I’m back! Back with Highlights from Lululemon 2019. Thanks so much for bearing with me while I took a little unplanned holiday break. I just intuitively took the last week and a half off to be in the moment with my family so I didn’t get a chance to announce it or make a plan of it.

How Where Your Holidays?

My family did Christmas slightly different this year. Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner was at our house for the first time, with 35 guests!!! That took a lot of mental energy. We eliminated some favourite extended family traditions (which we LOVED dearly), because they created a lot of hectic stress running around from place to place. This was a really great holiday and I loved all of the changes we made, even though making the decision to cut some traditions was hard to do. Hosting was a lot of fun despite the chaos. It took all of my mental energy but it was a very bad-stress free way to celebrate. I hope you guys all took good care of yourselves and each other this holiday and that it was peaceful for you and your loved ones. Thank you for the Christmas wishes in the comments!! Sorry I wasn’t here to respond back.

I didn’t get to a Boxing Day post but I will possibly add that after this post, separately, just so we can discuss. Boxing Day markdown items are still plentiful and many of you have received your orders already so we can share impressions with each other and help each other shop.

I’ll have some more reflective, year-end posts coming as well.. stay tuned.

Highlights from Lululemon 2019

This was a hard year to do a Best Of Lululemon 2019 for, so instead I decided to do Highlights From Lululemon 2019, showing you the highlights from each month. Doing a Best Of post wasn’t hard because the designs sucked, or because there was a lack of selection. In fact, the selection available was greater than ever. Just look at how many winter coats and jackets we have available right now!

It’s because this was such a transitional year for Lululemon. GOOD! That was needed. It started with CEO Laurent Potdevin and creative director Lee Holman being exposed, and then immediately after came a period of transition and strife. The chaos of transition was never worse than the chaos of Laurent and Holman. True, there lacked an overall cohesiveness to this years designs, but It takes a while to regroup after a big restructuring. Thankfully Lululemon has stuck with their ethos of elegant functional style and they continued to do what they do best.

There where no standout obvious color or print stories, and no specific design focus that carried through the year. There where plenty of staple pieces, great colors and prints, they just didn’t seem to have a common thread or a distinct vision that happens when there is consistent design leadership.

What Did Lululemon Do in 2019?

The Lululemon Lab pieces where heavily represented on every upload, and there was a move towards a more non binary categorization of clothing. Slowly, little by little. My favourite aesthetic change has been their inclusion of various body sizes. What a year! Lululemon did not avoid the global themes of #METOO, body positivity and gender non conformity. These are very tough topics to align yourself with as a brand, but I believe Lululemon did this in a really clever way. Stating values little by little, without making absolute statements.

A change I did not like this year is the new lettered sizing. The Lululemon Self-Care line was a total bust for me, but I love that Lululemon US has a selection of curated beauty products from other brands. I wish the Canadian side had this as well. I’ve heard rumours that Lululemon is bringing their Asia Fit proportions to the North American market, probably by way of Petite/Tall designations.

This year as well as last year, Lululemon infused their designs with great collaborations. What I loved most this year where the brand partnerships. Robert Geller, Barry’s Bootcamp, Soul Cycle, Francesca Hayward Royal Ballet Collection (Oct 2018) and my favourite one of all, and the biggest Lululemon Highlight of 2019 for me was the Lululemon X Roksanda Collection. I know that collection was very polarizing, it still excites me. I treasure the Roksanda x Lululemon pieces I purchased.

So tell me, what where your Lululemon Highlights for this year? What did you love, what did you hate?

Lululemon 2019 Upload Highlights

January 2019

To The Beat Sweatshirt lululemon X SoulCycle, Highlights from Lululemon 2019

February 2019

Azurite Poppy Coral Multi, Highlights from Lululemon 2019

Azurite Poppy Coral Multi

Wunder Under Hi-Rise Tight Blocked Full-On Luxtreme - Linear Flux Battleship, Highlights from Lululemon 2019

Linear Flux Battleship

March 2019

April 2019

May 2019

All Yours Boyfriend Tee Cloud Wash

All Yours Boyfriend Tee Cloud Wash

June 2019

Align Pant II Utopia Multi

Utopia Multi

Wunder Under High-Rise Tight, Shadow Leaf Ivory

Shadow Leaf Ivory

July 2019

Align Jogger Incognito Camo Multi Gator Green
Calm and Collected Wrap

August 2019

Lululemon Upload

September 2019

On The Fly Pant Incognito Camo
Time To Sweat Tight, Glacier Camo

Glacier Camo

October 2019

November 2019

Highlights from Lululemon 2019

December 2019

Highlights from Lululemon 2019
Highlights from Lululemon 2019
  1. I might be one of the few that actually likes the lettered sizing. It makes more sense to me since I’m a street size 0 (or 25) but not a lulu size 0. I’m a lulu 2, but I have never purchased a 2 in any brand besides lulu. I am consistently an XXS, though.

    My #1 purchase this year was the Scuba Plush in Night Diver. It’s amazingly soft, and I love the pretty silver detailing that only this color way offered. Totally worth the $128–and that’s saying a lot of someone who very rarely pays full price anymore.

    Happy New Year to you!

  2. My favorite collection was the Barry’s Bootcamp Collaboration. I bought the embossed red 28” leggings and love them.
    My least favorite has been the androgynous Lululemon Lab clothing. I prefer feminine lines and cuts so these items don’t appeal to me at all.
    Here’s hoping that 2020 will bring some fresh designs with special details.

  3. My favorites this year have been the Plush Scubas. I have all the colors and wear them in a loop as soon as it gets a little chilly. I love the embossed aligns from this year. I have the floral folk and one other print. I like the black print on the black legging. It gives the aligns just a little bit extra luxe and I get asked pretty regularly where I got them from. I love, love the newest sparkley manifesto print in red. I bought the bra because I’m not sure I have the guts to rock the leggings, but I’m seriously considering it. They are beautiful! Another fav I discovered this year are the Nulu Flow Y bras. They are the best and they are so smooth under a tee.

    I think my absolute favorite purchase has to be the Now and Always small tote that I bought in the black manifesto print. As a long time Lulu lover, I couldn’t resist getting the manifesto print. I love the smaller size tote that I can wear crossbody. It’s small enough that I don’t have to dig endlessly to find things. The leather details give it just a little extra over the other Lulu bags. I have used it non-stop since I bought it in the Fall. I recently bought the camo version during Boxing Day. It’s also so pretty and a nice neutral. I’ll be rotating it in soon!

    I agree that this has been a year of transition. I’ve seen some hints here and there of the old Lulu returning. I think we are starting to see the little details come back slowly- the stitched sayings on the inside of the Cashlu Scuba, the silver piping on the Nightdiver Plush Scuba, the leather trim on the purses, special edition versions of core favorites, just to name a few. I still think they need to cut way back on the amount of new designs being released each month. Someone really needs to examine the fact that there are 470+ items on WMTM right now, that are not flying off the shelves even at the reduced prices. I would love to see the return of the color stories or even just new colors released each month, instead 3 slight variations of the same colors at the same time. But, overall, we ended the year in an upswing of designs and details, so I’m hopeful for 2020.

    Thanks for all that you do, Cristina! I’ve been a longtime reader and I always look forward to your thoughts on uploads, try-ons, collections and beauty.

  4. Last year was a big one for me in regards to how much Lululemon I purchased. I loved all of the floral and pink printed leggings that were released. I know many were feeling polarized with the florals they were churning out but I was honestly here for it with my wallet in hand. I also did purchase quite a bit on Poshmark (just basics).

    Some fails for me though were the sherpa products. They where horrible. Every single sherpa product I purchased went right back. It shed horribly! By the end of the day I’d have fuzz in my eyes, on my face, and my clothing. Also, Lab didn’t do anything for me. Everything was sooooo boring and overpriced.

    I did become an avid reader of The Sweat Edit. I’d come back periodically before but now I’m even signed up for the email notifications! Haha.

    I´d love to see more collaborations and attention to details!

    Happy New Year Cristina!

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