guide to lululemon product lingo


Confused by those special little abbreviations on our hangtags?  Want to learn to educate like the pros in our stores?

Say hello to our crash course on lululemon product lingo. We use abbreviations in our product names and on our hangtags to tell you what kind of technology makes each garment special. Consider this your go-to education guide to knowing exactly what you’re excited about.

Click on the terms below for the full definition.

quick-jump guide

(scroll down to read the full definitions)

an in-depth guide

Take a read below:

Generation of garment (I, II, III, IV)
Uno, dos, tres, cuatro. No matter how you say it, these little Roman numerals are how we indicate a new version of a much loved item. Every season, we count on your feedback to figure out exactly what you love and what can be improved. Our quest never ends when it comes to fit and function and I, II, & III mark the way.

*[Fabric name]
Whenever you see the (*) followed by a fabric, it indicates that this fabric has been used to create the product. It can represent the main fabric used, or a secondary fabric used only in sections. *Tweed, *Mesh, *Rib and *Org are all examples.

Brushed (*Br or *Brushed)
Brushed promises a warm, soft layer against your skin. Specifically, the fabric's bottom layer has been agitated and brushed to create a cozy, super-soft feel.

Durable Water Repellent (DWR)
Fabric has been treated with a finish that causes water to bead off of the surface to keep you dry!

Water repellant vs waterproof: Our Waterproof products have an outer shell capable of repelling water AND taped seams to keep all water from penetrating. Water repellant garments do not have taped seams.

Organic (*Org or *Organic)
Certified Organic Cotton is an exciting addition to our amazing fabric line. Read all about this breathable natural option in Elissa's "(fall)ing into organic cotton" blog.

Pique (*Pique - pronounced "pee-KAY")
Our pique luon fabric is luon that has been woven to give a more textured look and feel. It’s like wearing your favourite knit sweater or pants with the superb 4-way stretch and sweat wicking abilities you know and love.

Ruffle (*Ruffle)
A textured detail to add originality to your athletic gear!

Sparkle *Sparkle
Subtle silver-coloured threads woven into the fabric make you shine on the outside, too.

Special Edition *Special Edition
A new detail, feature, or pattern puts a twist on a core item.

Reversible (*RVRS)
Your outfit possibilities double, thanks to our reversible options in both pants and jackets. Our flat-seam technology enables us to offer two unique looks in one.

We love to provide our guests with all the options. You can choose between sleeveless (SL), short sleeve (SS), or long sleeve (LS) to ensure the right product for every workout.

Regular (*R)
This indicates our standard inseam. For ladies, the inseam is 31.5" (size 2/4 = 31"). Men can expect 33". Take a look at our size chart for more info.

Tall (*T)
Those with wonderfully long legs need not worry – a tall length is made just for you! Women's *T inseam is 35"  for sizes 4 & 6 and 35.5" for 8-12. Men's *T is 36".

And there you have it. Now take your new-found knowledge and shop fearlessly!

Learn more about our different fabrics plus washing and care instructions.

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Hi Liz, Thanks for this post! I always wondered about many of those letters/numerals!

Comment by Angela (Oh She Glows) — November 4, 2009 @ 10:34 am

I’m really glad you posted about this because I was considering sending an email. I’ve never been to a Lululemon store and don’t have one nearby to check things out in person, so I have to rely soley on the internet. I was very confused when I first started shopping your site. But I have placed my first order and am very excited for its arrival! Thanks!

Comment by elliebelle — November 4, 2009 @ 11:28 am

Hi ladies,
I’m so glad you enjoy the blog post and found it helpful! I will let Liz know you liked it :)

- Lauren

ps – If you have any suggestions for future blogs that will help you navigate our website or understand our products better please let us know!

Comment by lululemon — November 5, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

So you have regulars and talls. Why no shorts? I know you guys hem but it would be nice to be able to wear something off the rack.

Comment by A — January 12, 2011 @ 9:41 am

I want to second the previous comment about a 3rd choice for length. Those of us 5’5″ and less have to think twice about your amazing pants if we don’t live near store or can’t hem knits. Thanks!

Comment by Martha — January 12, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

Thanks for the feedback, A! Our complimentary hemming was introduced to ensure each guest gets the perfect length pant for them, but I can definitely understand some guests wanting a “short” length in pants as well. I’ll be passing this along to our designers!
~ Laura, GEC Online Community

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — January 12, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

I have to agree… I’d love to see some petite lenghts, then I would order online more and enjoy not having to wait for any hemming. I tend to shop in a lot more stores that do offer petite lengths.

Comment by Kristine — January 12, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

Yes, I agree with the 3rd choice of length. I am just under 5′ and would love to be able to pick a pair right from the rack!!

Comment by Tammy — January 12, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

thank you for dispelling the hangtag mysteries!

I would love to see more posts that highlight some of the “hidden” features of your products that may be overlooked. Sometimes I find pockets, drawstrings, and details in my Lululemon gear that I didn’t know about when I bought them :)

Comment by kayli (Running on Sunshine) — January 12, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

I’d like to “third” the posts about hem length. Being 5’3″ and living 3 hours away from my closest lulu store, I would love to see short lengths. And hemming the pants sometimes ruins the features, such as drawstrings at the hem, or just the general fit and design of the pants. It also would be nice to have somewhere where you can send your pants to be hemmed for free! Perhaps the closest store??

Comment by Hannah — January 12, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

It’s a good thing you don’t require someone to be concerned about these things. I never noticed them on the tags I took off my wonderful Xmas gifts. I wonder if my detail oriented husband did? Regardless, love the stuff!

Comment by Mary — January 12, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

Short lengths for tops would be fantastic as well! Yogis with tiny torsos would rejoice!

Comment by Giuliana — January 12, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

I SO agree about the wish for “short” lengths for us petite women. That would be a dream come true!

Comment by Jen — January 12, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

second that emotion! a short, petite, vertically challenged, whatever u want to call it would love to see leg length and arm length measurement a tee bit shorter. I’m 5’2″ and often have trouble finding correct sizes. long torso, short limbs – woo is me! I’d like to see capris and pants shorter with a low ride waist and lulu hoodies in petite sizes with shorter arm lengths and longer on the body xoxo keep rocking lulu!

Comment by susan — January 12, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

yes, yes, yes…. petite lengths would broaden the appeal (and purchase) of lulu for the vertically challenged ! it can’t come soon enough.

Comment by Louise — January 13, 2011 @ 10:21 am

Hey ladies,

Thanks for sharing your feedback with us! I’ll let our designers know that you’d love to see us offer petite lengths in the future.

In the meantime, did you know that all of our stores offer complimentary hemming on our pants? You can take your pants into any store and they’ll measure them to your perfect length and hem them for free! Find your closest store here:

lululemon athletica Online Community

Comment by Morgan- GEC Online Community — January 13, 2011 @ 11:50 am

I agree. Petite would be wonderful. I’m 5’2″ on a tall day!

Comment by Sham — January 13, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

Another vote from me for petite sizing! Hemming does not solve the problem of tops/tanks/jackets with arm holes that are too large or that are just too long in the torso.

Comment by Leah — January 13, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

Yes please! SHORT sizes! I love Lululemon stuff but I’ve bought numerous pairs of pants from a competitor of yours who does offer petite sizing. There’s just something about being able to wear clothes off the rack that the complimentary hemming (while awesome) does not quite match up to.

Comment by Sara — January 14, 2011 @ 12:33 am

Would be nice if the sizes went a bit bigger than a 12 too! For us ‘larger’ women :) I fit the tops in a 12, but not the bottoms :( oh well, maybe one day i can have a complete LLL outfit.

Comment by Bobbi-Shannon — January 14, 2011 @ 9:23 am

I thought I would let you know that in the Sports Page of the Toronto Star (page S8), Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriot’s, is wearing a pair of your pants as warm up gear. If you look hard enough at the image, you can see your logo. Pretty good product placement, I have to say.

Perhaps Tom would be one your Elite Ambassadors? Just a thought.

Comment by Andrew — January 14, 2011 @ 11:44 am

would LOVE the idea of being able to order pants or capris from the on line store with the option to put in the length wanted. I know custom hemming is offered in store, this would be a great option for those like me who don’t live anywhere near a Lulu store.
I had my still pants hemmed by a professional and they look terrible…my brand new pants are now my around the house pants!

Comment by Wendy — January 14, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

Another petite exerciser here! I go to great lengths (no pun intended!) to find the ultimate petite workout pants and will spend some $$$ on them if they are just right for me. I just ordered my first lululemon’s and luckily work near a store in NYC so I will take them there to get hemmed, but there’s always the worry that the drape and bootcut portion just won’t be right once the fabric is cut. It’s so much better when we can try and buy. SO I give my vote, too, for petites!

Comment by Sheryl — January 16, 2011 @ 4:50 am

Also putting in my feedback for the petite lengths. Even stores such as American Eagle has had them for the longest time for their jeans, and now they include their sweatpants/workout pants. The thing is, if you hem a lot of Lulu pants, you might end up cutting out a zipper or drawstring, and sometimes the logo on the side of the leg (if there is one) ends up being shifted really down and just looks weird. =S Personally, I love Banana Republic (not for these kind of athletic gear obviously) for their Petite line because they understand petite is not simply shortening one measurement, but fixing everything else in proportion as well. For example, slightly flared pants on a shorter person might end up looking ridiculously flared. -_- These are the reasons why I’ve only purchased tops and shorts from Lulu, but no pants yet.

Comment by Stardustcross — January 16, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

Thank you for the info but must pass on that I have been very disappointed in your inventory for the past several months. I religiously check the new upload every Thursday as soon as I come back from work as it is not ready when I leave and every week items I would love to purchase are gone by the afternoon. I am getting ready for a big fitness event at the end of the month and have been watching for new perfect outfit, color, fit…have to be ready for pictures. No luck as many cute stylish items have come up but either sold out in size or color for weeks. As a result I have picked out new outfit with Athleta. Try getting a better grasp of your inventory or you will miss out on more sales.

Comment by kcpny1995 — February 5, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

31″ inseam is way, way too long for petite women. Lulu Lemon is suppose to be a so called “women’s” athletic wear company, yet they are the only athletic wear company that doesn’t manufacture a petite or short length. What a joke they are in the women’s sector. My income will keep going to their competitors–the one’s who bother to make pants in my length.

Comment by Catherine — February 10, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

lululemon offered petite/short lengths a few years ago and discontinued them, it seems like there is demand so not sure why it was discontinued. i have a few pairs but am long overdue for a new pair, i’ve started shopping at places in the USA that offer them, but would rather buy at lululemon

Comment by G — February 25, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

I think it would be nice if Lululemon offered more diverse sizes for women. This would include petite sizing as well as size 14. They offer larger sizes for men (XXL) so why not women? The excuse I have been given is that the company’s stores are too small to offer above a size 12. What a joke. To all the female customers who Lululemon is excluding with their sizing: Take your dollars and your loyalty to Athleta, a company that understands female athletes come in all shapes and sizes; petite, tall, plus size, etc.

Comment by meghannkay — June 24, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

I didn’t know Lululemon existed a few years ago…it only seemed to catch on in the more recent years so by the time I started shopping there (2008 or so) they were gone. I think, LLL in general just didn’t have as much sales back then, not so much petite women aren’t rushing out to buy the pants! And yeah, I will have to start looking into the AERIE line (last I checked, they had Petite) for those good work out pants. Although I feel Lulu pants will last longer in the wash, something that was originally cut for my body shape vs. something hemmed will fit better. Please, everyone that wants shorter length pants, let Lulu know until they give us what we want!! (And empty our wallets, lol.)

Comment by MC — August 10, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

I am also requesting petite sizing. I generally order clothing and other items online only because I do not have the time to run to the store and buy it. (I even live in mid-town Toronto). Even though the hemming is free, it takes time for me to go the store, get it measured, and then return to the store. I love your tops so I do this, but it would save me much time.

Comment by Lily — September 30, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

I think I have sadly given up on wearing any Lululemon. I am a true petite and find the tops are for long torsos and the bottoms are not proportioned either. It is not a simple question of hemming. The curves of the clothing do not hit my curves in the right spot. Your stores have racks and racks of the same sizes fitting those same sized mannequins. Can’t you make one line for shorter women?

Comment by Amy — December 24, 2011 @ 12:02 am

I’m jumping on the “Petite” bandwagon. I see a few responses from Lulu reps saying they would address the lack of selection for us shorter gals, but when???? While the free hemming is wonderful “petite” is not JUST about shorter lengths, it’s about the PROPORTION of the garment. I’ve hemmed workout pants in the past, and they totally loose the silhouette I liked in the first place. My “hemmed” pants just make me look like a tree trunk from waist to toes… Please Lulu… consider us petite consumers as well… clearly there are a LOT of us.

Comment by Suzanne — January 8, 2012 @ 10:22 am

When/where can I get the Lulu gear that’s sparkley? There were only a few large sizes left at your stores. I need to get my hands on them in every colour! Please let me know.


Comment by Ashley — January 23, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

Hey Ashely,
Thanks for the question. Our Sparkle Scuba Hoodies and Cuddle Up Jackets were part of our Winter line for the holiday season, so I’m not sure we will see more anytime soon. If you are in Canada, we have some of them still available online here:

Thanks again and I will be sure to let our designers know you hope to see similar items released again soon,

Comment by GEC Online — January 24, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

Anothervote for real petites. My friend raved about your clothes. Excited, we visited your Chicago store together. Nothing. Not one thing fit. I’m 5’1, short torso. Not even the short sleeved tee Shiite. Way too long. I looked like a little girl playing dress up. The long sleeves were , no kidding, four to five inches too long, and don’t get me started about the tops with the thumb hole things! Hemming isn’t the issue. You are pandering and we are not fooled. If you dont want the hassle of designing sizes for short women, well, that’s your loss.

Comment by Bathilda — February 22, 2012 @ 6:06 am

I just asked a lulu educator about shortening cool racer backs. I was hold they hem these for free as well as pants!

Comment by Kris — May 22, 2012 @ 10:56 am

Please, please can we can an update to whether or not you will begin a line with a petite length option. I know the pants can be hemmed but the knee break is in the wrong place. Help I would love to purchase this brand of workout clothing.

Comment by Lisa — October 18, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

Hey Lisa,
This isn’t something I have heard we will be doing for the time being. I would be happy to add your feedback to this conversation and send it over to our designers for consideration.

Comment by GEC Online — October 19, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

I would buy everything from from lululemon if you offered petite sizes. Instead I spend a ton of money every month at your competitor who offers everything in petite. Please reconsider as the demand is much bigger than you obviously think.

Comment by Allison Penn — October 22, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

I have the hardest time with pants that fit well; I have wide hips and short legs, and I definitely need short sizes. I recently bought 4 pairs of pants from Athleta online (almost all of their pants come in short lengths), fully planning to return them, but to my surprise, they all fit fabulously. I’ve got a pair of lulus and they’re okay, but they don’t fit me nearly as well. Since I have such a hard time finding pants that fit, I don’t mind paying good money for them when I do, but the Athleta pants were less expensive and fit better. Until lulu gets its act together, this is probably where I’ll be shopping from now on :(

Comment by Jami — July 9, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

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