After my trip, I’ve been spending this week catching up on all the newness in the activewear world that went down while I was away. Fall is almost over, and winter is already almost here! Thicker layers are starting to turn up, and holiday collections are right around the corner. Also: be sure you keep a little room in your budget for Black Friday. It’s only 3 weeks away and is sure to bring the BEST deals of the year.
Lululemon’s ultra-high priced reflective capsule last year was met with mixed reviews, but that didn’t stop them from jumping back into the fray again this year. The prices are pretty similar compared to last year, with the highest priced item, the speed tights, ringing it at $298. Reflective gear always commands a premium no matter the brand, the price isn’t quite as crazy as it sounds. That said, last year’s collection did not seem to sell well last year, and many people snapped up the gear on markdown. We’ll see what happens with this new batch.
On a more exciting note (to me, anyway!), lulu also released a new version of their ray speed shorts. Yes, it’s off-season, but they’re worth buying now to have for next spring. I have the original rays and they are one of my absolute FAVORITE colors. The new version is made of Swift, which means they’re a little different from the original release, but the vibrant color is still to die for. If you’re confused about the difference between Swift and the original 2-way fabric, I wrote a post explaining it right here. Another gorgeous color making a comeback: alberta lake! I might break my lulu dry spell for the AL aligns…
Speaking of lulu, if you’re not opposed to buying lookalikes, TJMaxx has a pair of leggings that are a dead ringer for lululemon’s blooming pixie. These have been spotted in stores, and the ladies who posted photos versus lulu’s version show that the print is identical. And TJMaxx calling it “pixie bloom” is not exactly subtle, either. If I had to guess, I’d say that lululemon sold their excess fabric to an off-price manufacturer.
Point being: if you’re sad to have missed out on the real deal, you can snag the discount version for the outrageously low price of $17.
If you’re looking for cold weather run tops, reader Allie sleuthed out this herringbone top from Saucony that she said is quite thick and cozy, like lululemon’s rulu. And, it comes in some nice colors!
One of my favorite pieces from Alala’s fall lookbook is this sherpa vest, and it’s finally here! Ordered this one to try. I’m also liking the new colors available in their custom captain tights. I’m loving deep teal with liquid bronze. (For 15% off: AA15)
If you love the look of Alo’s moto legging but prefer a higher waist, rejoice! They now make a high waisted version. Bandier has them in a gorgeous shade of navy. It’s hard not to want a pair after seeing them on Grace from A Southern Drawl.
As a perpetually cold person, I’m lusting after every puffer jacket ever this season. Currently on my list: this pretty and puffy SAM jacket at Bandier. And speaking of warm things, this oversized Monrow sweater also caught my eye as an ideal topper for my cozy leggings.
Werkshop dropped another new collection: polygon. There are 7 styles in total, each made in their signature cropped and full length versions. The geometric look of this collection is a little different than their usual designs, but still retains that same bold look that is Werkshop’s signature.
Lastly, before you go: one of my favorite resale sites, Tradesy, is now open to international buyers! You do have to pay a little bit extra in conversion fees and possibly extra shipping, too, but if you find a gem on Tradesy that you REALLY want, now you’ve got options. Read more about the details here. If you’re new to Tradesy, I’d love if you’d my invitation link to join, if you’re so inclined.