I made a quick stop into lulu this weekend during my day trip to the city to do some try-ons. I can only go to lulu on weekends (since it’s 2.5 hours away), which means it’s always mobbed. So, my patience for doing try-ons in a crowded store is limited, at best. At any rate, I still managed to convince myself to try on a few things. Here are my fitting room reviews of some of the latest from lululemon.
Reviewed in this post:
If you’re lucky LS ii – white
Seek the heat crops – bordeaux drama
Real quick tights – regal plum
Real quick crops – deep green
Rack pack bra – paradise geo regal plum
For reference, I am 5’3″ and typically wear a lululemon size 2 in both tops and bottoms.
This if you’re lucky tee is the second iteration after this style proved to be extremely popular last year. Last year’s version was made of a solid swim fabric in the front, but this time lulu opted to go with mesh all over. The mesh is very fine, so you can’t see the holes, but the overall effect is still fairly sheer. The mesh is also surprisingly soft and comfortable, not scratchy at all. It has a loose fit through the body with slightly more fitted sleeves. Note there are no thumbholes. You could potentially size down for a tighter fit, but the sleeves might look and feel funny if you tried.
The seek the heat crops are another fairly popular style from last year. They have a simple but cute mesh panel, plus a small thigh pocket and some ruching at the back. The long crop length works for just about any height. On me, they’re dead on ankle length. The waistband is extra wide, which I found flattering. I was most interested in the inkwell color, but that’s not available in the US yet so I settled for a try-on of bordeaux instead. They were not sheer at all in a bend. They fit me true to size. Overall, lots to love about these.
So… This weekend was not a good time for me to be doing try-ons. My diet has been a bit abnormal lately, and I’m carrying some extra weight/bloat. I pulled on these tights in a size 2 and immediately regretted it. Since it’s a tad lighter color, regal plum isn’t a particularly forgiving color. The tights were quite tight on me. Yes, I was a bit puffy for my normal size when I tried these on, but they did look and feel tighter than the seek the heat crops above, so they seem to run just a little bit tight. I could see a bit too much sheen in the fabric as well as some whiskering (i.e., strained fabric) across the crotch. Moral of the story: if you’re between sizes, go up on these. I’ll bet if I had tried on a size 4, they would’ve worked much better, but I frankly didn’t have the patience.
Aside from sizing, these tights do have some cute details. The side accent is nice and reminds me a little of the side ruffle accents lululemon used to do (example here). The curved hem and light ruching is nice, too. Also, they passed the bend test with flying colors, even in spite of them being a bit too small. Overall, pretty good tights as far as seasonal styles go.
After the tights, I did my little pants dance to shimmy my way into the crops (that I already knew weren’t going to be a great fit). As you’d probably expect, the notes for these crops are very similar to the longer version. They also run a little on the tighter side. The length is a little longer than I expected. Based on the website photos, I was expecting them to hit just below the knee, but that obviously didn’t end up being the case. The deep green color is beautiful and fully opaque even in a bend. No complaints about these in my try-on session.
There’s been some specualtion that the rack pack bra is going to be made instead of the run: stuff your bra this year and people are Not Pleased. The rack pack bra has bra pockets and a similar back strap design, but many say the fit and overall look can’t hold a candle to the beloved RSYB. Some of us Americans are still a bit bitter that we didn’t get as many good RSYBs as Canada and other countries last year, so failing to hear our cries and replacing it with the rack pack is already stirring up some discontent.
Anyway, preface aside, I decided to try out the rack pack bra for myself.
The bra fits true to size with both high coverage and medium-high support. The coverage is definitely considerably more than the RSYB–there’s a lot of fabric on the rack pack. Still, I was surprised that the proportions ended up looking decently reasonable on me, despite my petite frame. Although it isn’t nearly as fun as the RSYB, it’s actually not a bad option, especially given the limited selection for fuller busted women shopping at lulu.