Sunday, January 3, 2010

Wunder Under Challenge - Not Getting the Point of It & Did She Cheat Already?


Day 2 of Wunder Under Challenge - Cheating Already?
I don't know if any of you read the Lululemon blog posts but I usually skim them. The point of the latest one puzzles me. It is a Wunder Under Challenge - the blog author was inspired by a couple of websites, one of which is theuniformproject.com where a woman is going to wear the same dress seven days a week (she has seven identical dresses to rotate) as an exercise in sustainable fashion.  I assume the point is by owning/purchasing/wearing fewer clothes you will have a smaller carbon footprint.  The blog author is going to rotate between two pairs of Wunder Crops and Pants for a month for all her exercise and street wear:

"Starting Jan. 1, 2010, I am challenging myself to dress for street and sweat with only two bottoms to choose from for the entire month. I will be alternating between the Wunder Under Pant and the Wunder Under Crop (washing in cold water and hanging to dry in between each wear). Each day you will see how one bottom takes me through my day AND for a daily athletic activity."

I can't say I think wearing only two pairs of pants for a month will actually save anything. I have to think you would accelerate the wear and tear on the pants such that you'd need new pairs much sooner than if you rotated them with several other pairs in your closet.  Let's take an analogy to bras, according to herroom.com you should have an everyday bra wardrobe of 3-6 to get you through the week. The reason for this is to let the bra have a day of rest between wearings as body heat tends to relax fabric, it needs time to return to it's original shape, and it lets the bra air out and feel fresher the next time you put it on. All these conditions can be applied to stretchy exercise wear. Additionally, I've read on Lululemon's website or Facebook site that their clothing is not designed to be worn every day although I can't find the link.  So, although I think it is a worthy goal to purchase only as many clothes as you will wear on a regular basis, I think limiting yourself to two pairs of pants for a month is too restrictive.  She is also washing on a daily basis rather than doing one big load on a weekly basis. Additionally, looking at the photo posted above, did she already cheat? The pants on the left don't look like Wunder Unders. Perhaps since it was cold she layered a pair of sweats over them and considered them a "jacket" for her legs but the challenge did say Wunder Unders Only. ;-)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can think of 1000 better ways to have a smaller carbon footprint than wearing stretchy pants for a month! I usually like the blogs but this one is a bit beyond me...

Anonymous said...

Ya, those don't look like wonder unders to me...and washing so much more?? Doesn't make sence to me.

Dori said...

Washing every day seems a bit excessive to me, wow. Stupid challenge. I could easily do that too, anyone can. Not much of a challenge if you ask me. Wear them under a dress & they look like tights. Wear them on their own and they look like what they are. And think about all the people who can't AFFORD more than one pair of pants. No one's giving them carbon footprint accolades.

Wow, I didn't realize this would annoy me so much!

houndlvr67 said...

I think that this particular person is doing this to highlight her personal styling "prowess" (or lack thereof) and doesn't really give a flip about her carbon footprint. Between doing the Fit and Function albums and now this, I think she is trying to self-promote. I am not impressed with this challenge at all... it seems idiotic to me.

pilatesmom said...

This idea is a big yawn. Perhaps someone should blog a year of not buying any new lululemon (uh...not me I'd never last a month)

Anonymous said...

Haha, I don't think I'd last a week!

Anonymous said...

Wow... this is really dumb. She is easily wearing just as much clothes with all the different tops, jackets and even pants OVER the 'challenge' pants as she would if she wasn't doing this challenge. How does this help the environment again? Because the universe only had to supply her with two pairs of tights?

M.Emily. said...

I think this blog is great, it's teaching us to consume less! She definitely proves that we really NEED a lot less than we tend to purchase...just a thought.

Elim said...

Hello everyone! This is Elim, the person behind the Wunder Under Challenge on www.lululemon.com/community/blog.

All the challenges we create are done with the intention to create conversation and have to have fun. It’s certainly been a challenge for me to exercise myself and my wardrobe! Your comments are appreciated and I would love to know what you think could have been done differently?

All the best,
Elim
blog artist @lululemon athletica

P.S. I was so excited to make it on to this particular blog. Thank you, Lululemon Addict!

Anonymous said...

When I was in high school my brother worked at Taco Bell and he wore the same outfit to work every day and no one did a blog about him. I am pretty sure it went on well longer than a month, too.