You asked; I answered! I know many of you (especially Canadians) are interested in Athleta and wonder if it’s worth the extra cost to get Athleta items shipped to Canada. To the extent I can help with fit reviews, I’m happy to do it. I spent all day Monday in Santa Monica hitting multiple stores to bring you fit reviews from other brands. So, Cristina and I will be rolling out fit reviews in the near future. We thought we should start with the Athleta Fit Review. I tried on many things and am dividing the post into three by category. The first, dresses. Second, technical gear. Lastly, vacation/streetwear.
As you all know, I have yet to purchase an Athleta item. I keep going and trying things on but for some reason, I don’t like anything enough that compels me to make a purchase. So, this is where I will need your help. I don’t check Athleta often and am not “in the know” for the new items. (Although I’m on the email list for special sales and events). When there’s something that interests you, feel free to leave a comment about an item. I’ll do my best to do a fit review in a timely manner.
GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT FIT
For those of you that are new to Athleta, their sizing runs from XXS to XL or from 00 to 16. Like Gap and Old Navy, I think sizing is generous. During this recent trip, I received sizing guidance from a sales associate. I told her that I wear a Lululemon size 4 and for most other clothing a size XS, S, 2 or 4. Based on my information, she said I would be either a XXS or XS and for numbered clothing size, I would be a 0 or 2. She was very accurate about my size. For bras I am either a XS or S. My bra size is 32D (on the smaller size of the d cup) for reference. Surprisingly, some of the wide legged pants in a 0 were loose on me around the waist and hips. So, if you’re more up and down like me, you should be aware of that fact. While I could have fit into size XXS in tights, my personal preference is to go with an XS. I like to have some wiggle room because depending on the day of the month, I might be up or down in weight. And on the off chance I gain weight, I want to still be able to wear most of my gear without purchasing new gear.
SANTORINI HIGH NECK DRESS — PRINTED AND MIX STRIPE
When I grabbed these two dresses, I didn’t realize they were the same style because they were located in different sections in the store. These are made of sustainable modal with UPF protection. The fabric has a nice weight and hand feel to it. It is an empire cut dress which is flattering on most figures. The only problematic thing may be the high neckline for ladies with a very full cup. I think the shoulders were cut at a nice angle and would flatter most shoulders (wide and narrow). The dress hem hit right above my knees (I’m 5’6″ with short legs). The dress draped nicely around my waist and hips. Because of the weight of the fabric, generous cut and empire waist, this dress would be very forgiving and hide perceived “flaws”. In the Santorini Printed Dress, the store only had a size small, which I thought was too big. I tried on an XS in the Santorini Mix Stripe Dress and I thought that size fit me better. But I think I could have worn either size. I think the print is not as flattering on me because the pattern placement made me look “bigger” than the mix stripe which creates a “thinner” silhouette. For a good quality modal dress, the price is fair. But I don’t know why I’d pay that amount for another designer but not Athleta. The only explanation is I have a bias against spending that much at Athleta. In all honesty, for an out and about dress, I think I can find a better dress at a better price from other brands/designers I wear. This dress isn’t for me but I can imagine many of you liking it.
I first tried this dress on in a size XS and the sales associate thought it looked too big on me. Because the lightweight fabric didn’t have “weight” like the modal, this dress didn’t follow my silhouette as much as the size down. So, in the pictures, I’m wearing a size XXS, which would be the size I would get. This dress is made from recycled poly and is perforated for ventilation. This would be a great dress for hot summer days. I would probably get it in a bright color rather than in black but the store didn’t have an XXS in any other color. This dress hit slightly above my knee. Between the two, I think the Santorini Dress is cut better for me but I really liked the lightweight fabric of the Brookfield Dress. If you’re in between sizes, I’d recommend going a size down. However, a size down might be a problem for fuller cup sizes.
SIDE GATHER T-SHIRT DRESS
I found this dress near the cover-ups because it can be worn as a cover up or a dress. I was drawn to it because of the cinching at the sides. Unfortunately, the smallest size they had was a S. I think I would have gotten the Side Gather T-Shirt Dress in an XXS. Because this dress was two sizes too big, it didn’t “skim across” my body as it was designed to do and it was too long. It is supposed to hit right above the knee. This dress was made from a lighter weight modal so it didn’t feel as “heavy” as the Santorini dress. I like the weight of this dress for summer afternoons. I’d probably prefer the weight of the Santorini Dress for summer evenings. For a dress that can act like a plain cover-up, I thought it was priced too high. I think it’s more reasonable at $79 or $89. I don’t think I’d spend $98 for a dress like this. But on markdown, it would be a consideration for me.
I had so many items to try on that I didn’t search for more dresses. On this shopping trip, I just grabbed things that were obvious and easy to grab. After perusing Athleta’s website, I may have to go back to try on these dresses: