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Here are some of the highlights from our first ever Ask A Designer: Live! event held at the lululemon lab with Melissa, former lululemon bra designer and current lab manager:

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Kelly: Hey Melissa! I love lululemon! How did you come up with the design for all the clothes you make? Will you be making anything new soon? Let me know! Thanks! :)

Melissa: Hi Kelly, at the lab we are paying attention to what is going on on the streets right now, what people are wearing, what's trending, what our guests are requesting and then adapting those ideas into more functional clothing. We use the same great fabrics that our other stores carry but are definitely aiming for a different design aesthetic.

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Melissa at the event, checking out the wall for your questions!

Laura: Are there any plans to expand the Lab concept to the U.S.? I know lots of people that would love one in Chicago!

Melissa: Hi Laura! We're brand new to the company and so far we're just one of a kind but depending on the feedback we get and the demand there's always a possibility that we'll open up in other major cities around the world. So keep that feedback coming - i personally would love to see more labs open up eventually!

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The online community team watched your questions roll in on the big screen!

Lin: Hi Melissa! I was wondering what are some good lulu bras for running, and whether the tata tamer is appropriate for hi-impact sports?

Melissa: The Ta Ta Tamer is our best and ideal bra for high impact sports! This is the bra that I actually designed! :) [Check out the Ta Ta Tamer here: http://shop.lululemon.com/Ta_Ta_Tamer/]

alana and shawna at the lab

Shawna and Alana made sure your questions didn't get missed.

Angela: How long does it take to make a former design in a new color. Such as the Ta-Ta-Tamer - but say you wanted to make it available in Savage Green. What's that process like? Is it pretty simple to just match the new fabric and then make?

Melissa: for all the garments that are in store right now, they were planned in those particular colours almost a year ago - and the Ta Ta Tamer is pretty complex and takes a while to produce.

Laura: You should design light weight lulu harem pants, or lulu shoes/sneakers to wear at the gym, or slip on to wear to yoga.

Melissa: Hi Laura! We have made some amazing harem pants out of organic cotton and some out of luxtreme - super light and different functions - here at lululemon lab. You can check us out on facebook, we have all our garments in our photo albums. And you can write on our page if you have any further questions!

Laura: Hi Melissa! I'm wondering what you recommend for washing the removable pads?

Also, THANK YOU for designing the most amazing sports bra I have ever owned! I ran the Vancouver half-marathon a couple of weekends ago (my first time!!) and the Ta Ta Tamer totally transformed my training. YOU ROCK!!

Melissa: Hi Laura! Congrats on the Half! I was there in the pouring rain cheering everyone on! I ran my first half in the ta ta tamer too.

I like to hand wash the cups in warm soapy water and rinse and lay flat to dry. If you are in a pinch you can put them through the washer but they aren't designed to sustain that sort of wear over a long time.

paula and laura at the lab

Paula, Laura, and Liz (not pictured) answered questions after the party moved to Twitter

questions from twitter

@erinklegstad: any chance of @lululemon cycling clothing? I can't find any cute tops or shorts!

Melissa: we have heard lots of cycling gear requests - stay tuned to your local store, we do love feedback! ;)

@adamgiers: hey melissa! any chance of graphic hoodies coming out in the future?

Melissa: Heck YA!! Stay tuned to lululemon.com ;)

@shawnajacques: What are your @lululemon goals?

Melissa: Next up - Open a Lab in Toronto!! - what do you think Tdot?

@_nanc: I wish I worked at @lululemon!

Melissa: You should join the team and apply online! :)

carolyn's birthday cake
Afterwards we celebrated online community manager Carolyn's b-day!

Thank you to everyone who came online to ask questions and participate in the event! We had so much fun and we are already looking forward to the next one.

Which designer would you like to hear from next? Run? Men’s? Yoga? Comment below and let us know - we're listening!

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Hi Melissa:I was wondering if you could make the go lightly pant in a 2

Comment by Kendra — May 14, 2010 @ 2:36 pm


Hi Melissa! I have a healthy addition to Lulu and would absolutely LOVE to see more color options in the Be Still Pant (Long) – They are so comfy, I think I wear Lulu 6/7 days a week (working at an online company rocks like that) and wouldn’t have it any other way!!

Thank you for all that you do!

Comment by Lindsey — May 14, 2010 @ 6:50 pm


It would be great if there were at least a few plus size options. It’s kind of unfortunate that the men’s sizes go up to XXL while the women stop at a 12 (w/ some 14s I think). I love the stuff my friends buy and while I could buy the men’s stuff, well it just doesn’t come in fun and cute colors like pink and soft yellows :) I’m working on getting in shape and I’d love to wear Lulu stuff at all phases of that journey.

Comment by kim — May 15, 2010 @ 7:17 am


are you making any kids clothes in the future?

thanks

best, Arizona

Comment by arizona — May 15, 2010 @ 10:13 am


Hi everyone,
Thanks for your feedback! I will pass it all along to our design team for their consideration in future designs.

Arizona,
Have you heard of our little sister store ivivva athletica(www.ivivva.com)? They design for active girls ages 6-12, and currently have stores in Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary! You can check out some of their current designs on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ivivvaathletica.

Comment by Paula — May 15, 2010 @ 1:13 pm


I would love to see a top made for an actual large bust, and not just “more fabric.” I have 3 tops I got a while back with built in bras that were theoretically made for larger busts. Except that I had to sew panels on the top and sides to prevent cleavage and side-boob issues. Now I have full coverage (and really cute tops) but it would be nice to not have to retrofit my clothes.

If you ever want to see pics of my retrofitted tops, or want an actual person to help with the design of tops for the well endowed, email me!

Comment by laine — May 15, 2010 @ 2:46 pm


Hi , i was wondering if u can make those luon headbands in yellow :)
i have quite alot of colours and i would realy like a yellow one :D

Comment by Vannessa — May 15, 2010 @ 8:27 pm


I’d love to hear from the Run designer next!! Thanks for all the great comments this time, Melissa!

Comment by Amanda — May 15, 2010 @ 9:30 pm


Hi, my daughter (8 yrs old) loves LuLu and wishes you would start a kids line. I definitely think you have a market out there for a kid’s line. I’ll be the first in line!

Comment by Monica — May 15, 2010 @ 10:17 pm


Can you get lulu hoodies for maybe lets say 50$?

Comment by grace — May 16, 2010 @ 7:13 am


i wish i had enough to buy a lulu lemon sweater for a llong time i wish i could find a way to do that if you have any way i can get the clothes cheaper but i obviously can’t]: oh well i am only 9

Comment by emma — May 16, 2010 @ 6:14 pm


oh and if you have any way to do that email me

Comment by emma — May 16, 2010 @ 6:16 pm


I would love to see some women’s golf clothing…some collared golf shirts and funky golf shorts and pants.

Comment by Aleisha — May 16, 2010 @ 6:59 pm


Where can I send in suggestions to the products? i have a few ideas i would like to suggest based on my use of the bags..(not that they aren’t awesome already)

Comment by Margaret Sakhrani — May 17, 2010 @ 5:56 am


I am a HUGE lulu fan, I own almost all your style tops in atleast two colors each. Huge fan of the groove pant. I think a great addition to the selection would be the Floresent colors? They are so hot right now, especially in NY. Also, I was in the Manhasset store in New York yesterday and their wall has changed. They have all kinds of AMAZING motivational artwork on it. You should sell those canvas motivational art pieces. Please let me know if you choose to do that.

xoxo
Lisa

Comment by Lisa Zampolin — May 17, 2010 @ 9:31 am


Hi everyone,
We LOVE all the design feedback! We now collect design feedback via “We Heart Product Reviews” on our website. You are able to post your review so that other guests can review your input while making their own purchasing decisions. For our design team, guest feedback is most valuable when given for a specific product. Follow the link below, select a product, then select “create a review” (below the product name, to the right of the photo)

Website link: http://shop.lululemon.com

Comment by Laura M — May 17, 2010 @ 12:23 pm


Hi Emma!
Have you checked out ivivva? It’s our line designed for girls around your age :) Take a look at the website: http://www.ivivva.com/

Comment by Laura M — May 17, 2010 @ 2:29 pm


Have you thought about expanding the width (top – bottom) of the luon bra for larger cup sizes? I’m a 34D and love this bra, but either come out the sides or don’t have enough coverage on top. I can’t go up in size as the band width becomes too loose. I’ve tried the other bras with more support but they give too much cleavage too. What are your recommendations for this style bra?

Comment by Kristen — May 17, 2010 @ 5:22 pm


For the above comment – I meant the flow y bra :)
Thanks!

Comment by Kristen — May 17, 2010 @ 5:25 pm


Hey !
i was wondering if you could make more color options for the jackets! much help

Comment by Karly — May 18, 2010 @ 6:14 pm


Have you ever considered making the hoodies longer in the body length? I love these sweaters but they are too short. Please consider this** :)

Comment by Nikki — May 19, 2010 @ 6:02 am


More swift tanks, please!!!

Comment by Annie — May 19, 2010 @ 3:04 pm


Can you make more men’s options? I would love some men’s running tights, but haven’t seen any yet. Also, you need to make a smaller men’s size, I bought a pair of pants and they basically fall off, I’m 6′-1″ and 140lbs and the S is too large in the waist.

Comment by Scott — May 20, 2010 @ 5:21 am


I want to love Lululemon too! But apparently, you think larger women are not entitled to wear your brand since the largest sizes I can find at our store in Seattle is a 12. Recently, I heard that the average American women is a 12-14. And what about us larger lovlies? I wear a women’s plus size 16-18. I work out, and I want to be comfortable and sylish too!

Thanks,
Stefanie

Comment by Stefanie Hare — May 20, 2010 @ 11:30 am


Hi Stefanie,
Thank you so much for your feedback! Currently, our size range runs from 4 to 12, with a few items in size 2 and 14. We want all shapes and sizes to live longer, healthier, more fun lives, and I’ll be passing your feedback on to our design team.

Comment by Laura M — May 20, 2010 @ 12:32 pm


Hello, I have many friend that ware Lululemon, the first time I went to one of the store I were size 14 I was sad to see it stop at 12, some design could fit and I was like great it will keep me motvate. I got pregnant and guess what it is still a strugle for me to loose the extra weight. I’m wondering now why we can’t find anything bigger than size 12. I’m sure some other plus size person would love to train in Lulu. I thing we don’t have to be modele size to train in good and comfortalbe close.

Thanks

Karolyn

Comment by Karolyn — May 27, 2010 @ 10:28 am


Hi! I go to Elementry school and my mom said she would get me a lululemon sweater for grading. Do you think you could make a lime green and turquoise sweater?!

Thanks
Taylor

Comment by Taylor — May 30, 2010 @ 5:19 am


Hey,

Just wondering why your cloths look like they were banged out in China. The images online look great but the construction is awful. Your designs are boring as well.

Lucy.

Comment by Lucy — May 30, 2010 @ 12:18 pm


hi melissa!

just wondering – where is the “cotton fleece” from, that the famous and very loved lulu scuba hoodie is made out of? where could I find this information?

Comment by brittany — May 30, 2010 @ 1:25 pm


Hi Melissa! I know it’s not lulu, but where did you find the blue/white scarf you are wearing in the second pic in the post? It’s fabulous!

Comment by George — May 30, 2010 @ 11:50 pm


Thanks for your feedback everyone!

@Lucy was there a particular item that you had an issue with? If so please contact us at the Guest Education Centre so we can discuss it with you further 1.877.263.9300 option #2

@Brittany I’m not actually sure where the cotton fleece is produced, we don’t have it listed on our website. I will however, see if I can find this information somewhere else for you.

Comment by Jenna — May 31, 2010 @ 9:46 am


Hi! I would love to see more gather v tanks and dance tanks ~ feminine with flair that still support! Thank you!

Comment by Marnie — June 4, 2010 @ 8:40 pm


Thanks for your feedback Marnie, I will pass this on to our designers.
You can also post reviews on specific product on the product’s page under the “We <3 product reviews" tab!

Comment by Jenna — June 5, 2010 @ 12:11 pm


Hello,
I love lululemon and I wear it all the time for figure skating and running. I have so many of the tanks and I saw one on the reusable bag that I LOVE. I looked for it online but couldnt find it. The girl wearing it is Michelle Kelly(skeleton athlete)and the shirt is a coral/red colour. If this shirt is no longer being made I know tons of girls about my age(15) that would definately go out and buy this top! They all love it because its different and they find that having the shoulders in can be very flattering. Please let me know if this top can still be purchased. Thank you so much!

Comment by Carly R. — June 7, 2010 @ 7:46 pm


I was just wondering a have a gift card does it work at the Lululemon stores in the states?

Comment by Amanda Zedo — June 22, 2010 @ 7:36 pm


Hi Amanda,
Our gift cards should work at any of our stores. Happy shopping!

Comment by Laura M — June 23, 2010 @ 11:58 am


It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again – lululemon could make a huge profit by expanding the sizes in their women’s line. For those of us who are larger than a size 12, love to work out and have had a child or two, we need you to consider making larger sizes. I know there’s been some arguments that it takes more fabric, but I can tell you that I’m just one of many women who would gladly pay a premium for quality workout clothing. Do yourself a favor lululemon and expand you’re sizing for women. You’ll be pleased that you did!

Comment by L — June 26, 2010 @ 10:51 pm


Hey L,
What sizes would you like to see us carry? Are there any certain styles you are after?
Definitely continue to send in your suggestions, that’s one reason why we increased our Ta Ta Tamer sizing range to incorperate up to a 36E when it was mostly C and D cups with a few DD.
Thanks for your feedback!

Comment by Jenna — June 27, 2010 @ 10:02 am


Hi Jenna-
Thanks for getting back to me. I’d love to see more of the women’s tops in larger sizes. For those of us who are large busted (40F), the size 12 tops just don’t quite cut it when zipping up the women’s tops. I have a few of the men’s hoodies, but they’re not cut for a busty woman either. Given your current sizing structure, you could expand your hoodies in both width and length (length to account for larger bust). I’d love to see more size 14′s or even 16/18 if you’re going to work off of your current size chart. It’s so disappointing to start zipping up a gorgeous Lulu hoodie and have it stop right at the bust with no room to spare. I also love your Be Still crops, which I have in a size 12. I’d love to see more relaxed fit pants and shorts with the same wide waistband in the Be Still. Like I said before, women in this size range will thank you! -L

Comment by L — July 27, 2010 @ 4:16 pm


I also support Lulu expanding women’s sizes. I just bought a pair of men’s pants because I can’t fit in the women’s, but sadly they don’t fit me as well as a cut that was made for a woman’s curves! (I have hips and a bum)

I agree that larger sized women who want to be healthy and active should be able to access quality, stylish workout clothes. I would suggest going up to a size 20 in women’s pants (especially relaxed pants, which are generally more flattering on all shapes and sizes). The hoodies in larger (and longer) sizes would be great too (especially for bigger busts and arms. I think the sleeves on many of lulus tops wouldn’t even accommodate those with muscular arms let alone those with a little extra thickness). And if you do decided to expand your sizes, make a size 16 an actual size 16. I hate it when stores call something a size 16 but its actually a size 12. Not a good motivator.

If Lululemon strives to be a company that promotes healthy mind AND body, curvier, larger women should be allowed to join that lifestyle movement with Lulu too! I, personally, would be much more inspired to live a healthier lifestyle if I felt like I was part of a community that promoted and supported this! While buying the bags and the gloves gives me a little insight, I would love to wear the clothes too!.

Comment by Ami — September 10, 2010 @ 11:17 am


Hi,

I will say it yet again- I think that Lulu absolutely needs to expand their sizes. It would not only be profitable for the company, but it would make the women who don’t fit into that size 12 feel a lot better when working out.

Lulu should not be some “exlusive club” where only women sized 12 and under are able to partake. We want to look good while exercising too!!!

I don’t see why Lulu doesn’t already have bigger sizes. It really seems like a no-brainer.

PLEASE PLEASE make more sizes!

Comment by Lauren — September 11, 2010 @ 8:55 pm


Hey Ami and Lauren,
Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback and suggestions with us, we always appreciate hearing from our guest.
Right now our current business model focuses on smaller retail spaces, which in turn does limit the variety of sizes and styles we can offer. However, this is always something we can take into consideration for the future and I will be forwarding your feedback on to our design team.
Thanks again.

Comment by Jenna ~ GEC Online Community — September 12, 2010 @ 9:12 am


I also came looking for some workout clothes but can’t fit into a size 12 either. You are eliminating a huge portion of the market by only catering to “perfect” looking figure skater and gymnast-type figures. I wish I was a size 2 as well, but reality is.. that’ll never happen no matter how hard I train. I’ve played contact sports my whole life and I’m bulky. I’m still not a boy and don’t want to wear drab manly boys clothes… or pay $110 for a men’s hoody that I have to completely re-alter. Almost every other clothing line out there has a size 14-16 as an XL… and 18 as XXL. What’s up with that?! I could see not wanting your clothes to be associated with a size 24, but from what I can tell, the average North American woman is a size 14? Size 14 is EXTRA EXTRA LARGE? It is so gigantic that it will take up too much room in the store and require too much more material? Really? :-o

Comment by Kelly C — September 18, 2010 @ 12:18 pm


I’m initimidated by the snug fitting small sizing of your clothes but want to try some on anyway – I’m not a size 2 – more like a 14-16 which is the average. I agree with the other girls….expand your sizes and you will increase your sales!!! Just make sure you don’t create a different store for what will likely be labelled as “Plus Size” – PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make bigger sizes! That said, I’m going to check out the size 12 anyway!

Comment by Barb — September 29, 2010 @ 5:17 pm


I, as well, will put my voice forward for larger sizes. I am a “real” 14/16 on bottom and a 16/18 on top. I did send Lululemon an email on this a year or so ago and the response was “our sizes fit large”, which they don’t. Quite the opposite – they fit small. The argument of store space being limited is also a cop out. While some Lululemon stores are small, you do have many with significant floor space. As well, you do web sales. It appears that you are more interested in being exclusive (both in size and price) instead of inclusive. Very sad.

I live in Edmonton – you have sized yourself out of half of the female market here, many of whom are huge yoga fans. How is that value for your shareholders?

Comment by Tammy K — October 20, 2010 @ 9:18 pm


Yes on the larger clothing! I am not overweight, yet your size 12 would not fit me. Not only that, even if I did want to try to order one of your size 12 tops, they are almost always GONE. This would indicate there is a great deal of demand for larger size workout clothing. I find it terribly unfair, and cruel in fact, for your product line to only cater to the super-skinny women who work out. Your excuse that your retailers don’t have “space” to give to larger sizes is very sad indeed. There are millions of beautiful, graceful, healthy, curvy women in this world who you obviously have no interest in serving. We will take note, and spend our dollars elsewhere, like Athleta, who offers a broad range of sizes and styles for ALL women.

Comment by Meghann — January 1, 2011 @ 2:22 pm


I agree with the call for 14+ sizes. As a yoga teacher, I have been wearing Lululemon for a long time. The size 12 pants fit alright, and they have lasted forever, but I still hesitate to buy more at such a ridiculous price because they aren’t perfect. I am continuously having to hike them up to fit over my pelvis. This is not even a fat issue–I am not shaving down my bones to fit into this line of clothing!

Given that the pants and tops are so flattering for curvy women, I suggested to Lululemon years ago that they increase their size offerings to include average-sized women. Looks like they have actually decreased their average-sized offerings since then–and on top of that, the fun colors and vibrancy of the line are both going downhill. I will be looking elsewhere for my yoga clothing until I see a change for sure!

Comment by Sara — January 12, 2011 @ 10:17 am


I would like to add my name to the list of disgrunted ladies who would like to see Lululemon add to their current sizing selection. I am currently a size 20 but am working hard at losing weight and exercising more. I love your clothing line but I am really tired of the attitude of many of the store employees when I walk in to buy my daughter some clothing, they turn their little size zero backs at me and walk away.
My niece is a beautiful, healthy athletic young woman. She has had a baby and has worked hard to get back to her pre-pregnancy shape. She is not now, nor will she probably ever be, a size 12. She is gorgeous, and works out every day, but is not skinny skinny. She is healthy and active. I find it disheartening that the only excuse you can give for not carrying larger size clothing is lack of retail floor space. I call “BS” on that one and will be taking my business (any my daughter’s and my niece’s) elsewhere. You are creating an exclusive club and I hope it comes back to bite some day … right on the bottom line because that is all that Lululemon seems to be concerned with, certainly not a LARGE share of the market they are missing out on. Shame on you!

Comment by Bev Buchanan — January 14, 2011 @ 7:43 pm


Hi, i am currently losing weight to try and fit into my lulu sweater:)! i want to buy more lulu stuff, so i decided the only way i can do that is to excersize and eat right:)! My cousins and friends all fit into the hoodies etc, so now its my turn:) my mom told me we were not going to the lulu store until i lost weight…see you in the summer lulu:)!!!the zipper will zip up then:)

Comment by Melissa — January 24, 2011 @ 4:39 pm


Why aren’t you making plus sizes? Are you trying to tell us we don’t matter to your company? That’s rather rude! I go to the gym 5 days a week!

Comment by Beth — February 8, 2011 @ 6:32 am


I would gladly pay a premium price for these outfits in a size cut to fit my 5’11″, size 18-20 self. I’m tired of wearing unattractive, schlumpy clothing to the gym, or guys’ pants, etc., because those are what are long enough, regardless of the fact that they don’t appropriately fit female hips/butt, etc. Working out is much more fun if you don’t feel frumpy while you do it. If limited retail space is an issue, larger sizes could always be available as online orders.

I’ve gone into many a lululemon store and gotten warmup jackets for my boyfriend, but am always sad that I can only window shop, in terms of myself.

Comment by Jessalyn — February 10, 2011 @ 6:13 am


Lulu, I am adding my name as well to the demand for plus sizes in your stores. I owned probably 10 of your remix hoodies in size 12. They fit very well. I loved them. I was so upset when you went back to your scuba style. Short, and so tight. The arms are so very snug. I ordered one online and had to ship it back as it didn’t fit. I love your still pants. I am a size 16-18 and I buy a 10. It fits nicely. Why are your hoodies and tops so small? I have bought the odd top in a 14 and still, it feels like a corset not a workout top. My other issue is with your undergarments. I would gladly pay $$$ for the panties as the colors are cute, but where are the sizes/styles that we can wear? My 10 yr old got a pair for xmas in a small and they fit. PS- I can take her to the gap and buy her a girls size 10 so whats’ with that?? You gladly find store space for your childrens’ line in several malls I’ve been in. Why can you find the space for the larger sizes?? If store space is an issue why don’t you at least offer it online? In the meantime, I hope you can produce more than 5 or 6 size 12′s in one item, as online they sell out in like 5 seconds.

Comment by Amber — February 19, 2011 @ 12:59 am


Hi Lulu,
Yet another voice chiming in for larger sizes. I work out at the gym five hours a week, and have for eleven years. I go almost without fail, and enjoy Zumba, hip hop, and body conditioning classes. I am fit but not small — I wear a size 16 pant. Would love to buy your clothing if you exapnd your size range. Thanks for considering!
Amber

Comment by Ambr — February 25, 2011 @ 5:00 pm


Shame on you. You claim to stand for a whole host of values that you are failing to put into practice by stopping your sizes at 12. “Creating components for people to live a longer, healthier, more fun life” (your mission statement) only applies if you are smaller than a size 12? Really? “We create components designed by athletes for athletes” (your products) So athletes are also size 12 and smaller? “We create the possibility of greatness in people because it makes us great. Mediocrity undermines greatness.” Ah! I see, I must be size 12 or smaller to be “great.” I work daily with women who have experienced violence in their lives as they try to better themselves and heal. Next time I’ll remember to turn them away from my door when they’re pant size reaches double digits. Shame shame shame on you.

Comment by Cathrine Chambers — March 5, 2011 @ 4:03 pm


Hi there,

Great designs, but you guys need to extend your size range, even if it’s only a few items at first. A lot of plus size ladies who I talk to really want to buy lulus, but they won’t fit. Some will even buy a 14 although it’s tighter than it should be. More sizes, please! I run a blog on plus size fashion in Toronto and Canada generally. If you want more feedback or anything, just contact me. Also, could you please let me know if you guys are planning on implementing any changes regarding this? I am very curious and I hope my readers and I can shop at Lulu very soon!

Karen

Comment by Karen — March 8, 2011 @ 8:46 am


I agree! I vote for larger sizes. You are losing out on my money. Period.

Comment by Lindsey — March 16, 2011 @ 9:10 am


Hi there,
I agree…larger sizes, plus sizes are a must! I want these pants and jackets in particular but the largest size is an XL and that wouldn’t fit. I have also heard of numerous people wanting these items in larger sizes as well.

Comment by Mary — March 16, 2011 @ 12:50 pm


Hi Lululemon, I was in your store today trying on a hoody and i felt extremely uncomfortable while putting it on, as the arms were very tight and not even close to doing up! I’m 1% of the women on here trying to get larger sizes to your store. I have many headbands and one pair of size 12 pants that barely fit. I would love to see bigger sizes as much as anyone else does but being 15 and trying to fit in with everyone else is as hard as possible. Once again not just speaking for myself but everyone, I think you should give sizes 14-18 a try. Me myself, I’m around 16-18 and I would absolutely love to have one of your Hoodies, the headbands and bags just aren’t cutting it anymore!

- Amber!

Comment by Amber — March 16, 2011 @ 2:46 pm


I am disappointed with the sizing also. I was looking to buy a gift for my wife who works out hard and is size 16. I wanted to reward her for her hard work but I guess I will have to look elsewhere. :(

Comment by John — March 22, 2011 @ 6:39 pm


Hi Melissa,
I am putting in my two cents in hopes of getting plus sizes in lulu. i fit great in the size 10 pants, but can’t find a top or jacket that fits. i am larger in the breast and arm area! PLEASE send on to whoever that the PLUS SIZE WOMEN OUT THERE ARE ACTIVE AND WANT TO LOOK GOOD AND FEEL GOOD WORKING OUT AS WELL. thanks.

Comment by kristine — March 24, 2011 @ 6:52 am


I love your clothes, but after my 50th trip to a Lululemon store, I was unable to find anything in my size–16-18–and left empty-handed. The salespeople were very unhelpful and I can’t blame them–how could they possibly recommend anything to a “plus-size customer”? Is Lululemon just an exclusive club for people who look a certain way? That’s kind of the impression you’re giving, especially since the average North American woman is a size 14. You don’t even carry a size 14, sadly! (BTW, why do men’s sizes go up to XXL?). If you espouse the ideas that everyone should be active and fit, why can’t larger people wear your clothing on their way to a healthier/fitter body? In addition, I’m sure there are lots of fit and healthy women who just have a larger physique and can’t squeeze into a tiny size 12. C’mon, Lululemon! We size 12+ gals represent the average market and we’ve got money to spend, so put your money (and fabric) where your mouth is!

Can I just say to commenter John: that is really sweet of you to try to reward your wife with Lululemon–my husband would love to do the same thing. Sadly, he can’t.

Comment by Dee — March 26, 2011 @ 2:06 pm


Hi Dee,

Thanks so much for sharing your feedback with us. We’re sorry to hear that you’re disappointed in the sizes that we offer, and that you felt unwelcome in the store. Our business model focuses on smaller, boutique-style retail stores, which in turn limits the size range we can offer within each style and colour. We are always open to design feedback about the products and sizes we offer, and I have forwarded your comments along to our design team to let them know that you would love to see us offer larger sizes in the future.

~ Jordan

Comment by GEC Online Community — March 27, 2011 @ 10:18 am


It really is disgusting that you don’t carry plus sizes or quite frankly normal sizes. People don’t need to be a size 3 to be fit and want to work out. I am planning to head back to the gym (after a childbearing hiatus) and yes, I am overweight, Searched for plus size LULU and came accross this. Really Sad and Elitist! Not building a good reputation amongst the normal population.

Comment by bee — April 13, 2011 @ 9:43 pm


I am so glad I have came across this, I have been saying to everyone I know that Lululemon needs bigger sizes. I love Lululemon especially the tops but I have a very hard time trying to get them to fit me; pants I can wear the stills and the groove but anything thing else is touch and go. I am a plus size, I have curves and I want to make them look go. I am also a hardcore shopper and more of my hard earned money would go here if they had the shirts to fit. After reading the comments posted and the lack of response from the Lulu team I will be less inclined to promote Lulu to all my friends and anyone I know. I live in Fort McMurray, AB and lots of people from here buy Lulu and spend lots. I will make sure to spend people somewhere else. Lack of space such a lame excuse its unreal! Craziness I am disgusted.

Comment by Jessica — April 17, 2011 @ 6:23 pm


I really agree that there needs to be smaller sizes available for men, particularly in the hoodies. The small is still a bit baggy for me, and I’m 5’6 on the slimmer, built side. I would love to have a men’s hoody that was a bit more on the fitted (but not tight) side.

Comment by sdesilva — April 20, 2011 @ 10:11 pm


I am a plus size girl and I sent a lengthy email to lulu about a year or so ago, about my frustrations wanting to wear lulu attire but not being able to fit into any of it and this is the response I got:

Hi Chelsea,

Thank you for sending your comments to us at lululemon athletica. We are always eager to hear from our guests and to listen to their concerns.
I would like to mention that our size range is 2 -12 for women and S-XXL for men. We appreciate that other guests would love our clothing and at the moment we only have limited store space for our product. We will keep your comments in mind for the future. Our choice in size range is in no way meant to offend anyone.
Thanks again for your feedback.
Kind Regards,
Carol
lululemon athletica
guest education centre
toll free: 1.877.263.9300
direct: 604.215.9300
fax: 604.874.6164

This is the email I sent:

To whom it may concern,

My name is Chelsea, and I recently started taking yoga classes and I’m enjoying it very much. I visited one of your stores at Polo Park Shopping Centre in Winnipeg in hopes of purchasing some high-quality yoga attire. Much to my dismay I realized that all of your women’s clothing goes up no higher than a size 12. This is quite a shame because I would be willing to spend lots of money in your store if it were more accomodating to women and men of all body types and sizes (or atleast a more vast range) I’d love to have cute and comfy lululemon outfits to wear, like the rest of the girls in my class, but sadly that’s not an option for me. I think that it would benefit your company if you were to produce larger sizes. I feel if you’re going to produce and sell reusable bags with positive self-mantras written on them, you should maybe consider broadening your demographic, so you’re practicing what you preach. If Lulu were to produce larger sizes, not only would your company gain more customers and make more money, but it would send the positive message that Lululemon wants their customers to feel healthy, beautiful and happy with themselves no matter what size they wear. It may even encourage them to be more active and try activities out like yoga, and be fashion savvy doing so.

Thank you,

Chelsea

Comment by Chelsea — April 27, 2011 @ 2:20 am


The size of your average woman is no longer a 2 or 4. Please consider expanding your sizes and get the message out to all women that you can exercise, and look good at any size. Expand your size range PLEASE :)

Comment by Vinessa — May 4, 2011 @ 5:35 pm


By expanding your size you would expand your sales so PLEASE expand your size for real,curvy and healthy women.

Comment by Cathy — May 22, 2011 @ 1:21 am


i don’t really understand what the space in your stores has to do with not being able to carry larger sizes. why don’t you just cut back on the smaller sizes in some of the stores? how come there’s only room for the smaller end of the size spectrum? i’m a size 12 in your pants and i find it very difficult to find things in stock. i don’t want to have to sqeeze myself into a size 10 in order to buy your product.

Comment by serena — May 31, 2011 @ 6:54 pm


I think you should offer a broader size range online only if the retail space is the problem. A lot of other companies offer this, american eagle offers bigger sizes online and same with old navy. It would just be nice to be able to find some quality flattering work out wear when you’re a real XL in clothes. We get it, the skinny girl club has always been exclusive but come on, just try out bigger sizes online to see what kind of feedback you get from it.

Comment by Reegan — June 14, 2011 @ 10:59 am


I don’t know why people are bothering to complain about the lack of sizing here. Speak with your money, people. Athleta, Champion, Nike, and more all have larger sizes. I’m not going to beg someone to carry a size to fit me, I’m going to spend my money where they recognize that people of all sizes should get to wear cute workout clothes. I, along with many people who wear size 14+, will spend good money just to find cute clothes, and I’m totally ok not spending it with a company who can’t see that they’re cutting out a HUGE market by not going past a size 12. (But an XXL for men? Really? Because it’s ok for men to be bigger, but not women?)

Comment by Lindsey — July 3, 2011 @ 8:41 am


I absolutely love the look of your clothes, but not a single item I tried on fit. It would be great to offer XS or even XXS clothes for the guys. After all, we’re talking yoga here, where a lot of those practicing are fairly trim.

What about even offering these options online only if they can’t be accommodated in stores?

Comment by Matt — August 12, 2011 @ 8:49 pm


My comment got deleted, probably because Lulu didn’t like what I had to say:

I love my Lululemon clothing, but the “lack of space” excuse to carry larger sizes is exactly that: AN EXCUSE. I’ve been into stores in 4 states and 2 countries and every single store I’ve been in has a sitting area with multiple stuffed chairs, large fitting room areas with an alterations space and large folding tables.

Lululemon is just refusing to acknowledge that the average woman is a size 12+, and therefore limiting their fan base and profits.

Comment by L — September 4, 2011 @ 9:22 am


I would like to add my voice to the chorus of people saying to go up to a size 18. To Lindsey, our money IS going elsewhere, we are not buying size 12 just to have lululemon! And I also must agree that saying you have a small retail space is not a good reason to not roll out more sizes!!! A little frustrating. These comments have been coming for at least a year now. How many people walk into a lululemon, realize it only goes up to a 12, and walk out forever? It really would be a win/win situation to carry a few sizes up.

Comment by Jessica — September 6, 2011 @ 9:01 pm


I absolutely love yoga pants and like every comment on here lulu do not fit. You think that if you had all this feedback maybe you consider making plus sizes and if you say you dont have the retail space at least make it available online to us. You would make a killing on bigger sized clothing, I just think its a image issue your company has.

Comment by Tiffany — October 17, 2011 @ 1:32 pm


Hi there,

I love the way the luon pant fits but I’ve noticed that they are pilling quite a bit, so I have moved away from that pant.
I will say that I absolutely love the studio pant but they do stretch out a bit and can become saggy. I would recommend either putting a tag where the sizing is letting people know this can happen with this type of pant and to try a size down. The staff is usually pretty good about telling the customers this can happen when they are trying them on, but sometimes it gets missed (as in my case)

Thank you.

Comment by Heather — November 6, 2011 @ 12:10 pm


Does lulu sell garment bags? Some of the shirts are delicate and get holes easily in the wash, adding a garment bag at the till is something I would purchase.

Comment by Heather — November 6, 2011 @ 12:12 pm


Extended sizes, please! Even when I’m a size 10, nothing fits my bust. Now that I’ve put on some weight, NOTHING of yours fits. It’s frustrating. People who need to get fit the most have the fewest options in clothing.
Also wish your pricing was a little more reasonable, especially when buying sets of clothing.
Thank you.

Comment by Palisades — November 30, 2011 @ 7:52 am


Hi I would like to add with the women above about the size issues. I fit perfectly in to the size 12 tops ( I have a larger bust ) but I find it very irritating that I can never find anything in my size. I find a shirt I like in the store and they are always sold out of size 10 and 12.. The girls that work there say well you can order it online but it’s sold out there to. Every time I shop there there are 100 of them in size 6 just waiting for no one to buy them but size 10 and 12 or picked over.. If you are only going to make them up to a size 12 can you atleast make enough for the women who want to buy them. If I could find my size in the shirts and hoodies I would spend $500 every time I went in your store but I can’t so I dont. It seems to me you are missing the very basic point of business which is supply and demand.

Comment by Laura — December 22, 2011 @ 10:50 pm


I have two comments and a question for you.

Comment #1

Whenever I go online to look at the new items they are always sold out in my size (12), if they are even available. Especially in the basic colours (e.g. black and grey). In fact items will be sold out online the day I receive the “new arrivals” email…

Perhaps a backorder option or an “email me when this item is back in stock” option would be helpful (as would more online inventory, especially larger sizes).

Comment #2

I agree with the comments above about increasing the size range (as well as inventory of items in those sizes). Especially loose fitting pants such as the Still pant, tanks, wrap jackets, jackets, bras.

Question

What happened to all the cute dancewear that was online at the end of 2011?

Thanks!

Comment by Jacalyn — January 5, 2012 @ 6:22 pm


Hey Jacalyn,
Thanks for taking the time to share this with us. That’s great feedback for us hearing that you find your size is regularly sold out. I’ll be sure to pass on your feedback about wanting a ‘back in stock’ notification email and to have the size range increased.

In regards to the dance wear, these items were part of a unique dance capsule our designers released only for that specific season. From time to time our designers like to release a unique capsule which focuses on an area other than run and yoga. It’s possible we will see another dance capsule in future, so keep your eyes out for it.

~Jenna

Comment by GEC Online — January 11, 2012 @ 10:39 am


Would like to see more plus size clothing…. I would love to be able to by a hoodie but I can’t get any to fit me …… Hope you can help me out

Comment by Chantell — January 15, 2012 @ 10:29 pm


Being a teenager, and 6’1 and a half, I can NEVER find clothes long enough, ever. So, I LOVE that you guys have workout pants in size tall. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make the Wunder Under pants in size tall, I would love it. I can never find leggings long enough, so if I have lululemon (a very popular brand at my school. Good for you :P) pants, that look amazing, and are better than leggings, but with the look of them, I’d wear them everyday. And if you could also consider making longer versions of your hoodies (Scuba hoodie, anyone? <3)for the actual length of the sweater, and the arm length, then it would be absolutely fantastic. Please? (:

Comment by Janet — January 16, 2012 @ 4:42 pm


Personally I hope you that you do not bow to this pressure and keep going like you have been. I don’t fit very well in your clothes now but it is a motivating factor to me. All these posts look like a bunch of whining to me when their time would be much better spent making healthier meals and exercising. Wake up people – you are disgracing yourself. These people just don’t get it.

Comment by Marissa — February 10, 2012 @ 5:48 am


Why do your sizes only go to a 12/14?? I find that highly unacceptable as most women these days are heavier. Clearly the Lululemon brand is discriminating against larger women. I am a plus size woman who loves yoga and works out 5 days a week. Id love to wear lululemon but cant because the clothes dont fit and when a plus sized person walks into a store the staff stare them down.

MAKE SOME CHANGES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Megan — March 18, 2012 @ 10:57 pm


Hi Megan,

Our business model focuses on smaller, boutique-style retail stores, which in turn limits the size range we can offer within each style and colour. We are always open to design feedback about the products and sizes we offer, and I have forwarded your comments along to our design team to let them know that you would love to see us offer larger sizes in the future. I’m sorry to hear about your store experience as well. We’d love to chat about your experience and provide your feedback to the store you were in. If you can reach out to us at the Guest Education Centre (1.877.263.9300) we’d love to chat.

~ Siya
GEC Online

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — March 20, 2012 @ 8:35 am


Hi there,
The plus-size clothing market is quite a lucrative one to branch into. If you enter a plus size clothing store such a Penningtons or AdditonElle you can find clothing sized X-4X being sold for twice (or triple) the price of clothing of similar quality in ‘regular’ sizes.
Bearing this in mind it would seem that Lululemon would make a CONSIDERABLE amount of money if they developed a plus sized line.
Is store space a problem? Launch a new store catered specifically to plus sized gals or make the line available online or for special order. Lululemon could probably get away with charging more for these plus sized products and plus-sized consumers would gladly pay the price for the privilege of owning a quality brand name product that FITS. It is a sad but realistic marketing truth.
I am obviously a ‘plus-sized’ person and find it interesting that your company caters to larger men but will not cater to larger women and cite ’boutique store sized and style’ as an issue. Despite the many, many comments here begging for larger sizes I believe that the real test will be when these women pay for yoga and workout wear elsewhere.
Good luck, Lululemon. You have a beautiful brand that exists on word of mouth and brand-value – make sure you value those who consume and love your product (regardless of size!!!).

Comment by Kim — March 20, 2012 @ 4:11 pm


The fact that a vast majority of the comments here are asking for larger sizes is proof that the interest is there for a plus size line. However, I find the fact that Lulu classifies someone who is size 12 as an XL insulting. They obviously do not want “fat” people wearing their clothes. I’d rather take my business elsewhere – where someone size 12+ will feel valued!!

Comment by Christa — March 22, 2012 @ 7:33 pm


Hi there,
Me again! I just did some more research on Lululemon and the plus-sized debate and found this enlightening article from the Calgary Herald from 2005 that explains Chip Wilson’s stance on the plus-sized gal:
‘”Lululemon founder and CEO Chip Wilson says it takes 30 per cent more fabric to put together larger sizes. That stretchy fabric doesn’t come cheap, and he believes women looking for those larger sizes aren’t willing to shell out the extra money.

“It’s a money loser, for sure,” he says. “I understand their plight, but it’s tough.”

If Wilson charged more for plus-size clothes to recoup costs, he’s sure he would be taken to the human rights commission. Plus-size people, he says, are very sensitive.’
http://bodacious1.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=CalgaryHerald&action=display&thread=36

This, of course, doesn’t explain why Lululemon carries mens’ clothing in plus sizes and still seems to be making a profit AND still manages to make room for them in the cool boutique stores.

This is from 2005, however, and Mr. Wilson is no longer CEO. Also, since 2004 Lululemon has been sourcing out the production of products to places such as United States, China, Israel, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Peru, and Indonesia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lululemon_Athletica
With such outsourcing saving the company money you’d imagine that the extra 30% of fabric wouldn’t seem so expensive anymore.

Anyway, that article from the Calgary Sun gives links to other stores that carry quality yoga/workout wear for women up to size 24. Let’s get skinny using those clothes, ladies! Then we can shop at Lulu!! :)

Comment by Kim — March 23, 2012 @ 11:02 am


The fact that all of the comments requesting larger sizes all seem to be ignored just implies that Lulu does not think us larger gals are worthy enough to wear their clothing! Last time I checked, XL is not as size 12.
You keep giving a pathetic excuse that your current business plan does not have room for extended sizes, yet you ignore the wonderful idea that maybe you at least offer extended sizes for purchase online.
It’s a shame, you have really sute comfortable looking clothing, but I guess someone else will be getting my money….

Comment by Erica — April 8, 2012 @ 7:30 pm


I am yet another person requesting larger sizes. I see the responses to the request. “I will forward to design team”. But I also see these comments date back 2 years. How long is it going to take? If you are not going to do it, just be honest!!!! I am a size 14 flirting down to a 12. I started working out heavily 2 months ago and have lost 30lbs. I am still losing and hopefully will be able to wear more lulu stuff in the future. I am currently able to wear a size 12 groove pant. I currently workout 7days a week sometimes twice a day. Thats a lot of workout clothes I need which would be a lot of revenue for you! I have been thinking of buying some stock in this company, if larger sizes were introduced it would be a no brainier!

Comment by Ashleigh — May 19, 2012 @ 6:18 am


Love, love, love Lululemon!!…but always wonder why, in stores and online the size 8-12′s sell out so fast while there are always size 2,4 available…I’m a stats person and it would be interesting to see what size sells the most …. it would be great for you to produce more of the larger sizes or even more than you anticipate AS WELL AS perhaps having a plus size for those well endowed and beautiful ladies out there. Please have available more larger sizes. Thanks!

Comment by Judy — May 20, 2012 @ 11:44 am


Like many other posts, I would like to see an expanded size option. I wear a 10/12 pant and a 12/14 top (darn boobs). I am self-conscious about my weight right now and so something super tight is not going to make me feel better. But I also don’t want to wear a tent. A nice fitted jacket, tank, T etc. would be great to be form-fitting without exposing EVERY bulge. Thanks for any consideration. I now you want a certain image and at 47 I probably am not it. But you are missing a huge percent of the population who has money to spend on good clothes.

Comment by Trish — September 17, 2012 @ 10:21 am


The explanation that you run small, boutique-style stores does no explain why you cannot sell an expanded range of sizes through your website. Many, many stores do this to expand on their in-store offerings. If Lululemon chooses not to serve full-figured women, it’s reasonable to assume that you want to keep your brand targeted to thin women for branding purposes.

Comment by Heather — December 4, 2012 @ 8:35 am


I really think plus sizing would be great. I buy tons of nike in plus sizes, but want more stylish options. There are a lot of full figured girls who are working their tails off (literally :)) to get more fit, and want to wear fashion forward workout wear like lulu. I would be the first to purchase–so let me know if you end up adding a few plus size options.

Comment by Elizabeth — January 5, 2013 @ 9:08 am


I see the lobbying for large sizes has been going on for 3 years now, and nothing has been done. Lululemon, your message is loud and clear.

Comment by Elaine — January 20, 2013 @ 6:39 pm


I have been following the blog posts that date back many years regarding larger sizes and have seen lulu’s stock answer posted over and over again. Although we keep asking, lulu is nt answering. I am surprised no one has posted links to other companies that we can get larger sized (and nice!) workout gear….has anyone found some great sites to help the rest of s out?

Comment by Karen — January 22, 2013 @ 6:51 pm


Visit Lucy.com!
Atleast they carry a true XL! Very cute workout gear. Somehow Lucy can make money selling to plus sized?

Comment by Karen — February 24, 2013 @ 1:35 pm


Hi,
I would love to see your clothing go to a size 14. I workout everyday and spend a lot of money of workout clothes. I do not even go into your store because I know that nothing will fit. I would love to be able to walk into a lululemon store, and not feel bad about myself because I do not fit into your workout gear!

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