I had heard the rumors … but then I found myself talking to someone who had just interviewed to work at a lululemon. “Yep, they’re actually asking customers to reach for their toes and see if there’s a see-through spot,” said this person.
The bend over test is real.
Picture this … you’re willing to throw down $98 for a pair of yoga pants, but to make sure you don’t embarrass yourself later in the gym, you have to embarrass yourself right now in the store. Please bend over and stick your tush out. We need to check whether we can see your underwear.
I chuckled at the thought of a busy Saturday at the mall with one poor clerk getting to sit in the dressing room while people line up to bend over for her. Really?
I chose not to do a post about the lululemon story right away because I’m a brand ambassador for ActivewearUSA, a company I’ve worked with for nearly two years that carries over 110 activewear brands.
Before I started working for them, I was a lulu snob. They were the only thing I would wear … but I had already started to struggle with the brand. The quality was clearly down. I have some pants that are 10 years old that I still wear every week (yes, literally 10 years old!), and pants that are two years old that I’ve already thrown out. lulus just don’t wear as well as they used to.
Working with ActivewearUSA really opened my eyes to some awesome brands. They also taught me about quality and price points and why some yoga pants are actually worth $100. I’ve discovered a boutique fitness brand called Magarita Activewear from Israel … fabulous yoga brands like prAna and Aaluuka … and eco-friendly brands such as ALO Activewear and Cozy Orange.
The point I’m making is that with 110+ activewear brands out there, the options are endless. (There’s obviously more than that available in the world; that number is solely for what you can shop for at ActivewearUSA’s site.) If all the press has you questioning your workout pants, may I suggest you explore a bit? Go to your local sporting goods store and try out some new styles … look online (yes ActivewearUSA is a perfect place to start …), and see some fresh new looks that appeal to you.
We all experiment with our regular wardrobe … we should do the same with our workout clothes. And if you still like lulu best, well that’s great too.
How do you feel about the lululemon see-through debacle? Do you think their quality has declined over the years? Or do you think this is all a huge waste of time and money and that inexpensive workout clothes at a store like Target are just fine for you?
Let me know,