Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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It's a Tie Tank


Final Lap Tank, made of luxtreme.


Mash Up Wunder Unders


Mash Up Speed Shorts

Toothpaste Hotty Hot Shorts. I'd bet money they're using leftover fabric to make these.

Pack Light Pullover


Dark Forest Breeze By Muscle Tank



Nulux Final Lap Crops. I like that these have a back zipper pocket and finished hems at the ankles, which addresses two of my biggest problems with the Fast and Free line.

Nothing for me today but I want to try on the Final Lap crops in the store. Did you get anything?



52 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are killing me with this "summer" line. Ugh. Good for the wallet though!!! Like you, I would love to see the new navy print in a wunder under crop. Fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...

nothing again!! not a surprise.

but that tie tank?! definetly one for the "WTF" category!

Anonymous said...

Wow nothing for me...easy pass again. I might have tried the nulux crop if it was a colour other than green or black. Wallet is safe again.

Anonymous said...

I love the Final Lap Crops in that Dark Forest colour, but I feel like neither is worth the $128 that it costs. Seems like that's the way I feel about the new releases these days; some of the items are super cute, but they're just not worth their price. Guess I'll be doing what I always do: stalking the WMTM section.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:14 pm - I'm waiting for a Transition Muti Wunder Under Crops, too. That, or Pace Rivals.

Anonymous said...

The tie tank isn't very much of a "tank". It's more like a glorified strip of fabric.

Anonymous said...

I'm interested in the Final Lap crops, but I don't understand why standard crops are now $118. They keep nudging the price up, up, up.

Also, I'm hoping someone here can clear up my confusion re the Enlite Bra (verbiage on website is ambiguous). Can anyone tell me if it is high support? Is it higher or the same as Ta Ta Tamer? I used to wear the TTT, and I have the Booby Bracer. Now I use Moving Comfort Bras almost exclusively but do sometimes use Strap It Like It's Hot and a Sweaty Betty bra. TIA!

lulubell said...

I'm sure you are right about the leftover fabric. I'm thinking after the stock tanked, they looked at all the extra fabric bolts they had and ordered some things in color to be whipped up. Most of these pops of color seem to be random one-offs, compared to the usual, we made 10 items in this color AND we made a heathered version AND added accent pieces of it to other items.

Anonymous said...

Mash up looks like our "special edition" SW shorts this year.. pshhhhh WTF. Also, toothpaste is a spring colour..it's summer. Guess we will get summer colours in winter? Or just more black and white. Anyway, I haven't purchased anything new in about 8 months. And even then it was very sparse (Aligns, that's about it). So not into what they are doing right now.

LuluAddict said...

@lulubell - I know! More pop orange - whoopee - this week, too.

@ anon 10:28 pm - I agree! The Pace Perfect crops aren't worth the $30 bump in price. They're luxtreme and the leg openings are bonded instead of sewn. At least the Final Lap crops are nulux, which has typically been the justification for the $30 price differential over luxtreme bottoms.

The Enlite is supposed to be high support. It's probably as good as the Ta Ta Tamer though I have read one account of it stretching out after wear. That was only one account, though. I don't think it would be as good as a Moving Comfort because those have straps that don't stretch, if I recall.

Anonymous said...

I like the look of the muscle tank (especially with the hot summer Coming and no AC at the gym) but just purchased the love tank in the same green and have too many black/white/navy tops as it is. Give us some color here people!

Anonymous said...

The Enlite Bra is great and is definitely high support, it just doesn't squash your breasts like other high support bras. Stretching IS an issue though. I bought two sizes (36D and 34DD) to try and one felt perfect (36D) but loosened up too much with wear, whereas the other one (34DD) felt absurdly tight but has loosened up and now feels perfect. It's definitely worth trying because the educator at my store told me that they will take it back anytime and give you a 100% refund if you don't love it. I'm still not sure if I'll keep mine- if I were an avid runner it would be a no-brainer but tbh I'm more of a Pilates/yoga person lately! $98+tax is a LOT for me to spend on a bra.

CatepillarInTraining said...

I like these new final lap crops- but I don't think I'll be shelling out that kind of $$ for them. Honestly I wish lulu would focus on the design of their items instead of charging more for these "innovative" fabrics. I would love an actual color story- you know, a couple of prints that incorporate similar color tones and coordinating tops like they used to have? It's basically impossible to go to the store and get a full outfit if you exclude white/black.

Anonymous said...

I posted a comment on The Sweat Edit this morning before reading the posts here that basically states the same thing Lulubell said. After Mr. Potdevin blamed lack of sales on lack of colour they had to pull from old leftover fabric to give us some actual summer colours but in a limited supply of product, which tells me their vision for summer did not include any new summery colours. It's not to say I don't like the colours, dark forrest, black current, etc. because I do, and they would have been wonderful colours to transition into Fall. So the question I have is what will we see for colours this Fall? Am I buying anything from this weeks product drop, no.

Anonymous said...

Any dresses for summer 2017?

gordonsgrl said...

Dull, boring and cheap looking. What is that It's a Tie Tank supposed to be for? Creating a tie across the midline - I can't see it being used for any sport or workout and it looks like the fabric is super flimsy. I'm confused.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 11:45 pm - I agree - very similar to this year's SW shorts.

Toothpaste is one of my least favorite colors - pastel green with a yellowish tinge, blech.

@Catepillar - They're leaving so much money on the table by not offering coordinating tops and bottoms but that would probably take too much planning on their part.

@ anon 5:42 am - I've heard they intended not to do any color for the summer. White was supposed to be the big "color".

@ anon 5:56 am - There is a run dress - the Final Lap Dress - that just got uploaded on the UK site. It's mostly mesh on the top and the entire back and half your sides are sheer - yay.

RR said...

The Pack Light half zip is interesting to me. I've been dying for a new support tank so I'd like to try the final lap tank in pop orange. I'll head over to lulu at some point and try in person. Its so hard to buy anything now at lulu though because I feel like everything will hit WMTM.

Anonymous said...

no more wasting my money at lulu. All this stuff is awful.


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Amy said...

Nothing for me. BTW, I was just at the King of Prussia Mall (pretty busy store) and Lulu had just shipped 100% of the Scuba III and IV's back to corporate. Literally, the only one in the store belong to a sales associate. Wonder what's going on with those--yes, I know we are heading into summer but still.

Anonymous said...

I was at a store today and heard the same thing, I was trying on a Scuba IV (while returning a Scuba III which was way thinner than the ones I bought a year ago) and a sales associate I know told me that all Scubas will be going back to the warehouse "for a vacation". Hopefully they are making room for more summer stuff.

Nancy said...

Week after week such disappointment. I too am craving "colour" which doesn't seem to be happening. I took a hiatus for a year or so and honestly am surprised at the lack of colour, reduction in quality and price increases. Anymore I scour ebay for good old Lululemon ~ the days when quality was there and fun colours.

Anonymous said...

@Amy said... those scubas are probably headed to the warehouse sale I believe it's in Dallas.

Anonymous said...

This just gets more ridiculous by the week. Nothing says "summertime" like somber shades of dark green, gray, and black. Meanwhile, Athleta is killing it with their colorful spring and summer stuff--both the technical gear and the casual wear.

Anonymous said...

The final lap tank reminds of a tank they did 3-4 years ago. They even had it in an orangy color. No thanks

emily said...

I miss the days of striped/print tops with matching, COLORFUL bottoms (not just black or a navy). Or vice versa. The few muted printed shorts they've had lately, I've had to match with older tanks. It's hard to sell prints when you don't offer anything to coordinate except black. No wonder we all snatched up the old CRBs on WMTM--they actually offered some color. Having a color story also caused me to buy multiple items--matching outfits and things to mix/match. Now, I'll just buy a random top here or shorts there. It's such a shame!

Anonymous said...

oh lulu- sigh. you've lost me. I used to spend an average of 500 a month on lulu for a few years - now i've been sitting on a $200 gift card for over a YEAR!! I'm waiting for a good jacket to use it on. THey've lost me on the pants and tops now that i have enough cool racerback and energy bras to last me for the next 5 years. I now prefer K-Deer pants...nothing beats it for HOT YOGA. they absolutely DONT MOVE and are excellent.

LuluAddict said...

@ 5:17 am - K-Deer is a brand I've been wanting to try for awhile now. I know a lot of lululemon fans like the brand a lot.

Caitlin Anne Surakitbanharn said...

serious question to everyone: what colors do you want? like specifically? it seems anytime a color is added, but it pop orange or toothpaste or a reddish orange or whatever - everyone is disappointed. So what colors do you want? I think it's relatively easy to understand their need to recycle colors - you can't come up with new colors forever, only so many exist.

And when they add varieties of a shade, everyone complains that they don't want to buy that because it's too similar to something they released last year or two years ago? And then when they do put pants out in a color, everyone complains you can see the sweat in the crotch (which - i agree, sucks, but that's what comes with light colors).

I remember not too long ago, everyone wanted more solid basics for leggings and bottoms - that the patterns and colors were too avant garde, too young and not appealing to their core customer. especially in the context that they'd only look good with one other certain color, or only paired well with certain tops, etc. So now I feel like their collections are very wearable - lots of basic colors you can wear with anything and mix and match. you can take any piece from their collection now and match it with...any other piece in the collection. even the prints are a lot more wearable - black and white prints that are pretty slimming and easy to wear. but no one is actually happy with that either.

so that's my question. what colors are you looking for specifically?? what is it specifically that would intrigue you more? is there some kind of new color that hasn't already been done in some variation that would rock everyone's world?

Amy said...

I just checked out the K-Deer website and I don't think all the crazy colorful stripes and patterns are cute at all. I know people are bored with Lululemon's lack of color. Wish there was a happy medium.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 6:39

The warehouse sale in Dallas was last weekend so not sending back for that.

I'm guessing they'll be redistributed to the outlets probably. Or held and reintroduced in the Fall as "new" since they'd done both of those before.

Anonymous said...

I love kdeer...fabric and fit is wonderful. I am tts 6 in lll and been buying smalls. I am in canada so i pay a premium to get them...but so worth it. Stripes are cute but i go for some of the fun patterns though none of the winter or spring appealed to me this year.

Anonymous said...

@Caitlin, I don't have complaints about the color, but more about the prints. I'm tired of the black/white prints. Some of my favorite print shorts were the plaid patterns, and also some of the florals (but, not black/white floral) patterns from several years ago. I get sooo many compliments on my plaid trackers! And I have several different plaid colored variations--most I scored off EBay, so not sure of the years. Possibly 2012-2014 time frame

Anonymous said...

@Caitlin Anne Surakitbanharn - Personally I liked all the old stuff and I didn't think it was loud or unwearable. The old prints are also more interesting than the endless black and white "static" prints. Orange is a colour that IMO very few people can pull off without being completely washed out (I am also one of those people that orange doesn't suit). Likewise, deep olive or khaki shades doesn't suit everyone, and not everyone likes to look like they're heading to an army boot camp. White and black are obviously going to suit most people but there are only so many black items you can wear, and white is not necessarily workout-friendly.

Personally, I like clear, rich shades or pastel shades - blues, pinks, violets, purples. My favourite print of all time is Moody Mirage. I also like Blooming Pixie Multi.

Sometimes LLL releases a "pop" of colour in a bra, but there are only so many sport bras you can own. When was the last time LLL released a Define jacket in a nice, non-muddled colour, or a beighter print?

emily said...

I went into my local store today and just stood there. One of the managers (who knows me) came up and said, "I know. No color."

Anonymous said...

Sorry, that was meant to be "brighter", not "beighter".

Caitlin Anne Surakitbanharn said...

@anon 3:41 - I remember the plaid trackers! :-) I know what you mean - the plaids and other fun prints (there was a great floral-ish pattern from summer 2013 that I loved - kind of teal and purple) were great - it would be nice to seem some prints with a little sense of humor to them again....maybe that's what has been missing. a bit of humor.

@anon 4:02 - thanks for your answer! I agree, orange isn't for everyone! but then again, neither is moody mirage. I guess things seem out of balance for people who used to love the older look, but maybe those who hated it feel more included. and yeah - they haven't had any bright, eye-catching tones or prints in basics like a define jacket lately. and you are 100% right - how much black can we all own? (for me: infinity. I love black). I think they're been trending towards being "chic" lately (heavily driven by the "chic" athleisure trends), but it's missing the mark with customers that loved it for the whimsy it used to have. but it's good to get ideas of what is specifically missing, not just "no color" - if you know what i mean.

Our Daily Lemon said...

I miss the stripes!!!!!

LuluAddict said...

@Caitlin - I know I miss some summery colors like pinks and aquamarine blue. Also, I miss the heathered versions of tops and striped patterns. Years ago lululemon used to put a bit of print into their solid tops - either with edging, the straps, the bust, etc.. Like others have mentioned, I also miss the whimsy and fun aspect of the prints and color names. The inventiveness seems to have left the company. Instead of making beautiful gear, it's obvious the emphasis is on making the clothes cheap to produce.

There are a few non-North American companies making cute prints and/or using color blocking in interesting ways - HPE, Running Bare, The Upside, L'urv, and Sapopa are the ones I am drawn to. Between Running Bare, The Upside, and L'urv Australia really wins at making workout wear, imo. And, if I was rich I'd be buying the Italian brand, Sapopa.

Anonymous said...

Caitlin, I agree with you. I've actually stopped coming to this site because I got so sick of reading everyone, including the author, complaining. EVERY TIME lulu makes a bright vivacious pattern, no one buys it. They've had the blooming pixie high times on markdown more times than I can count because no one wants bright prints anymore. The "old lulu" goes for sale on the BST sites and no one wants it except these few lone random people. I completely disagree about the need for more NEON BRIGHT POPPY COLORS because no one buys them. They try and bring in new versions of the tones that sell well - fatigue green/olive green, bordeaux/darkest magenta/deep rouge and no one is happy.

Lulu has to follow trends. Whether the people reading like it or not, dark olive flies off the shelves by and large.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 10:18 am (or should I say Lee Holman?) - Have you really been following my blog? If you did you'd know I am a big buyer of prints and color. If you take a look at my instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/luluaddict/) you'll see a good sampling of my OOTDs and you'll see I wear a lot of color and print. I have four pieces of blooming pixie in all its versions in crops, two bras, and a tank. If you look at the Pantone colors for spring and summer 2017 lululemon is not following it and they used to follow it pretty closely. Secret Garden - that colorful rose print - items are very sought after on ebay. If you think people didn't buy prints, they're erally not buying all the repetitive dark colors and blah designs the brand has been putting out since the fall. My spending is way down since last summer and I know I'm not alone.

Anonymous said...

Does it really fly off the shelves @Anom 10:18.? Bc I was in the store today and saw 5 racks of markdowns. Could not find one thing I wanted, and I happen to love green, burgundy, etc when it's not OVERDONE. I only need so many pieces in these colors. If you look at WMTM a few years back, the average was around 12 items bc stuff sold old within MINUTES of dropping. Now, we're looking at over 100 items just sitting there. For those of us that follow Lulu closely, we know the company is struggling. Hopefully, it brings it's A game back.

Rise and Shine said...

First, Lulu really doesn't have to follow trends. Athletic wear is not ready to wear and people frequently want to wear something functional and flattering, even if it's not this year's color.

Second, Lulu is way out of step. Every other store in the mall has more color than Lulu. Every one. And this is the year of the stripe. They're everywhere. But Lululemon, which used to excel at stripes, has nothing. I can understand not wanting to be part of the herd, but you can't claim that they're following trends, when they clearly are not.

Third, you think people don't want bright colors, and this may be true of yoga pants, but it's certainly not true of tops and shorts. The company was made on bright colors. More than anything, the negativity from the old guard Lulu fans is that the company's direction has changed so violently. The overall aesthetic is unrecognizable, so those of us who liked the colorful, joyous look feel left out in the cold. Add to that quality declines, price increases, and truly stupid PR moves like shuttling down heylululemon, and you've got a bunch of pissed off former customers. Is anyone surprised by this?

Anonymous said...

@10:18 AM will the real lee holman please stand up? if this is actually you BRING.BACK.QUIET.STRIPE.CROPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

@10:18 AM ALSO!! how about bring back the creative fun descriptions of "why we made this" - these days the voice of lululemon sounds so robotic & uninspiring. I've really lost hope in this brand. the only lululemon I've been buying is from 2015. I've actually started to really like Lorna Jane more than this boring dull crap.

LuluAddict said...

@Rise and Shine - well said.

@ anon 11:33 am - agree 100%. The whimsy and fun is gone.

Anonymous said...

Well everybody is different. I dislike Moody mirage, plaids, and florals. I do like camo, tie dye and stripes. I would never wear a printed top. I think they look dated. Some color yes, but not super bright because nobody wears that anymore. I would like to see more Quicksand, Naked, Toothpaste, angel blue, magnum, Rose quartz.

Rise and Shine said...

Thanks for the tips on the Australian brands, LLA. I ordered a Les Jocks et Nerds jacket by The Upside. It reminds me a lot - maybe too much? - of my Secret Garden Scuba.

I found it on Bandier, and it was the first thing I've bought from them. Looking through their other clothes, maybe Lulu isn't so out of step, after all. Bandier had a LOT of black and gray and dark color tones.

I really feel as though I've come full circle. I'm in exactly the same place I was before I found Lulu. I have to wade through a LOT of exercise clothes before I can find something that somewhat works. Don't get me wrong, I have some things from other lines that I love (like my Teeki Hot Pants and Karma San Suu jacket), but I'll probably scale back my shopping dramatically. Not a bad thing, but it was nice being able to rely on a brand to deliver attractive, practical clothes you couldn't wait to wear. Now it's going to be a lot of, "Well, I guess this will work. Mostly. I guess." Oh, well, It was nice while it lasted. Thanks for the fun, Lulu. I'm sure I'll still pick up the odd piece, but it's not at all the same.

Caitlin Anne Surakitbanharn said...

Thank you ALL for the responses - stripes !!!! that's a solid response that is actionable. I personally loved Paris Pink and would love to see it return! But that's just me :-) However, in the interest of being positive - I really LOVE the recent color "henna" - it is beautiful and I LOVE my free to be serene bra and hotty hots in henna. They are gorgeous.

I would disagree that lulu doesn't need to follow trends - I'd even be so bold as to say that a LOT of lululemon customers don't wear the clothes to exercise, they wear it as ready-to-wear. That being said, it is not out of step for them to attempt (please not the word...attempt) to be functional and trendy. Additionally, the younger demographic that they serve (18-25-year-old women) love the trendy pieces with mesh and cutouts and the black/olive/navy tones. I think the company has really struggled to balance and manage its growth.

But great comments from everyone - I think it's WAY more productive than just saying OK it's not giving me what I want. I think the company might be able to respond more to actual suggestions rather than just vague complaints.

Cheers everyone!

LuluAddict said...

@Rise and Shine - You'll have to let me know how you like the Upside. I agree - back to picking and choosing what works. I've found a few things that I like at Athleta - breezy tanks, the essence material, powervita material (man, I really love that material but the colorways are hit or miss for me and the tanks have been meh so far and also are rather pricey) - but it's better for my wallet that not everything works. I have so much workout gear now that I am actively working to purge my stuff down to a level where it will fit in the amount of closet and drawer space I have. I also found my tastes have changed with time. I used to love tanks with built in bras but I've gone over to the mix and match singlet and bra combo and there are certain muscle tank styles that I am loving.

@Caitlin Anne - I've noticed around my area (southern California) the trend of wearing activewear as casual wear, or "athleisure", is greatly diminished/largely over. It used to be I'd see a ton of women wearing leggings/head to toe lululemon at the mall but now I only see it on the college girls back for summer break or on someone obviously running errands after their workout. I think lululemon would be well-served to go back to their model of making the best technical wear they can and stop trying to straddle the line between casual wear and activewear in a lot of their stuff. They should go back to what made them - become a reliable athletic brand with high quality (their quality has greatly diminished again under Potdevin's reign) and features no one knew they wanted but now have to have. Lululemon's casual wear, like the Love tee shirts, is way too casual to pass as street wear that you'd want to wear out to dinner, plus it has a big ole lululemon symbol on it and younger millennials seem to love their clothes sans logo. Without the lululemon symbol Love Tees are unremarkable in both style and colorways.

Anonymous said...

10:18 green but not olive or dark green.

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Unknown said...

I actually like that tied up tank. It allows air flow to my back and it's not tight fitting. I cannot stand tight fitted clothes in this humid hot weather. I enjoy any of the tanks that are flowy and have an open back.