Shopping For Workout Clothes at Lululemon

Lululemon store display
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If you're in the market for new workout or athleisure clothes, lululemon is a good place to start. Whether you're a dedicated yogi, a strength-training fan, a devotee of rough and rugged outdoor sports, or you simply enjoy wearing comfy fitness clothing in your day-to-day life, lululemon delivers. The company, officially named Lululemon Athletica Inc, which was founded in 1998 by a Canadian entrepreneur, Dennis J. Wilson, dominates the market for high-end workout wear that's well-made and functional, fashionable but not too trendy.

Before you head to your nearest lululemon store (the better way to shop for this brand: The website sometimes doesn't do the clothing justice, so at least pop in, look around, and try on before you go home to order online), here are a few things to keep in mind to help you zero in on exactly what you want.

What You'll Find at Lululemon

  • Stylish workout clothing for men, women, and girls (sizes 6 to 14)
  • True-to-size sizing—in other words, if you typically wear an 8 in other brands, you'll wear an 8 at lululemon.
  • A signature fabric called Luon—a four-way stretchy mix of nylon and Lycra that feels a lot like cotton but will keep you dry. Luon comes in several weights (lighter for indoor exercise, for example, and heavier for exercising outdoors in cold or wet weather). Lululemon has clothing in other fabrics as well, including natural ones. Some are wrinkle-prone, though, so it's a good idea to fold or roll them when you pack them—don't just stuff them in your workout bag.
  • High-quality colors: Black is a true black and pastels are vibrant, not pale.
  • Athletic accessories. Besides clothing, lululemon offers a wide variety of extras: yoga mats, workout bags, backpacks, headbands, hats, scarves, underwear, socks, and even footed tights for ice skaters.

What a Concept

A visit to a lululemon store can be more than just a shopping trip for workout clothes. Because the company has a strong commitment to community-building, you'll likely find a bulletin board featuring local yoga teachers and announcements of upcoming fundraisers. Most stores also offer yoga and fitness classes, usually for free.

If you appreciate supporting stores that "give back," note that lululemon has a program called "Here to Be," which, according to the website, "is designed to support, unite, and amplify the work of the yoga service community. We partner with best-in-class nonprofit organizations globally who make the healing benefits of yoga and meditation accessible to all."

Finally, if you happen to be a fitness enthusiast who likes to shop via phone, there's an app for that. From the company website, you can download a handy lululemon shopping application that's available for Android and iOS with handy features like a store locator and the ability to send e-gift cards to other athletically minded folks.

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