This was such a very odd year for Lululemon. I felt it started out very strong and it just peetered out for Fall with changes to Lulumon social media photo sharing, limited and scarce product releases (product exclusive to China, Australia, US or Canada but not shared) and then total momentum lost with a jarringly sparse holiday product release. It became very clear between Black Friday and Christmas that the typical double uploads where happening on fumes with not enough product to cover two uploads. Some uploads we had old product added to the ‘What’s New’ page, and one upload was cancelled. We’ve had much more markdowns this year as well (more warehouse sales than usual, great Black Friday and Boxing Day markdowns and end of season sales) which is good when you find product you like on sale, but when items you’ve payed full price for get continually marked down you get conditioned to hold out for markdown prices in the future. None the less, I have several items I’ve purchased this year which I very much love. Here are my favourites.
1. Heathered Bark Berry Scuba Hoodie III
I’m still in love with this scuba hoodie colorway and especially love the rose gold zippers. I wear it tons.
2. Drop It Like It’s Hot Tank
I got this tank in black and menthol and I wear them all the time to Crossfit. I love the design, love the feel of them on and that they are loose around the middle. I’d love to see this style come back.
3. Slate Pique High Times Pant
I’m on a self imposed pants/leggings ban unless they are to replace my black Inspire Crops which I wear the most to crossfit (my NY Marathon ones). I purchased a few lululemon bottoms for the purpose of being leggings and that is a bit dumb since I primarily wear jeans and don’t really feel that comfortable in leggings casually. I did love these Slate Pique High Times though and I wear them the most of all my ‘leggings’.
4. Kanto Catch Me Jacket
This was a surprising purchase for me. I tried it on in white and didn’t care for it, or really get the point of a rulu run jacket that isn’t water proof or especially warm. I’ve passed on these RULU run jackets in the past but when I tried it on in black I was sold. It is edgy in black, and cozy. I did end up wearing it a lot in the fall as a too/from to crossfit or layered under my raincoat.
5. Down For A Run Jacket
I’ve not liked or loved any of the run specific down jackets and pullovers in the past but something about this Down For A Run Line I just loved. Both the designs and the colors offered. I got the Down For A Run Jacket in Black (I’ve been gravitating to black jackets a lot lately) and when it got too cold for the Kanto Jacket I moved on to this jacket.
Down For A Run Pullover
6. Menthol Kanto Catch Me Long Sleeve
Menthol is probably my favourite Lululemon color, if not it’s top 3. It is so rare for a RULU pullover to come out in a solid color these days and when I saw this one in Menthol I knew I had to have it. I just love it. Simple, feminine design in a color I love.
7. Heathered (black) Sapphire Swiftly LS
I don’t wear swiftlies much since I find them intimidatingly delicate so I actually only have this one which was an irresistible color and a Plum Peach one I got in the summer. I’ve found a purpose for them though which is to wear them to my new Olympic lifting classes. I know a lot of people swear by these for Crossfit but I just find them to delicate and so I save them for Oly lifting days when we are not doing WODS, just drills.
8. Heathered Fuel Green Scuba Hoodie III
I got this scuba hoodie last week. I don’t love it as much as my barberry one but I do love it a lot. I initially poo-pooed the scuba III’s when they first came out but I do find them more wearable than the Scuba II’s which are much warmer and structured.
9 Mind &Body Kit
I love the M&B Kit. I got one last year after turning my nose up at it in years prior because of the price. I did a fair bit of traveling this year so I actually got to put my M&B kit to proper use and it was great so I picked up this black and white striped one this year. If you see it on markdown snatch it up, but if you’ve been coveting one and are not sure they are worth full price I can tell you they are.
10. Espresso Definitely Raining Jacket
Living in Raincover I’ve tried most iterations of the Lululemon Rain Jacket and I’ve got to say this one is the best to date. This one is water proof vs. resistant (and you can tell the difference), it’s softer, and came in many great colors. I especially loved this Espresso one.
A monthly retrospective of Lululemon designs.
January – Blushed Illusion Multi Print
I really liked this print but for some reason Canada didn’t get any items in this. Did the US? I would have loved a Cool Racerback in this or this Run Stuff Your Bra. So odd that Australia got the bulk of this, and the US got some pieces but Canada got none.
February – Vintage Pink All Sport Bra and Pace Pusher LS
I love Vintage Pink. I hope we see more pieces this year.
On The Daily Hoodie
I love the On The Daily Hoodie. I got a Grapefruit one from the US and I got a Marled Tender Violet one from Canada. Both different textures/fabrics but I love both. I may have gotten more if we’d seen more fun colors in it.
March – Zippered Cyber Stripe High Times (US only)
Another Australia and US only item. Canada waited and waited for these, where promised they were coming and months and months later when we finally did get them they were a different version without the zipper detail.
I got this tank, and then never wore it. It’s definitely on my regrets pile.
Miss Misty Jacket
We saw about a billion colorways of this jacket for some reason, and no other run jacket for the longest time.
April – Biggie Pigment Wave
Man, Biggie Pigment Wave and Pigment Wave Multi where so huge. But there where so many pieces to choose from. I got Inspire Crops in the Multi version but what I really wanted was a Cool Racerback which never came out.
Heathered Jewelled Magenta
This was a super exciting upload. I got this Define Jacket and LOVE it.
May – Gator Green
Another item on my regrets pile is a Bleacher Stripe Cool Racerback. It’s must a little bit of a loud print for me.
This is another color that I loved. So glad I got this Cool Racerback.
June – Alarming
Grapefruit Mesh What The Sport Tee
This is another item I got and loved. I had a thing with Orange this year, especially in the spring and summer. I was infatuated with Peach Plum and Grapefruit so I stalked for the Mesh With Me for a long time after seeing it in Australia. Thankfully Canada did get it.
Iris Flower Sweaty Or Not Jacket
Pretty color. I was tempted by this jacket but didn’t get it, even when it went on markdown. I still think it’s a pretty jacket when I look at this picture.
I loved this print when I first saw it but I just couldn’t decide what I wanted in it. It was too bad that we didn’t get a Cool Racerback in this. I got the SE High Times but ended up returning them and I’m glad I did. As much as I like the print I would have never worn it in pants.
July – Wee Space Silver Spoon SE Wunder Under Crop
Cool To Street Tank
August – Sapphire
Sapphire was an exciting color. So similar to Pigment which I also love, but I think I like Sapphire a bit more.
September – New Pant Wall + Lulu
This was where I saw Lululemon really start to lose momentum. They marketed a new pant wall, a new fabric and a pricing ‘architecture’. Meaning, old items got repriced higher under the honeypot of a new fabric and new designs. This is also when Lululemon implemented a new social media strategy and amalgamated store Facebook pages and eliminated 95% of product image sharing.
Space Dye Twist
Go The Distance Jacket – Canada never got this one.
This was another item I waited for and waited for but Canada never got. Eventually I was able to get one through a US friend but I didn’t appreciate having to hunt down an item and pay the exchange.
October – Down For A Run
Loved the Down For A Run Line. As popular as I think it was, it still got marked down for Boxing Day.
November – Fleece Out Jacket
November was a pretty boring month. I kept waiting for the exciting holiday product to arrive and it just never really did.
Hustle In Your Bustle Jacket
Sunshine Coast LS
I did really like the Sunshine Coast LS’s though. I got it in Barkberry and Fatigue.
December – Tender Violet Swiftly SS
I got this Swiftly but ended up returning it as I realized as pretty as the color is, I’m must not inclined to wear a swiftly SS to the gym.
About That Base LS
Think Fast Pullover (CAN only)
For some reason only Canada got this one. US got the Runderfull 1/2 Zip in Pique Cosmic Teal which I coveted but we got this one. I think I like this design better but I may have preferred it in Cosmic Teal. And a solid Peacock Pique vs. this white based pique with solid contrasting. I have this one on my pile of deciding wether I’m keeping or returning. I’m leaning towards returning it and selling my grey one from last year.
What where your memorable Lululemon items from this year? Any hits and misses you’d care to share? what where your favourite purchases?