Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cocoon Wrap in Real Life (Sounds like a pain in the ass to wear)

From a review on the LLL FB site: It runs very large - she normally wears and 8 and bought a 4. You need to be in front of a mirror to arrange it. It's a bit fussy to wear.

It's cute but exposes her crotch - just like the Pulse Wrap and the Sport Cardi.  It looks large in the armpits

Lululemon Year In Review - Running is a Winner But Would Like More Choice in Tanks

Run: Spirit Pullover
Run: Hills Pullover

Run: Energy Pullover

Run: Empower Crop
I was looking back through my posts for the year trying to pick my favorite pieces that were released this year. Granted, I didn't try everything on, but I probably tried a majority of things, especially anything technical and made to sweat in. I would probably nominate as my top pick for function and prettiness the Run: Spirit Pullover. My second place picks would be the Run: Hills Pullover and the Run: Energy Pullover. For best bottom in terms of sweating, I'd have to pick the Empower Crop. Lululemon's Run design team has been knocking them out of the park this year.

Of the non-Run new tank designs I liked best, I'd have to choose the Tri Y and the Conditioning Tank. These are the two I would like to see re-released next summer. Of course, the Athletic Deep V and Cool Racerbacks are perenniel favorites and dominate my personal collection. The Tri Y is a great alternative to the Power Y for bustier ladies and is wonderful for hot workouts like spin. The Conditioning Tank is low support so I layer it with a Flow Y but I love the circle mesh back.

Conditioning Tank - Lullure Front with Circle Mesh Back

Tri Y Tank - More Supportive Than Power Y With Mesh Panel Down the Back

I bought quite a few jackets this year. I replaced my Shape with the new longer Gather Together. The GT and the Stride are fabulous new designs. The new Define jacket is a tweaking of the Shape jacket and a great choice for a shorter, fitted jacket.
Gather Together

Stride Jacket

Define Jacket

Wishes for the coming year -come up with another iconic Lululemon tank design that flatters most every shape, like the Scoop Neck Tank and the Deep V. Design prettier run tanks than the fugly Persistance, Sunrise, Inspire, and Skim Singlet. Give the space dye and pirate stripe prints a rest - I'd like to see more pretty florals and cute prints. Come up with a supportive bra for busty ladies that will fit under a Cool Racerback without showing any straps.

Try On Report: Intention Tank + More

Intention Tank
We took a family trip up to LA yesterday so I was able to visit the Santa Monica and Beverly Hills store. Both had lots of racks of markdowns and tons of the new run product. The Santa Monica store had lots of older run products from November - the Run: Sport Henley long sleeves in lot of colors and a couple of Run: Hills Pullovers in black. I ended up getting a Run: Hills Pullover in black. I'm going to have to put the Santa Monica store on my regular rounds. They had lots of good markdowns and an extensive selection.

I tried on the new Intention Tank. It definitely is not made for bustier women. My boobs overflowed the top and had a terrible double boob look because the top cut into me so much. I don't think I have ever had this problem in a Lululemon tank before.  The top part is just cut too short and shallow. I'd quantify the support as low, very low, not moderate as given in the description. The body is made of luon light which is great in the looser fitting Cool Racerback but feels odd in a more fitted tank. I guess I am used to regular luon which has a more supportive feel on your core area. All in all, I'd call this new tank an Epic Fail. You can get a very similar look and light feel by buying a Cool Racerback.

Intention Tank Features:
  • Set your intention for the day in this body skimming, moderate support yoga tank
  • Made with luon on bust for max support and a luon light on the body for breathability
  • Mesh back allows for max breathability in high sweat areas
  • Scooped out front and back for optimum ventilation during class
  • Mesh bra construction with built in pockets for removable cups 
  • $52

 Cool Racerback in Black Embossed Manifesto Print
I saw the cute new Coal Embossed Manifesto Cool Racerback. I was so tempted to get one but I already have the black version.

I see the All Sport bra is now on the US website. My half-marathoner sister recently bought this bra and loves it. It reminds me a lot of my older Cool Swift Bra.

Here I Am Pant
I want to try the Here I Am pant on.  They are made of luon light.  I wonder if you can cut off the bottoms to get rid of the cuff.

There is a potentially cute new print hinted at in the newest website upload:

Black Splatter Stripe Print in Run: Tracker Shorts
 The Black Splatter Stripe print might be fun. It reminds me of this top from last year:

All in all, except for the fabulously comfortable and flattering Run: Energy Pullover, I'm not loving any of the newest releases.