Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dear Lululemon: I'm so over you!

Since I started working out, I've moderately coveted Lululemon workout clothing.  I couldn't wait until I was small enough to fit into some of it.  It was a goal that I aspired to for a long time.

No longer.

Here's the deal:

Last year I went to a Lululemon store near my dear SIL.  She is a personal trainer to fairly affluent clients, and Lulu is like a uniform for her.  Every piece fits her perfectly.  I'd hate her if I didn't love her so damn much.

Anyway...

I needed a bra.  Badly.  When she lost a bunch of weight, a friend had given me what was once a fairly good running bra.  She wore it for a long while, and then I wore it to death.  The Velcro wouldn't hold anymore, and the straps would constantly fall down during runs.

My SIL and I hit the store near her (awesome) house. I was surprised to find a 38DD in the store.   It was called the Ta-Ta Tamer II.  I tried it on, it fit and I have loved it ever since.  (I also bought a long-sleeve shirt with thumb holes for cold weather runs.  It was on the clearance rack.  SCORE!!!  It was still $56 on clearance, but it was Lulu...I was now awesome!)

A few months ago I finally decided that I needed to get at least 1 more.  So I looked online, and unfortunately they were out of all 38DDs.  I assumed it was a temporary thing, so I tabled it and decided to check back later.  Which I did...but still out.  Checked again a few weeks after that...still out.  Checked again...still out.  12 colors, and not a single 38DD.

Did I forget to mention that 38DD is the largest size they carry?

Did a little research on their website and the TaTa Tamer II is the only bra they carry that supports anything over a C cup.  At the time that I originally looked on this comparison chart, it said that the size range was 32C-38DD.



Finally I sent an email to the company asking when they would be back in stock.  This is the response I got:

Hi Stephanie, 

Thanks for taking the time to reach out to us at lululemon athletica. We got your other email and we understand that you are looking for more 38DD Ta Ta Tamer Bras. Our goal is to provide our guests with a wide selection of technical and functional athletic apparel. In order to achieve this goal, some garments will have a shorter lifetime than others. We're never too sure what we will see restocked or new again as our designers never give us a heads up or prior notification. So we wouldn't know when or even if we will be seeing the 38DD Ta Ta Tamer Bra back in stock. I'll let our designers know that you would love to see them back! 


Don't forget you can also sign up for our product notification emails which let you know what new styles and colours we have uploaded on our website weekly. You can sign up for our emails at the following link: https://shop.lululemon.com/secure/account/mailinglist.jsp. Our stores also offer email notifications, you can find all your local stores, contact information, and email sign up at our store locator page, http://www.lululemon.com/stores/
Cheers, Olivia



It seems all on the up and up, but shortly thereafter they changed the size range to 32C-36DD.  So there are no more larger bras in their product line.

Here is how their response was translated in my head:

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for taking the time to reach out to us at lululemon athletica. We got your other email and we understand that you are looking for more 38DD Ta Ta Tamer Bras. Our goal is to provide our SKINNY guests with a wide selection of technical and functional athletic apparel. In order to achieve this goal, some LARGER garments will have a shorter lifetime than others. We're never too sure what we will see restocked or new again as SURE our designers never WANT OUR LOGO ON THE BACK OF ANYONE WITH FAT ROLLS give us a heads up or prior notification. So we wouldn't know HIGHLY DOUBT when or even if we will be seeing the 38DD Ta Ta Tamer Bra back in stock. I'll let our designers know that you would love to see them back BE SKINNY LIKE YOUR SISTER-IN-LAW!

Don't forget you can also sign up for our product notification emails which let you know what new styles and colours we have uploaded on our website weekly. You can sign up for our emails at the following link: https://shop.lululemon.com/secure/account/mailinglist.jsp. Our stores also offer email notifications, you can find all your local stores, contact information, and email sign up at our store locator page, http://www.lululemon.com/stores/.  BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH

Cheers LAY OFF THE DONUTS,
Olivia



I realize that companies have a right to seek a certain clientele.  They don't have to be equal opportunity retailers.  But I have also seen some of the bobble-boob women wearing lululemon workout gear.  Their bodies are a 2 and their cup size is a DD.  They have the hubbie's credit card, working out and spray tanning are their vocations and probably have a different lulu outfit for every day of the month.

Lululemon Athletica may not want fat girls in their stores, but by no longer offering DDs, are they not excluding their surgically enhanced clientele from buying the Ta Ta Taming they deserve as well?

And who the hell signs an email with "Cheers" anyway?

2 comments:

  1. you made me smile! As you usually do with your blogging Rants
    I know how you feel when you find something you really like & then it is not made anymore...I am going to get a donut out of the freezer now Thanks for putting that thought in my head LOL!

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  2. Ugh, so true! Lets start our own line of fat people workout clothes with pithy saying on them. :)

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