Thursday, September 29, 2016

Two New (Yawner) Prints Revealed


A bullsh*t article from Well & Good about Lee Holman, the new creative director, and what's coming for fall at lululemon. It's only useful for photos of two new pant colorways we haven't seen yet. My wallet is safe. Thanks to Ms. K. for the heads up on the article.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Totally agree, LuluAddict! Complete BS. imo, there is really nothing special about all these new prints compared to what all is out there these days anyway. Lululemon is starting to look like every other overpriced *fashion* (normally over function) brand out there. I don't like this direction at all. I miss the old Lululemon.

Anonymous said...

I particularly liked the part about pants not falling down - lol (yeah right).

Anonymous said...

Dang it! I keep hoping that one of these posts there is going to be something good... a must have... but alas there is nothing I want! I did paisley in the 80s, so I can't do that again. That one print with the "lace look" down the sides is absolutely hideous in my eyes and looks like long underwear. The rest is not innovative or flattering.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads-up. I can't even be bothered to read the smoke blowing article. The image alone is zzzz

I know sometimes people share promo codes for other retailers (e.g. Zhoba), so FYI Shakti Activewear has a Fall Sale on right now 30% off all merchandise until October 1st. Code is "fallflash30" (Free shipping in the USA over $50.) I love their side string shorts for hot yoga. I also like their crops. I love both the coolform light and coolform material - forget about it comfort! They are always coming up with fun and very appealing prints and the special ones definitely go fast (Sometimes I have to make a point of NOT looking at the site because there is generally always something I want.) I'm in Canada and I try to wait for the discount promo sales (you'll only get the promo code if you are signed up for the e-mails. Sometimes good stuff also goes to their Clearance section). By the time I do conversion, add S&H by United States Postal Service (most economical for me in Canada, you can pay more for FedEx and so forth), apply the discount code, it's usually not too bad. I did capitalise on this sale :)

Their crops and leggings are not the compressive kind like LLL, if you are wondering. Their products are extremely durable and the prints do not fade through countless wears and washes for years!

Anyhow, I am just a customer and I know some people are looking for alternates. Now is a good time to try them out with the promo. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

The comment I left on the Well & Good article:
"As a serious lulu addict and a merchandising executive in the apparel industry with experience at both high-end fashion and athletic companies, the jury is out for me. We'll see what Mr. Holman brings to the table. My lulu spend in the past 6 months is about 1/10th of what it used to be, if that. The line is significantly over-assorted. How many tee shirts does the line need (I don't work out in tee shirts, so I don't need any)??? I've never seen so many markdowns at lulu. The inventory is clearly out of control. I'm not impressed by the subdued colors of heather grey, navy and black (which are neutrals vs colors imho), nor by most of the new styles and prints. The overuse of mesh cheapens the look imho. Take a look at what the most loyal fans are thinking at luluaddict.com."

Anonymous said...

Where is the color? Why is everything black and white?

Anonymous said...

Who are they marketing to? This is not new, edgy, cute or anything interesting no matter what age,style etc.. It's old and been done before. Nothing special blah end of rant sorry. But I have to say I'm hoping for an online wearhouse sale of old stuff I had missed out on like studio pant and scuba IIs!

Frenchpaleo said...

I actually kinda like that black mysterious print (top left of the paisley). If they come out in Nulux, I'll definitely be trying them . This is coming from someone who has banned buying any lulu recently due to price hikes and really peeved a out them... but I do like the Nulux.

Anonymous said...

I think the navy blue ombre WUs can be seen in one of the fall preview pics you posted previously.

Anonymous said...

Yes. Yawn indeed. I like point number 3 on the Well and Good Article - Offering More Coverage On Top. They certainly didn't have that in mind with the Muscle Love Crop Tank. I guess they want people to use it for layering? Well not for that price. Every week for a very long time I have been eagerly waiting for some amazing uploads but nothing is catching my eye. I am dearly holding on to my vintage Lululemon. I regret not buying certain pieces like the pique Define jacket from 2011 because I had just bought two Defines and I couldn't justify buying a third).

Anonymous said...

That Well & Good valentine read like an Onion parody. I know many brands have to re-invent themselves to stay relevant, but this is not that. Lulu is morphing into a total new brand that won't be taking its once enviable customer base along. They have to hope they find a new base that digs what they are offering.

Additionally, there is literally a disconnect between what Lulu thinks it is doing and what it is actually doing. They are making their clothes LESS functional and less beautiful, not more. "Less pay-attention-to-me, more cool-girl." What does that even mean? Cool girls do not wear plain baggy sacks that tie up their bodies when they work out. They can say they are fusing high fashion with workout wear all they want, but they aren't. They are taking the work out of the wear because they don't believe women seriously workout. They learned nothing from the Canadian athletes.

Where is this mysterious Florence of which they speak?

Maybe we should hire the crisis management that forced Coca Cola to drop New Coke and return to Classic and stage an intervention.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 10:06 pm - Totally agree.

@Frenchpaleo - OK, I've tried on all the Nulux pants so far and don't get the big deal. The marbled mix speed wunders were the softest, the paisley like nothings the harshest feeling but it all feels like luxtreme bottoms to me. I've been buying luxtreme for years and I don't get the big deal on this fabric. Certainly not enough to pay $128 for it. I would say the fabric is like old school luxtreme.

@ anon 11:35 pm - That is what I thought but this photo had the best lighting.

@ anon 9:26 pm - thanks for the shout out! What they've been missing, for years now, is that top view where you know someone was looking at the product offerings as a whole and really curating it to make sure it all the pieces that came out over the year, and even with previous years, worked with each other, didn't overlap, and offered up a ton of mix and match outfit possibilities. I used to buy so much because you could mix and match things so many different ways - a tank that had striped straps that matched the waistband on WUCs that had a touch of the print in a coordinating jacket; multiple prints that can be worn together; solid Power Ys and CRBs to tie it in, too. I assume that person was Sheree Waterson but maybe it was Chip. Whoever it was, they should get them back. They did a wonderful job presenting a whole coordinated package. Now they're like everyone else, just a few pieces that go together instead of an entire collection that works with each other, and, like you said, way too many similar pieces.

Anonymous said...

100000% agree with you LLA!! on top of everything you said about coordinating their pieces they also need to bring back the 'feminine touch' to their products. bring back the ruffles, ruching, detailing, etc. this is what separated them from the crowd! without this details they are just one of the many companies out there manufacturing the same variations of the same products!
WAKE UP LULU!!! stop trying to reinvent the wheel because you are butchering everything that made this company so great. change the management, change the designing team, change the marketing people, do whatever it takes to make lulu great again. If that means bringing Chip back, so be it! Get off your white horse, learn how to be humble, stop taking loyal customers for granted and then you will be back on track again.

Anonymous said...

Those ombre print tights look EXACTLY like a pair that just landed on Nike.com for $70.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:26pm I am glad you left that comment and I wholeheartedly agree with everything you said. In regards to what Mr Potdevin stated about a new tank wall, they are to be a looser fit so I guess all these cropped tops or tanks with armpits down to the waist are what he was referring to, wow hardly inspiring designs. As for technical they are no more technical than any other athletic brand out there. I was thinking the same thing about all these pima cotton tee shirts, how many do they need in their line and they all come in basically the same colours, not to mention that chilled grape is very similar to last years regal plum. How sad it is that they can produce a ton of boring basic tees yet they have no room for classics.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 8:11 am - When you have to trot out your resume instead of letting your work product speak for you you are in trouble. Did we ever read about Sheree Waterson's resume so much? I like that they are working on new fabrics, I think that is fantastic. I'm not so sure about moving the front slot pocket to the small of the back. I don't understand this new trend. AT ALL. I tried on the Like Nothings yesterday. The waistband was compressive but I felt it squished my pooch out below, like a water balloon. And my round belly is emphasized since they eliminated the vertical crotch seam to visually break it up. Moreover, I sometimes run into tummy issues when running and a tight waist doesn't help that. I'd rather have a tie in case I have to tighten up and not constant spanx-pressure on my waist. The type of waist on the Runday Crops are perfect, IMO.

The big thing that drew me to the brand is (was?) it's versatility. I could wear something like Speed Tights for running *and* for hiking. When you add delicate mesh to everything, that cuts down on the types of workouts I can use the item for. I do an outdoor bootcamp these days so I've started buying the luxtreme Wunder Unders more since I don't want to worry about snagging mesh, particularly the extra delicate mesh like used on the Goal Crusher line. I don't need to be able to go from a workout to a night out in my workout wear but I *DO*want to be able to use it across all sorts of workouts - run, golf, yoga, hiking, walking, cross-fit type workout, to watching my kid play a soccer tournament where the temps go from 48 to 75F over the course of a day. So for me that means layer-ability, breathability or warmth depending on the need, pockets, pockets, pockets (secure pockets with zippers!), mesh venting areas, zipper cooling vents, stow-able hoods, water resistance, UPF blocking, cuffins, thumbholes, support, and coverage. Not everything can all this, but the more features an item has the more likely I am to get it. I don't really understand this new emphasis on a perfectly flat front waistband where they have gone to eliminating waist ties and front slot pockets. I buy my workout pants to be useful in a WORK out, not for a fashion parade. Or, it's all BS and a way to cut costs, which is my suspicion.

What they need to do is develop better prints. They went into print overdrive for the past year or so and they didn't sell well so now they're over correcting by going to all black, gray, and navy. They need to hire someone with an artistic eye for picking prints and silhouettes - tip, whoever green-lighted the CRBII is not it. Who ever green lighted the original CRB is that person. Who used to pick out the prints back in 2009/10? They should get that person back.

Anonymous said...

LLA, your second paragraph at 12:04 is totally me. I wear my LLL for outdoor activities every week, but I am increasingly afraid to do so because 1. newer items just seem too fragile, as though they'll be ruined in one wearing and 2. any older items that might get worn out/ruined no longer have a replacement because they've nerfed them for a newer, crappier, more expensive version. Speed tights (without the $%*@#$% mesh) are/were a staple for me, but there is nothing comparable being sold by LLL right now, and they're still rolling out mesh when it's October tomorrow. LLL used to be so versatile precisely because of the nice details on top of technical fabrics, and I was willing to spend because I could wear the clothes casually or for whatever athletic or outdoor pursuit I wanted. Now they're just boring gym clothes with a price tag inversely proportional to quality and detail. There are certain pants I won't even wear if I know I will be sitting for too long, or on a certain surface - that's just crazy.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 1:01 pm - "Now they're just boring gym clothes" <<<==== EXACTLY!!!

Anonymous said...

If they mean "cool girl aesthetic" = neutrals, minimalist design, etc., then they are entering a race they likely won't win. LOTS of companies do that, and they do it much better: Alala, Outdoor Voices, pretty much everything on Bandier and Carbon38, etc., etc.
And many of their pieces that AREN'T meant for working out are probably a losing proposition- just look at all of the companies who create "cool" loungewear. In fact, I can't think of many apparel brands that HAVEN'T gotten into that space. It's a really busy, competitive category!
Lulu's point of difference in a world of "functional (or not)athleisure" was that it was pretty and feminine.
Plus the clothes were made for athletes, and in that regard, the athleisure crowd found it to be "aspirational."
They had a chance to rise above all of the noise and be different and better, but instead Lulu execs decided they wanted to be just like everyone else, I guess. All just my opinion...

CatepillarInTraining said...

yikes that article was weird. For one thing, putting down customers by saying you're going to take them from "look at me" to "cool girl" is not a way to gain fans..but did anyone here start wearing lululemon in order to be the "cool girl" at the gym? Were you just dying to be the most chic looking girl at yoga class? No. If you were, you would've hit up Athleta for some all black pieces and sat your butt on a manduka mat. You were attracted to this brand because of it's sense of fun and functionality, probably the versatility of the pieces to go from yoga to spin class. They obviously need to win some market share in order to increase sales (and profits) since they feel their current customer base isn't big enough. Telling people to 'layer' things=getting them to buy more pieces, loose fits=more (larger) people who can wear the brand, focus on fashion over function=appealing to people who don't work out. What do all of these add up to? expanded market share.
This is why they brought in a Burberry designer instead of a Nike or Under Armor designer. They're not looking to make athletic wear for ATHLETES they're looking to make athletic wear for real housewives.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 1:36 pm - Agree 1000% with everything you said.

Miranda Defferrard said...

@luluaddict I love the nulux marble pants (fit and feel) primarily because it's soft and the waistband doesn't dig on me like all other run pants. It's the first time I've tried on run pants that don't squeeze the muffin out. Now if they can improve the sheer issue that'd be great but I didn't find it bad on me. As far as the full on Lux, I have been wearing them for running (because of said issues with all the run pants) and they don't slide down on me. It's my preference over luon (don't like luon at all).

I was really hoping for high times in the teeny tooth fuschia though... keeping my fingers crossed for that

LuluAddict said...

@Catepillar - Lululemon used to make size 14 when I started buying the brand in 2007/2008. They could do that again. There are some popular new brands - K-Deer that make up to 3X. There is a market for them to expand their size range, and that includes making piece for petites, too.

Temps can swing nearly 40 degrees in a day here so being able to layer lululemon has always been a big part of it's appeal for me. Hence the reason I have an enormous CRB and very healthy half zip collection.

Anonymous said...

I know I'm clearly going against the grain here but this "new" lulu is beautiful. Not that I think of it as new, but evolved. Nothing can stay the same forever, change is an important part of growing and staying relevent. I understand all of you have opinions just like everyone else, but you can't ask any company to stay the same. If it did, you would just complain that they never do anything new and different.

In my personal opinion, the like nothing tight is the most incredible feeling on my body. I agree the fabric isn't different but the way the fabric hugs the body in such a gentle way is luxurious. I went running in them the other day and I don't ever want to wear anything else.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone found another brand that has running bottoms with pockets big enough for phones??

Anonymous said...

Yes!! Exactly!! What are they doing now?? I was looking back recently on items from 2011-2012, I'm so bummed I missed out on sooo many gems! I looked back and EVERY upload I wanted something! But, I could only afford something every few months. I.e. I just bought a beautiful heathered flash define on eBay.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 3:56 pm - Which new pieces do you find beautiful? I am truly curious. Because when it comes to silhouette, cut, proportion, color, and design details I don't see beauty in any of the new pieces. I don't think there have really been any true head-turners released yet. Though, the Brave Olive Swiftlys might be a contender, imo, but I am not counting that as "new".

I agree, nothing can stay the same and companies should evolve with changing tastes and trends. But, lululemon used to be the trend maker. Now they are a follower.

Have you been buying lululemon a long time? I have a wide variety of luxtreme bottoms, and some definitely feel silkier than others. I think the Nulux is a nice fabric but I swear I've felt its equivalent in some of the luxtreme bottoms I bought years ago, most notably the wee space ones. Those have always tended to be the silkiest luxtremes, imo. The lack of functionality in the Like Nothing Tights prevents me from buying them - no front slot pockets, rear zipper pocket, and thigh pockets are the big ones if I want to use the tights for running. The rear slot pocket in the Like Nothing is useless to me. I definitely want to try a pair of Nulux bottoms because I love trying new technical fabrics but so far the prints and styles have not motivated me to open my wallet. Moreover, I don't think the Nulux fabric is worth a $30 premium over regular luxtreme bottoms, especially now that lululemon has nailed down the 69 nylon/31 spandex magic blend which is extremely breathable, nicely opaque, doesn't fade too badly with stretching, and nicely compressive. I might appreciate Nulux more in a tank, where superior breathability and wicking might be more noticeable.

Spidermobile_Girl said...

Interesting info about Lululemon......but not at all surprising: http://www.investopedia.com/news/goldman-sachs-cuts-lulu-price-target-lulu/?ad=dirN&qo=investopediaSiteSearch&qsrc=0&o=40186

Jen said...

I agree with all of this. I used to buy a lot of lulu. I feel like every item I try on even in the same style fits differently than past years. And I am comparing the same fabrics. Not having a lulu store within 1 1/2 hours I am tired of ordering online and having to return everything. Or order three sizes of every item.

Recently I was in a store and I am tired of the new bottoms. They are all so long. Lulu has always been long on me but the guy that helped me this time said they are using 6 ft models. I am 5'5" so not that short. The 7/8 come below my ankle and the crops come maybe two inches above my ankle. They always offer free hemming but nothing is a basic pant anymore so how do you hem them? The quality has gone down and the prices have gone up. For me the fit and durability set lulu apart and it is just not there for me. Looks like I am on the market especially for new bottoms. I still wear the swiftly t's so far. We will see if they change those. I loved the in the flow crops and the replacement sucks. They are a lint trap and do not hold up at all.

And I did try on the marble pants. I do not get it. They are the last thing I would buy. And yes I get they need to mix things up but I agree from having a retail background their store is lacking and too much variety. I do know all my old lulu is selling for a lot on eBay.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the olive l/s or s/s swiftly feels scratchy? I've noticed that the more recent swiftlys feel scratchy and cheap, therefore, I had to return them. I adore that color but I must be able to wear it, too. The look is not enough for me to purchase. I would appreciate any comments on the olive l/s or s/s swiftlys. Thank you.

LuluAddict said...

@Spidermobile_Girl - thanks for the link. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

LLA and others, I fully agree with you.

It’s clear to me that the changes to remove details are cost cutting measures. Grow the business, get expenses down, bigger ROE for investors.Where can you cut costs? Integral parts of quality and great design have been narrowed down to cost cutting.How long does it take to manufacture a garment, including thoughtful or practical details; what is the quality of the fabric? Eliminate and reduce, make things cheaper to manufacture,still charge a crapload of money—in fact, increase prices—believing no one can compete.Why invest in the very details that have set you apart if your competitors do not? Just settle for being middle of the road.

LLL doesn’t want the loyalist customer, who spends & spends, keeping and using their clothes for years. They do not want you to keep the clothing and be able to count on it; it works against them. This customers is also a problem, taking their quality gear into the resale market (to support their continued shopping or curtail their growing collection).How many times have we read in the last 1-3 years about customers ditching LLL new retail for eBay or FB BST groups etc.? LLL has even tried to shut this down, trolling for & blocking customers.

They don’t want the fitness committed or true athlete any longer. Not the person who wants all the technical functionality+details.Who uses their clothes for different functions, that cross over, into casual wear (but not necessarily going for a night at a club, haha). There is a conclusion that there aren’t enough customers to invest in, those that truly work out.

Most everything they have done in the recent past has meant that they have pretty much lost me as a customer. I got into LLL many years ago as a hardcore runner (which I remain). I decided to try their speed shorts or whatever earlier iteration they were called. They were flattering; they had front pockets and a zipped back pocket! They were so comfortable. They were NOT what every other brand did at the time, which was just a smaller man's short, with a tiny almost useless inner pocket. Once I was in LLL speeds, that was it. Then knee length crops (my favourite) and after my first CRB1,forget about it.Tanks with built-in bra? Gone. (I've never even bought a LLL tank with a built-in.) Now that I could wear my own bra with a CRB1, done. CRB1 works for running,yoga, cycling, hiking,casual under a sweater or a T-shirt.(I will never, ever buy a CRB2.) Rulu? I was a sucker for almost anything Rulu. Not so much, anymore. As for the leisure,I love the original Still Pant (I even have an unworn backup w. the red hangtag still attached; the other regularly worn pair you would never know how old they are; 9 years?), Relaxed Fit Pant, Groove Pant. Jackets, gosh, I used to want every jacket they made (not the case anymore in the past three years) and I have several.

As quality and design deteriorated, my purchases most recently have been limited to CRB1, FTB & FTB Wild bras, some speed shorts, some swiftly tops.Very few, new crop or legging purchases--maybe four total in the last few years. I would read reviews of various items and so many would unanimously attest to poor quality that it became easy to no longer look at or buy more.Why do I “need” more if so much of my gear is holding up so well and is like new (because everything is rotated and well taken care of)? Especially if the new stuff sucks? Well, I don’t. LLL themselves aided me in ceasing my compulsion to buy more.

Everyone can see that they are relying on brand recognition alone. Being so shortsighted to think no one can compete--these words of entitlement are just someone trying to do their best sales pitch and maintain a brave face for investors.

Once they cranked up the prices in the last month or so, I’m pretty much done. The wmtm prices are also laughable. Especially to do this in Canada, where retailers are actually struggling to obtain and keep customers.

This is longer than intended. Thanks for reading if you did!

Anonymous said...

OT - I may be late to this website update so sorry if it has already been observed and commented on. I just noticed they changed the way an item's photos display when you are in the item. The big photos are not all over the place anymore, when you scroll the photos move up seamlessly.

I still don't really care for the new website. And they should not get excited by my traffic because I'm not buying anything haha. I understand they are obsessed with analytics.

Anonymous said...

...in regards to the post above mentioned the length of bottoms... I'm on the short side at 5'2" but guess I have tad longer legs for my height (and store all my fat in my bottom half which I think takes up a lot of the length on me haha) I have never had to hem any of my regular length lulu pants or crops (I wear Grooves, Wunder Under pants and crops, DSP2, Gather and Crow crops, Still pants, etc and various run tights and crops) have no problems with the regular length, actually ends up just the right length with shoes on.

anon 10:26 am ...regarding the scratchiness of some Swiftlies... I think some of the colours that are heathered with black (like the True Red and the Sapphire Blue ones) are not as soft feeling as some of the other colours. Still waiting for my Brave Olive ones to arrive but have a feeling they will will be the same since they are heathered with black too.

Unknown said...

The store eds told me they made them less prone to snags. If you check the material label there's a slight increase in polyester. I think this is supposed to make them feel smoother against surfaces. I have the heathered blue I missed out on last year and it's definitely a bit scratchier and stiffer than my other swiftlies. As for snags it's too new to say either or but I will say that in store there were 2 in my size and 1 already had snags. I haven't noticed any snags but I think there is more friction around my underarm area and I notice this one keeps me less warm and conforms to my body worse by stretching out after a wear and bagging around my waist. It does go back to its original shape but what I miss is the perfect wrinkling from the previous ones where it was always flattering and somehow gave me shape... Not sure how to describe this but it wrinkled perfectly when I moved and never bagged or itched. The scratchiness improved by about 50% after maybe 3 or 4 wears and a couple washes. I haven't yet put it into a machine. Hand washing all my swiftlies now that they changed material.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 4:43 i enjoyed your post and agree with your thoughts. The retail environment in Canada is not especially rosy, so to push up prices and offer ridiculous markdowns was not a bright move. They don't seem to consider their competitors who nip at Lulu's heels either.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your post! I agree 100%! I have still bought a lot last year (black swan pullover and violet jacket and a black puffer jacket). They had been well priced out of my budget in the earlier years, so I cracked and bought a few pricey items last year. I still have groove and skinny groove "back-ups", new with tags. I have some rulu items, from more recent years. Some are thinner than others, some are amazing! Will wear them sparingly so they hold up. Love the define, I've collected over 12 (also purchased a spare or two). Mainly bc they had dc'd them for 2-3 years and they are my most fav lulu jacket of all time. When lulu went on hiatus from making them, I purchased 4 on eBay. With price hikes and poor colors, I have purchased another 4-5 off ebay. Picking up/collecting ones I had coveted and initially misses out on. Guess what? Even used I wound up paying full price with shipping, conversion rates and customs. And, I will keep checking out re-sell sites at this point as I am convinced they no longer want my money. I have been shopping with them since 2008. They are definitely going in a new direction , and it's clear they do not want to retain loyal customers. Case in point, my last legging purchase was through a competitor - Noli Yoga as another lulu fan introduced the. "Tree of life" leggings to me. So, I bought the lavender and azure blue on sale, and got two pairs for the price of one. They are beautiful! Wish I would have bought m instead of s. Originally I had been told they run large. I wear a size 6. I should have gone with m. Anyways, I had just wanted to say I don't know what's up with LLL. But, I guess I should thank them on behalf of my wallet. ;).

Anonymous said...

Agree 100%! Although everyone says we are out of the recession, I don't see many ppl shopping like crazy. If anything, I think more and more Canadians are holding on tighter to their hard earned money. I think with the most recent price hikes, they alienated their customer base even further as many of us who had put up with their crap to an extent are now feeling that enough is enough. Especially, with competitors offering "real" sales. I don't know about the rest of you, but with prices soaring and generally poor customer service, AND playing games with fomo and website crap, I'm joining the others who are taking a giant step back and scoping out competitors.

Sara McLaughlin said...

@everyone, @Luluaddict...YES! I am so frustrated by the fact that I have to really think about what lulu I grab for the day...might I touch a barbell on them? What if I sit on the grass at the dog park after my workout? Will they pill? Snag? Will my cellulite show through? I am 100% willing to pay top dollar for functional, beautiful, durable workout attire. It is the main thing I spend my disposable cash on and it is how I "treat myself." The price hike doesn't bother as much as the loss of functionality. Re: crop tops: What is special about these items? A half-shirt made of a cotton blend is disgustingly overpriced at $50 or even $40. Don't insult my intelligence, lulu. I'm also confused by the whole workout --> going out line. I highly doubt that anyone who will spend over $100 on leggings will wear something to hot yoga and then hit a club after. But then again, I'm a nearly-30 old and therefore out of lulu's new customer base. Also...why not take a look at the resale market and see what old prints are faves and remix them? QS, bold stripe, polka dots...it ain't that hard.

GratefulMama said...

I'll likely cave and order the ombré if it's uploaded tonight. I don't have any ombré anything. Especially since it doesn't look high rise. I like my belly button!

GratefulMama said...

I'm thinking by more coverage they actually DO have the love crop in mind lol! They are trying to push the long line bras they release each week VS. working out in a regular sport bra and leggings because they can charge more for a "bra-top." Even better, buy a sports bra AND the crop tank for "more coverage" lolol.

GratefulMama said...

Oh forget about that goal crusher mesh. Besides how delicate it looked....well let's put it this way: I'm a size 2 and when I tried them on I almost bought them BECAUSE they made me look fatter and made my butt look bigger. Don't hate; I'm skinny because I lost half my colon at 25. But I've been every other size, and there were times I couldn't fit into anything LLL, so I know most women aren't trying to pay $100 on pants that make them look BIGGET! Plus, like I've said before, I like looking sexy for my man at yoga, but it's dark in there and I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing those pants upstairs on the treadmill or running around my neighborhood.

As for the pocket thing, I have two thoughts. These pants aren't meant for working out in anymore, and they want more styles to be appropriate for yoga. When you lay down your mat there's no need to keep your gym card or locker key on your person, just set it down next to your water bottle and towel. As a yogi I didn't like the side front slit pocket at all. If I wanted to roll down my high times it looked funny, and even up it always looked a bit off. Not saying I agree with the decision though because I'm sure if I did other workouts I would feel differently.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 10/1/16 4:43 pm - Excellent post!

GratefulMama said...

Absolutely. I work at a gym and I spend a lot of off-time there, too. So I see women of all sizes, and I feel sad and uncomfortable when a size 16 lady compliments my LLL outfit and asks where I bought it and I imagine how embarrassed and disappointed she'll feel when she tries to find her size there. We also sell lulu in the pro shop and women will come up to me holding a pair of size 10 crops and ask for a bigger size and I'll have to gently steer them towards some generic black Nike crops instead.

GratefulMama said...

LLA if you love the silky luxtreme; try to snag a pair a Star Pixel High Times off eBay. So good.

Like anon 3:56, I still manage to find some beautiful and unique pieces: Dotty Tribe luxtreme SE Wonder Unders, Obscurred Floral Peek HTs, the Florence Paisley speed shorts I tracked down. I get compliments whenever I wear my white foil manifesto WUCs. My Bordeaux Drama Sculpt-It Tank with built in adjustable bra has some pretty seam detailing that reminds me of the Amala tank. And the new luxtreme Contour (?) Tank released last night would be beautiful if it came in color. But I find each upload less appealing then the last and weeks go by without one piece calling to me. And it's frusterating to read the comments on this and other blogs, and the reviews on their own website imploring the brand to offer more colors, prettier prints, keep or bring back old stand-bys and stop raising prices, only to have their comments ignored or used to spur designs even further away!

Of course the brand should stay current, innovative, and embrace change, but it's possible to evolve without losing ones identity.

Lululemon is free to reinvent themselves, but morphing into something almost unrecognizable isnt just risky, it's insulting. Each time the company drops a beloved favorite, like Scubas, Grooves, DSPs, CRBs, it's sending a blatantly clear message to longtime customers: "We don't Care about You." We're not young enough, gritty, edgy, cool, and we're too high maintenance with our expectations of quality, consistancy and attention to detail, and memories of getting more for our money (it's tough to buy WUs for $118 when you remember paying $79). It's much easier for the brand to rely on the little logo to sell half a top for twice as much. And they maybe women buying mesh leggings will be less likely to complain about their panties showing when they bend over.

But, even with the quality slipping and prices rising, LLL receives the bulk of my consumable income. I've tried other brands but the quality doesn't compare and the prices do. I'd like to give Alo another chance but, like most other athleisure, their offerings and size range is limited (xs,s,m,l) and it's sold online only.

It's not what it once was, but Lululemon still does enough right to keep me shopping there.

Anonymous said...

the thing about lulu that has turned me off is the prices, quality and lack off unique design.

The only thing that lulu makes that I still purchase are the sports bras for busty ladies like myself. I happen to have a big collection of bras so no need to purchase any at the moment.
I still think that their the mat is one of my favorite yoga mats as well, but I have 2 so no need for a new mat.

lulu doesn't do it for me and I am glad.


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