I’m Spent: My First Time with Lululemon

by Rachel on March 7, 2011

I’m trying really hard not to spend money; if there was a debtor equivalent of a purity ring, I’d be wearing it. So even though I desperately needed new workout pants — preferably good ones that wouldn’t stretch, fade, and/or cause me any more of the long list of problems my current cheap ones were causing — I eyed the Lululemon store warily.

I was a Lululemon virgin, the store was a big scary penis, and — as is often the case with clinging desperately to your virginity — the whole situation was a whole lot easier because I had no idea what I was missing. I knew that as soon as I went in that store, it was going to be like the first time I dry humped. And after my recent case of denimentia, and the dip into the Anthropologie pool this month, I knew better than to visit another store where every woman forgets that she gave her word to stop at a third new item of clothing that she could find cheaper somewhere else.

It was a beautiful day as I walked past Lululemon. As the sun beamed down on me, it made me squint, but then it made me feel relaxed and feel happy — it was totally like the first taste of beer at a high school party. I felt like a freshman girl, and Lululemon was the cute senior guy telling me, “We don’t have to have sex. Let’s just cuddle naked.” And despite the fact that I love to use that line…I totally fell for it.

Once they had gotten me through the door, the seduction was easy. The music, lighting, and employees totally set the mood. And then there was a wink across the room from the wall that has all the pants folded in neat little cubes. I went over. The star quaterback, the classic Groove pant, stopped me.

I ran my fingers over the fabric and was definitely curious.

So I picked up a few pairs and let them lead me to the dressing room.

As anyone who has ever played “just the tip” at Lululemon knows…they felt good. Like, really good. Within seconds, I was out of my clothes and into this whole new world. Like, Is that my ass? What are these made out of!?

Unlike many women, I actually didn’t go crazy for classic Groove pant. I fell for the full-length leggings. I’d had a feeling that long leggings would be better for classes at Define than bootcut or flared pants; all that extra fabric at the ankle had been getting in my way and I wanted to be able to see my form. And a lot of the instructors wore long leggings. And, like…leggings as pants. But somehow it didn’t look like jeggings when they did it; they just worked.

Even though I expected it to be awkward at first, I got into the leggings right away. And when I moved to a different position, it got even better. As I pointed my foot, I could see all the little muscles in my thighs and calves that I’d been working so hard to tone, and I realized that being able to see them during class would be a huge motivator.

But…could I do it? Could I really go all the way?

I typically cycle through cheap workout pants very quickly, but Lululemon promised their pants would last for five years. Five years? That was practically a marriage proposal! It was at leas as good as a promise ring. I was sold!

I tried on more clothes — tops, shorts, bras, jackets — and checked out their bags and accessories. I could have bought one of everything, but when you’re a virgin, it’s not a good idea to take the whole team home the first night.

And besides, I was still hurting a bit from just the leggings. I mean, spending two or three times what you’d normally spend on an item makes your eyes water a little bit. But Lululemon was gentle — I did get the personal trainer discount, which helped take the edge off.

Once the deed was done, I had no regrets. I walked into class at Define the next day with that post-first-time glow usually reserved for a high school junior walking into homeroom on Monday morning. I could not get over how much better they looked than any other workout pants I’d worn before. Worn with my black Define socks, they made my lower body look longer than it is and even without a very long top on, I didn’t feel self-conscious in them. The material was just the right amount of thick and perfectly stretchy. Plus, they handled my workout way better than any pants I’d ever worn before — they didn’t droop, get sweaty, or slip around.

They were made of magic, as far as I could tell.

I never thought I’d wear straight-up leggings to work out, and yet here I was. I think because the class is done at the barre, you kind of feel OK wearing something that is more like a leotard and tights than traditional workout gear. After class, I still didn’t want to take them off. I did, because leggings as pants are unacceptable in the real world, but I was wishing I could just lounge around in them. But if that wouldn’t work, and I could only put them on when going to or from a workout…then I was going to have to work out more often.

And just like that, they were worth every penny.

Have you taken the plunge into the world of high-end yoga pants? Lululemon, or maybe Lucy? (I tried on their pants too, and I liked them a lot.) Do you think the expensive ones are worth it? Or are you an Old Navy/Target pants kind of girl? Do share!

{ 75 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle March 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

I love Lululemon…I don’t own any of their pants (I stick mostly to Victoria’s Secret for that believe it or not) but own one of their gym bags, a bunch of headbands, a sweatshirt, etc. and yes, it IS worth the price. Hands down.


2 Rachel March 7, 2011 at 11:00 am

I’ve tried the VS pants but I wasn’t a fan! I did Express for a LONG time, but they stopped making the pants I liked.


3 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic March 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

I freakin love this post. I’m def a Lulu addict. I love the Groove pants and the running leggings (all of them!) and the tops that make me look like I have some legit cleavage. And the hoodies. And the headbands. I tried Lucy and Athleta but didn’t like them. Lululemon all the way!


4 Emily March 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hahahahahahaahahahaha. Funnnny stuff.

I’m a Target/Old Navy girl. Not by choice but because of the fact that I’m a poor student. I’m lucky I have toilet paper these days…


5 MelissaNibbles March 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

Et tu?


6 Rachel March 7, 2011 at 10:42 am



7 Natalie @ Scarlett Notions March 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

I’m a Target pants kind of gal until I condition myself to workout regularly! But when I get there, Lulu looks amazing!


8 G March 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

You are an absolutely amazing writer. Every single one of your posts suck me in and I never want them to end. Your comparaisons are unbelievable and it’s like I just “get it”. Almost as if you put my thoughts and feelings into words… yet I’ve never thought of things that way… I can’t explain it. Please do not ever stop writing. You are so talented.
On that note, when is your book coming out!?!? I am seriously CRAVING it.


9 Jennifer March 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

I’m definitely an Old Navy/Target kind of girl…but I see the appeal of the name brands! I found some great Adidas capris workout pants and a dry-fit top at Dick’s (giggle) the other day…one sale…so I went for it. They have great styles that totally made me feel like Mia Hamm! The downside to shopping in other stores besides Old Navy/Target is that they don’t believe heavier women work out. I’m lucky to find an XL when I really need a XXL in most clothes still! But it’s better than having only Lane Bryant to turn to. LB’s workout clothes are waaaay too lose and more appropriate for lounging than actually sweating!


10 Jodi March 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

Ha ha, I (literally) laughed out loud when you worethem to the office because that’s totally how Lulu gets ya! It’s practically another species in Vancouver, the Lululemmings who wear the everywhere. I’m one of ten. Sorry I’m not sorry – these pants are freaking’ amazing.


11 Marci March 7, 2011 at 10:37 am

You’ll never go back after Lulu pants. Try the Scoop Neck Top, and I live in Groove pants.


12 melissa (fitnessnyc) March 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

One of my guy friends told me that girls love lulu because it makes all of their butts look amazing. Unfortunately, I fail because I am too short for lulu, alas, I defy a workout gear universal truth.


13 jessica March 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

that’s another reason why lulu is my fav…free hemming!


14 Jenn March 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Lulu will hem your pants for free! or at least in any store i’ve seen!


15 Jessica March 7, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’m a Target and Old Navy girl…for the time being. I totally hear you with the slipping/scrunching/sweaty mess I end up with, so I might have to begin a Lululemon flirtation….see where it goes. :)


16 Smash March 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

I have a pair of hand-me-down Nike flared workout pants and I loooove them. So comfortable, form-fitting, and sorta hot. ;)


17 Rachel March 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

hahaha I totally felt that way the first time I walked into Luluelemon as well! It’s like magical, and everything is glowing. Great recap and I’m glad you found some killer workout leggings! I just ordered some workout leggings from Victoria’s Secret – and I am TOTALLY loving running in them. I feel like I’m wearing nothing, and it feels amazing.


18 Dori March 7, 2011 at 10:46 am

You made me LLOL so many times in this post. I love how you can turn every single mundane experience into an analogy of sex. A brilliant quality, if you ask me. Obviously I am a long-time Lululemon fan. I actually can’t wear their regular Wunder Unders because the material touching my leg all the way down binds and itches me. I do have a pair they made out of a different texture that I love though. I am a big Groove pant fan, and even more so a Groove CROP fan. I love working out in crops.

I also want to tell you — if you want to wear the pants all day long, throw a dress or skirt over it, boots over them and they look & function just like regular tights.


19 Dori March 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

Another brand I love (as I mentioned on Twitter) is Splits 59. I get even more compliments on my butt in their Logan Foldover pants, and I got them for $19 each when their site had a sale!


20 Rachel March 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

Where are they sold? I like to be able to try on first!


21 Rachel March 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

I read your post about crops, but I am not a huge fan of crops. If I do them, they HAVE to be leggings though.

I was definitely thinking they’d work with boots and a dress/long top…it’s too warm to do that here most of the time, but believe me, I am eagerly awaiting the first sub-60 day so I can do that!!


22 Dori March 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Looks like only in Dallas right now.. :( http://splits59.com/retailers.php?state=Texas But next time there is a big sale on the site I will let you know, it was so worth it for me even without getting to try them on first.


23 Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing March 7, 2011 at 10:46 am

I’ve never even seen a Lululemon store, which is definitely for the best. I already spend a good chunk of $$ on my fitness/health stuff: clothes, shoes, race fees, garmin, heart rate monitor…I don’t need another expensive habit. ;)


24 Keri @ Iron Mountain Movement March 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

You know what they say, once you go Lulu you will never go back! Enjoy your first of many purchases.


25 Bess March 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

As a big proponent of leggings as every day pants, I am happy to hear you have started the transition over to the dark side…pair your new pants with a tunic and boots and you’re wearing leggings as a legit outfit.


26 Betsy March 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

Haven’t taken the Lulu plunge, but I got a tip from a Nordstrom insider that their house brand “Zella” is the work of a Lulu designer and really similar for nearly half the price… Here’s their leggings that look remarkable similar to the Wunder Unders.


27 Rachel March 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

NICE…thanks for sharing!!


28 shelby March 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

From beginning to end, I loved this post. Hahahaha.

I have a Lulu hoodie and I love it. I’ve never tried the pants, though!


29 Lauren March 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

I’ve been scared to enter Lululemon in fear I would spend all my money. I buy a lot of yoga pants at TJ Maxx, but I may make the jump to lululemon soon.


30 Chanelle March 7, 2011 at 11:26 am

I’m sorry… I’ve danced since I was 2 and I always buy jazz pants or the various leggings, capris and dance clothes out of magazines for $15-30. And being a POOR college student, I CANNOT justify spending a whole paycheck on pants from there. The fabrics in dance pants are amazing and the styles are very flattering because part of being a dancer is looking good so everything accentuates your form if you buy it in the right size. I’ve kept some dance clothes for 5-10 years and I love them! I just don’t see anything special about a pair of pants or leggings that I can get for a fraction of the price and keep just as long. :/


31 Rachel March 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

Hmmm, I had never thought of dance pants. I used to wear dance pants when I did theater, but I feel like those were closer to the yoga/workout pants I am used to. What kind do you like? Do they wick sweat away well?


32 Sable March 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

I am SO GLAD I don’t live near a lululemon store. I would have no money. Like…NONE.

Since I live in the middle of nowhere =( I buy sweatpants at Old Navy and Target. There is not even a TJMaxx within 4 hours! >:-(

Someday when I’m not a broke college student I am going to live in a populated area and spend an entire month’s pay on lululemon gear….


33 Pfieffer March 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

I have been attending Bar Method classes for 12 months and it is a vertible sea of LuluLemon. I held out until last week when I fell of the wagon. HARD. I *LOVE* my new purchases (Wunderunder pannel leggings, two tops and a pair of running shorts). It’s a little difficult to reconcile with my former C9 and “anything on sale” self but I don’t care. These pants are amazing- I got a complete ass-pat of approval from my boyfriend. Although that said, having looked up Zella thanks to Betsy’s comment, my next major purchase will likely be from Nordstroms.


34 Kari March 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

I lost my virginity to Lululemon earlier this year, and I’m still glowing from the experience. I got the Rock On pants & wear them literally several times a week. Also? I can’t stop checking out my butt in them – they’re srsly magical pants!


35 liane March 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I’m from Vancouver, and we have other retailers that remind shoppers (by means of large window displays) that “yoga pants are not pants”… lulus are worn EVERY WHERE here.
As for the quality- I have pairs of pants and running crops from lulu that I bought 10 years ago and I’m still wearing them and they are in good condition, I actually like the old school styles more than some of the ones they have in store now :)


36 Becky March 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I just bought my first LuluLemon running skirt this weekend! I have managed to avoid the store at all costs for about a year now – but the thought of seeing my ex-boyfriend at a 10K race this weekend was enough for me to purchase a $54 running skirt. I absolutely love it – I need to find a new job with a pay raise so I can justify shopping there from now on. I used to be perfectly content with Target work out gear – not so much anymore!


37 Bridget@LifeLibertyandme March 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I laughed at the fact that you bought the skirt because you were going to see your ex. That’s how I roll also.


38 Danielle March 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Jealous! I want new lulu pants, specifically the legging variety. I bought lulu lemon pants 3 years ago with a gift card I got as a christmas gift. I told myself “I would never buy these pants if it wasn’t covered mostly by someone else’s cash. About 2 years later I bought the Roots equivalent of the lulu lemon pant that are half the price. They are great! Very similar look and feel. 1 year later however, and both of the pants have about the same amount of “wear and tear” and fading that you get in black stretch pants. The lulu’s have lasted 3 years and they probably have another 1 to 2 years in them. The cheaper ones will not last that long/ I’d say they are totally worth the money and I will most likely fork it over sometime soon. Now that I am in my mid twenties, I feel better about spending more money some items that will last longer. It seems like a grown up thing to do.


39 Rachel March 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I COMPLETELY agree! That was a big factor in the decision. My verb this year was to invest, and to me, that meant investing in ONE great pair, not four pairs that are going to die on me. It’s good to know that your Lulus have lasted so long too!


40 Allie March 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I went into Lululelmon once last month and even though everything was so pretty, I refused to let myself try anything on. I know I would fall in love and then wouldn’t be able to afford my new romance. I’m hoping to be back for my birthday in May or next holidays. For now, I stick with Target and for a splurge Victoria Secret. I don’t like the Old Navy pants, though. They get so stretched out I cannot keep them up when running.


41 Caitlin March 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I just buy my work out pants from Nike. I have recently purchased some Hard Tail and prAna. Good for most classe levels of sweat except Kickboxing and Spin.


42 Katharine March 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

And this is why I love your blog. You take the words right out of my mouth (but make them sound WAY more clever). (Also, I’m officially delurking. Hi!) I’ve been sitting on a Lululemon gift card since Christmas (a record for me) because I feel ridiculous spending that much on yoga pants. But I know that once I walk into that store there will be no going back. I’ll be sold. Completely under their spell. This confirms it. I’m going to try to hold out a little longer, but I’m not going to last. I will soon pop my Lululemon cherry, too.


43 Nicki March 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I’m too small/short for anything Lululemon! Being 4’10” is not conducive to expensive workout wear. Darn! So my workout clothes come from Target, I miraculously fit into their XS workout gear which runs TINY. LOVE their capri pants, tank tops in all sorts of colors and awesome cami sports bras! The pants fit amazing & I own two pairs…definitely show off the nice butt I have from working out 3-4x a week and they’ve held up well so far!


44 Suzanne March 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I am so jealous of your purchase! I am current rocking some Target gear and some Adidas I picked up at TJ Maxx (so still affordable)… Lululemon is what I’m treating myself to once I cross some work out milestone (I’m not sure which one yet). One day…. soon!


45 Angela (the diet book junkie) March 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

jealous of your discount! lululemon in Australia is CRAZY expensive. i mean you don’t know expensive till you come out here. imagine everything is 40% more!! needless to say, i shop there not as often as i’d like…


46 Whitney March 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

First of all, I am thrilled you are considering Anthropolgie. Have you peeped Boden? If not, take a look. Fun stuff they have there. When I graduated from college, my sister’s “gift” to me was a giftcard to Anthro. Six years later (and it still fits, ha!) it is my go-to for dresses. Can’t beat ’em. Agree with your prior post regarding their boho looks, luckily at that point in time, I didn’t need a dress, and am glad they are back with some decent styles.

I like Lululemon, but I am a little tired of it all, to be honest. I own three of their tanks. I like them, don’t get me wrong. The racerback (to be exact) has done wonders for me. I have a feeling their tights would be wonderful, but not for what I need, which is running in cold temps in Pittsburgh. I don’t do yoga/define/pilates so I don’t feel the urge. Is it wrong to also not want to buy them for fear of being “that other girl” at the gym who wears it? Not that I’m saying you are, but in my city, THEY are. Things tend to hit Pittsburgh late, if you know what I mean.

But yes, I have heard they do wonders for the tush! And I stick with underarmor pants for gym, and just “cold weather” tights for running in winter.


47 Hannah March 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I’ve never been to Lululemon, but EVERYONE seems to talk about it.
I use to not really care about workout pants, but recently I got some shorts that cut off at the knee that I love. I wear them all the time to run in, and they’re from Addidas.

Usually, if I’m shopping for workout clothes, I’ve gotten them from places where family members work for discounts!


48 Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily March 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I can’t seem to get myself to buy the pricey workout gear…except for sportsbra because I REALLY don’t want these things bounce around all willy nilly…I am defiantly just a target gal.


49 jessica March 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm

i am obsessed with lulu. i have tons of different workout gear – all sorts of brands, and while it hurts the wallet, lulu’s quality is the best. i have been shopping there for 5 or 6 years and have every piece of clothing in original condition.


50 milk1907 September 9, 2013 at 7:50 am

hi jessica can u please help me..which legging is the best one? ı heard that there is a legging and shows legs two size smaller:) do you know which one is it:)?


51 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write March 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I love leggings! Is there anything more comfortable?

I haven’t had my Lululemon cherry popped though. I’m a bit jealous. Any dish on what you dropped on those leggings? It was a lot, right?

I’m glad you liked them. Feeling good in those classes is half the battle for me. If I feel cute, I’ll enjoy my workout more. I’m such a girl.


52 Amanda March 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I am a Lulu fan through and through. The Ta Ta Tamer sports bra has changed my life. I’m a DD and it TAMES them like it promises. As for the pants, I’m dying to try the Wunder Unders, especially after your rave review. I’m been happy with every purchase I’ve Lululemon, especially the racerback tank and my groove pants. I like them for running but I can totally see why the wunder unders would be perfect for yoga, pilates…etc.

I also like Nike Dry Fit pants. But Lululemon trumps them all. My poor wallet.


53 heidi @ runaroundaroo March 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I have never been anywhere near a Lululemon…that is a GOOD THING, or I would be crazy broke! For the time being I’m sticking with the cheap-o’s from Target and such – the C9 items are actually pretty nice and I’ve had mine leggings/long pants for three years.

My challenge is finding pants long enough for my gangly legs!


54 Samantha March 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I’ve never tried any Lululemon clothing before! Probably because I am totally cheap/frugal and the prices still shock me. I am a total Old Navy gal for yoga type pants and I love running tights from Road Runner Sports. However, I’ve heard Amazing things about the Ta Ta Tamer and really want one—I feel like a good bra is worth a high price :)


55 Heather March 8, 2011 at 1:18 am

Lulu is expensive but definitely a good investment! My pants have lasted 3 years, 2 washes a week so far and are still as nice as ever. I love getting cheap tops so I can mix it up but pants are serious! :) Enjoy your new lulus!


56 LK March 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’m addicted to the NordicTrack workout pants I got at Sears. They were insanely cheap (like $10 cheap) and they are super comfortable, don’t fall off my butt, and they wick sweat away really well.

I have a secret crush on Lululemon, but I’m too scared to go all the way…yet.


57 Amanda March 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I have a pair of lulu groove pants that I looove. I am 5’9″ with long legs, so finding long enough pants is tough … but these are the best! My boyfriend’s parents actually got them for me for xmas from the lulu outlet in Florida! I am dying for their leggings and will have to bite the bullet soon! Their tops are amaze too … I love the simple racerback … its really long and flattering


58 Allison March 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I’m fine with Target and Old Navy for pants and running shorts — my mom and I are actually fighting over a pair of Target running tights right now; I loaned them to her a few months ago and she still hasn’t given them back. Today she told me she found a similar pair (also at Target), but they’re too long for her, so she wants to trade. We’ll see…

BUT, although I’m usually digging for bargains, I make one exception, and that’s lucy Perfect Core sports bras. They’re amazing and (I think) a little cheaper than Lulu!


59 Anna March 10, 2011 at 9:11 am

AH! I loved this. I used to work at lulu and know for a fact that they would get SUCH a kick out of this sort of thing. You should tweet or email it to their community team.


60 Rachel March 10, 2011 at 9:12 am

Awww…I Tweeted it at them but didn’t hear anything back!


61 Jen March 10, 2011 at 10:47 am

this is such a great post–I admit that I too love Lulumon. I have two workout tops that I got at the outlet and 1 pair of running tights that I ordered online and I love them all! However, it is so hard to love their clothes because they are so much money! I would love to get a pair of the wunderunders but I have to start saving more $$ for that! (maybe I will reward myself with some after my next half marathon?) I do have a pair of Old Navy running crops that I’m still getting pretty good use out of after 1.5 years! Sometimes cheap works just as well!!!


62 danny April 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I was lead to this post, but then got sidetracked by your ‘rules for men’.

I read your post and I’m not afraid to leave a comment (no creeping here). BTW – your female readers are right – you do have a way of sucking people into your blog.


63 Julia August 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

My favorite workout pants are cropped champion leggings purchased for 14.99 from tjmax. I really love Target’s yoga pants, but not for working out. they’re better suited for laziness.


64 Rachel August 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I used to wear Target pants exclusively but they fade SO QUICKLY!


65 Ali @ Around the VeggieTable September 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

I bought my first pair of Lululemon Wunder Unders this month and OMGEEEEE are they amazing. My booty actually looks GOOD and there is zero muffin top action. I seriously could wear them every day, but then I would have to quit my job as a lawyer and become a yoga instructor or something.


66 Kim December 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I’m so afraid to go in Lulu! I’ve looked at their website, and I want the Wunder Unders and the Groove pants and like a million of their tops. I already buy a lottt of Athleta, so venturing out is extra dangerous.


67 kiera December 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

I won’t lie, I used to LOVE lululemon. I have a few shirts and shorts from there. Going into the store made me a bit giddy about exercise…but then I read this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stewart-j-lawrence/when-yogis-kill-the-grisl_b_1077457.html – and no matter how much they may or may not have changed their business practices, I can’t bring myself to support their founder (who no longer sits as the CEO but is still the head of the board). sad day.


68 Rachel January 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Thanks for sharing the article — checking it out now!!


69 Natasha January 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I have no butt. But in Lulu Groove pants, I have one! I, like you, had held off on going anywhere near Lululemon because I knew what would happen. I bought my first pair in mid-December (a pair of relaxed fit crops made of Modal that I could seriously live in). I went back 2 weeks later and got the Groove pants and a great bag that was HALF OFF. It’s technically a gym bag, but it looks nice enough that I can use it for pretty much anything. It fits everything in it (I can’t figure out how – it doesn’t look that big, but I can get everything in there with room to spare….it’s like a clown car). And now, I’m like a Lulu stalker. I just keep ogling everything on their webpage. I have never been so comfortable in workout clothes in my life. Yeah, they’re pricey, but to me, they are worth every single penny.


70 Karissa June 4, 2012 at 10:42 am

I love gap fit, but have yet to actually try lululemon and not sure if I should. Sounds like crack.


71 Erika November 28, 2012 at 8:33 am

I have heard so much about Lululemon, tempted to stop by their store, but afraid to fall in love and let the clothes sucker me in to letting them have my hard earned cash. Although, I do believe in you get what you pay for, so once I am committed to working out, I will reward myself with some Lulu gear :)


72 Elyse December 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I am so jealous of the spokes instructors who get free Lulu’s in exchange for teaching a class. I lost my Lulu virginity last year when I got a free week at a fitness camp ($2,500 of coaching, basically), and thought I would treat myself to some of the scoop neck tops that were on sale (though not cheap by any stretch, no pun intended). Those tentative buys led to the purchase of more tops and several jackets. While I scrimp with the pants (I have a mix of Nike and Lulus, which fit well), I am big on top and my excuse (even as a starving freelance writer who sub teaches to support the writing habit) is that these tops really streamline the body. I have splurged on three jackets that were new (my excuse: 10s run out quickly) and oddly, have not regretted it. The moto-jacket from last season was something I practically lived in, that I traveled in extensively from Patagonia to the Negev to Iceland, going from the hiking trail to dinner. I just bought this season’s herringbone/flower Jacket that goes from the gym to the classroom with a change of pants.


73 Michelle Marchildon, The Yogi Muse January 12, 2013 at 10:45 am

You are adorable! As a much older yogi I am going to give you some “motherly” advice. Be very careful about the Lululemon products. They are like crack. They are worse than crack. You will get one pair of pants, and then get another. Then you will try a jacket and perhaps a top. Then all of a sudden, you are completely broke and you never have time to workout because all you are doing is shopping at Lululemon. Worse, you will be going to real grown-up events, like theater openings, in your yoga clothes. Be very, very careful. ;-)


74 Rachel January 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm

…all of these things totally, totally happened.


75 Serious athlete January 21, 2013 at 12:51 am

I was just gifted the most expensive jacket they make and I hate it. The 360 reflective jacket is gorgeous on, but it is a total non-performer as a winter running jacket. One attempt to wear it during a normal northeast winter run ended in a return to the house to ditch it for the standard winter jacket. It does not wick because the fabric is too thick and impervious. It is like running in a heavy tight rain slicker. The vents do not work. The collar is offset and when you unzip it for air the bigger and heavier side slaps against your next and chest….just annoying and hurtful. The feel of the material is almost slimy because of the rubbery texture. I would wear it in and out of the car and downtown because of the sexy fit but then the reflective material would just look wrong.


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