Ok, seriously, I just really like finding cute workout clothes. I feel like my Lululemon pieces used to be much more special when not many others at the gym had it. Now it is on practically every single girl. My current gym is especially bad, I see girls with the newest releases all the time. They must go to the store the same day new stuff hits the floor. But I have to say, at the same time, I have also noticed more and more girls wearing various other brands instead of being exclusively Lululemon all the time.
I am partial to many of my beloved (mostly older) Lulu pieces, and those are the standards that I compare everything else to. That's why I get so excited when I am able to find pieces that live up to, and even surpass those standards from lines like Splits59, Lorna Jane, Lija, and now... Lolë! (What's up with all the L's?)
It's funny because I had been checking out Lolë's website for a while, and have actually meant to go to an REI store to try on some stuff but haven't had the chance to. They are actually opening a Santa Barbara store soon, which I saw the store front of when I was there last weekend. So it was rather coincidental when Gilt City had a promotion of $50 for $100 online credit at Lolë, or $100 for $200 credit. I bought the $100 for $200 credit and used it to get 4 tanks right away! I posted the link on my facebook page as well, so I hope more of you were able to take advantage of this offer too!
Their price range looks to be very comparable to Lululemon. One interesting thing I noticed is that a lot of their materials offer 50+ UV protection. That's definitely an incentive if you workout outside a lot. I don't, but I'm not complaining. I think their website is very pretty and they list the length of tanks which is very important info to have. But one peeve I have with it is that it only shows the back of products in the main color they choose. You can click on the other color options of a tank and all you see is the front. I need to see the back!! It makes it a bit of a guessing game. But they do offer free shipping and return shipping, and if you have problems with their products, you can go back to them within a year!!! That's awesome!!!
Out of the 4 tanks I got, I am in love with 3! The other one is not bad, but it doesn't blow my mind and I think I rather exchange it for something else. But I love love love the 3 that I got! So here they are...
First the Fly Tank Top in fusion coral:
The material is of this top feels like Lululemon's luxtreme. So it's silky smooth and feels cool to the touch. The description states 85% polyester and 15% elastane. But it doesn't have the rough polyester feel at all despite the high content. It's feels soft and pretty stretchy (it features 4-way stretch). This is a 50+ UV protection material. In person, the color is actually more orange than the picture online shows which I like better! I think the gray trim looks really good with orange, and that's the reason I got this color instead of the other ones they have that are all solid with the exception of a teal one. I think the back of this tank is very pretty with the mesh criss-cross straps. It definitely adds a feminine touch. There is an iPod pocket on the lower right side. And the built in bra is supportive with pockets for inserts. However, the tank did not come with any inserts. I have tons of extra Lulu ones though, so I just put some in this one. I got it in size small and it fits pretty well. This tank is $55 which I think is a good price for it. Here it is on me with some more detailed shots. I think the color in my photos look more like the color in real life.
|iPod pocket (which fits iPhone) and little yellow logo|
Next tank I got is the GuËll tank top in banana square. I actually wore it for a workout today and absolutely loved it!! I think it's totally worth the $52 price tag. It's a very pale yellow with some faint square patterns on it that you can't really see at all on their web photo:
|Print up close|
|Check out the huge pocket!!!|
|Inner iphone/ipod pocket inside of the big pocket|
So this tank top is a more organic material than the other 2. It is made of 92% nylon supplex and 8% elastane. It's 4-way stretch, but does not offer UV protection. It feels like an extremely stretchy version of Lululemon's luon. It's really nice and soft, I love it. But it comes with a built in bra but does not have pockets for inserts! =( I guess I just figured all Lolë bras had pockets, but obviously it is not the case. It is more expensive than the previous 2 as well, at $58. That's disappointing, but I love this tank so I think I'll sew some cups onto the bra myself (or have a tailor do it). Should be easy enough - people do that with dresses all the time. The back straps of this tank have a little hook so you can hook them together or let them out like spaghetti straps. I love this feature! I have the same feature in a Victoria's Secret bra as well as the Lorna Jane Pammy bra. I really like this feature.
This top I had to get in size XS because S is sold out. I took a chance, but it actually fits really well, not tight at all. So I'd say this is a size-down tank.
|The hooking mechanism I was talking about|
|Also not a fan of the big L on the back|
I am considering exchanging it for another GuËll tank in the same red color or the Stride Sleeveless Top in kimono fusion coral.
Here's the GuËll tank in kiss... no idea what the back looks like or whether the mesh is the color of the trim or same as the body:
Or, the Stride tank, I kind of like this fun camo-like print:
The back of it only shows this blue color online:
What do you think?? I would of course like to get a different style, but the Stride tank does not come with a shelf bra and it is $50, vs. the GuËll tank which does, AND has huge pockets for only $52. It seems to be a better deal. Hmm... decisions!
Either way though, I will end up only spending $115 or so on 4 tanks with my Gilt City coupon! It's a pretty good deal I think. I noticed that even though the Gilt City deal is over, if you click on the link it will still let you purchase. So maybe it still works! If so, get one!! I really like the fit and feel of the tanks I got. Their construction and quality seem to be very good as well. Totally a steal at 50% off!