Monday, December 13, 2010

More Photos of the Lift Your Spirits Jacket - Priced Too High, Store Trip Report, & An Observation




So, what is up with Lululemon's pricing? $148 for this jacket? Really? It looks nice enough but I'm not seeing why it's nearly $50 more than a Define Jacket. Oh yeah, and what's up with not having all the jackets go to a 12? The Yogi Dance jacket only goes to a 10 and I read this one does, too. Boo! The Lift Your Spirits was not at my local store so I couldn't try it on. I'll consider it when it gets to the markdown rack.

There were a few more things on sale at my local store today - all the Hot Racer bras were on markdown to $34. They also had a Candlelight tank with the muli state of mind print on markdown in a size 12 for $39. I passed on it.

I spotted a few more people at my gym wearing Lululemon today. My gym is a very run of the mill LA Fitness. I think Lululemon is about to really take off in the US. I have to say I am conflicted about it's popularity. I always felt kind of special and in-the-know being one of the few people wearing Lululemon. Now I am spotting it every time I leave the house and not only in upscale areas. I hope it doesn't turn into Ed Hardy. It used to be wearing Ed Hardy was hip and now it's a joke. Are you guys at all conflicted about it's popularity?

23 comments:

Glow said...

I'll pass on the overpriced jacket.

As for the popularity of Lululemon, it's been big here in Canada for a long time, and located in most of the larger malls I've been to. The remix hoodie was likened to a "uniform" at the high school I went to, to give you an idea. I never really found the popularity off-putting, as I just like Lulu clothing for its fit and function, over and above other brands of active wear.

Anonymous said...

I don't dislike the Lift Your Spirits so much in the wish blue picture, probably because it looks like the model is wearing the right size. In the first picture, the way the creases fall in the back, it kind of resembles back fat or rolls...

As for the Lululemon popularity thing, I'm from Canada and it's already EVERYWHERE here. I've also been a Lulu fan for years, so it's kind of frustrating to see it everywhere now... Especially it's the "in" thing for high school and junior high kids around here. Nothing worse for a career gal in her late 20's than showing up at the gym, watching a hockey game or going to the mall- and being dressed like twins with a group of 16 year olds!!
-Jenn from Atlantic Canada

Anonymous said...

I'll be honest. I don't think there's a chance that Lulu's gonna go as mainstream as Ed Hardy. It's pretty pricey, and you don't see the MTV generation wearing it. But what I despise (go ahead, flame away) is how many Lulu tanks look like maternity tops. There are women crowing about those tank tops on Facebook; but the clothing is hideous. The models -- real-life ones and otherwise -- look fat. Not just pregnant; fat. A blousy tank doesn't help "hide" your stomach; it makes you look fat. So for me, I don't want Lulu to be synonymous with maternity. That's unsexy.

LuluAddict said...

I with you, Glow - I also like Lululemon for the great style, fit, and function better than anything I've ever tried so no matter how popular it gets I'll stick with it, too.

@ Jenn- Twins with teenagers and junior high kids - ugh!

RunMama said...

Perhaps your gym classes will resemble mine soon - half the ladies wearing lulu, and some of the guys too. I can echo what Jenn says about the popularity of lulu with young girls. I have passed on lulu items after seeing tweens wearing them (the snowflake hoodies last year were very popular with this age group, it seemed). I am so pleased with my Lab purchases, it is nice to have 'different' lulu with a more grown-up style (in my opinion anyway). Although I still love my regular lulu too.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 2:10 pm - I won't flame you - everyone is entitled to their opinion. ;-) I think the blousy/baby doll/empire waist look is in and that is why Lululemon is making a lot of "maternity" style tops lately. They also probably want to appeal towards pregnant women, too. I think it's good that Lululemon offers a mix of styles - tight fitting tops, bra tops, tops for smaller busts, loose fitting tops, and tops for larger busts, skimpy tops, tops that cover more skin, etc. I like having lots of tank choices depending on what mood I'm in that morning - feeling bloated, feeling skinny, feeling shy, feeling sexy, etc.

Leeza said...

I agree I think $148 I a lot more than we are used to and my wallet certainly felt it when u got two yogi dance jackets: violet and black! I thinks $128 would have been justifiable.
As for the popularity lulu is pretty big here in Boston but not big enough to have me worried sorta speak. It is very interesting that if I go in the morning I see a lot of women wear it but if I go in the evening no one at all is wearing Lulu :-/

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I live in NYC and I am fine with it's gaining popularity. To be honest, my initial impression of Lululemon was that it was a little "cheesy" and overpriced. (Obviously that changed once I bought my pieces and love them to death.) At my gym, (Equinox) I would say that 90% of the patrons wear Lululemon. Granted, it is sold at The Shop at Equinox and there are discounts for members. If I had to guess, I think that most of the people at my gym wear it because it performs well. I think New Yorkers as a whole,look to their non workout, street clothes to express themselves.

Anonymous said...

I went to undergrad in Montreal several years ago and the Groove pants were definitely the uniform of the private school set whose parents didn't flinch at spending over $100 on gym pants. They were actually kind of a joke among the guys, who were annoyed that Lulu always made girls' butts look great, but you couldn't tell what they would look like in other clothes!

Anonymous said...

I think what saves us that they never make nearly enough of the stuff so a select few fight over the handful they make. I've had items from my last two orders cancelled because they had no stock. I don't know what jobs 16 year olds have these days but they'd be working a couple days to buy this jacket!!

Anonymous said...

I have a 16 & 17 year old and lulu is so yesterday to them. They like it but old people wear it in their opinion. Tulula athletics is more popular now

Anonymous said...

I enjoy practicing yoga in my lulu pants... I have not found another pair comparable yet. So, as long as the quality and fit of pants please me, I will buy them no matter how popular. I do also enjoy the tanks.. for style and function. This is what matters the most I think. If these things begin to fail... well, then I most most definately be conflicted.

Anonymous said...

Definitely will wait for the jacket to go on major markdown and ive been wearing lulu for about 8 years now and never have had an issue with its growing popularity. I live on Vancouver Island and see it everywhere here but i dont mind, all i care about is how it performs and fits, not about who's wearing it

Anonymous said...

Saw this jacket in store today but didn't have any interest in trying it on...

I got the mups scuba in store today. I was not in love with it in photos. Kind of could take it or leave it. But when I tried it on I really liked it. It looks great with jeans and has a cozy/wintery look to it. I especially like the citron pull and hood logo (which kind of don't match it) and the haze lining and pink piping inside zipper (which also kind of don't match it).

Luvlulu said...

I'm not a fan of this jacket at all. I tried it on in my store today. I did the love the feeling of the brushed luxtreme inside but hated everything else about it. I hope they put this inner material into other jackets. My gym is probably 50% Lulu. It's in a high priced area of Northern California but there is alot of of Lucy and Nike still being worn. Last week I saw some older colors on a lady that hadn't seen before, I loved it. The grooves were the two tone striped one kind of oasis/aqua color the other a green color but not as dark as savage green. she had a matching power y in the green and I thought it was cute. I must not have been shopping when those colors were out. I wanted to ask her what the colors were but some people just buy it and don't know the color so I didn't want to seem like a freak!

houndlvr67 said...

The gaining pop "lulu" larity seems to equal a decline in quality, which I definitely don't appreciate. They have changed their vendors overseas, which may be due to the changing "world order" or may just be because they are cheaper (I think the latter). Anyway, I won't buy Grooves anymore because of this, unless they are special ordered from the "Make Your Own" bar at the Lab. The one shimmer of hope, is the Black Roses Power Y that was made in Canada. I hope that they keep that up, but I would bet that it was a fluke occurrence.

Pattybea said...

On the quality...I received a post run pullover today and I was very surprised at the cheap feel of it. The material is very thin and the fit is awkward. I bought a 4 and if you have more than a small B cup this will not fit well. A very strange tightness through the chest, shoulder and upper arm area...weird cut...

This year I bought more used older items than current. The current stuff is just not doing it for me.

RunningOnCoffee said...

$148 is pricey! that's the same as the new run jacket. and much less technical detail.

I don't see a lot of lulu out running or at the gym (but my gym is my grad school, so there are lots of undergrads around). It's amazing to hear that teens are wearing this stuff! When I was in HS I felt like it was a big deal to have a nice little wardrobe from American Eagle! It was pre-Ugg era. I live across from a $$$ prestigious prep school and I see those girls wearing sloppy looking over-sized sweatshirts, leggings, and uggs or hunters. I have seen lots of lulu at races down here -- only a little lulu at a race I did where I'm from in upstate NY (that city just got a show room this fall though). I don't care about the popularity - as long as it doesn't mean further cheapening of the brand. I'd love to see Lulu made in US/Canada but I guess that's not going to happen again.

M said...

I NEVER see any lulu where I live! It feels like it's my little secret :-) But I also live within 10 miles of Flint, probably on the top 3 in the country for highest unemployment. Flint's what used to be a booming automotive town filled with factories that have all since shut down.

hann said...

I love lululemon! I live in it, between school, dance, and swimming I don't see the point in jeans anymore. I find that not as many people buy it in my area purchase their products because of the price and if they do own something from Lulu it is a pair of grooves and a hairband. These girls are not using the gear to workout I live in a small town in Canada and all the girls I go to school with are in shock every time I come to school with a new tank on!

Anonymous said...

I live in Toronto and love that I can wear lulu on weekends without looking sloppy. I work in the corporate world and have to wear business clothes daily (aside from my lunch break at the gym where I pull out the lulu again).

Everyone around here wears it and yes I wish it wasn't quite as popular. The only thing that really got me was I was checking out some pictures online of a friend's dance class (she teaches and I used to) and her little 6-8 year olds were in little reverse groove shorts and flow-y bras. It was clearly from the lululemon line and not iviva (sp?). These girls were pretty tiny too which makes me wonder about sizing as they are stopping 12s for many items and 6-year olds are able to fit the clothes. I wear a size 8 (sometimes 10 on the bottom) but I fear now I'm getting too close to the size cut-off. What if they stop with 10s next!

Lisa said...

HEY! That's a purple-waistbanded alpine tight in the background!!!

Anonymous said...

the jacket was repriced to $118