If you’ve ever stopped in a Lululemon retail store, you were probably struck by how expensive their clothing is compared to other athletic clothing. But you’ve also probably been tempted to buy something; their designs are really quite nice. Plus, a lot of yoga teachers and yoga “rock stars” frequently don Lululemon clothing, which for many lay yogis makes Lululemon apparel a must have. But is Lululemon clothing really worth the high price?
The short answer is, sometimes. If you’re buying their clothing for the label, I don’t think I have to say just how unyogic that is. And if you’re buying their clothing because it’s expensive, and people know it’s expensive, and then they’ll think you’re Mr. or Mrs. Money Bags because you wear Lululemon, again, I don’t think I have to say just how unyogic that is.
There are, however, some very good reasons to buy Lululemon yoga attire. First, and foremost, they have some really cool stuff. Their women’s line is sexy but not in that tacky/cheap way that some other women’s athletic clothing can be; their men’s line, although not quite as great, does have some stand-outs.
Most importantly, however, Lululemon’s clothing is great for doing yoga. None of my other yoga pants are so good at removing sweat off the body, and no other athletic pants that I’ve ever owned in my life have been so good at keeping my lower body comfortable during a hot, sweaty workout. Lululemon’s clothing breathes well, is light, stretchy, soft, and non-irritating to the skin (there are no annoying labels, and the seams are sewn on the outside of their clothing).
You should be careful, though, to distinguish between Lululemon’s yoga clothing and their “yoga-inspired” clothing. I don’t know that they actually make this distiction explicit, but in my experience, only some of their clothing is actually good for doing yoga. They seem to also make a lot of clothing that is really just for yoga fashion. I made the mistake of buying a pair of expensive men’s pants that ended up being way too heavy and thick for doing yoga. But, as I’ve found, I can at least wear them when I’m teaching a yoga class or just walking around and stay in that cool, “yoga-inspired” mood.
- Lululemon Sues Calvin Klein (yogaisforlovers.wordpress.com)