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Wow, what's going on with Lululemon? In all your years following, LLA, have you ever seen such "interesting" designs?
LOVE tank and bra, coat/jacket does nothing for me.....
@ anon 3:51 pm - Oh yes. This level of fug is nothing. 2012 was a particularly bad year:http://luluaddict.blogspot.com/2012/12/2012-in-review-ugly.html
I don't even know what to say about this! WTF. Who does this appeal to?
You are so right! Had a good laugh at the 2012 designs. It is totally unbelievable.
Question for addicts.... Can you guide me.... I have been gunshy about purchasing anything LLL for many months now. The reviews of products online are riddled with poor stitching, sheerness and poor quality material comments. Can you assist me with how you find things to be, since obviously folks who post here are still making purchases.I' d appreciate your thoughts since I hate the idea of starting to shop at LLL again and be disappointed. Thanks for your thoughts!
this jacket is so ugly, won't wear it even if it were free
I love LLL. I've been purchasing weekly for the past 6 months and had no issues with sheerness or pilling. I wear my black Wunder unders 3x a week usually and wash after each wear and they still look brand new. The only sheerness I've experienced was the in the flow crops in lullaby but that was minimal and was remedied with nude underwear. Can't see anything. Love the tanks and jackets as well. I wash my lulus frequently and they all still look brand new.
@ anon 4:46 pm - honestly, I think a lot of those reviews are by LLL's competitors. I've looked at quite a few and often they are one and done, not by long time people who've left multiple reviews, both good and bad, so take a look at the history of the reviewer and the other reviews they have left so you know how to weight the review.Overall, compared to how things were at the end of 2012 the quality has gone up a LOT and I think it's pretty close to how it used to be. I think anything that has come out since the fall of 2013 is pretty good. My comments apply to the technical fabrics only - I haven't really bought too many of the vitasea/cotton, burnout material, etc. items.I really like the new full on luon and luxtreme fabrics a lot. I think they have good coverage and wicking/breathability. They are wearing well in terms of pilling in the crotch area. The jury is out to me about the denim luon. I bought the camo wunder under crops in them and did have to have the stitching in the crotch reinforced by the store seamstress since it started coming unraveled, which a few other people mentioned here on the blog. However, in the facebook groups I have not read any complaints about the material so I think ,overall, it's good. It certainly is not see-through so lululemon corrected a problem by going to this fabric. I find it a bit hot to work out in my gym in warmer weather but I think a lot of people find it fine for their climates.I think the new Practice Cotton items are really nice. I love the material. I have three pairs of crops in the material.I haven't encountered any bleeding in things in a long, long time and I buy bright materials.The new Scuba IIs are fantastic.What items, in particular, are you interested in? Some of the run crops in luxtreme can be sheer when you bend over but I try to note which ones. The full on luxtreme ones seemed to have solved this problem, though.
@ 4:46 PM... I really do not find LLL to be inferior at all. Their products are far superior than others on the market. I personally have an obnoxious amount of LLL and have no issues with any of my items. Normal wear and tear occurs when you wear certain items repeatedly for years...that happens to all clothes but it doesn't prevent me from wearing them or them being functional. For example, when you run in the same pants multiple times the inner thigh seams might get fuzzy... I have seen this comment many times and I just don't get it - it's not a quality issue it just happens. LLL is pricy so I guess people feel that their stuff should be bullet proof but that's unrealistic ... at the end of the day they are work out clothes and if you really use them to their extent after several years they will wear out. The sheerness issue is beyond me because if you buy the correct size, you shouldn't have an issue. As a Pilates instructor, I get to see many women doing exercises in work out pants (and I am standing in the most vulnerable spot if you know what I mean) and LLL if far less sheer than any brand I have seen. At some point when you extend your leg up and over your head - you are maxing out the potential of the fabric to be opaque but if I am going to choose a brand that is the least sheer, it would be Full-on Luon. Anywho.... I am ranting a bit because I am over people complaining about the quality. If you want to "dip your toe in the pool" so to speak... start with the classics like the CRB, Full-on Luon, Flow Y bra, Inspires.... hope this helps!
Here we go again- pink camo WUC sold out in WEM Canada within an hour....let the online battle begin:)
LLA, Have you heard anything about the new Pace Crops that were uploaded to Canada? Just wondering about the luxtreme and if they are TTS...the wee stripe black looks cute! Thank you!!
Oh, no. This is not good. The summer items so far have been a miss for me. I used to buy so much LLL, to the point where I'd visit the store and I had almost everything that they carried. (Yes, it is ridiculous)After all of the quality issues and bad designs in 2012/2013, I looked more and more to other brands.Now I'm lucky to buy one thing a month, but quality HAS gotten better. I'm just not loving the designs. I think LLL has lost its identity a little bit. I know that the street wear (for instance the &Go line) has flown off the shelves, but that's not too interesting to me. I'm an athlete, and I look to LLL for the best-fitting, most comfortable, stylish athletic apparel. I feel like they are diluting their talent by focusing on street wear, more and more casual wear, etc. I feel like we're not getting as many fabulous pieces for actual hardcore exercise. I don't know, maybe I'm the only one who feels this way.Also, on a related note, I am surprised that I didn't see mention of Laurent's earnings/forecasting/directional speech. (I forget its proper name)He took a beating for not having a plan or strategy...apparently he used a lot of typical LLL jargon like, "Authentic experience for our guests" and not a lot of fact-based growth/financial info. In addition, he's looking quite out of shape, so some analysts are questioning whether he really understands his core customer. It's all very interesting. I don't know if you CAN appreciate the attention to things like flat locked seams, reflective detailing, sweat wicking fabrics, room for muscles, etc., if you're not an athlete. Thoughts?
Hi addicts, thanks so much for your helpful feedback.Very interesting about the Reviewers' histories. I have learned something new!I'm interested in the WUC full on luon, studio crops but worried about the rolling waistbands, love CRBs but am concerned about the luon light dislikes, the shorter crops that end just below the knees too.What are your takes on the swiftly short sleeves as far as snagging too? I would really like to try these but don't want to spend $ on shirts that will snag easily since I wear bags across my shoulders almost everyday.Thanks in advance!
I just returned 3 pairs of pants that where coming apart at the seems after 1 wear 1 wash butter cause they where my favorite pants (2x tech mesh and high low shines) but I think I was just unlucky . The new denim luon I LOVE and so far no problems KNOCK ON WOOD!!! I did not know they restitch items ?!?! I would have 100% dome that over having to pick completely different ones :( hope I can can blk techs again soon !!! Need size 6 if anyone has some not evilbay prices firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anyone know if the Hot Spell Bra is coming back or if the lady is wearing one she already had? Any sizing info? Suitable for larger chest? About same coverage as Energy Bra? Thx!! :)
@ anon 7:40 pm - If you are going to use your swiftly as a casual shirt and put a bag strap on it daily then it will most likely snag. I've used water belts on mine when running and snagged them. Not badly considering the velcro on the belt but still. I think they're best used for an athletic purpose. I think the new Every Yogi and Go Go V tees in Vitasea are a better bet for everyday wear.I think rolling waistbands is still a concern in the studio/pant. However, I know that the stores have been taking back pants that have rolled and giving people credit. I haven't bought a new pair of studio pants since Inkwell was out. However, there are some new Earl Grays that are very tempting.I haven't heard any problems with luon light in CRBs other than some people don't care for the fell of the high polyester print ones. That is a personal perference not a flaw.
@ anon 8:38 pm - the Hot Spell bra is back
I have 6 swiftly techs, they are the most comfortable and flattering tops for workouts ever, but it is also undeniable that they snag like crazy. They are the only workout clothes I've ever handwashed, along with my silks and more delicate fabric going out clothes. LLM can definitely do more fabric R&D here to reduce snags. On sheerness issues, every brand has that problem, not just LLM. I'm just surprised that it's mostly LLM that that received so much criticism when almost every brand is guilty of it. The crop jacket is a nice concept, but I think it wasn't executed well, the fabric does't seem to hold the jacket silhouette and seems to wrinkle easily.
When it comes to washing I put Swiftlys, anything circle mesh, and anything sheer luon (105F tanks) in a lingerie bag to keep them nice. Ta Ta Tamer bras also go in their own bag since they have hooks that can snag things. My lulu is only washed with other lulu on delicate cycle and it's all hung dry.
This "jacket" is really, really bad. I think it has the mark of a "junior" designer all over it and this will appeal to some sort of customer. @ 7:40 PM, I've been buying CRBs since forever and have zero complaints with the luon for most CRBs. The odd one (limitless blue comes to mind), I wasn't impressed with the quality of the material. However for almost all, I have no complaints. Some CRBs I prefer over others (too many to list) as they are softer. For yourself, if you can see/feel the CRB in store before purchase, this is your best bet. I don't care for some print CRBs (beachscape was one, despite being such a great print) because they are just too poly. But, paisley and beautiful baroque are prints ones and I love them. On Swiftly shirts...was cautious on buying them too. I now have a number of short sleeve and long sleeve ones. Knock on wood, no snags on the outside, but a few on the inside of one s/s. I always wash them inside out, in a protective net bag. 99% of the time they are worn for running only with no belt or armband (wear ipod shuffle for running). I do sometimes wear them casually and would agree that when you go and do your normal stuff, you expose them to the potential to snag. I did have one s/s that actually sprung a hole and I had only washed it before the first time wearing it, and I couldn't believe it. I took it back the next day and they refunded/credited me with no hassle.
I have 4 tanks, 1 short sleeve, and 2 longsleeved Swiftlys and have yet to get a single snag (inside or outside) on any of them. Obviously they're meant for running, and they are absolutely amazing at wicking away sweat and drying very quickly. I've worn layers over them without being particularly careful, but obviously I don't go wearing them casually with bags over top. They're technical gear, not really meant for casual wear. I wash mine in a mesh laundry bag and have never had any issues. But other than the laundry bag, I don't ever baby mine and mine are all in perfect condition even after a couple of years.I've read tons of reviews about people who wear them for only an hour and suddenly have five snags, and I always wonder how they get those. I wouldn't wear them to the gym if I was doing free weights, but that's not really what they're meant for...they're a running top.
All in all lululemon is like anything else you pay good money for. Take care of it and it will last a very long time, I've had some of my stuff for years and years and share it with my daughters and it still looks amazing. When it comes to fabrics lululemon is way ahead of any other athletic company.
I had my black and white striped swiftly get caught on hubby's jacket's Velcro, and snag. I was so bummed. I managed to pull it through, and because it's striped, it's not too noticeable. I notice that different colored Swiftlys seem to be different fabric--some seem sturdier and thicker than others. My plum and spry striped ones seem more slippery. The orange one I got last year pilled after one wear (on the sides). A friend and I thought that Lulu had seen that color the wrong side out (the other ones in the store had the same side on the outside). I had bought it on WMTM, and Lulu told me to return it to my store (which I did without any problems).
Its out in canada stores now
Have you heard any try on reviews? My new free to be bras are tight and I have a drawer full of them that fit perfect ... Wondering if I should size up since the back looks potentially back fat pinching. Thanks :-)
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