I’ve always been loudly skeptical of Lululemon. I think the former CEO should be sentenced to a life of jorts and fanny packs, and I’ve had more than one misadventure trying to find one piece of clothing in the store that fit well.
So when the Birmingham Lululemon store reached out to me and a fellow BUTS member, Sunny, to try their clothes on the trails, I jumped at the chance. One because, free clothes. But more importantly, I wanted to be proven wrong. I may be stubborn and opinionated as hell, but I’ll be the first to admit when I’ve misjudged something. Just prove it to me. Unless you’re going to tell me that Krispy Kreme is better than Dunkin Donuts. Then I am always right and you can shove it.
My friends Ali and Jackie work at Lulu and are also Bham runners, and they graciously agreed to be my helpers. I warned the girls ahead of time that they’d have their work cut out for them! Ali immediately started picking out flattering tops and bottoms that would conceal my Greyhound ribs and (lovingly named) thunder thighs. Once I had enough options to clothe a small army, we headed to the fitting rooms for the moment of truth.
The first few tanks were soft and light as a feather, but didn’t do my upper body any favors. Big ribs,
small no boobs, and a short torso don’t work well with form-fitting tops.
We moved on to more flowy tanks. I loved these because they’re open and feel like you’re running in a sports bra, yet you’re nice and covered. Plus, cup inserts FTW!
Bottoms were just as fun to try on, with equal amounts of trial-and-error. I started with a pair of track shorts that had a longer inseam and covered the goods nicely. Perfect, but boring—I have plenty of shorts already.
So I tried on some skirts. I have a Lulu skirt that I love dearly and wear in every race, so I had high hopes for these. This one mint green skirt was adorable in theory, but looked hideous once on my body. Stripes, triangles, and checkers of all different lengths and colors made my ass look like a circus tent after a hurricane.
The girls convinced me to try the Pacer skirt—ruffles and all. I was hesitant because I assumed the ruffles would just accentuate my, ahem, assets, but they didn’t and the skirts looked decent! I did go with the tall length though, for the extra coverage. I feel like a peacock or a flamingo, but I’m willing to go out of my comfort zone and try something new. Plus, the trails can use some feminine touches. Bonus points for being girly!
Lulu was kind enough to let me product test the tank top, and I got the skirt because, ruffles! I’m incredibly excited to hit the trails with my new threads—hopefully this coming weekend at the Mississippi 50. I’m very grateful to Lululemon Birmingham for the top and to my team of patient personal shoppers for dressing me and putting up with my antics. A+ on customer service! Stay tuned for a follow-up report of what I think of the clothes in action.
A few more fashion shoot outtakes: