Huge thank you to Ms. M for sharing her fit review of the new Lululemon Speed Up Short Replacing Speed Shorts, and the Our Sport Tank. From the website photos I had no clue that the tank fit like this. It’s so similar to my beloved Essentials Tank, but look at how different it is in the web photos with the ties and probably clipped in back. I have some more fit reviews for tomorrow thanks to Mrs. O!
For some amazing fitspiration, follow Ms. M’s instagram at atasteoflife.ca. Now I know exactly what eating is supposed to look like to = these abs.
*Cristina: I’ll be putting my cookies down now.
Speed Up Short
First and foremost – for anyone who has been a fan of speed shorts from the very beginning and hasn’t liked the fit in the past few years, the Speed Up short is an amazing revision!! It fits IMO, as good or better than the older speed shorts (without the long flappy back), and it seems that Lululemon has actually taken into account all the things that we’ve been complaining about on the newer speed shorts.
The current version of Speed shorts on me look like I need to go sailing in the wind, with the back of the short flappy and long causing a flare out effect on the sides. I feel like the back of the short in some cases is 3 inches longer than the front, and it just looks terrible (sorry no pics, I have hated this fit for 3+ years).
The Speed Up short has some awesome changes.
1) The waistband and drawstring.
The waistband feels slightly looser, which IMO I LOVE because I don’t like when the shorts are squeezing me on the sides. This could be because of the change they made to the drawstring. The drawstring has a little “house” now so it won’t slide up to the top of the short and twist and be uncomfortable there. I also find that the waistband doesn’t come up as high in the back. The Speed short waistband has a sort of slope effect on me, in which it’s higher in the back and slopes forward in the front. I don’t like the fit. If I want “low rise” I want it to be low all the way around, and not just in the front. The Speed UP short waistband is like the – low all the way around. See side pic for this.
Side view (the Speed Short waistband would sit much higher on me in the back).
The Length of the shorts in the back has been fixed. It’s not long and flappy like it was before. The back length is more even with the front, so it looks more flattering. Since they made a “tall” version, the taller ladies or ones who want more bum coverage can get that as well!
The drawstring “house”
Seams and Trim. The back “flap” trim has mesh added behind it, so it is no longer just an opening. It’s “closed” off now with mesh (if you have speeds you know what I’m talking about). Not sure it changes any part of the fit, but at least you don’t have holes in your shorts 🙂 I will also add here the the back zipper is wider, but that’s pretty obvious from the website photos.
The side seam and way the trim is has been adjusted and moved forward, which is why the shorts don’t look flappy anymore (this is what the product tester ED said to me). Moving this seam and trim forward wraps the fabric around the legs better so it no longer flares out on the side. Hallelujah !!!
On me this was the most significant difference. They fit well! No flaring out on the sides, and the back is not longer than the front by much.
I just wanted to say that Lululemon is annoying me by tying knots in all of the tanks on the models online. It’s soooo hard to know how the tanks/tops actually fit! This tank is a perfect example. Every photo in every colour way (except for 1 picture!) it appears as if this tank is fitted. I’ve given my feedback to them in the store because it’s very misleading. Overall I found the tank HUGE, like the 105F fits. I would like it if it weren’t so long, but on me I think it’s overwhelming even in a size down.
How TTS actually fits on me!
AND the is my size down (which is still too big – length mostly).