fit guru follow up: beyond the mat

Use your lululemon pieces as a base layer when hitting the street
Shivani pairs a spring dress over her Flow Y Bra and Wunder Under Pants for casual street look.

In January, you saw me work my way through 31 days of Wunder Unders. Now I take your questions on how to stretch your lululemon pieces for work and travel.

Question: How do I make my Wunder Under Pants work appropriate?

Answer: Our Wunder Unders are one of the most versatile piece in our lululemon closet. I should know-I wore them for a month! So how do you re-purpose these awesome athletic tights if you work in a business environment?

The key is to keep your bottom covered. Layer long tunics, sweaters, cardigans, dresses or dress shirts over your Wunder Unders. Play with accessories like belts or long necklaces. Footwear is also important in anchoring your work look. Try pairing it with tall boots, ankle booties or ballet flats.

I'm all about function and there is nothing more functional than having to carry less because I'm already wearing my work out gear. For a quick change from the office to the gym, layer your favorite athletic tank underneath your tops. A quick change of footwear and you're off for a run in 5 minutes flat.

Question: I’m travelling abroad for 6 months and need key pieces to work for my long flights, classes  and the gym all the while using little of my precious suitcase space.

Answer: We are learning what a challenge it can be to pack for air travel with baggage restrictions changing daily. lululemon clothing is designed for athletes meaning the fabrics used are usually lightweight and mostly wrinkle free. Most of our pieces can be re-purposed beyond the gym or yoga studio. Core basics can really stretch your wardrobe. Here are my suggestions:

-Cool Racerback

This tank does not have a built in bra meaning you are in full control of the support you need (try our Flow Y Bra or Scoop Bra for athletic support). Worn on its own, used as layering a piece for warmth or coverage, this tank rocks with stretch and wicking capabilities on or off the street.

-Groove Pant

This pant is what put lululemon on the map and with good reason. The design: mid rise, slim to the knee, boot cut fit; flatters most body types and we’re finding out that most of you are taking them beyond the gym. Plus most styles are reversible meaning you can choose a colored or patterned waistband, flip it inside out and you've got a solid colored pant. Great for to and from wear, get the same 4 way stretch as you run errands around town or for a cup of coffee with your best gal pal.

-Wunder Under Pant or Crop

It’s your basic legging with better stretch, color retention AND athletic function. They are made of luon which is treated to wick moisture (ideal for sweating through airport security and at the yoga studio). Worn with longer shirts, tunics or sweater, this bottom can be worn easily for work to play to a night out on the town.

-Remix Lulu Hoodie

This hoodie keeps you covered to and from the gym and when you’re heading out the door in jeans and a t shirt. Made of cozy preshrunk cotton fleece, it’ll keep you warm in climate controlled airplane cabins too. This hoodie is so soft, you’ll want to snooze on it during your longer flights.

Core pieces
1 Remix Lulu Hoodie, 1 pair of Groove pant, 2 pairs of Wunder Under Crops, and 3 Cool Racerback tanks...

Roll it up for space saving
...will roll with you where ever you go.

Tip for getting more into your suitcase: Rolling your clothes takes up less space and helps keep clothing wrinkle free!

Thanks to Ashley and Ashley for your questions!

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Groove pants and my remix hoodie got me through four overseas red-eye flights last summer, and they were the perfect item to have with me for a hike or just for some chilly summer evenings.

I bought remix hoodies because I love a good hoodie for everyday casual wear, but found quickly that there is nothing so perfect for covering to and from the gym :).

Comment by Kim — March 9, 2010 @ 8:21 am

I can’t hardly wait for the Wunder Unders to be back in stock online! I need some NOW :)

Comment by Rebecca — March 9, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

Wunder Unders to work all the way! they work really well paired with an athletic tank, covered up by a wraparound dress and knee high boots. I always feel like Superman (Supergirl?) when I’m doing the quick change from work outfit to gym outfit!

Comment by Kat — March 9, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

I bought the gratitude wrap and wear with all pants just to get through flights home. I might wear my wunder unders instead though, just for a better look. I found the remix hoodies to be a little too stiff for long wear. Just my opinion. They are the only lulu thing I’m not at all in love with.

Comment by Charlene — March 9, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

Yes Elim! Back to basics. Me likey… and we’re all well-versed now on how to rock the Wunder Unders, thanks to your challenge! Missing you from Halifax!

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