Magic Pants: A Case For High-Quality Athletic Clothing

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My LuluLemon love affair traces back to mid-high school, when my brother found a retail position with them at a store close to his college campus. From that moment on, our family enjoyed three or four years of milking their rare but glorious employee discount. Lulu has some pretty strict rules on using the employee discount for other people—but on the few days a year employees could use it for others, we definitely took advantage!

Once my brother graduated Pepperdine and left his job at Lulu, my bank account and Lulu’s prices unfortunately no longer saw eye-to-eye. I found myself in a little predicament: Do I drop the cash and reap the quality? Or be frugal, wistfully wishing for the sweat-wicking/ soft-as-ever Lulu clothes?

Here are 3 reasons that going for high-quality athletic clothing is absolutely worth it:

1. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

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This may seem obvious, but when you spend money on name-brand athletic clothing, you get what you pay for. I don’t take this position all the way across the board with big-name brands; I’m usually very much opposed to spending hundreds on plain white t-shirts when you can find an equally nice alternative at Buffalo Exchange for twelve dollars. But when it comes to work-out clothes, personally I find motivation and confidence when the clothes I wear support the movements I do! Lulu has such a wide range of fabrics and designs specifically tailored toward certain kinds of activity: wear the Align Pant (affectionately nicknamed “magic pants” by me and my mom, hence the title of this article.) for low-intensity workouts like yoga or pilates, or if you’re a runner, the Pace Rival Crop is a super great investment! There’s something for every kind of work out, and I think to put your money towards clothes that you know you’ll get good use out of.

2. SALE SALE SALE

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Like I said, the employee discount can be a lovely (albeit, rare) perk. But for those of us who don’t have connections or work for Lulu, it’s always good to be on the lookout for deals! Boxing Day sales are always incredible, but after this Canadian holiday has come and gone, you can purchase Lulu clothes AND please your pocketbook through resale sites like Poshmark or Mercari. It may take a little searching, but it’s absolutely worth it!

3. MOTIVATION

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Let’s be real. If you spend $60 on a workout top, there’s a lot more incentive to actually wear it… which means there’s more incentive to actually work out. You don’t need to load your closet and break the bank to force yourself into working out, but I think a few great items can be enough to motivate and excite you to living a healthy and active lifestyle. Just speaking from my own experience (as somebody who could maybe use the extra push to work out), putting on clothes that feel great through any activity can create the positive mindset I need to head down to B-Fit!

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Over the years, I’ve accumulated two Lulu workout tops and three different kinds of pants. Five articles of clothing could be a lot for some and not much for others, but I am so beyond pleased with each item I have from Lulu. And for an added bonus, they have a long lifespan! So if you’re wanting to take the plunge, I say go for it.

You won’t regret it!


Jenna Luck

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