how not to wear prints



"Somewhere in the world, lululemon is paying unicorns to watch 'The Notebook'."

OK, maybe not, but it's the funniest thing we read online this week. Say hello to our newest print: Unicorn Tears.

how not to wear unicorn tears

If brevity is the soul of wit, we'll keep this brief. Don't let this be you.

so how do you wear prints?

We're all about function when it comes to our products. Print or no print, our gear has the technology you need to perform on your mat, on the pavement or in the gym. It's fun talking about the colorful side of the equation though, and technically speaking, we're all for it. Here's what our designers say about wearing prints.

Start small. Less is more for beginners. If you're on the fence, start with adding a hint of print to your workout repertoire. Think small accessories - a headband here, a bag there.

Don't be afraid to dabble. Adding a colourful tank or bra does wonders for the workout wardrobe.

Consider mixing textures. Combining prints of varying intensities creates interest (and you're one interesting person, so go for it.)

Go big and stay balanced. If you've got the colourful personality to boldy rock a loud print, keep things anchored. Our designers love big splashes of Unicorn Tears (like the Downtime Jacket pictured above) with any of our solid black or charcoal pants or crops.

(The Downtime Jacket is going to be an online-only item. If you're interested, sign up for our email to find out when it goes live.)

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Talk about too much of a good thing. Tread carefully.

Don't let the unicorns' tears be in vain. Wear your prints well. Special thanks to Colin, our Graphic Artist, for creating such amazing prints. We love Unicorn Tears. Do you?

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12 Comments »


Love the prints!!! Love this blog post!!!!

Comment by Allison — March 9, 2011 @ 5:04 pm


How did you come up with the name Unicorn Tears?

Comment by Mary Wheeler — March 9, 2011 @ 5:56 pm


My dear Lululemon, I LOVE your products, and your company. I am completely satisfied beyond my expectations with everything I have ever purchased, BUT…you have created the worst prints I have seen since 1992…Your. PRINTS. Are. Awful. Every single one of them. Leopard print is out…wierd gray computer-conceived stripes are OUT. We do want the next generations to gravitate toward yoga. Please pay attention to the current fashion trends. And what the hip 20 somethings are wearing…..IS NOT THIS : Color schemes, fabric selections…BLAH BLAH BLAH. I will not wear your Knock Out Short, the print is scary.http://shop.lululemon.com/Untwisted_Headband/pd/np/1170/p/2598.html

Comment by Melissa Vinson — March 9, 2011 @ 7:26 pm


LOVE the bold colours and prints! Unicorn tears? Yes, please!

Comment by Siobhan @ sio 'n the run — March 9, 2011 @ 8:11 pm


There was a Stride Jacket last summer (2010) that had uniform grey stripes… can you have something simple like that again? To me, Lulu designs & colour schemes are on the more simple and clean side. The only thing that comes close now is a jacket that has un-even stripes and isn’t nearly as subtle. (I know contract is cool, but I don’t need people to know that my jacket is lululemon allover from far, far away. :()

Comment by MC — March 10, 2011 @ 11:27 am


Hi MC,
Thanks so much for the feedback! We’re always bringing out new colours and patterns, so stay tuned for more choices in our colour palette soon to come: http://shop.lululemon.com/women/colour-chart.html
~ Laura, GEC Online Community

Comment by lululemon athletica — March 10, 2011 @ 6:06 pm


Please Please consider feathers or peacock feathered type of patterns in the future they are a few of my favorite things! Love You LuLu!

Comment by Kaka — March 11, 2011 @ 3:00 am


I am always excited to check out the new prints! Unicorn Tears is one of my favourite though! Its bright and colorful! Keep up the good work!

Comment by Melissa Boyes — March 11, 2011 @ 5:17 am


While I love all things Lululemon I have to agree with Melissa ( a few comments up) I would love to see some more fashion forward patterns. I do love the Unicorn tears, the pattern is young and fresh and by the way it appeared to sell out in record time on Thursday it seems like the customers are speaking out that they love something newer hip and bright. Some of the other ones like the grey stripes or some of the patterns on the sweaters I find are very boring and old looking. Please keep up with the newer patterns. Also as a side note have you ever considered a top that goes over one shoulder and also being a new Mom it would be fantastic to see more tops that are more forgiving in the stomach area either by being more of a flow at the bottom rather than tight or pleated even. I know I can’t be the only Mom out there wishing the same thing :). Thanks!

Comment by Reese — March 11, 2011 @ 8:36 am


I like this new pattern A LOT!!!! A few years ago, you had a polka-dotted pattern- I WOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE to see that come back somehow. A friend of mine had a lululemon dress that had polkadots, and it was by far the best thing ever! Bring back the polkadots! :)

Comment by Ashley — March 12, 2011 @ 8:25 am


Leopard print is never “out”! It’s all how you wear a pattern, in my opinion. (I just purchased a pair of Prada heels in leopard in Manhattan.) Look at the blog and as Lululemon staff suggest, wear your prints how they work for you! Love my Lulus.

Comment by Michelle — March 18, 2011 @ 8:00 am


About 3 years back, I got a lulu tank that was the most BEAUTIFUL print. It was a “Gather V” tank that was seafoam in colour and had purple and blue tie-dye-ish leaves (or something similar) throughout. SO beautiful! Sadly I lost this tank and I would do anything to have it back. PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEEAASSEE make this tank again I would LOVE to buy another and I got so many compliments on it so I’m sure it would popular with others, too. And those are beautiful colours for summer, too! Would love to see it back this summer!!

Comment by Lesley — April 6, 2012 @ 5:23 pm


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