That headline may seem like hyperbole, but it is what went through my mind last week when I was sorting my clean yoga clothes.
There, among non-branded shorts and T-shirts, like some sort of harsh rebuke, were one red T-shirt, a pair of shorts and a pair of pants. Both of those, of course, black.
This is Lululemon after all.
So, yes. I own a few. But, in my defense — we’ll get to why I again need to defend myself in a second — all were bought extremely early in the yoga practicing “career.” We’ve, Bobbie and I both, have moved on, far on, since then.
Here’s the thing. Those early Lululemon clothes? They’re nigh-on indestructible. And when you don’t wear them often — I pull them out either when everything else is dirty or, in the case of the pants, when I’m expecting the morning to be extra chilly — that nigh-on because nigh-on “entirely.” (As in “entirely indestructible,” from which any grammarian readers are sure to recoil.)
Now, the more recent Lululemon clothes? They might not be as hardy, as we all know. But, as I said in my defense, we don’t own any from later than 2009, probably.
Now, to needing to defend myself for owning any. We’ve got another Lululemon-gate:
Eight months after the company he founded had a big public relations problem because too much of some women’s backsides could be seen through its yoga pants, Lululemon founder Chip Wilson has put the story back in the news.
“Quite frankly, some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” in Lululemon’s pants, Wilson said this week on Bloomberg Television’s Street Smart.
“It’s about the rubbing through the thighs,” he added, and “how much pressure is there.”
Asked by Bloomberg’s rather surprised looking Trish Regan if he’s saying that “not every woman can wear a Lululemon yoga pant,” Wilson recovered somewhat, saying, “No, I think they can, I just think it’s how you use them.”
And oh, is the Interweb having its fun with that. Rightfully so. I’ll let you find them, if you so desire.
But I bring things back to the, I hope, implicit question at the heart — the bitter, Randian heart, I guess — of this post: Do we have to toss out our perfectly good (and let’s face it, the early Lululemon stuff is better than “perfectly good”), but old, Lululemon wear?
As we always say: Ashtanga is hard. So is figuring out what to wear.
Posted by Steve