The Kanto Catch Me LS seems like it’s on pace to be come this season’s Rulu “it” top. It’s got a flattering boatneck and angled panels on the back aiming to give the top a slimming effect. So, in my latest store trip, I had to drag one into the fitting room to try.
The Fitting Room: Kanto Catch Me LS ($88)
Lulu’s size chart and my measurements indicate I should be an 8 up top, but I sometimes find 10’s to be more flattering and comfortable, so I brought both sizes in with me. My store only had the blue, regal plum & heathered herringbone heathered white slate. Herringbone it was.
First Up: Size 8
Last year, my go to post-WOD layer was the Race Your Pace LS. I have a 10 and it was fitting a bit loose this morning, which is why I brought this size 8 in with me. I never met a size 8 CRB I didn’t like, but this shirt felt a bit small. Definitely a ‘slim fit’ as described on the website.
While it didn’t feel constricting, you can tell by the shadows this isn’t a top to wear if you’re having a fat day.
As with any boatneck, your racerback straps are going to show if you use this as a layer in a casual or post/gym ensemble. Pardon the space face and the rudimentary two-handed selfie. Rookie/grandparent move, I know.
Here’s how the size 8 looks from the back. (In case anyone’s wondering, yes those are the recently-released stirrup WUPs with the stirrups cuffed under.)
Next Up: Size 10
The 10 was a bit roomier and played nicer with the harsh fitting room lighting. Side note: why are fitting room lights always so mean? I thought they’re supposed to make you look good enough to want to buy the clothes, not vice versa.
Now… here’s the kicker with the Kanto Catch Me LS that I didn’t expect and do not like:
THE SLEEVES ARE STUPID.
In an effort to cover more of your hand and keep you warm, lulu incorporated this odd flare to the end of the sleeves. They sleeves stuck out past my knuckles when making a fist. If you scroll up and look closer at the other photos, you’ll notice what I’m talking about. It felt strange.
Long story short, even with gift cards in my purse – I wasn’t wowed enough to take this top home. Those damn sleeve flaps.
I guess I should be thanking the funny hippie sleeves… after all, they saved me $88 today.