If you've been a regular of my blog over the years, and especially this past year, what went wrong with Lululemon in 2016 has been hammered both in my posts and in the comments section. I thought I'd share with you my favourite items of 2016, which there where surprisingly a lot of despite general brand failures. Not as much as other years, but plenty. Most of my purchases where either markdowns or 'pop backs' on the website long after they've 'sold through' and went out of season.
When I looked back to my year of posts I was really surprised this Turn Jacket was from 2016. I got it in this Heathered Alberta Lake. This was a color I loved (and am borderline fanatical about) in a design I really like with a really soft cozy material. It really reminds me of the Heathered Stitch Gratitude Wrap of years past.
I got this tank in both Muted Mauve and Sea Mist and have been so happy with them. They are a loose fitting tank, soft and airy, gorgeous colors and so functional for my workouts. I love that the back almost completely covers an energy bra, and the front doesn't dip down as low as many tanks. This has been my go too for sweaty Crossfit workouts. We will ignore the shitty CRB II update and change my standard uniform CRB, to the Essential Tank.
I initially found this sweater insanely overpriced when I tried it on but I was painfully tempted because the merino wool was surprisingly soft and silky. I loved that it was an oversized shape that draped away from the body and that it wasn't overheating. I ended up finding this pullover on markdown in a store then chased down the other colors on markdown across Canada and had them shipped to me. In retrospect I think these where fairly priced at full price but I'm glad I got them on sale. I can't say that for most of the price increases this year but I can stomach the full price of these for a noble fabric like merino wool when it's on par with any other brand with the same quality material.
This was a recent purchase for me on Black Friday. I tried it on when it was first out and was underwhelmed by the stiff structured spacer fabric but Carolyn from Lululemon Addict sung it's praises and convinced me to get it on Black Friday. I'm really very happy with it and have used it a lot as a To/From to the gym, and also layered under my jacket for our unseasonably cold Vancouver winter. I ended up getting more spacer fabric items - the Embrace The Space Hoodie which I really like (but haven't taken the tags off yet so it can't make this post) and the In Sculpt Vest which I purchased for my mom but she didn't like so I ended up keeping it for myself. There is room in my life for spacer fabric, just not at luxury price tags.
This jacket came out just after the price increases in September and it was painfully overpriced. Despite my better judgement I eventually bit the bullet on this at full price only to see it marked down for the special shopping events that happened in October (25% off store shopping events). I tried to get it price adjusted but had no luck and eventually it was marked down about $70 lower than I'd paid. Burn! I still really like the jacket but it burns me I overpaid.
I haven't liked many of the textured or one sided rulu this year but the Outrun LS was an exception. In the teal (and I think black and black cherry) the Outrun was thick, warm and soft and brushed on both sides. I sized up in this to get a flowier look like the Tuck And Flow LS. So many of the Rulu tops this year have been so thin and scratchy feeling and I've been told that this years version was brushed only on the inside. Many items have been missing from this fall/winter lineup (sherpa, fleece, herrigbone and coco pique etc.) but what I've missed the most where the stretchy and incredibly soft flanneled rulu.
I'm not much of a swiftly LS fan but this color and with the lace print was so pretty I couldn't resist. This is one of my go to's for my olympic lifting classes. Typically my workouts are too warm to wear a swiftly or any LS during the workout but in lifting the gym is so cold and I don't overheat the same way I do with a crossfit workout. It's still a very sweaty workout but I really value keeping my joints as warm as possible so I tolerate being warmly dressed. In almost 7 years of blogging, this is my third swiftly LS.
This was a pop back purchase for me several months after it had sold out online. I thought the Lucent Line was way overpriced when it first uploaded, despite the fact that I really loved the embroidered detailing. I hesitated a few minutes too long and it sold out online. I stalked the jacket and the tank on eBay but couldn't bring myself to pay the inflated prices and eventually the tank popped up online in my size, a lone size 10. I was shocked a few hours after placing the order that it actually fulfilled. This was during the time that lululemon had moved to a new Canadian warehouse space (in Delta, BC) so there where several surprise pop backs as they had cleared the inventory of the old warehouse. This pop back was almost too good to be true for me. This tank has turned out to be perfect for me for lifting because it is cut higher in the neckline so I don't feel so exposed as I'm chest over bar.
This was another pop back purchase for me. Again, this was one of the first higher priced tights this year. It was priced at $138 because it was a 'digital print' and it was really shocking to see tights priced this high at that time. I ordered them to see wether or not they where worth it and I was surprised to learn that the remarkable thing about them was this new printed luon which was 98/31 blend of Nylon/Lycra, not the typical printed polyester which was hot and had sheen. This was very cool and comfortable to wear for workouts. I ended up returning them because of the price but pined away for them for months and eventually caught them again on pop back. Lone size 10 again. Love the cut, love the print, love the material.
Another pop back purchase! I purchased both the black and blue in store and loved them but ended up returning the blue (for economical reasons) and really regretted it after several months when my black one had gotten tons of use. This popped back up the same day the Lucent Tank popped back up so I snatched it back up in the blue. These have worn and washed really well and I love wearing them. They remind me of the Liberty SS Tee from several years ago.
You will notice a trend this year in that I second guess myself and return a lot, and then later hunt down. I purchased this vest in the silver because it was really intriguing to me in this color but after a few days at home I thought that the colour was too widening on me and I returned it. I never once considered it in black because black just isn't exciting but I decided one day that I needed a black vest so I called around across Canadian stores looking for it, but was fruitless. One lucky day, it popped back online in a lone size 10. It was meant to be. Like all my other purchases.
I like Define Jackets but it's not something I've purchased or worn a lot of over the years and I feel like I've taken them for granted. When I saw this color upload I needed to have it immediately. I purchased it full price and was really happy and excited with the purchase so I didn't mind when it eventually got marked down in straggling sizes. I was especially happy I got it when the rumour that Define Jackets have been discontinued started to surface. This is such a great color. Alberta Lake and Teal are really my colors but all things Muted Mauve really spoke to me.
This bra married an Energy Bra, typically made for C/D cups with the popular Free To Be Wild Bra straps, typically made for A/AA cups. Perfection. So of course lululemon made this in three colors and three colors only.
This is another 93/31 Nylon printed Wunder Under. I really loved this floral print and really loved that it was this new matte none polyester. This print reminded me of Black Roses print from 2010.
The next three prints where from the Janaïna Milheiro collaboration. I loved this colab far more than other black friday special edition items that I've seen in the past (save for a few limited edition scubas from 2010/2011). I know they weren't super popular but I think the major drawback on these was that they where Nulux, and nulux has been a very polarizing material. I love luxury brands (Janaina works with luxury brand textiles) and I love feathers and I loved her execution of the feather prints.
This was a sleeper item that ended up being a hot seller, and then popped back on the website recently. [Muscle Swing Tank]. I also like wearing this for olympic lifting for the high neckline but I find it very flattering as casual wear worn with jeans. Muscle style tanks usually look really horrible on me but this was designed in a very feminine way and I really wish I'd gotten a second colour in it.
The Fast Lane Singlet was great but what I really liked about this tank was the print. There where two versions of this print, one was red based and one was pink based. I really loved Pop Cut Multi with the pink and fatigue pattern. I haven't worn this tank in a few months but I'm reminded to pull it out again. This is a great print that I haven't gotten bored of.
Nulux has kind of been a bust for me despite the fact that I've gotten the Featherlight items in it, and I like the feel of it. Many of the prints on nulux where very sheer on me and just didn't translate well to the fabric. The Featherlight prints where not sheer but they have had the unfortunate issue of constantly sliding down waistbands on me which is a problem for workouts. These Fast And Free Tights are so high waisted, and cinch in slightly, and have a tie waist so they don't slide down on me at all like any of the other nulux tights have. I also really love this neutral teal color. I feel much less exposed in these tights than I have in any other nulux tight.
A blogger highlight for me this year was once again meeting up with Carolyn from Lululemon Addict . It's become a tradition each year that we 'hang' for Seawheeze. Wether or not I've run Seawheeze (she has each year, I've run 3 of them), we meet up each year and line up for the showcase store and commiserate. I look forward to this weekend each year not for the lululemon everything but for the fun friend time.