Mrs. O has provided some really great fit reviews for us on some of the Athleta pieces I was window shopping in a post last week. I’m so grateful because I’m not easily able to order Athleta items in Canada as it’s expensive to ship, so if I order something I have to be absolutely certain. I’m really hoping to get to the Athleta store in Seattle this summer but I don’t think it will be in the next week or two. Thank you Mrs. O for the fit reviews!! She has several more from Athleta so this is part 1, and I’ll have the part 2 post up a little later.
Threadlight Relaxed Tee and Mesh Shine Salutation 7/8 Tight
Threadlight Relaxed Tee and Mesh Shine Salutation 7/8 Tight
After seeing Cristina’s post about Athleta window shopping, I decided to go to Athleta before meeting my friends because I had time to kill. To be honest, I want to disclose my bias against Athleta. I’m not sure how helpful my fit review will be for you, other than showing you how some of the items look on a “normal” person that doesn’t have a model’s figure. So, for those of you who love Athleta, my fit review is not a commentary on your opinions or styling and is in no way meant to dismiss your honest personal opinions about Athleta gear. When I first tried Athleta (when they first entered the market), I absolutely hated the styles, fabric, sizing, etc. Because so many of you rave about Athleta, I decided to give Athleta another chance and keep an open mind. But I agree with many of you, they have really upped their game. My fit review is coming from the perspective of self-professed Lululemon snob. LOL.
The lighting in Athleta’s dressing room was very dim. So, I apologize for the darkness of my photos. When I used the flash, it made the picture worse.
I really love modal and have many, many non-athletic modal pieces. I tend to wear modal pieces as athleisure wear rather than workout gear. I just find that it gets in my way and isn’t technical enough. It’s the same with some of LLL’s pieces, i.e., the Another Round Tee is an altheisure piece for me. But I may consider trying a modal tank to workout in.
I am a size 4 in LLL tights and most tops, except tight tops (size 6) and shorts (size 6). In Athleta, I was a size xs. The sales clerk did not recommend I try on a size small because she said the fabric loosens up over time. She said the size xs fit perfectly on me.
The Threadlight Relaxed Tee was very flattering, especially the color. Athleta also offered it in black, heathered gray and silver gray. It was very comfortable and I liked the length. Quality-wise, I’m not sure it is comparable to my designer (non-athletic) modal pieces I wear. But I didn’t do a direct comparison, which I intend to do sometime this weekend. It is definitely higher quality than GAP’s modal pieces. My only hesitation with this tee is the fact that I had “bat wings” under my arms when I lifted my arm. Although I don’t have a picture of it, I liked the shirt when I adjusted the neck to side so it was close to being off my shoulder. I am undecided on this piece because I have so many similar modal pieces which are higher quality.
The Mesh Shine Salutation Tight had a slight shimmer to it (the fabric next to the mesh). I could not tell if it was sheer in the navy (which had a similar tint to jaded). I felt it was a bit sheer, maybe 8.5-9/10, but I know so many of you have commented that powervita is completely opaque. So, it may have just been the lighting. I need to try it in natural sunlight. I would describe powervita as a cross between nulu and luxtreme. Soft like nulu (with a brushed feel) and compressive like luxtreme (but not as compressive). I felt the mesh was a slightly delicate. The shine from the fabric above the mesh seemed like the shininess you get if you’re wearing a LLL luxtreme tight that is too small for you. (You can’t see it in my picture. So, definitely check out Athleta’s site (Mesh Shine Salutation 7/8 Tight
). I wish they had the mauve color in my size. I don’t think this is the right tight for me to really gauge my opinion on powervita.
So, the tee is a maybe and worth a second look. The tight is a no for me.
High Rise Tight Paradise Floral Chaturanga Tight
High Rise Paradise Floral Chaturanga -Clear blue
First, my pictures don’t do any justice for the color of these tights. It’s a beautiful sky blue with bright contrasting flowers. This tight is made from recycled polyester. It is similar to full-on luxtreme but it felt hotter to me. This pattern is printed on a white background. When you bend your knee or do the bend text, the pattern whites out a bit but I don’t think it was sheer. It seemed fairly opaque to me. I liked the pattern placement on the front of the tight but not so much on the back. I think the left leg had too much pattern on it. The pattern on the tights is not as even as the pattern placement on the model online. I really loved the colors in this tight. It was so refreshing against the dark colors we’ve been seeing everywhere. I can tell many of you will like this tight. I am not really a floral person although I love it on other people. It was also a very comfortable fit. I can’t remember if there are any waistband pockets in this tight. The waist band was not too high so there was no rolling down factor (at least from my brief try on). There are two reasons why I did not purchase these tights. First, it felt too hot to me. Today is a very hot and humid day so I know that was influencing my opinion. Second, as much as I love the colors, I’m not sure I would wear these tights often enough to justify the purchase. I think I’d wear them a few times and then they will go to the bottom of my list. Sort of like my LLL kindred spirit multi black WUs. If I really want to give Athleta a chance, I need to find a tight I will go to often. This is not one of them. But, I’m still undecided. So, it’s a maybe and worth a second try on. I’m definitely going to have to go through the stack to find a pattern placement I like.
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