In case you have been dying from the anticipation of the last lulu post all of two weeks ago now… never mind; I know you forgot. I left a little teaser that I would talk about fabric next time. So here it is!
Like I said before, I could talk about their fabric for hours. I’m going to quickly go over their basic fabrics and then focus in on some of the specialty fabrics. Have you ever tried to read their hang tags and you find yourself saying “What?” with your head cocked to the side and a stitch in your eyebrow? I know… I did to.
LUON: This is the fabric that holds lululemon together. It was the first synthetic fabric that separated itself from cotton. Its ‘moisture wicking’ which mean that is takes the sweat from your body, and then dries really quickly! Luon is NOT “inherently” wicking… talk more about that later. Luon is 4 way stretch (meaning stretches every direction you pull it) and feels tight against your skin, but not compression
You’ll find this in tanks, pants, jackets, pullovers, bras- men and women
LUXTREME: Another lululemon core fabric. This fabric is inherently moisture wicking. This means the fabric is (for lack of a better term) genetically made to always wick moisture, always dry quickly. LUON on the other hand is not genetically made to do this. They add it to the fabric, technically its wicking properties could wash out after some serious years of usage. Luxtreme feels silky to the touch, and much thinner than the cottony feel of luon. It is also 4 way stretch, and hugs the skin tightly- although again I would not consider it to be a compression fabric
You’ll find this in tanks, pants, pullovers, bras- men and women
Activity: Great for run, but also good for yoga
Now I’ll talk about 3 other fabrics that are a little more obscure- but are still found in a lot of lululemon products.
Silverescent Family: The purple top above is the Swiftly Long Sleeve which is a seamless, silverescent fabric. This fabric is ultra light weight, and has a slight stretch. It has silver sewn into the fabric which inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria. Crazy right! This fabric is extremely delicate and prone to snags, but if you’re handy with a needle you can always pull the snag to the underside of the garment- good as new.
You’ll find this in: mostly tops and the Swiftly family. HOWEVER their are seasonal items that carry silverescent as well! Be sure to check hang tags because sometimes their socks, and wunder unders, and other products feature thess amazing odor-limiting threads
Swiftly Short Sleeve
Seamless Fabric: I wish they had a better name for this fabric. The grey pants above are the “Ebb and Flow Crop” there is a whole family that still uses the ‘ebb’ root in the name. Currently the ‘ebb to street’ is in stores. I love this fabric. It’s practically seamless… although not entirely. I guess they are lying a little bit. It is thick, and also prone to snags, but has immense stretching capabilities and feels amazing on your skin. The waistline has no seams which is probably my favorite feature. No pockets… not a single one. That is my biggest draw to this fabric. I guess another draw-back is they do not pass the ‘bend over’ test. They are SHEER. SO Sheer. Not sure why, because the fabric is thick and amazing. Try them on, then decide if you really care.
You’ll find this: bras, tops, pants- Women
Ebb to Street Pant
Rulu or Running Luon: Think of it as luon’s winter cousin. This fabric is thicker and softer than luon. It feels like that plant called “lamb’s ear”- so s o f t ! They use this fabric in a lot of long sleeve tops and pants for running garments in the winter because of its great moisture wicking properties, and because of its warmth. I love this fabric for morning runs, and to feel extra cozy in their scarves. It’s my favorite fabric to wear skiing as a base layer.
You’ll find this in: tops, pullovers, pants, scarves- Men and Women
Vinyasa Scarf Rulu*
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