Monday, November 18, 2013

Lululemon vs The World

It is no secret that I am a Lululemon lovah from waaaaaaaaaaaaay back.
I've bought, worn, sold on eBay and bought more enough times that I seriously couldn't put a # on the amount of $ I have spent and subsequently made back (from selling; AMAZING that Lulu's most popular pieces have a VERY good resale value as long as its in great condition).  For the record MOST of what I sell ends up being pieces or patterns I buy, then wear once or twice; decide I don't like it, so I sell it.  Most often I get what I paid for it, sometimes even more than retail.
Lulu fanatics are cray yo.
And I am one of them.
So unless you have been living under a rock, don't watch TV, don't use social media, you know all the hoopla of late over the CEO making a statement in an interview that in my opinion, people took WAY out of context.
I don't know, I am of the thinking that society in general seems to be uber sensitive about EVERYTHING, or they are those that just like to be in the middle of whatever controversy whether they honestly agree with it, or for that matter, care.
So here's the deal.  So far, the ONLY blogs, tweets, FB status' that I have seen on this matter, quite frankly are those that fall out of the Lululemon demographic, the media (to stir shit up), or the ones I mentioned above: that just like to get their .02 cents in on EVERYTHING.
I don't get all worked up about it, except I did get a little peeved when I read two girls blog (Cant remember which ones now), where both of them wrote basically 'break up' letters to Lululemon.  Even though one girl stated right off the bat that she hadnt been able to fit in Lululemon yet, but it was a goal, but now she didn't want to be able to fit into Lululemon after all.
She further went on to state that she wished women who could wear Lululemon should be up in arms and how disrespectful and should see what a stain we put on our gender if we keep purchasing...
Um.  No.
YOU don't get to shame me (which is how I felt reading it) because I CAN wear Lululemon.
I don't go all half wit crazy because I can't shop at Lane Bryant.  Or in any number of other stores that cater to the larger womens sizes.
Someone on Twitter said I cannot make that comparison because Lane Bryant is open about their demographic.
Um. So is Lululemon.
And Ambercrombie & Fitch.
Among MANY others I might add.
But the difference is that people get more all up in cray-mode when someone shames or calls it like they see it about 'fat' people.
Look, I hate the F word.  I have enough issues with my body perception etc., that I am highly sensitive to it all.
But at the end of the day, whoever starts up a company, chooses the merchandise they are going to sell, at the end of the day, its THEIR business.
Choose to shop or boycott whoever.  I don't give a flying flipper fuck.

Every week I wait for Tuesday so I can see the new product drop.  I follow so many Lulu blogs where folks get the scoop on whats coming out each week, month or even in the next season.

At the end of the day, their product ROCKS (sans you know that little production issue they had with the yoga pants issue earlier this year), is the cutest patootiest, and I like my fashion, even when it comes to fitness clothes, especially running! 
But don't make it about ALL women and that we have a duty to band together?  Or else we should be demonized for thinking with our own heads, hearts and wallet.

Hey, its not my fault you cannot wear below a size 12.  I can't wear over my size either without looking like a buffoon, but you don't hear me whining about it.
I'll buy Lululemon till the cows come home.  Some dude telling it like it is, isn't going to change that.
The end.


Jess said...

I LOVE this!!! As a former Lane Bryant shopper - and one who is SO GLAD I can't shop there anymore - I was never offended that stores like Lulu didn't make things in my size. Like you said, that's their demographic! Would people feel better if they made a Lulu plus-sized store?!

(also I own zero Lulu - but that's because I'm cheap!)

saroy said...

I've never bought any Lulu stuff. Based on their sizing chart, I could probably wear an XL -- or could have before I had a kid and was actually running with any kind of consistency, lol! -- but I'm not sure since I've never tried it on.

I really wish I could wear their stuff because I hear so many people rave about it! And if they added a size larger, I'd probably buy their stuff, but I'm not going to get pissy because they don't.

I tend to agree with you that society as a whole is overly sensitive these days.

Becka said...

This is the best post ever. I agree with you. NOTHING is one size fits all...