For the final try-on installment (for now), I tried on a couple of recent items that seem to be becoming core pieces, or at least “core” for the season, plus a couple of seasonal extras. You can check out part 1 and part 2 of this round of try-ons if you missed them.
Reviewed in this post:
Retreat 7/8 pants – deep navy
Sculpt shorts – alberta lake
Wunder under crops – black cherry
Top speed crops – star crushed coal black
What the sport singlet – black
What the sport shorts – cyber stripe deep coal
For reference, I am 5’3″, and I typically wear a size 2 in lululemon tops and bottoms. Unless otherwise noted, that’s the size I’m wearing in these pics.
(just MD’d in the US yesterday)
The retreat pants are luxtreme yoga bottoms with a high rise option. When worn up, the rise is quite high, all the way to my belly button. I thought they looked and felt better folded down–the high rise doesn’t seem to be as good as the rolldown WUs (not sure how much that has to do with luon vs luxtreme though). The fit was true to size and the fabric was not see-through in a bend (yay!). I didn’t like the angled hem. Especially being short, I thought the angle looked odd at my ankle. This doesn’t seem to serve any functional purpose and makes these a little overstyled (with all the rest that’s going on in these crops) and not very friendly to short ladies, so I think a straight hem would’ve been better here. At the MD price of $69, these are a much more reasonable purchase than at full price, though still not tempting for me.
Oof, I just hate these shorts so much. Ok, first, the good: they aren’t sheer, and the fabric is thick enough that they do, in fact “sculpt”. (Note: some online reviews say they’re sheer, so your mileage may vary.) The fabric is seamless and similar to the in the flow crops, but it felt much more substantial to me. Because they’re thicker, they did feel a bit stiffer, but not in an uncomfortable way. They were true to size for me. These seem like they’d be quite functional.
But, I basically felt like a 90s jazzercise mom in these shorts. I hate the high rise and they’re generally not my style at all. I wouldn’t wear these if someone gave them to me for free. Blech.
There’s not a lot to say about these. They’re the typical wunder under crop fit and true to size. The color is pretty, the fabric felt fine, but my pair was see-through. <thumbs down> Next.
Quite a few colors have come out in the top speed crops for spring. The shorter length is nice for warmer weather. This pair fit true to size for me, were not sheer, and offered a little bit of compression. The length hit at a spot that looked nice to me, though since I obviously did not go running around in these, I’m not sure whether the hem would stay in place or sneak up and bunch behind the knee. The rounded look that the back butt seam creates isn’t my favorite out of lulu’s other crop offerings, but not a big deal. They still seem like a functional and decently cute style.
Despite all the cute colors that have come out in this tank lately, this was the only one available in my size. Sorry it’s boring, hah. Anyway, I was hoping to like this tank, but I was definitely disappointed. Some have said the fabric is clingy, and I can definitely see why, but it didn’t bother me. It’s definitely thinner fabric, though not see-through, which is good. I do wish lulu had gotten a little more creative with the back, which is a pretty generic racerback style. In my true size (also my CRB size), the top was a little loose but nowhere near as baggy as a 105F. I don’t mind the swoopy, high-slit sides, and the length, while longer, wasn’t overly tunic-y on me so that was all well and good. My main beef with this tank is the straps/neckline. The straps were too close together and actually angled inward. Compare the neckline you see in the pics above to this CRB:
Much better. I’m not sure if it’s how the WTSS is cut or just how I am built, but I really, really hated how the neckline looked on me. It was awkward-looking and it made my boobs look weird to boot. Dealbreaker for me.
Another style that lots of colors are showing up in lately: the what the sport shorts. With the side pockets, reflective detail, and short length, these are great for summer. They seem to be going after the Nike Pro compression shorts with these (which a lot of young women seem to get pretty obsessed with), especially given the similarity of the waistband. Of course, the trouble with the waistband is it makes them look kind of like men’s boxer briefs (although some colors aren’t so bad about this). I thought the waistband was going to be a thin, single layer of elastic, but it was actually very thick, enough that there was actually some squishiness to it, if that makes sense. The fabric of the shorts themselves was opaque and pretty compressive. So much so, in fact, that they actually cut into my thighs a bit:
Now, I don’t have particularly large thighs for my size (as evidenced by how much space I have at the leg opening of my speed shorts), so I was surprised with how tight these felt. This wasn’t very comfortable to me, and the boxer brief look doesn’t do a lot for me, so I’ll definitely be sticking with my speeds.