Oh, Minneapolis. The fun part of being in a city with a big ol’ lululemon is they get a big ol’ selection of the fancy special edition capsules. I was able to visit the Mall of America somewhat on the heels of the lululemon x Barry’s Bootcamp collaboration’s release, and MOA had tons in stock. My socks weren’t entirely blown off by the selection, but I was feeling sassy and spendy at that point in time after not having made a lululemon purchase in over 6 weeks.
Like a kid in a candy store with a $20 in hand, I legitimately entertained the idea of buying the crazy shiny space woman jacket. Until I tried it on. While the jacket wasn’t out of this world like I anticipated, the MOA trip still ended the dry spell. 💸💸💸
Stronger as One Jacket ($168) in Titanium Foil
I can wear some crazy stuff and get away with it, so I was feeling in the fun mood like I would be able to pull this jacket off like a freakin’ champ. I grabbed an 8, and it was short in the sleeves and body. I came to my senses and thought long and hard about my lack of appropriate venues to wear a space suit looking jacket.
So, I did not bother heading back out in the store to try the 10. If I want to be fun and shiny, I have last year’s reflective Seawheeze Pack It Up Jacket and an old school Run: Reflective Jacket for that. Speaking of, this pretty much fits like a Pack It Up. I’ve been a bit slow on the blog train these last few weeks, so this has surprisingly sold out in Titanium Foil. Matte Black Foil is still up for grabs if you’re so inclined 😎
Swiftly Speed Racerback ($58) in White/White/Black
I want to love the Swiftly Speed Racerback and the traditional Swiftly Tech Racerbacks as much as I love the versions with sleeves, but I just don’t think they’re meant for me.
I like the fabric, but I always look a bit like a schmo in them. Hey, tank top, it’s not you, it’s me.
Sculpt Tank ($68) in Brushed Spray Dye White Purple Ink
For running in hot weather, the breathable Sculpt Tank is my number one go-to tank. I figured why the F not try the tie-dyed version on for fun, and I was a little bit caught off guard. While the mesh and solid colored panels are the luxtreme you’d expect, the dyed front panel is NOT stretchy.
It feels to be the same fabric that a two-way strech Speed Short is made of. It still fits the same, but there’s not as much wiggle room in getting it on and off as what you’d expect from a traditional Sculpt.
Side Note: WHAT IS UP WITH MY FACE in the second photo. I probably needed a nap.
Back in Action Long Sleeve ($58) in Cut Back Stripe White Black
To be honest, I did it for the stripes. My intentions were to hunt down the Brunswick Muscle Tank in this colorway, but the store didn’t have my size in stock. In trying to break out of my Swiftly Tech and ‘any other black crew neck’ rut, I gave this loosey goosey piece a go.
I sized down to a 6. It’s a little snug in my arms, which I often go up to a 10 on Swiftly LS to accommodate, but I’m willing to deal with the fit in the arms for the more fitted torso that I won’t get lost in. It’s all about compromise. $58 of compromise, because I brought this top home with me.
Align Jogger Crop ($88) in Incognito Camo Multi Gator Green
I should have known better that taking camo/Align anything into the fitting room was going to result in an $88 decision. The Align Jogger has gotten many rave reviews, but I’d never tried them on before. To say I was pleasantly surprised was an understatement.
They aren’t quite as tight as the Align Pant up top, but they are fitted in the waist and hips, and do NOT feature the dreaded drop crotch. Letting the crop hang at their natural length isn’t my first choice look, but once I scrunched them up to mid calf, I was sold. If you don’t already own a pair, you’re missing out.
Rule the Day LS ($88) in Black & Code Blue
Sizing on this LS abandons the traditional numbers we expect from lululemon and come in XS-S-M-L-XL. I went straight for a size M. The torso is long, possibly longer than an original CRB – I will have to double check and get back to the world on this.
The fabric is an amazingly soft yeat weighty modal material that felt simultaneously cozy the second I put it on. I know I said the thing about the black crew neck rut just a few moments ago, but… yeah I own this now too.
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