Recently, some negative events have turned some customers away from Lululemon.
Firstly, the price of simple yoga pants skyrocketing upwards of $100?
Also the dwindling quality, giving the "Moon" Salutation a much more literal meaning.
I can't refrain from mentioning the horrid commentary spouted by the founder.
So lets jump right in!
What could you buy for $100?
35 Starbucks Lattes, 1 all day Admission to the Disney World Theme Park.
Currently one of the most expensive pants on Lululemon's site is going for $128.
So sure, of course some people like spending money on expensive clothes, no problem. Maybe I'll just look at the lowest priced pair. $98?? (choking sound....) My bank account just clenched a little. Let's also factor in that they cost around $4 to manufacture in China, and the workers are paid around $2 an hour. Schnikes! That's one hell of a profit margin. Their profit, from your bank account!
This is also assuming that you only need one pair of workout pants. You best rewash and wear those every day, or you soon won't be able to pay for your gym membership.
Then there are the issues with diminishing quality, and deceptive pricing. There was a widely publicized problem with some of their yoga pants being quite see-through (cheap). If I do spend 100 dollars on clothing, it had better look great and last for years. Unsuspecting yogi's were also putting on an involuntary free show. Well, free except for the $100 dollars they paid for those pants. Recently they have shifted prices around, some going up, some going down for which they didn't have a concrete explanation as the products themselves didn't change at all. Buyers called foul saying Lululemon was trying to trick people into buying things at higher prices, by lowering a few others.
We can't forget the debacle which IS the founder, Chip Wilson. When asked to explain on Bloomberg TV why their latest pants were see-through and the fabric pilling, he counseled that not all women's body types "work" for their pants, and blamed thigh rubbing?
Hey! are you calling us fat?? Not sure how inner thighs have anything to do with the entire butt cheek being visible, but clearly he's a real winner. He also supports children working in factories overseas, and believes Asian workers "Reap fat wads of cash" from their long overtime hours?? He has since resigned, but nonetheless probably still profiting nicely from millions of people purchasing his overpriced gear.
Well that's enough about them, lets move on to some of the other great options out there. Everyone still wants to look good and reflect their own personal style, no matter what sports they play, or what their budget is, so here goes!
I wouldn't' mind receiving one of those for Christmas, ya know what I'm saying? Also, the Ruffle Butt pants are now a thing! Awesome for those Zumba classes, or just adding a little frilly fun to yoga. If you pair it with a longer shirt, it can be a little more subtle.
Baleaf offers the same inner pocket to their yoga pants that is popular with Lululemon. I also love this sporty jacket with the mesh detail on the back. Their leggings start at around $15 and the jacket is $32!
Bonas has my fave ombre crop leggings pictured here in blue, but there are other shades as well. And if you really wanna shine, these flashy " Olivia Newton John" meets "Flashdance" leggings will do the trick!
If you can't live without your Lulu - something, then check out Lulu Guinness. An expert in women's fashion, and accessories, so you can then pick up a matching purse and some sunnies too! Her pants have the waist band pocket for your key as well.
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