Style Trial: Naked pants and other Lululemon Sensations

Style Trial: Naked pants and other Lululemon Sensations

Do a pair of naked pants really feel naked? Can workout-wear really leave you feeling hugged? Elizabeth trialed Lululemon’s new pant wall sensations to find out.

By Elizabeth Best | 29th October 2015

Activewear, activewear, doing everything in my activewear.

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This week I’m throwing off my regular clothes in favour of a week-long trial of Lululemon’s new pant wall sensations. Wanna feel naked? Done. Hugged? Done. Tight, Held In or Relaxed? Done, done, done. Can I get away with wearing activewear all week long? Will I long for a dress or skirt to set me free? Will I really feel naked in my pants?

NAKED PANTS

As I leave the house today, bag slung over my arm, I can’t help but think I’m forgetting something. Keys? Check. Wallet? Check. Phone? Check. Pants? Ah, pants. Well… sort of check. You see, today I’m going to work naked from the waist down – Lululemon Naked.

Today I’ve chosen the Naked Sensation Align pant. I have to say, despite being 100 percent certain I have pants on, there are times where – save for a teeny seam brushing against my leg – it actually does feel like I’m wearing nothing at all. But while the pants feel so, erm, free, they actually look just like a regular pair of black tights; perfect for office-to-workout transitions.

Next, it’s time to put the tights to work at a yoga class. Despite the fact that doing a downward dog in someone else’s face felt slightly more awkward than usual – horrific images of nude stretching playing through my head – the pants performed. They melded into my body while giving me the freedom to stretch and move with zero restrictions. Look out, world, I might just stay Naked.

HUGGED

The Wunder Under Crop Hi Rise pant is built to feel like a “warm embrace from a friend”.  My first thought is “um, not really sure I WANT any friend embracing my bottom half, warmly or otherwise.”  Do I really want a pair of pants hugging my butt all day? The answer is yes. Yes, I do.

These babies are built to eliminate muffin top (PRAISE THE PANT GODS) and give you an extra boost of coverage (and courage, apparently) when you’re doing any workout, thanks to their hugged sensation. But do they provide emotional support too? Don’t laugh; they sorta do.

See, I am quite self-conscious about my little muffin top and enjoyed the way these pants smoothed down the lumps and bumps. Covering my tummy troubles kinda made me feel a little more confident than usual when tackling my weekly Pilates class. Shirt riding up? So what? My pants had it covered.

At least I know my pants will always hug me back. (Post continues after image)

Lululemon pants

(L to R) Wunder Under Hi-Rise, Tight Stuff Tight, All The Right Places Crop, Align Pant. Not pictured: Studio Pant II.

TIGHT

Wow. When a pant name has the word tight it in twice (Tight Stuff 7/8 Tight), you know they mean business. I can just get my feet through the end of these pants when I get stuck. They. Won’t. Budge.

The lovely educators at Lululemon James Street (they’re not shop assistants, don’t you know?) inform me I can’t just pull these tights up like normal pants, I have to kind of ease them on like stockings. I painstakingly ease them up and over my thighs and hips. TIGHT.

This is a good thing, the educators inform me, as they’re supposed to compress everything and keep my joints and body feeling “locked and loaded” so my muscles are engaged and ready to work out.

When I go for a run, I can immediately feel the difference. My legs feel springier, somehow. I also feel like this is going to be good resistance training, as I almost need to run “through” the compression of the pants. I’m definitely noticing which muscles are engaged, and when, and really getting a sense of how my body moves.

But TBH, I’m pretty sure my belly whispered “I’m free!” when I rolled the pants off after training. I think the Tight Stuff pant is made for those more hardcore athletic than I.

HELD IN

Can you have a pair of pants as your new BFF? Because I pretty much never want to take these off. When Lululemon say the sensation here is “Held In”, what they’re really saying is “You know those jiggly bits you hate that wobble every time you exercise? We’re gonna sort those out for you. You’re welcome!”

Unlike the Tight sensation, which just feel tight all over, The All the Right Places tights make me feel supported in the hips, abs, bum and thighs (all the bits you want “Held In”) and free in other areas.

RELAXED

As much as I love me a good pair of tights, it was kind of great to wear a pair of loose-fitting pants at the end of the week. The Dance Studio II pant was my pant of choice today. These styles are all about lightness and being comfortable, with the material sitting away from your body.

Inspired by the name, I decide to take my new bottoms along to a dance class. Rather than perform in them, I’m going to slip them on when I’ve left class. My biggest worry with post-dance outfits is that I sweat like NO-ONE’S business and whatever poor item I pull on post-class is going to suffer.

The first thing I notice is that the leg length is way too long on a stumpy thing like me. I use the little drawstring at the pant hem to try to pull them up higher but they keep slipping down. Yet another pair of pants I need to get altered before I wear them. Sigh. But the lightweight breezy fabric gives my sweaty body some excellent ventilation, which I guess is their main purpose, and I don’t look too much like I’m wearing my activewear, activewear on the way home.

THE VERDICT

After a week of pant sensations, it’s a tie for my favourite sensation between Held In and Naked. Yes, you heard it here first: I like feeling naked in public. My main reason for loving the Naked Sensation Align pant was that I could wear it as a pair of black tights pre-workout and no-one could tell I was wearing exercise gear. And the “Held In” All The Right Places pant? Well, it does what it says on the label and all my workout wobble woes are over!

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Article by Elizabeth Best

Elizabeth is the former Digital Editor of Style Magazines. She knew she wanted to be a journalist from the age of six and has spent the past decade working for some of Australia's top publications. She also thinks mint chocolate is a gift straight from the heavens.

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