Friday, August 27, 2010

Got My Effortless Hoodie - It's a Keeper!!!

I got my Effortless today and love it. It doesn't fit me as long or loose as it does on the model on the Lululemon website but it hasn't fit like that on any other real life or educator photo I've seen yet. The photo above is taken from the reviews section of the lululemon website. I think the Effortless looks really cute on her and it fits me about the same way lengthwise. Yes, the arms are on the snug side. However, nearly every Lululemon long sleeve top or jacket tends to fit me snug in the upper arm. I am in my mid-forties and my upper arms have thickened. My french terry Flashback and Remix Lulu Light eventually stretched out in the arms. I think that will happen with the Effortless, too. I think one reason people really notice the narrow arms is because the french terry used in the Effortless is not as stretchy as that used in most other Lululemon french terry jackets. The fabric content of the Effortless is 80% organic cotton and 20% polyester. If any of you have tried on the men's Revive sweatshirt, it has the same fabric except the Revive arms are wider and the Revive has a ribbed panel up the side.

I layed some of my other jackets on top of the Effortless to compare measurements and help you determine fit. All the comments are comparing size 12s to size 12s. The arms in my Remix Lulu Light are about 1" narrower than the Effortless, however since they are stretchier they feel more comfortable. My size 10 Flashback jacket has arms that are about 1.5" narrower. The arms of my Define are 1" narrower.

One thing I really like about the Effortless is that the bottom hem is curved and the back is longer than the front by about 2". It is long enough so that it covers my rear.

I compared the length of my Wear With All (WWA) to the Effortless. The WWA is about 4" narrower at the bottom hem and about 2" longer. I also compared the length and width of my Remix Light. The Remix Light is about 3" narrower along the sides and the Effortless is about 2" longer than the Remix Light.

Lots of people have commented that they don't like the distressed seams. It's a matter of personal taste whether you like them or not. I happen to really like the super-casual beachy look of this hoodie. I think the frayed seams are what "makes" this hoodie. I ordered the heathered lolo purple and love L-O-V-E the color. It's almost a denim look and not too purple.

I hope some of this comparison info helps you. I think if the hoodie appeals to you, order it and try it. It is a tricky fit so it is hard to tell from photos if it will work for your body. I plan to wear this as a heavy top rather than use as an outer layer. I think it will work perfectly for fall in Southern California.

Here are some other photos I've found of people in the Effortless. I think how much you like it will depend on whether you are long in the torso (if it's too short it will look too boxy), how hippy you are, etc.


I think with the straight fit Lululemon was going for a modified boyfriend look with the Effortless. This sweatshirt reminds me a lot of the men's Revive which I bougth for my brother in law but may keep for myself.



6 comments:

pilatesmom said...

Don't like the fireside in any color. No way, no how. Effortless hoodie looks cute on some people and unflattering on others. I have the lolo one coming. I'll have to see how I like the fit on me...

Anonymous said...

No Firesides for me either. To each her own though. I can't wait to receive my Effortless. Even considering a trip to a store this weekend to see if they have lolo...

Anonymous said...

Don't like the effortless at all, it looks like something thrown together from leftover material. I realize some people like this style, but it is not the classy look I expect from lulu.

momof5 said...

Great review Luluaddict - cant wait to get mine and try it for myself!!

RunningOnCoffee said...

effortless hoodie is cute, but i don't really care for the kangaroo pocket up front. i feel like it just adds some bulk in that area that i would prefer not to have.

Anonymous said...

Got my Effortless shorts via Fed/Ex today. Love that online free shipping. Ran 4 miles. Comfortable. Sure $48 is too much for shorts that look like sweatpant cut-offs, but I love them.