how to know you’ve found your groove (pant)


You know the Groove Pant – the iconic black stretchy pant with the flattering waistbands that comes in pretty colours and makes all our butts look so good! To some, the idea of wearing tight pants is as appealing as being the 40 Year Old Virgin getting his chest waxed (If you’ve never seen this movie you can view the scene here). The secret to looking good: make sure you have the perfect fit!

Here are some tips to help you find your best Groove:

1. Muffin tops belong at the bakery, not in your outfit. If there’s skin hanging out over the sides of the waistband, try the next size up – it will ensure that you have a smooth look through your torso and waist which will make you look slimmer than trying to squeeze into a smaller size.

2. The 1980’s called, and they want their feathering back! Feathered hair was hot on Charlie’s Angels but that look doesn’t belong on your pants. If you see bunching around the crotch area or a “feathering” in the material then those pants are too big. Try the next size down.

3. Shiny happy people don’t wear shiny or corrugated luon. Put on your pants and look closely at the fabric on the thighs of your pants when your leg is relaxed – how is the appearance of the fabric? If it sits smooth without a “corduroy” look to it then it is a good fit. If you can see the defined ridges in the fabric stretching out, the luon is being forced too tightly.

There you have it folks. Just a few quick tips to help you look your groove-y best! If you have any other tips regarding these pants we’d love to hear them!

You can learn more about luon, our signature fabric, in our fabrics and care section here.

Above: From left to right you'll see our Groove Pants go from too big, to the perfect fit, to too tight! The girls are all wearing a size 8 Groove Pant - however they normally wear (from left to right) size 6, 8, and 10.

Use our size chart to help you figure out which size works best for your body.

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I have also found out that you may want to size down if you are planning on doing “high impact” activities whilst sporting Grooves…they do s-l-i-d-e until you “perspire”enough to make them “stick”. I realize that by definition their functionality bio doesn’t suggest them for excessive bouncin’ around but I wear mine all of the time! The double color banded Grooves are the best!

Comment by Laura — April 21, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

I had NO idea that the feathering was a sign of them being too big! Thanks for the great tips – I can’t wait to read more of these online fit sessions.

Comment by Carolyn — April 21, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

Great tip for the highly active Laura! As you pointed out – Groove Pants are definitely a DO IT NOW! kinda pant = whether it be yoga, spin, coffee date or base jumping. :)

Comment by Lara — April 21, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

Love that you have the picture to demonstrate the (in)appropriate fit(s). I also find that guests that who say “I don’t like tight pants” appreciate the “suck in” feel at the bum, and the looser fit once the luon passes the knees. Just try it on!

Comment by Lauren Clapperton — April 21, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

Love it! Especially the pic of our three lovely ladies. (You can also tell gal #1′s are too big because of all the extra fabric around her knee) Keep ‘em comin! Next I wanna hear about the Athletic Deep -V…I can never seem to get that one right!

Comment by Liz — April 21, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

SO helpful. . . looking forward to more of these photo/blog posts about specific items. . . and especially now that those of us sadly without a store nearby can order online to our heart’s content!!!

Comment by jenny — April 22, 2009 @ 9:51 am

Glad people are finding the information helpful! I will endeavor to focus more on specific products and have made a note to follow up on the Athletic Deep V suggestions – if there are any other ideas for “fit” blogs keep ‘em coming!

Comment by Lara — April 22, 2009 @ 10:45 am

I am alittle confused the two girls on the far right
the pants seem to look the same . What am I missing

Comment by JO — April 22, 2009 @ 10:52 am

Great post!

Agreed about the Athletic Deep V, I never seem to get that one right either!

Comment by Jen — April 23, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

WOW! ilove these pant’s there so awesome!

Comment by Rachel — April 25, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

i think they are great ! lol but wayy too expensive, i can barely afford a lululemon sweater &headband rather than a 96 dollar pair or pants … but i do love lululemon : )

Comment by katelyn — April 26, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

I bought my first pair of groove pant recently. I am in between size 2 and size 4. Size 2 is too tight on my waist ( there is a tiny “love handle” hanging on my waist), but fit beautifully on the thighs. After struggling for a few days, I switched to size 4 (although I can see some “feathering” on the thighs). I think the size chart is a great reference.

Comment by Cat — April 28, 2009 @ 10:50 am

Very useful piece of info!! I always in dilemma to choose the right size for myself. I didn’t know that “feathering” means that a size is a little too big. Would love to hear more such info on any Lulu products! Thanks!

Comment by Lina — May 3, 2009 @ 11:31 pm

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