Review

    Lululemon has brought back the Wrap Tank in a new form - the Wrap Strap Tank. It's very similar except for the thin shoulder straps. This tank is very cute and offers medium support. It has cup pockets for the bra cookies. The top is rather modestly cut so you won't flash a lot of cleave as you bend over. It has a fitted cut so it will definitely hug your curves (be aware if you are between sizes).

    I've always been drawn to the cool "X" color block designs on the Wrap tanks but they never work for me because they hit my boobs in the wrong place on the bottom. I studied the model on the Lululemon website and the bottom of the X runs high on her, too, but she is not that chesty so the design works for her. I, on the other hand, have had three kids, have DDs, and the ladies are starting to head south for the winter. Any top that isn't cut / color blocked to fool the eye and enhance my bust (and waist for that matter) doesn't make it into my closet. However, for those who don't have boobage issues and are looking for a cool, comfortable, fitted top to work out in, this top is for you.

    Features:
  • Wrap this strappy tank on and head straight to your fitness class!
  • Medium support tank
  • Fitted tank shows off your assets without being restrictive
  • Longer hem length in the back to prevent any peek-a-boo while bending over
  • Wider straps are comfortable and do not dig into shoulders during activity
  • Brushed Silverescent™ bra elastic that is wicking & anti-stink
  • Made with luon, our signature fabric
  • Chafe resistant - flat seams
  • Thursday, May 7, 2009

    Mother's Day Present to Myself - Circuit Tech Tank

    I must have spent over an hour at Lululemon yesterday before I went home with the Circuit Tech Tank (show in middle). I tried on the new Wrap Strap Tank (very similar to old Wrap Tank except for thin shoulder straps), Hip Halter Tank (shown a few posts below), and a really cool cover up tunic made of lightweight circle mesh material. I'll post info about them as soon as I find photos to illustrate.

    I spent a lot of time trying on the Race Tech, Circuit Tech, and Track Tech tops from Lululemon's running line. All of them are made of lightweight, stretchy, breathable Silversescent that is so lightweight it feels like you have nothing on. The only bad thing about this material is that it really showcases sweat in the darker colors.

    The Race Tech is the top pictured on the left. I liked the Race Tech a lot, particularly the fact that it has a racer back and a drawstring to customize the length. The main reason I didn't get it is that I prefer a lower, more open neckline. I was looking for maximum cooling for hot weather spin classes and I like having an open neckline to help keep me cool.

    I also like the Track Tech short sleeve top a lot. If you want more coverage but maximum breathability, the Track Tech is your best best.

    I ended up getting the Circuit Tech because I love the racer back and open neckline. (It was also $20 cheaper than the Race Tech) I wore it to spin class this morning and it was great - so comfortable and cool.

    Race Tech Product Features:
    • Quick and nimble, you'll be the first to cross the finish line!
    • Perfect warm-weather singlet
    • Silverescent™ yarns (using X-Static, the silver fibre) for anti-stink
    • Customize your look with an adjustable hem!
    • See if you can find the hidden pocket for your $$ & cards!
    • Mesh for ventilation
    • Preshrunk
    • Chafe resistant - flat seams
    • $68
    Track Tech Features:
    • Lightweight performance top for your toughest workouts
    • Anti-stink & anti-static
    • Silverescent™ using X-Static, the silver fibre
    • Mesh paneling in high sweat areas
    • Hidden pocket fits your credit cards perfectly
    • Preshrunk
    • Chafe resistant - flat seams
    • Wicking
    • $58
    Circuit Tech Features:
    • Lightweight singlet perfect for extra sweaty exercise!
    • Anti-stink & anti-static
    • Silverescent™ using X-Static, the silver fiber
    • Mesh paneling for extra air flow
    • Hidden pocket fits your credit cards perfectly
    • Preshrunk
    • Chafe resistant - flat seams
    • Wicking
    • $48

    Conditioning Tank - Try On Review


    I tried on a bunch of stuff at the Lululemon store yesterday. One of my favorites was the Conditioning Tank. It is a lightweight, low impact top that is very feminine and very flattering. It has adjustable, stretchy straps and is gathered in the front to enhance and flatter the bustline. I loved how lightweight and breathable it was. The back is made of perforated (circle) mesh. It does not have bra cup pockets. It is a great top for warm low impact workouts or even just to wear around town on hot summer days.

    Features:
    • This tank will definitely keep you cool during your workout
    • Wicking/quick dry lullure fabric offers you coverage while circle mesh bodice will keep you cool
    • Straps can be worn 2 ways - x-back or regular
    • Mesh/WDW bra construction for optimum breathability & comfort
    • Chafe resistant - flat seams

    New Adventures of Old Christine - Lulutastic

    Last night's episode of New Adventures of Old Christine featured a bunch of clothes from Lululemon. I love when I spot Lululemon on tv shows. This episode spent most of the time in a gym so they got to showcase a lot of athletic wear. I spotted some Bebe Sport in the background players, too. Julie Louis-Dreyfus wore a black Deep V, three different athletic Deep Vs from the Spring line, and a Tri Y. She also paired it with Lululemon pants. She is the typical SoCal Lululemon consumer - fit, affluent, and in her 30s/40s (honestly, who else can afford to buy Lululemon unless you work at a store) - and she looked great. This isn't the first time I've spotted Lululemon on the show. In the photo above, Barb is wearing a Shape Jacket.

    Hip Halter Tank - So Cute!

    Isn't this cute? It's the new Hip Halter Tank. Lululemon hasn't updated their website, not even the hidden links for the product alerts, so I can't give too much more information than this photo. However, it is made of luon and has cup pockets. It has an empire waist and fits loose through the tummy and hips. It is long and will come past your hip bones. I think it may only go up to a 10 since that is all my store had but I hope not. If they had my size I would have bought it.

    Hey, Lululemon, can you put some product information on your website? I'm sure most people care more about your clothes than your blog. Thanx.