I resisted hopping on the Lululemon train for a while; like many others, the high price point held me back. Then one day on an impulse, I bought my first pair of leggings (Swift Speed, if you’re curious) and immediately understood the appeal. The athletic-wear juggernaut, known first for its array of leggings, has exploded into all categories, including exercise dresses, sports bras, and even shoes.

Variety is the spice of life and all that, but endless options can make deciding what is worth the investment or figuring out what to try first more difficult. We did the leg (plus, arms, butt, and abs) work to test and review an assortment of the brand’s offerings to find the items that deserve to move onto your buy-next list.

Most Universally Loved

lululemon High-Rise Pants

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Why We Like It: The fan-favorite leggings come in a wide size, and length, range.

It’s Worth Noting: These are super stretchy and fit big.

If you’re looking for a place to start on your Lululemon journey, the Align Leggings are one of the brand’s top-sellers — and our pick for the best Lululemon leggings. The buttery-soft fabric and ultra stretchy, second-skin fit are unlike other leggings we’ve tried — and trust us, we’ve tried more than our fair share. We found that the fabric stayed in place for a full yoga class without rolling or bunching. These come without a continuous loop, and the brushed-feel fabric is better suited for low-impact activities, like yoga, pilates, or lounging. The lack of defined waistband and flexible fabric makes these perfect maternity leggings, too. Buy your original size and they’ll grow with you. The leggings are also available in a side pocket version, as well as 23”, 25”, 28”, and 31” lengths.

The elastic fabric means these leggings run large. We recommend sizing down one and maybe even two if you really like a tight fit.

Sizes: 0-20 | Colors: 20 | Fabrics: Nulu; nylon, lycra elastane

 

Best Running Leggings

lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tight

lululemon athletica Swift Speed High-rise Tight Leggings - 28" - Color Pink/neon - Size 0 | Lyst

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Why We Like It: There are pockets galore.

It’s Worth Noting: The innerloop drawstring is a bit slippery and sometimes comes undone.

Senior Commerce Editor Shannon Bauer wrote a full review about how these are some of her all-time favorite running leggings. From the side and back pockets to the adjustable waistband and sweat-wicking fabric, they have every feature we’re looking for in leggings for running.

The thin, ultra-stretchy fabric makes them an ideal pick for a range of seasons. The lightweight, sweat-wicking material even stays cool and dry as the temperatures climb. The back zippered pocket for keys, ID, and energy gels, plus side drop-in pockets means there’s plenty of space to store your gear for long runs. “The mark of a good product is in the repurchase and I have bought several pairs of these leggings — and not because the quality was lacking — I had my first pair for four years of weekly use before they (literally) ran their course,” explains Bauer.

While the innerloop drawcord is a perk to get the just-right fit, it is a little slippery and can loosen mid-run if you don’t secure it tight enough.

Sizes: 0-20 | Colors: 12 | Fabrics: Luxtreme; nylon, lycra elastane

Best Flowy Shorts

lululemon Track That Lined Short 3”

Lululemon Track That High-Rise Short 3" Lined - True Navy - lulu fanatics

 

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Why We Like It: The design of the fabric really showcases your legs without a too-tight opening.

It’s Worth Noting: This popular style sells out quickly.

If an extra-blessed butt and hip region make shorts shopping your nemesis, let me turn you on to your new favorite style. As a fellow member of the thick thigh club, these flowy shorts are the absolute best. The upward swoosh of the fabric of the sides sculpts and highlights the legs and the high-rise design keeps the waistband in place. There’s a five-inch or three-inch option, depending on the amount of leg you’re comfortable showing. The seasonal colors, like Cyan Blue and Lilac Smoke, provide variety to your wardrobe. (The Barbie-approved shade, Lip Gloss, was my purchase this summer.)

Their popularity is a testament to how great these shorts are; however, it does mean they tend to sell out quickly after restocks.

Sizes: 0-14 | Colors: 7 | Fabrics: Swift; polyester, elastanee

Best Tank

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Racerback Tank Top

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Racerback 2.0 - Hazy Jade / Hazy Jade - lulu fanatics

 

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Why We Like It: The airy fabric is lightweight and doesn’t cling.

It’s Worth Noting: If you prefer super high neck styles, this one won’t cut it.

I am currently in the throes of marathon training and a good tank top is crucial. I’m not a fan of sports bra-only running — partially for the sun exposure and partially because I am most confident with another layer — but finding one that doesn’t instantly get waterlogged and cling has been a journey. On a whim, I added a Swiftly Tech tank to a spring order and swiftly, har har, bought two more. The fabric is tissue thin, breathable, and holds its shape even 10 miles into a hot, humid run. The seamless construction also prevents chafing. I prefer the more minimal fabric of the Race Length style for a cropped fit that still touches the waistband of my shorts and leggings. It is also sold in short sleeve and long sleeve.

I hate tanks that sit all the way up at my throat, so I appreciate the dip down in the front. If you’re someone who likes a really high neck, this one won’t be your favorite.

Sizes: 0-20 | Colors: 5 | Fabrics: Polyester, nylon, elastan

 

Best Sneakers

lululemon Women’s Running Shoe

Blissfeel Women's Running Shoe Winter - Resale | lululemon like new

 

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Why We Like It: It was designed specifically for women’s feet for running and cross-training.

It’s Worth Noting: This shoe is best for those with no gait issues.

Blissfeel 2, the second iteration of the Lululemon running shoe, launched this spring and the Shape team was lucky enough to test it for our Sneaker Awards. We ended up giving it the best new release of 2023 award because of its unified design that moves with your foot to offer support through your natural gait and movement patterns. The shoe, which was designed specifically for women’s feet, has a refined midfoot panel. “This running shoe is a true neutral shoe, and I’ve loved it for shorter runs,” says Geil, who also wrote a full review of the Blissfeel shoe.

Don’t expect any outstanding stability from this shoe; it’s best for those with no known gait issues as there’s not an excessive amount of foam or cushioning.

Sizes: 5-12 | Colors: 13 | Fabrics: n/a

Best Underwear

lululemon Mid-Rise Thong

The 10 Best Thongs of 2023 to Keep VPLs In Check, Tested and Reviewed

 

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Why We Like It: The quick-drying fabric won’t get weighed down by sweat.

It’s Worth Noting: Be sure to size up.

When you hear Lululemon, we’re going to guess the first category you think of isn’t underwear, but we’re going to change that. The UnderEase Mid-Rise Thongs are some of our favorite underwear thanks to the soft, breathable fabric that sits nicely under tight activewear and doesn’t shift upwards mid-workout. The chafe-resistant, flat seam disappears under leggings for no VPL.

If you’re in-between sizes, we recommend sizing up. Some found that their true-to-size pick was snugger than comfortable.

Sizes: XS-XXL | Colors: 5 | Fabrics: Modal, lycra elastane

 

Best Windbreaker

lululemon Mist Over Windbreaker

Lululemon Mist Over packable windbreaker in White... - Depop

 

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Why We Like It: The stretch fabric moves with you as you run.

It’s Worth Noting: Colors are limited edition and sell quickly.

Described as “the best windbreaker I’ve ever tried” in our running jackets test, the Mist Over Windbreaker is a must-have from Lululemon. Windbreakers bring to mind a boxy fit and stiff fabric that seems to move independently from your body, but this one is the antithesis of that. The waterproof fabric is stretchy, especially at the hem, allowing the fabric to move with you as you run. The close-cropped hood is undetectable against your back and the elastic helps to hold it in place when it’s raised.

Not only can this block the wind, but it also is water resistant. “An unexpected downpour during a morning run occurred while I was testing this jacket and I stayed warm and dry until I got home,” says Bauer. Because this jacket is so wonderful, the limited edition colors and patterns tend to sell quickly.

Sizes: 0-20 | Colors: 3 | Fabrics: Polyester, elastane

Best Dress

lululemon Align Dress

lululemon Align™ Dress | Dresses | Lululemon UK

 

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Why We Like It: The pull down back design makes bathroom breaks a breeze.

It’s Worth Noting: This fabric does cling in the stomach area.

The exercise dress has quickly become a staple in wardrobes this summer, beyond just for tennis pros and golf enthusiasts. It’s a great option for running errands or casual days as it gives the coverage of shorts with the single-piece ease (and cuteness!) of a dress. The Lululemon one, to no surprise, is a wonderful iteration of the trend. The pull-back design allows you to use the bathroom without getting fully naked — a personal frustration of mine in public restrooms. The shelf bra and removable bust pads allow for bra-free wear, if you’re comfortable with light support. There is a phone pocket in the shorts layer and the stretchy Nulu fabric makes taking it on and off a breeze.

I found this dress to fit true to size; however, the fabric does cling a bit through the midsection. It didn’t make the fit uncomfortable in any way, but is worth keeping in mind when purchasing.

Sizes: 0-20 | Colors: 6 | Fabrics: Nulu; nylon, lycra elastane

Best Tennis Skirt

lululemon Mesh Pleats Tennis Skirt

Mesh Pleats Mid-Rise Mini Tennis Skirt | Skirts | Lululemon FR

 

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Why We Like It: The design is fashionable and functional.

It’s Worth Noting: The skirt overlay is see-through.

As more and more people discover the joys of tennis (and pickleball!), Lululemon has really ramped up their court clothing. This Mesh Pleats Tennis Skirt blends function (easily accessible ball pockets) with fashion (miniature pleats in seasonally trendy colors). “I play tennis about three times a week, and this is my go-to skirt,” says Geil. “The skirt is the perfect length — short enough so that I can easily grab a tennis ball from my pocket without getting lost in fabric, and long enough that I feel comfortable wearing it.”

She also notes that the built-in shorts feature silicone grippers, which prevent the shorts from riding up the thighs.

Like the name suggests, the skirt layer is a see-through mesh. The shorts underneath are fully opaque so you won’t flash anyone, but that design choice isn’t to everyone’s preference.

Sizes: 0-14 | Colors: 6 | Fabrics: Luxtreme; nylon, polyester, elastane

I Play Tennis Twice a Week, And I’m Completely Obsessed With These Tennis Skirts

Best Jacket

lululemon Cross Chill RepelShell Jacket

Lululemon Cross Chill Jacket *RepelShell™ - Autumn Red - lulu fanatics

 

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Why We Like It: The versatility of weather and temperature made this jacket a top pick.

It’s Worth Noting: It currently is only sold in black and white.

When you’re looking to add just one jacket to your wardrobe, make it this one. It earned the title of best overall in our running jacket testing for its versatility. The jacket has a waterproof, windproof outer layer and a fleece inner layer, which also makes it a good layering option for mild to moderate winter weather.

The thumbholes are a nice touch, in a soft knit fabric that is comfortable to hold on to. Plus pockets galore: Two at the sides, one at the chest, and a large one across the back. The hood cinches to keep it on your head. Be aware, the top of the zipper is stiff and does rub — our tester added velcro to pin the corners out of the way.

While more colors are added seasonally, the only shades currently available are black and white.

Sizes: 0-20 | Colors: 2 | Fabrics: Polyester, nylon, elastane

 

Best Sweatshirt

lululemon Scuba Oversized Funnel Neck Half Zip

Lululemon + Scuba Oversized Funnel-Neck Half Zip

 

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Why We Like It: The cotton-fleece blend and roomy fit is comfort to the max.

It’s Worth Noting: Unless you really like the overly large fit, you may want to consider sizing down.

If you’ve scrolled your way onto Lululemon TikTok, then you’re familiar with the Oversized Half Zip Scruba. This is the item that’s number one on my personal list of activewear I want to try. The oversized but not-too-big fit is my ideal travel outfit. I currently have my eye on the powdery blue, called Utility Blue, or the dusty pink, Velvet Dust — clearly, muted tones are my jam at the moment.

What makes this sweatshirt so great is the high-quality, substantial fabric, reminiscent of a fleece. The oversized fit is cozy but the cropped length keeps it from swallowing you whole. Available in a hoodie and funnel neck design, both options have a kangaroo pocket and are a lightweight cotton blend.

While this item is meant to be oversized, many shoppers found that sizing down was a better fit for them. The sizing encompasses two sizes (xs/s, m/l, xl/xxl), so also keep that in mind when you make your selection.

Sizes: XS-XXL | Colors: 11 | Fabrics: Cotton, polyester, elastane

Best Flare Leggings

lululemon Groove Super-High-Rise Flared Pant Nulu

Groove Super-High-Rise Flared Pant Nulu *Regular | Women's Pants | lululemon

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Why We Like It: The all-day comfort.

It’s Worth Noting: The skintight fit shows texture through it.

We put 23 different pairs of flared leggings to the test and the clear winner was Lululemon’s Groove High-Rise Flare Pant in Nulu fabric. The additional detail of the split hem was our best overall pick and the super high-rise was best for long legs. (Psst: Lululemon offers free hemming at all of their stores, if this style is too long for you.)

The fit is snug in all the right places and doesn’t stretch out even with wash and wear. We also liked the drop in back pocket, opacity, and all day comfort. We wanted to wear these daily during and after our testing.

While cellulite is totally normal and natural, be aware that the skin-like fit may show that skin texture through the fabric.

Sizes: 0-20 | Colors: 10 | Fabrics: Nulu; nylon, lycra elastane

Best Light Support Bra

lululemon Tank Top

lululemon Align™ Removable Strap Tank Top | Lululemon EU

 

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Why We Like It: The slightly longer length makes this a great cross between a tank and a bra.

It’s Worth Noting: This may not be a great fit for large chests.

Besides an Olympic gold medal or new sneaker launch, there isn’t much in the fitness world that can draw quite as much buzz as the Align Tank did. Launched in 2020, this tank began the foray into clothing beyond leggings in the Align franchise. A smooth, almost brushed material with endless flexibility, the Align tank offers low-impact support with a built-in shelf bra and removable cups. The long-line length is more coverage than a bra, but not quite as much fabric as a full tank. It has become a bestseller for the brand and on many people’s must-have lists for Lululemon items.

It is billed as a light support bra, so we aren’t expecting miracles in the hold department; however, this might not be a great fit for a sports bra for large chests. The straps are not adjustable and many shoppers say the cup allotment is lacking.

Sizes: 0-20 | Colors: 12 | Fabrics: Nulu; nylon lycra elastane

Best High Support Sports Bra

Lululemon Energy Bra

Lululemon NWT Free to Be Bra *Wild, Women's Fashion, Activewear on Carousell

 

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Why We Like It: This is a simple, yet effective bra to have in your rotation.

It’s Worth Noting: The bra sizing is a little confusing.

This is the Swiss Army Knife of sports bras. Available in medium and high support (B-DDD cups), this bra keeps the bounce factor to a minimum. The Luxtreme fabric is sweat-wicking, breathable, with low friction to cut down on rubbing or chafing. The cup pads are also removable.

“It’s so versatile — I wear it for everything from tennis to strength training to running to yoga. I love how the straps look peeking out from a tank top, although fair warning, the straps can feel a little constricting when pulling a sweaty sports bra over your head,” Geil says.

Unlike many sports bras, which go by bra cup and band or letter sizing, this is by dress size. Take a close look at the size chart to find your correct fit. The size corresponds with a band, but if you are a unique band-to-cup ratio, it may not be accurate.

Sizes: 2-14 | Colors: 14 | Fabrics: Luxtreme; polyester, lycra elastane