Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Today's Shopping Trip: Herringbone Pullovers, Cross My Heart Bra, Pique Define and More


Very discrete logo location - your hair will probably cover it.
I returned my Black Swan Gratitude Wrap today and bought the Black Herringbone Full Tilt pullover. (BTW, if you live in the area and were looking for a BS GW in size 10, go to or call Irvine, it might still be there ). I haven't bought a new pullover in two years - since my black Energy - so I am psyched. The herringbone running luon feels thicker than regular running luon (or rulu, as lulu is calling it now). There is minimal use of circle mesh - a little under the armpit and a band around the bust so there aren't many areas for the wind to breeze through. My other pullovers, the Hills and Energy have significant circle mesh portions - down the side and underside of the arm, so this one will be my cold weather pullover (cold in SoCal = 50s  ;-)   ). The black herringbone pattern is nice because it's an understated color that isn't heathered or static for a change, with a minimum of pleats and ruffles (the reflective ruffle near the cuff is dark gray) and no racing stripes or something funky going on at the shoulder. I like that it doesn't look like it's for running only - it can be used for hiking or as a base layer for skiing. I also like that the lulu logo is in a very discrete location on the back of the collar. I thought this pullover ran true to size.

I also ended up exchanging the Black Swan Pure Focus tank I bought last week for a Black Swan Power Technique tank. I really liked the Black Swan color in sheer luon but to wear the BS Pure Focus for exercise I'd would like to have the matching Free To Be bra for extra support making the total investment something like $120 to wear one tank. The Power Technique offers me better support and coverage and the opportunity to try a new tank style. I ended up sizing down to minimize all the extra material in the lower part of the tank.

The new Define jacket - Black Herringbone (love!!!), Deep Camo Pique, Heathered Black Swan, and Ghost Herringbone
I tried on the Deep Camo Pique Define and loved how soft it is. I really liked the deep mossy green color on me, too. I was tempted by this Define but wasn't totally keen on the Heathered Wren inset. What I would really love to see is a hoodie or pullover in pique.


I also tried on the Ghost Herringbone Define. It was cute, too, and thick and soft. I would have loved to try on the Black Herringbone Define but my store didn't have it. It looks like a very eye-catching design and it's now on my maybe list. Maybe it'll show up online tomorrow.


Cross My Heart Turned Inside Out
I tried on the Cross My Heart bra. I thought it was a fairly supportive bra, probably similar to the 50 Rep. The straps don't have elastic inside them so there was a lot of bounce when I jumped up and down (I'm a 36DD). The inside was kind of odd, like a Deep V, as you can see in the above photo. The back is different looking and if you like to work out in just a bra I think this is a good choice. It has an interesting strap pattern and gives good coverage. I didn't care for how the back looked with a CRB over it but it looks cute in the photos I've seen when paired with the new Run Free Tank. I think the straps are too wide to look very good layered under other tanks with thinner straps. I always try to match strap widths when layering a bra under a tank with a built in bra if I can't match the strap pattern of the tank itself (i.e., Flow Y with a Power Y). All in all, I'd rather spend $10 more to get a Ta Ta Tamer for better support and better looks under my CRBs.

I didn't have time to try on the new Run: Free Tank but I can see why we are seeing everyone's lumps, bumps, and seams in nearly every photo of it. The material is incredibly thin and clingy. The tag says it's made of luon but I think it's a special blend of luon light. It's very soft and silky but it's thin so it's going to reveal your every secret, even if you don't have any - like the woman in the above photo - I can see the outline of her her bra and the seaming in her pants.

My store actually had the Black Swan Creekside Camo Scuba so Scubas have arrived in Southern California. I wonder if we will be getting the new Cuddle Ups soon. This is an eye catching print but I think I prefer a more muted print like the Black Snowy Owl. This Scuba was not nearly as soft or plushy feeling as the Snowy Owl but felt more like a solid colored Scuba. It also had a normal hair tie zipper pull. I kind of like the metal lulu symbol pull.

I also got to try on the Heathered Black Swan Scoop Neck tank. I thought this particular color ran small in this tank. This happens every now and then in the Scoop Neck. I'd say it felt at least half a size small.

19 comments:

Megan said...

Is the Ghost Herringbone Define brushed by any chance? Why do you think it felt thicker and softer? I am scared I love it. ;)

Transporter said...

Hi, http://luluaddict.blogspot.com/

Thank you very much for updating, reviewing and posting various lulu items. It is very helpful. Really appreciate it.

LuluAddict said...

@ Megan - I forgot to look whether the tag said it was brushed but I did notice the price was more than the typical $99 for a Define. I think it was $108 (maybe $118 but I don't think it was that much) so I think it was brushed.

@ Transporter - glad to be helpful

Anonymous said...

I echo Transporter....your feedback is very helpful to those of us who do not live near a store!
Did you need to size up in the Cross your heart? I need to size up in the 50Rep and not sure what size to order.thx

Anonymous said...

I'm just not jazzed about the herringbone print. It doesn't say "sporty" to me, it says "boardroom" and seems like an oxymoron.

andrea2251 said...

I LOVE the ghost herringbone print! Too bad the full tilt pullover in ghost herringbone has the black color blocking. . . and I don't really wear my define all that often. I wonder what other items the ghost herringbone will come in? LLA, this post is awesome and very informative. Thanks!

Lona said...

I'm wondering if you (or a reader) has an opinion: if my Run for your Life Pullover is slightly on the bigger side in size 8 (haven't tried a 6 as I ordered online from Europe and it's a hassle to return), how would the Full Tilt Pullover fit? In other words, would you say it's slightly bigger or slightly smaller than the RFYL? I'm tempted by the black herringbone but I am quite tall (6 ft) and wonder if/how it fits.

andrea2251 said...

@Lona - I have both. The RFYL pullover and the Full Tilt pullovers seem to fit the same to me. I have a 4 in the RFYL and a 6 in the RFT (only because they didn't have a 4). I think the 6 is a little too big (unless you want to layer tops under it). I would have preferred a 4 in both. The Full Tilt pullover has a much longer Torso, so I think you'll really like it in your normal size.

Becky said...

I must have missed your review on your Gratitude Wrap. Why did you decide to return it?

Anonymous said...

@anon 4:17 - I agree entirely.

Anonymous said...

I love the ghost herringbone! I normally don't wear defines for work out wear, usually just with jeans casually.

Anonymous said...

I've wanted a black define for awhile now, but never get one because I always spend $$$ on more colorful stuff. The Herringbone Define just might be the staple I need!

What bras do you guys like, other than the Flow Y, to wear under your CRB's? I am small chested, so do not require major support. I bought the Cross your Heart bra onlne, was hoping it'd be cute with those tanks....

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 7:20am: I'm on the small busted side (36A) and I like the Flow Y, but snagged a Free to Be bra on sale. I really like the double strap design in back--supportive enough and a bit stylish. The main strap (from the front of the bra) hits the top of my shoulders so it doesn't dig in nearly as much as the Flow Y after a long day of wearing.

Anonymous said...

The girl who is modeling in the first photo is gorgeous! She pretty much sells the jacket for me - ha ha.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 4:17 am - That's one reason I like the herringbone. It's an unexpected pattern in athletic wear.

@ Becky 5:31 am - I had a brief paragraph in a previous post about why I didn't like the GW. I am not a big fan of unstructured long jackets like the GW on me. I thought it looked just ok on me but it wasn't something I was itching to tear the tags off of and that is my criteria for buying lulu these days since I don't have a money tree growing in my backyard.

Additionally, I was concerned about fading and I didn't want to have to limit wears & washes and baby the item. The pullover is something I can get a lot more use out of. It's a pattern so it will hide dirt and wear better. If the GWs came in a textured color, like Static or Heathered something, I might have liked it better but I tend not to like the solid colored cotton jackets - they show dirt and wear more easily than the patterns/prints.

@ anon 3:10 am - both the 50 Rep and Cross My Heart kind of smashed me down in the 12 so I probably could use a 14. However, that would probably lead to more jiggle on my part. I think the 50 Rep does fit smaller/tighter than the Cross My Heart. I thought the Cross My Heart fit similar to a Flow Y. Not sure if that helps you or not.

Lona said...

@andrea2251: thx for a detailed reply

Anonymous said...

Loving the look of the herringbone WUs! Recently purchased some new lulu, so trying to hold off for now, but may need those. Any chance we may see a pant in black swan at some point?

miss indiana said...

Can anyone compare the herringbone pullovers to the Run:Take Flight in terms of how warm they might be? I'm looking for a mid-weight pullover for running in 35 - 50 degree weather. Thanks!

N said...

The new batch of Defines (non-brushed) are $108.00. I bought the heather black swan Define. All the others said $108.00 as well. Also-in the herringbone Define, I had to size up; the herringbone full tilt LS, I had to size down, and the herringbone WUs, some of the people in the store told me they had to size up-others said they were TTS.