Mrs. O is such a life saver! Many of you have been asking for fit reviews of the Rulu Define Jacket and Extra Mile Vest and she’s come through with some awesome reviews. I’m completely housebound this week packing boxes so not able to check out the new items in store until next week so I so appreciate getting Mrs. O’s feedback and recommendations.
I actually liked the Kitsilano LS more than I thought I would. The texture was nice and gave the black/gray color combo some depth. It was very soft and well made. This is a size up. So the sizing is the same as your Swiftly size. I paired it with the Dark Olive Extra Mile Vest and the color combo was nice. The vest is TTS. I rarely layer my vests over anything more than a thin LS so a size up would not have mattered to me. In my size up, it was a little loose around the waist and then it started to creep up when I moved around. The hood is removable so you can wear it under a hooded jacket. If you want to layer it with something thicker than a thin LS, I suggest sizing up. The size difference wasn’t that much but just enough to give you more space. Also, in a size up, it was longer in the back. I preferred the length of my TTS.
I finally got to the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade location today. SM was the only store that had the new items. The Shape Up Pullover was soft and very form fitting. In this picture I’m wearing my TTS. There was barely any difference with a size up — the length was a bit longer and like others have mentioned, the shoulders were wider than I expected in a size up. Everywhere else, I thought the fit was the same. If I end up buying it, I would probably get the size up so I can wear a Swiftly SS under it. I didn’t mind the color blocking as much as I thought I would. The navy version has a black color block that is barely noticeable. So, for those that don’t like the color blocking, go with the navy. It’s too bad this didn’t come in a nice plum, brighter green or brighter blue color. I have to say it was very comfortable on. It didn’t move around the hem and really felt like I barely had a top on. It would be great for runners. I’m undecided so it stayed at the store.
I was really loving the idea of the New Form Corp until I tried it on. I think it is by far the most unflattering Lululemon item I have tried on. First, the spacer fabric was stiff. However the item was folded when shipped, it made the side of the pants pucker oddly. I wasn’t sure if it would straighten up once it was able to relax and just hang. The puckering looked so bad, I had to angle myself so you could get a better idea of how it should look. Second, I think these crops “add” weight. They are not slimming at all. These crops are TTS and had plenty of room. The formed waistband was not as tight as the NTS Jacket cuffs and waistband. These pants hit my calves at the worst spot. If I was considering it, I would definitely have to get them hemmed to the right spot. The length is great for the long legged ladies out there but I’m not sure how flattering it would be on. Even on the site, it doesn’t look that great on the models. I suspect these will go on markdown fairly quickly. I think if it were made in the swift fabric, it might be a much nicer wide leg cropped pant.