Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today's Shopping Trip - Dance Studio Jacket, Pure Focus Tank, and Aura Jacket

I tried on the Dance Studio Jacket today and really liked it. It's very figure flattering and I think TTS although maybe a big snug in the upper arms. I much preferred the look of the Swift side to the Sheer luon side. The Sheer luon side does not have any pockets. The arms on the Swift side have small gathers down them as a design detail. It was $128 which was on a white sticker. I did not peal it off to see what price was underneath. Anyone know?

Dance Studio Jacket Product Info:
  • Dance your way to yoga class by pairing this jacket with the Dance Studio Pant
  • Reversible
  • Swift outside and sheer luon fabric inside
  • Soft lined pockets keep your hands cozy and comfortable
  • Thumbholes keep your sleeves down and your hands warm
  • Preshrunk
 Here is a photo of the Dance Studio Jacket paired with the Dance Studio crops in case anyone was wondering how they looked together.

In case anyone was wondering, here is a color comparison of Violaceous (on the left) and Potion Purple (on the right). I wore my Potion Define to the store so I was able to compare the two colors.

Also, if you already have a few Potion Purple pieces, they go very nicely with the Unicorn Tears print. This is my Potion Define against a UT Power Y.

I tried on the Iris Aura Jacket. I did not care for this jacket for a lot of reasons. One reason was that the arms are snug. I am used to Lululemon arms fitting snug in the upper arm on me but these were also snug in the forearm. The striped pattern also shows through to the Iris side, as you can see in the photo on the left. Also, the jacket has the sticky metal zipper I detest. I also dislike the huge hood. To me, with the exception of the hood, I find this jacket is unremarkable style-wise. It's $98.

I tried on the Pure Focus tank expecting to not like it on me and I ended up pleasantly surprised and taking one home. I prefer to wear the tank bloused up like in the above photos. That does lead to a little sag in the back, as shown in the photo below, but I figure I am going to be in motion while wearing it so I really don't care about sag that much.

This tank actually looks pretty decent on full busted women and the straps are fairly supportive. I tried layering a Hot Class bra underneath while I was at the store and the only thing that shows is the straps, which lay under the tank straps, so that is definitely a bra you can use under it. The tank only goes up to a 10 and it fit me very comfortably so I think this tank runs about a size large unless you have a wide back/shoulders. (I just measured the size 10 - armpit to armpit it's 17.5". My size 12 Power Y is 18" armpit to armpit.) It comes with the cups. I plan to use this tank for low impact activities so will try layering a bra under it but I also plan on using it as street wear in warmer weather. I was torn between getting the Violaceous and the Black but I ended up going home with the black since I have a bunch of black bras that I can layer under it. I like that it is fashion forward and different from what everyone else will be wearing in the gym. If you have a mommy tummy, this tank is great to conceal it or use for bloated days. It's very lightweight and airy feeling and will be wonderful for hot weather workouts. I know not everyone likes the blousy tanks but for those that do, you should check out the Pure Focus.

I tried layering a few different bras under it. I think I liked the look of my Free 2 Be bra best:
I thought a Power Y didn't look that bad either but you do see the entire back of the bra. I also tried an All Sport but that gave me major armpit fat. I bet the Arise bra would look pretty cute under it, too, but I couldn't find it when I was in the store.

Here is a photo of either a 50 Rep or an All Sport under the Pure Focus (which looks pretty awful). If I find any more examples of a bra used under this tank I will add it.

I tried the Violaceous Energy SS on while I was in the store. I love the color of this top. I really prefer tank tops for the gym so I will hope it is coming in a tank version. Otherwise, for those who want a lightweight breathable alternative to the Swiftly, the Energy is very nice. It fits TTS. Be warned, this fabric really shows perspiration. I don't really care since I go to the gym to workout and own my pit stains ;-)  but if you don't care for that look, get the black version.

I also tried on the Unicorn Tears Scoop Neck. I really like the bit of black on this tank and the way it plays off the black in the print and looks with black pants but think I would have prefered if they used black for the mesh in the back. I want to like the Unicorn Tears print on me but I just can't seem to warm up to it. The store didn't have my size in the Scoop Neck anyway and I didn't feel like driving over to the other store so I will take my chances on Thursday and order one.

The store did not have the Sunset tank for me to try on or the UT Push UR Limits. I have a feeling the UT Push will give me a bathing suit vibe, though.

Oh yeah, I saw the new all black Cabin long sleeve in the store. Someone had either commented or emailed me that they saw a black cabin that reversed to black in their local store. I just got a product alert so this is a real version of the cabin. Kind of weird to reverse to the same color but I do love the warmth of the double thickness material.


Jocelyn said...

It looks as if the girl in the Violaceous Pure Focus is wearing the CLSS CRB underneath the tank..seems like a strange combo.. I'm sure I saw a picture of the same girl with a CRB under the Sunset tank as well..

Anonymous said...

I also came home with a black pure focus tank today! also a 12 and fairly busty i think the support is great for a skinny strap tank. I wouldnt wear it alone for working out but for casual wear on a hot summer day i think it will be great. Love it! I also picked up relaxed fit crops with UT waist band.
I tried on the aura jacket as well and felt like a total slob in it, hated it. Didn't bother trying on the DSJ but should have i think id like it but really im not in the market for a jacket. I love the Unicorn tears scuba but they didnt have my size ill be going back thursday and hopefully it will be in then. my store only gets one size 12 scuba in most colors.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 5:50 pm - So with you about the Aura jacket - I felt so sloppy in it. It looks so cute on the web model but not me. I bet the UT Scuba is uploaded on Thursday morning so keep an eye out for it.

Anonymous said...

what colours does the Pure Focus come in?
Is the Violaceous really bright? what colour did you bring home?

Bri said...

@Anon 6:12 pm - The Pure Focus comes in wren/iris, violaceous, and black. The violaceous is really pretty, not too bright in my opinion (nice pinky-purple colour). I ended up buying this tank in black! And I would also recommend sizing down! Makes it less billow-y.

Anonymous said...

luluaddict , did you see the pure focus in wren? did it look like it would match okay with black luon pants? also, would someone who wears an 8 in scoop neck order and 8 in pure focus, or a 6?

Anonymous said...

the picture shows a girl in inversion with the pure focus...after trying it on do you think that's accurate, that it would stay? is the bottom band that tight?

Anonymous said...

I got the dance studio jacket! i love it. it's a fitted jacket like the wwa. i am usually a size 6 in all jackets (wwa size 8). however, i am on the fence about keeping it only because i have about 15 Lulu jackets and of those, 9 are either grey or black. how many black/grey jackets does a girl need???? i wish it came in a different color.

i also tried the pure focus tank. i am normally a 6 in CRBs and 8 in built-in bra tanks. the 6 fit, but it was very blousy/sloppy looking on me. the educators recommended i size down to a 4 but i didn't have time to try it on. i'm hoping this will hit the markdown rack *fingers crossed*.

Anonymous said...

how did the aura jacket fit? small/large? is it the same fit as the Stride?

Anonymous said...

Luluaddict, did you happen to see the polocrosse crop today and if so what store? Thanks!

Lulaholic said...

I found the Aura Jacket to fit large.... I bought a 6 but will be exchanging it for a 4. I also bought my In Stride in a 4 instead of a 6 as I found that fit large too. I also tried the Pure Focus Tank I sized up thinking I would need to and it was horrible and didn't even bother trying another size, but from what you are saying LuluAddict I should try in a size smaller not a size larger.

LuluAddict said...

I didn't see the Polocrosse crops in either the Irvine or Newport stores. They could have been tucked away but they usually showcase the new stuff up front or hanging up. The product alert emails didn't mention them either so I don't think they got them.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how much the polocrosse pants are priced at? Off topic, I was at Lulu and saw one of the salesgirls wearing pants that had pockets that unzipped on the side and it showed another color inside. So pretty. Do you know what those pants were called? I want to scout Ebay for one. Thanks!