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Having been a loyal (lulu)lemon head for over 8 years, I’ve actually never even tried on any of Athleta’s clothes. It’s always just felt a little like cheating, and irrational or not, it still felt that way last week when I went into the store to try on a bunch of their styles. However, it was an interesting experience trying on some of their clothes – and I can’t lie, I actually kind of sort of *cough cough* liked most of them. But ssshhhh, don’t tell my Aligns and Fast & Frees that I said that.
Since I’ve never been into the fitting rooms at Athleta before, I decided to go ham and try on what felt like a ton of stuff as I was carrying it around the store. [ Side note: No sales person approached me to ask if I was finding everything I needed, to talk to me about any of the clothes I was looking at, to ask if I needed a fitting room, etc – this is a dramatic change from what I’m used to with the lululemon culture. ]
First up is a matching white camo set. Out of everything I tried on, I was most excited about this set because I fell in love with this print immediately and hadn’t seen anything similar at lululemon. (Until now!)
[ Looking at the pictures now, I realize I didn’t take any pics showing what the back of the bra looks like. Oops. ]
With these two being the very first Athleta pieces I’ve tried on, I was pleasantly surprised. The fabric felt good against my skin and the bra felt supportive; the leggings didn’t feel compressive enough though and I remember noting that I didn’t think they’d stay in place during my workouts. The hand-feel on these both felt like Luxtreme (to bring it back to my area of expertise), but after exploring the website, I discovered the Elation tights are designed for low impact activities such as a yoga, floor work, etc – which would explain why I didn’t think they’d stay in place for Row House or CrossFit … because, well, they probably won’t and they aren’t designed to.
Top: Solace Printed Bra in Powervita™ A-C in White Camo
Bottom: Elation Camo 7/8 Tight in Taupe
[ I’m wearing a Medium in both pieces ]
Next up, feeding my camo obsession just a little more is this cropped tank with a built-in bra and a pair of black leggings with a ribbed detail.
I sized up in the tank because I don’t always love things super skin tight, but probably could’ve stuck with my normal size. The length on the tank was good – cropped but not too short – and the bra felt supportive enough for me (not that I need all that much support though anyway). I liked the ribbing on the tights, although you can’t really see it in the pictures. Like the Elations above, these tights are made with Athleta’s Powervita fabric and are designed for low impact workouts (yoga, barre, pilates and the like).
Top: Conscious Crop Printed in Powervita™ A-C in Black Camo
Bottom: Rise Up Rib 7/8 Tight in Powervita in Black
[ I’m wearing a Large in the top and a Medium in the bottoms ]
I branched out from my camo comfort zone with the third outfit, another crop top (no built-in bra this time) and the same black ribbed leggings.
This tank felt a lot stretchier than the previous one and I could see myself wearing it for more than just workout since it was so comfy. The back, which again I didn’t document, is a racerback and (to relate back to lululemon again) the cut most closely reminds me of the Cool Racerback Shorter, although the fabric feels totally different and the racerback width varies between the two styles. This jacquard fabric felt stretchier than Nulu or Luon, but also thinner and slightly textured.
Ok, outfit #4 moves away from workout and towards everyday casual wear.
I love this cropped tee’s IWD vibes and I’m bummed I didn’t see anything like it from lululemon this year. This cotton everyday staple also comes in white with the word ‘POWERFUL’ stamped across the back, in a couple tie dye prints and in a ton of solid colors (most of which are on sale for anywhere between $15.97-$28.99). The lululemon counterpart to this tee is the Cates Tee, which is a slightly more cropped and doesn’t come in any graphics or tie dye prints.
I grabbed this casual pant to try on because I loved the color (Mineral Brown). It’s neutral enough to make matching easy while still fun enough to break the all-black and camo mold I find myself in on the reg. While these pants looked great on the in-store mannequins and the website models, it isn’t a style I found very flattering on myself. I tried on the medium, but maybe should’ve sized up to the large as I found the medium fit a little tighter than I’d like a pant like this to fit. The fabric was stretchy and comfortable, but the pant clung to my curves and fit tight on my quads and calves.
I do have to grudgingly conceded that Athleta is currently out-doing lululemon in the dress department.
This below-the-knee dress was stretchy, comfortable, lightweight, had a built-in bra and pockets AND is something you could get away with at church or a graduation. The color on this dress was bright and beautiful, but it also comes in more low-key beige and black options.
Dress: Winona Midi Support Dress in Russet Brown
[ I’m wearing a Medium ]
I wrapped up my time in the fitting room with the softest leopard print sweater. The long length was great for leggings, but could also be paired with jeans (as pictured). According to the website, this sweater is made with “Nirvana” fabric which sounds about right because it truly felt like heaven to wear. I could’ve done without the banded hem at the bottom though; if I’m wearing a long, relaxed-fit sweatshirt I want the bottom hem to be relaxed too – but that’s just a personal preference.
Top: Pure Luxe Leopard Print Sweatshirt
[ I’m wearing a Medium ]
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