10 Brands Like Lululemon to Shop Right Now
Athleisure and performance wear in one place? Thanks, Lululemon, you have spoiled us for wearing anything else over the past year as we putter around the house, do Zoom workouts, and have field trips to the grocery store for fun. Now that we’re actually venturing out into the wide world, we’re ready to mix up the fitness-flavored Lulu pieces we’ve trawled the secret sale section for. We’re ready to browse a broader selection from other stores that also have quality construction, tech know-how, and a great fit. (You know, because we’re maybe not wanting to wear shiny lycra neon leopard print leggings to our kid’s t-ball game, but we’d still like something contemporary and sporty.) Here are the brands like Lululemon we’re loving that have that understated, cool vibe we love.
Fans of Lululemon’s running shorts and compression tights will want to shop Tracksmith, a Boston-based company started in 2014 that’s devoted to amateur running. Today the brand, which has former bigwigs at Puma and Patagonia in tops slots, maintains a strictly edited, slightly preppie core collection of running essentials. Their compressive session tights , super-lightweight twilight shorts, and ultra-comfortable featherweight twilight tank made of Italian-engineered nylon-blend micro-mesh are noteworthy.
If you’re all about looking sporty but not always being sporty you want athleisure that’s long on comfort, super-flattering, and features natural fibers. Bandier’s WSLY brand is your first stop for tanks and tees, especially the blink-and-it-sells-out Rivington ribbed tank, a hangs-so-it-looks-expensive weekend tee, and even a casual knit tank dress. Their ecosoft cotton joggers are carefully streamlined to the body in a similar way to our favorite flattering Lulu sweats.
3. Sweaty Betty
Lululemon first made its name by designing butt-enhancing workout leggings that became the choice for fashionable yogis. British brand Sweaty Betty makes an equally rear-end rounding and lifting All-Day Workout Legging that is as streamlined as the pairs that first caused Lulu to be a craze in the U.S. What’s also nice about SB is that they offer their designs in full-length and 7/8 length, which shows a similar sensitivity to shorter-limbed people as Lululemon, which offers many styles in 25-, 28- and 31-inch iterations.
Performance yoga wear that comes in a wide range of fabrications describes both Lululemon and Alo. You might want to wear a second-skin, sheen-flecked Airlift crop top in your hot yoga class, or a matte pair of Airbrush black leggings to run errands in and then wind down with a stretch class. And the waffle weave pieces? They’re perfect for post-class just like that beloved knit cotton Lululemon hoodie.
Runners, cross-trainers, and chilly types of all kinds swear by the sturdy and attractive Lululemon Swiftly Tech long-sleeved top and the looser but still long-sleeved Swiftly Breathe. We’re similarly impressed by the stretchy lightweight comfort of the Nike Pacer and Nike Infinite long sleeve as well as the slightly cropped Nike Icon Clash. They are all made of technical fabric that wicks moisture and have thumbholes to keep the sleeves taut until we’re warmed up, tying the whole thing around our waist, and hopefully hitting our mid-run endorphin high.
6. Outdoor Voices
For the lover of Lulu’s athletic skirts, this hipster-leaning brand has innovated the Exercise Dress, which is a hybrid golf-tennis skirt plus an adjustable racerback tank top in subdued neutrals, purple, and even leopard print. It’s a whole vibe, and we’re feeling like the built-in shorts liner prepares us for anything the park has to throw at us, from a yoga sesh to a post-picnic nap right on the blanket.
7. MPG Sport
The just-launched Lululemon Earth Dye collection is full of comfy loungeable pieces in tie-dye — basically, everyday sweats gone groovy. It brings to mind the MPG Sport oversized sweatshirt and sweatpants in aqua-beige and black tie-dye fabrics. It’s a hippie urban vibe that reads completely Summer 2021.
Shopping for a sports bra is usually a take-what-you-can-get affair. Sadly, limited selection and lack of details seem to be an industry standard. That’s why we’re impressed by the wide selection at Lululemon, where more than 45 bras are broken down by neckline, cup size, and special design suitable for yoga, training, or running. So props to Fabletics for featuring even more bras to choose from, and sorting them by suitability for low, medium, and high impact.
10. Girlfriend Collective
We love eco-conscious Girlfriend Collective (its leggings are made of recycled water bottles) for its tawny colorways (the moss, earth, and midnight colorways definitely have Lululemon vibes) as well as its size inclusiveness, with options up to 6XL.