How to Find lululemon Size Dots and Markers

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Updated: 1/29/2020 | How to Find lululemon Size Dots

I was trying to find a size dot and for the life of me could not on a particular lululemon item.

I immediately began to think maybe the product I had just purchased was counterfeit since size dots are usually a good indicator of authenticity.

I then learned that there was a year where lululemon removed size dots from their clothing and this caused customers to become angry. My jacket was from that period.

Luckily, lululemon has almost consistently placed size dots and markers on their activewear to date. Knowing where to find size the size is key when describing and identifying Lululemon products.

This guide will show you where find the Lululemon size dots and how to decipher them.

Where to Find lululemon Sizes?

#1 Check Past Receipts for Product Data

Now that we can get our receipts e-mailed to us, it’s easy to find your product information via an email search.

I usually search for the product name or “lululemon receipt” if I am unsure of what the product is called. The size is located at the end of the product name and color code on the receipt.

If you deleted your receipt, you can always visit a Lululemon store and request a copy of your receipt from an educator.

lululemon receipt with product details and size
Lululemon receipt with product details and price. I found some awesome deals at the WA Lululemon Outlet.

#2 Dig Into the Pockets to Find the Size Dot

On bottoms, the size dot may be located in several places:

  1. For mostly Luon or Nulu products, the size dot will be located in the key/card pocket at the hip on the waistband. This includes Wunder Under Pants/Crops and Align Pants.
  2. For more technical fabrics (i.e. Luxtreme, Nulux), the size dot is usually located in the back pocket and may or may not have a zipper closure. Examples include Inspire crop or Fast & Free tights.
  3. For bottoms such as the On The Fly pants, the size dot will be located in your right pant pocket within a smaller mesh pocket. Older styles such as Jet Set Crop and Departure pant, unfortunately, do not have a size dot and will need to be measured.
lululemon tech mesh legging inner waistband pocket
Wunder Under Tech Mesh Pant has a size dot on inner waistband pocket.
fast and free tight waistband back
Fast and Free 7/8 Tight in True Navy has a size dot in the middle back waistband pocket.
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Fast and Free 7/8 Tight in True Navy has a size dot in the middle back waistband pocket.

In sports bras and tank tops with bra shelves, the size dot is usually located on the inner left cup pocket of the bra (with back of the bra/top facing you).

You’ll have to flip the mesh cup pocket inside out to see it. Be careful when doing this, as this can tear the seam of the cup.

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Free to Be Parallel Stripes sports bra
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Free to Be Parallel Stripes sports bra has a size dot on the inner pocket of the sports bra.
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Free to Be Zen Sports Bra
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Free to Be Zen sports bra has a size dot on the inner pocket of the sports bra.

In outerwear, jackets or vests, the size dot is usually located on the inner mesh pocket of the right pocket (with the front of the product facing you).

where to find lululemon size dot down for it all vest dark olive front pocket
Front Pockets of Down For It All Vest in Dark Olive
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Front Pockets of Down For It All Vest in Dark Olive – Size dot is inside right pocket inside the small inner mesh pocket.

#3 Check the Hem of Seamless Products

Swiftly and other seamless products will not have a size dot. Instead, they will have the size knit into the inner hem of the product.

swiftly long sleeve top size knit into inner bottom hem
Swiftly Tank Top with size 6 indicated on hem.

It’s important to be aware that sometimes size dots fall off. Fortunately, all of mine are still intact. If I ever experience a size dot that has been stripped from an item, I will add an image here.

#4 Underwear has the size marker printed on the inner back side of the product.

lululemon black thong underwear size marker
Size is printed in the inner back of lululemon underwear.

How to Read a lululemon Size Dot

A reader asked me a great question about what the codes around the size dot mean and how to read them.

The code is the style number and it is there so that employees and GEC staff can easily look up the product in their database without the actual cardboard product tag.

It’s a great way to verify if a product is authentic as well. In the image below, I underlined the style code on the size dot that correlates with the style code on the product tag.

The additional string of numbers and letters (ie. P60418) is used internally by employees to identify the product in-store and via GEC support once it is no longer available on the website or stocked in-store.

lululemon take a hint tight RYEM green stripe how to read size dot code around number meaning
How to read size dot on Take a Hint Tight (RYEM)

Items that may not have a size dot/marker:

  1. Bra-less tanks such as the Cool Racerback (CRB) and 105F Singlets. Most singlets will only have a rip tag (or tearaway tag).
  2. Long Sleeve Tops and T-shirts such as the Love Tee, and If You’re Lucky pullover. They have a removable size tag.
  3. Sweaters without pockets
  4. Knitted sweaters
  5. Certain pants such as Jet Set Crop and Departure Pants.
  6. Certain reversible items
  7. Accessories such as hats, duffel bags, beanies, scarves, headbands, purses, and more. A majority do come with a rip tag that indicates the size (usually one size or OS).

Should I Remove the lululemon Rip Tag?

People are always asking if they should or shouldn’t remove the rip tag.

The rip tag is a removable tag that indicates information about the product such as size, material, country of origin, washing instructions, etc.

lululemon makes all their rip tags removable so that it does not interfere with their product performance.

Not only do rip tags offer information about a product, the condition of a rip tag can also be used as a gauge to how used a lululemon item is.

If the rip tag is crisp and not wrinkled, it’s a good indicator that the item is in excellent used condition or possibly even new!

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Lululemon Rip Tag (front and back)

When to Remove the Rip Tag

Here are some times where you should remove a rip tag:

  • When the tag is irritating you during wear. Removing the rip tag will prevent itching.
  • When the tag is showing through your clothing. if you see your tag through your clothing, removing it will make it look more attractive. It’s also a good indicator of clothing being too thin or tight if you can see the rip tag through the fabric.
  • When the size dot/marker is present. You do not need the size indicated in two places. It’s a good time to remove the rip tag if you can find the size dot/marker elsewhere.
  • When you do not intend to sell the item. If you absolutely intend to keep the item, go ahead and rip the size tag off. This will finalize your commitment to the Lululemon item. 

When NOT to Remove the Rip Tag

Here are reasons why you should not remove the rip tag:

  • When you intend to re-sell the item. I do this most often with products that I do not love. I may have worn the item 1-2 times and still has a crisp rip tag. I can describe the item as in “like new” condition. Rather than keeping it in my closet, I would rather give it up to someone who will love it. Having a crisp tag is usually an indicator that a Lululemon item was well cared for, new, or barely worn.
  • When an item is new. It makes no sense to remove a size tag if the original product tag is still attached to the item. I recommend keeping it attached so that you can sell it in case you do not want to keep the item.
  • When someone is wearing the item. Please do not voluntarily rip out someone’s tag if you see it sticking out their clothing. Ask them for permission first.

Related: Tips and Tricks for Shopping at lululemon

Final Thoughts

Understanding where to find lululemon sizes is very helpful in determining the authenticity of an item as well as describing it accurately so that you can resell your used or new lululemon.

I hope this article was helpful. If I’m missing anything, please let me know and I’ll get it added to the list.

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13 Comments

  1. Hi! Thanks so much for the post! Your blog is always an inspiration. How do you read the size dot? I imagine from top to bottom – clockwise or counter clockwise?

    1. Great question! It’s the style code so that employees can find the product once it’s no longer on the website. It’s usually the style code and then a string of a few letters and numbers that help employees search their inventory. I can add a piece to this blog post about it. Thanks for asking!

    1. Hi Caitlin! Great question! The lines are just a feature due to how the seamless products are constructed and do not indicate the size or any other info about the item. The size should be knit into a hem of the seamless top or pant. 😀 Hope this was helpful!

      1. Hi Schimiggy/Caitlin,

        I’ll have to make a correction on your statement. On most of Lululemon’s seamless styles of leggings the lines are INDEED an indeed an indicator of size. First, it’s important to recognize the markings that are always on the back waistband directly above where the rip tag would be sewn in. A lot of times, you’ll find the rip tag removed and the leggings are sold on some platform like Poshmark/Ebay, etc. Second, the markings are what I describe as indentations and raised bars. Each indentation counts as 2 sizes. Raised bars are just the leftover fabric that was not debossed (from the indentations). Some people think the raised bars mean something but they do not. The number of indentations are always 1 greater than the number of raised bars. For instance, if there are 2 raised bars, that means there are 3 indentations (1 on each side of the raised bar). 3 indentations x 2 sizes= Size 6. For a Sz 8, there would be 4 indentations and 3 raised bars. Sz 0/2 is easy because there would be NO indentation and NO raised bar anywhere on the waistband. I believe this is the Lululemon factory’s method of sizing the garment BEFORE the rip tag is sewn on.

  2. how do I find the dot confirmation in the define jacket?? the person I bought it from said it’s new…not sure about that …I’ve looked in all the obvious spots

  3. Why do Lululemon place their size in different areas of a clothing.why don’t they place normally like other brands and make people confused to find it.

  4. Do all size dots on the all the right places have the product code around size?? I bought a pair and suspect them to be fakes.

    1. The first release of ATRPs only has a size dot with the size. ATRP IIs have the new size dot which indicate date it was manufactured and color code.

  5. Hey hi. I sold a pair of Lululemon womens tights with a size dot that said S for small with code areound the size dot. She is saying they are fake. I did research and Lululemon has dome some different things with sizing. Have they ever used S M L for sizing on womens pants? I know they do it for men. Thew pants are definitely authentic i bought them at their outlet years ago now im stumped. Any help would be appreciated

    1. YES…I own many styles of Lululemon leggings that only come in S, M and L. The Enlighten Tight and Crops, Time Warp (also called just Warp Knit but this is really just a manufacturing process of 3D Knitting), Light Speed Crops…these are all “seamless” style leggings. But these styles definitely use S, M, and L…I have never seen these or any other style that uses the white dot with a S, M or L in them…maybe in men’s style.

  6. Do you know how long ago the Aligns 25” changed their size dot from just the dot and number to the new versions that have the product code around the circle? I have a pair secondhand that only have the circle and number.

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