I feel like EVERYONE knows about lululemon either first hand as a customer or through a friend or relative. The brand was founded by Chip Wilson in Vancouver, Canada in 1998. They started as a technical athletic apparel company for yoga, running, training and most other sweaty pursuits for both men and women. They created their first standalone store in November of 2000 on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood.
Although they initially created the brand to promote yoga, their vision became larger than just the pursuit of fashionable and technical clothing. They wanted to create a place where people could get gear to sweat in and a community where people could learn and discuss the physical aspects of healthy living, mindfulness and living a life full of possibility. It was also important for lululemon to create real relationships with their guests and understand what they were passionate about, how they liked to sweat and help celebrate their goals. Helping their customers achieve their potential is now their obsession.
lululemon Review: Entwined Wunder Under Pant (WUP)
I jumped on the lululemon bandwagon in 2010. I was on a business trip in Boston, Mass. and forgot my activewear. It was around this time that I started dipping my toes into the practice of yoga. I went into my first class and everyone was in an inversion. At the time I thought these movements would never be possible. Luckily, I stuck with it and now I teach people to get onto their heads.
My first two lululemon purchases were the Cobra (in grey) and Insight (black and orange) crops. I wore them regularly but eventually sold both. I still regret selling my cobra crops. They were some of the comfiest leggings I have ever worn!
I finally bit the bullet and bought one of their Nulux pants. I anticipated top notch performance for the hefty price tag ($128) for the Entwined Wunder Under Pants.
#1 Size: I had to size down in my Nulux leggings. I usually wear a size 6 but had to exchange them for a size 4. Even though they were more form fitting, I still experienced the waistband falling down during practice and tugging them up while I am teaching. For normal wear (seated at a desk, running errands around town, etc.) the leggings performed perfectly well with some minor pulling and tugging throughout the day.
#2 Style: Nulux leggings come in long length with a high rise waistband.
#3 Inseam: The inseam for the size 4 pants were 28″. I am 5’5″ and the leg opening wraps around my ankle and sits mid-arch. I wear mine bunched at the ankle for a sneaker length fit.
#4 Rise: The leggings are high rise and fit above the navel.
#5 Waistband: The Entwine leggings come with a tall waistband measuring 4.5″. There is one pocket in the waistband.
- Fabric Content: Nulux – lululemon’s proprietary Lycra based fabric
- Fabric Feel: Fabric stretches and lays flat on the body. The fabric feels soft and sleek and fits like a second skin.
- Fabric Performance:
- The fabric is light and thin, giving it Quick Drying qualities.
- However, because the fabric is so thin and sleek that it slides down (slippage) from just walking. I would not feel comfortable wearing these while working out. I wish there was a way to make the inside brushed so it stays put.
- I haven’t experienced pilling but I imagine that it would not be ideal to put these to the test against an abrasive surface. The fabric seems similar to K-Deer (which snags easily against abrasive surfaces).
- Opacity: The leggings were 100% opaque even when I sized down to a 4. The fabric is white/grey backed.
- Fabric Features:
- Pocket in the waistband
- Screen printed logo on the back of the waistband
#7 When to Wear: I wore my Entwine leggings casually. Although they are meant for activewear, I would not recommend them for high intensity sports. You would have to be constantly tugging at the waistband. The fabric is so soft that it slides off my body too regularly.
#8 Cost: Entwine leggings cost $128. Right now these leggings are low stock on their website.
#9 Gusset: All lululemon leggings are constructed with a triangle gusset (single layered).
#10 Stitch Seam: lululemon uses flat seams on all of their activewear pieces (tops, bottoms and most outerwear).
#11 UPF Protection: Not disclosed.
#12 Made in China. Designed in Vancouver.
#13 Care Instructions: Wash on gentle cycle in cold water and hang dry. I would definitely NOT machine dry your Nulux.
Should I Buy lululemon?
I particularly am not fond of the Nulux fabric so I do not recommend these leggings. The design is so pretty that it’s hard for me to take them back. I do recommend them for casual wear. I would recommend their Align fabrics. I wish they could offer more interesting designs with their Align collection, but assume that it’s impossible to deliver quality prints with the brushed Align fabric formula.
If lululemon had reinforced the waistband from sliding down, the Entwined WUPs would be perfect!
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I was not compensated for this review. All opinions and observations are purely my own.