Friday, February 17, 2012

Today's Shopping Trip

I went to the store today hoping to check out the Deep Indigo Studio Crops and the new Striped Ribbed Cool Racerback, among other things. I had high hopes for the new Ribbed CRB since a lot of people have commented how light they feel and have been leaving the store with them. At the first store I went to they only had the Black and Fossil in my sizes so I tried on the Fossil. I was disappointed at the lack of stretch and soft feel compared to a regular Cool Racerback. I was able to try on the Paris at a second store and it was a little softer but the Striped Ribbed CRBs are not as stretchy as normal Cool Racerbacks. The CRB fit has changed a little because now the back of the neck gaps on me and the waist has more extra material in my typical tank size. I usually size down to a ten in Cool Racerbacks but in the Striped Ribbed one the lack of stretch meant my chest was kind of smashed down in the ten. The above photo shows the fabric content. I usually tear the tags out of my CRBs but I'm pretty sure luon light has a fabric content similar to regular luon - 87% nylon, 13% lycra. I liked the look of the curved hem but the cheap feel of the fabric is a big turnoff to me.

I tried on the new Every Yogi tee. I am a big Lively Crewneck tee fan so I was hoping the fit hadn't changed too much. The photo above shows that the fabric content has remained the same (left is the Every Yogi, right is the Lively Tee).

One thing I can say I am not a major fan of is the trite "love ALWAYS" tag. As you can see in the Inkblot version, it's outlined in Paris Pink thread so you have this giant pink rectangle on your upper back. It's still very visible in the other colors no matter how the poorly lit photos on the lulu website make it look.


Size 10 Inkblot Every Yogi Tee - big white space down the middle

Size 8 Inkblot Every Yogi Tee - pattern pleasantly centered

Size 8 Every Yogi on top of a Size 10 Lively Crewneck
As for the sizing, it seems similar to the Lively Crewneck, except quite a bit longer, slightly longer sleeves, and maybe bigger in the shoulders. In the photo above, I have the size 8 Every Yogi laid on top of a size 10 Lively Crewneck and they match up perfectly through the shoulders to armpit. The waist is a bit narrower and the length quite a bit longer. I'm not a fan of these super long tops at all. I'm 5' 5" but I can't imagine how these longer tops are working for petite women. I typically buy a size ten in the Lively Crewneck to get a more figure hugging fit but went down to the eight in the Every Yogi in the Inkblot pattern to get a similar fit. I also preferred the centered pattern on the size eight version.

Every Yogi LS
Original Cabin LS
I tried on the Every Yogi LS thinking I wouldn't mind another Cabin-like top made out of Vitasea. I like the feel of the top a lot and it runs true to size. I've read comments that say the Every Yogi LS feels warmer than the Cabin LS but I thought it felt similar. I still prefer the look of the the original Cabin LS - with the contrast stitching and real cuffs. The latest Cabins and this new Every Yogi is too dull-looking to me. I also much prefer the original length. The Every Yogi was ridiculously long. It hits me at the same spot as it does on the lulu model but I don't care for that length at all in a snug shirt. It would look like a dress on my 5' sister. I like tunic length tops, but make it a true tunic and bell it out a little. I also didn't care for the fact that the black wee stripe version reversed to solid black since I already have a black Cabin LS. Most of the Cabins and now Every Yogis reverse to the same three colors - black, gray, or white.

I was hoping to try on the Deep Indigo Studio Crops but my stores only had the Studio Pants. I really like the Deep Indigo color but if I got the pants I'd need to hem at least 4" off the bottom. I'd lose the cinch cord but I never use them in the pants that have them. I think the crops make better sense for my climate.


I tried on the Tea Lounge pants and loved them. They were very soft and I really liked the Deep Navy color. They are super casual looking and I already have two pairs of Feel Good sweat pants so I am taken care of when it comes to casual lounging pants. If you are in the market for some comfy sweats, check out the Tea Lounge pants. I thought they fit true to size. If they go on markdown I might pick up a pair.

I tried on the Inkblot Scoop Neck tank because I had heard the fit had changed on the Scoop Neck tanks. The only thing I noticed was that the fabric in the Inkblot version felt much thinner than the Inkblot Power Y. The chest felt a bit tighter, too. The fabric content is a bit different between the two, which is odd since they are both supposed to be made out of regular weight luon. The Inkblot Power Y material is 88% polyester, 12% lycra and the Inkblot Scoop Neck tank is 94% polyester, 6% lycra. Hmm, less lycra again. Is this a new trend for lulu? I noticed the chest seemed to fit snugger than normal in the Scoop Neck. The Inkblot Scoop Neck is much longer than previous Scoop Neck tanks. As you can see from the two above photos, it does look like the length of the Scoop Neck has changed. That is the same model in both photos yet the Inkblot Scoop is about 3" longer.

I got my new Discover Stripe headband today. I was kind of thinking I wouldn't like the pattern at all since it is a bit Tommy-Hilfigger preppy looking but I do like it. The Lavender Dusk stripe is more blue than lavender and reminds me a lot of Haze. I laid a Lilac/Casis Dance headband on top to compare the "purples". I also held it up to a lilac and lavender tanks to compare to. Lavender Dusk is definitely more of a periwinkle than a lavender.


I went to the Fashion Island and Irvine stores today. Both stores had healthy markdown sections but Irvine had a ton of bottoms. Fashion Island had a lot of Apres Run Anoraks and they were all marked down to $109, the same price it is on the Canadian We Made Too Much section. The Apres Run Anorak were recently removed from the US side of the website so I'd keep my eyes peeled on the We Made Too Much section for them to show up at the lower price.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

The scoop neck and the PUL are the only two Lululemon tops that are not too long on me. I am 5'5" with a long torso. I am constantly disliking how long my CRB's and other tanks are. They should have left well enough along.

Anonymous said...

All of these people who keep saying they have long torsos yet complain about the length of the tops do not truly have long torsos!! If it was long, then the tanks would fit! I have a TRUE long torso and lulu is the best for shirts because they fit perfect in length. They are about the only store that I can wear without showing skin! I am 5'6.5" for the record.

LuluAddict said...

I guess lulu is thinking that they can always hem the tops for you, like they do they pants. When I commented I found the Every Yogi tee a bit long the ed mentioned they could hem it for me. I don't mind getting pants hemmed but for some reason I balk at getting the tops done.

Anonymous said...

Dear LLA, I've seen several of your blog posts regarding the Deep Indigo Studio Pants but I don't think you have compared them to Lulu's previous release in Raw Blue. I always appreciate your side by side color mock ups. How do these two colors fare against each other?

Anonymous said...

I am 4'10" and love to cover my butt. I am a bodybuilder and like to have it covered for stiff-leggeds, bent-over rows and such. I always hated how the Push Ur Limits were quite short and felt the eyes of gawkers. I welcome the new length and will hem whatever is way too long. I personally bought all the Every Yogi LS tops without hesitation.

Anonymous said...

I'm 5'5 and I love the length of Lulu's tops. I can move around in my bootcamp class without having to constantly pull down on my shirt. Days I wear my non-Lulu tops, it's such a pain! Not to mention the other brands keep shrinking! Gah.

Anonymous said...

I am also truly long torso'd!! 5'8" and ALL of my height is in my torso! I have a 30.5 inseam!! so I truly appreciate lengths that lulu has in their tops as well...
also, my store today had a new practice freely tank. it had the discovery stripe aqua/purple/indigo bra with heathered aqua body.

dina said...

has the every yogi tee completely replaced the crewneck???

LuluAddict said...

@anon 7:43 pm - I don't have any Raw Blue DSPs so I can't compare the color directly but if I come across a photo that compares the two I will post it.

@ dina - I think the Every Yogi has replaced the Lively Crewneck

Anonymous said...

I am 6'3 and I love Lulu for its long shirts, long arms and long legs.

Anonymous said...

I like long t's, the ones made of pima cotton/Vitasea, but not so much the tanks made of Luon. At some point lululemons long tops/tanks are becoming simply too long. And being in Europe, I don't have the option of free hemming anything that's too long for my liking. I'm 5'8" and I primarily lift, however I do not like to cover my rear, regardless of what excersise I do. Maybe because with my shape (small waist/wide hips) long Luon tanks always bunch up around my mid-section, making me look frumpish.

Anonymous said...

It is funny. I have loose skin and a tummy left over from having two children. I am 5'2" and I like having the extra fabric to scrunch around my waist to hide my muffin top! It just goes to show that you cannot make everyone happy. I do wish that lulu offered pants in different lengths though. I live about an hour away from a store, so having them hemmed and coming back to get them is not really an option.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:29 with the long torso that has been called into question. I also have about a 30" inseam, so if all those tops that fit great on Anonymous who is 5'8", they are all about 3" too long on me (any many other people). I have asked my stores (Manhasset and Garden City, they use the same tailor) to hem my tops. They say they will only hem black tops due to lack of coordinating thread! This wouldn't be a problem if the company standardized and improved its tailoring practices.

J in TO said...

At Anon 7:43 pm re colour comparison of Raw Blue DSPs vs the new Indigo DSPs -- my favourite educator at my local store had her Raw Blue DSPs on the day that I bought an indigo pair, and the indigo have a slightly more purplish look when compared directly with the Raw Blue.

Anonymous said...

I am also 5 ft 6.5 in and have what I call a freakishly long torso. I have no idea what my pant inseam is but I wear petite length pants. I love the long length of the crbs and many of the latest tops. The scoop neck and the power y are so short on me that they come to the top of my wunder under waistband. Selfishly, I hope lulu keeps making these wonderfully long tops but I can completely see why people with shorter torsos or regular torsos find the length annoying.
On another note, I love your store trip reports and all of the details you provide on the products, LLA. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:57 - my store has hemmed tops for me in every color under the rainbow. I agree that lulu needs to standardize their in-store tailoring policies and their customer service policies in general. I'm tired of every store having a different level of customer service.

I'm tiny and have hemmed many tops. Some come out better than others after hemming. My Cabins look great but my CRBs look awful (a size 2 CRB looks like a dress on me). I don't buy CRBs anymore because the hemming destroys them. I did buy the new curved CRB and the hem is much better for smaller girls like myself. I do buy Power Ys because they're shorter and sometimes I cut out the bra and use them with my own bra underneath (this lets me buy the top in a size 2 which fits my body but throw on a bigger bra for the girls because I think lulu internal bras run a little small). I think lulu should keep doing what they're doing - offer some top styles long and some shorter. Even though this means I can't buy some of the long tops, I find that there is more than enough stuff for me to buy! :)

LuluAddict said...

@ 9:40 am - so you've had Cabin LS hemmed successfully? The new ones with the open bottom? That is encouraging news. If lulu comes out with a cute pattern/color in the new Every Yogi I'd hate to rule out getting one so it's good to know they can hem them.

I agree that lulu should offer some of the pants in petite lengths. My sister is 5' 0" and there is no way hemmed Grooves would look right on her. The proportions are all off.

Anonymous said...

i wish they would offer some tops in petites or offer to adjust straps. I can't wear CRBs or many other tanks because the straps are so long my boobs are completely on display. I've looked to Ivivva for some tops but they don't always accommodate boobs and are obviously styled for younger girls.

Debbie said...

I'm 5'8" and have 15 CRBs, just sold 2. The CRB, speed shorts, and Wunder Unders is pretty much what I buy and I have multiples of all of them in size 8. At times I will purchase the CRB in an 8 and find that it is even longer than usual. When I line some of them up together they do seem to vary, some by 2 inches.

I like the average length of the CRB when I wear the Wunder Under but when I wear shorts or running skirt it's much too long even for me. I've hemmed a couple, for some reason they don't look right when hemmed. And I'm not a short girl by any means.

The Power Y is better for shorts but I don't like that higher neckline. I love the slightly lower neckline of the CRB. As someone said above, there is something for everyone. Though I do think they should offer petite, just like they offer tall in some models. I actually would probably purchase the CRB in petite even at my height.

Anonymous said...

LuluAddict: In response to the Cabin question you asked me @2:56, the Cabin LS are like a dress on me and yes, I've had two open bottom Cabins hemmed successfully (a persian purple stripe and a dark grey one whose official color name escapes me). Don't let the length of the Cabins or the new Every Yogi deter you. I saw the inkblot Every Yogi in the store and I suspect that it will hem beautifully since the fabric is cottony like the Cabins. I find that for tops the cottony fabrics take a hemming much better than the Luon tops. My Luon tops just look awkward after a hemming. Also thanks for publishing such an awesome blog - you make it sooo much easier to navigate the lulu waters!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the (non-baggy) longer tops. I'm only 5'4". Just got the inkblot scoop and hadn't noticed it was longer but it looks very nice. The pattern is centered in front, too, like my inkblot power Y -- yay!

I like tops that cover part of my butt. I don't like the CRB because it looks too pedestrian to me. But I love the scoops (longer or shorter, they're still long enough for me), and the Active Strength. I hate exposing my midriff in class.

It's a shame that my lulu pant waistbands don't show with the tops. But I do lovelove the longer tops. And the longer sleeves.

I live close to a store and have had pants hemmed but not shirts. Saying they can only do black thread is BS. I know changing thread in a serger is a pain, but come on. The tailors get paid, don't they?