Mini Reviews of 4 Lululemon Sweaters & Jackets

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With the weather taking a nippier turn, I’ve started adding an additional layer to my outfits before heading out in my activewear – whether it be a cosy sweater or a zip up jacket. If you’ve read this blog post, you’ll know that I rely on my athleisure items for a lot of the ‘in-between’ stuff that makes up a big chunk of my life (ie. kid drop-off/pick up, working from home, picking up a parcel from the post office that was delivered “while I wasn’t home” despite being home all day, etc etc).

The autumn weather has been properly setting in over the past couple of weeks and I’ve found that I’ve been rotating across four outerwear items during the cooler weather. I’ve built up a healthy collection of athleisure outerwear thanks to regularly partnering with lululemon on Instagram. While I love showcasing all of the different looks in my reels, it’s hard to get into the nitty gritty of what I like about a particular piece so I figured these items deserved some time on the blog.

Let me talk through the four styles on rotation with mini reviews on each:

#1 – Softstreme Jacket

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It’s hard to explain how soft this jacket is, but I’ll try my hardest. It’s made of a velvety-soft fabric known as ‘softstreme’ in the lululemon world and it drapes and feels silky smooth. That said, there’s some stretch to it as well, so not only does it feel luxurious, but it’s incredibly comfortable. I’ve got a few pieces in the softstreme fabric and this is my newest outerwear addition. I think the style can best be described as a cosy anorak. It’s oversized and relaxed in its cut, but there’s also a cinchable waist for that added bit of somethin’ somethin’. I throw this on as I’m walking out the door to drop the kids off at school before making a quick detour to the shops for some groceries and heading back home to start my work day. It’s magic.

L: lululemon jacket* (sz US 6 – US link / AU link), lululemon top* (sz US 6 – AU link), lululemon tights* (sz US 6 – US link / AU link), lululemon sneakers* (US link / AU link), lululemon bag* (AU linkUS linkCA link), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: lululemon jacket* (sz US 6 – US link / AU link), lululemon top* (sz US 6 – AU link), lululemon tights* (sz US 6 – US link / AU link), Teva sandals, lululemon bag* (AU linkUS linkCA link), Status Anxiety sunglasses*

#2 – Softstreme Sweater

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I promise this isn’t a softstreme-only post, but I had to mention this jumper which was my first experience with the fabric. It’s cut to an oversized silhouette (I wear a size US 6) and I have it in two colours which I regularly rotate between. One thing to note about the fabric, and seems to be a common criticism from many on the internet, is that water marks show up easily and tend to linger for some time. If you’re an aggressive teeth brusher or you’ve done something basic like wash your hands (lol), any splattery bits tend to sit on the fabric and don’t dry off as quickly as they would on a regular fleece sweater. That said, they do go away, and it’s not a reason for me to avoid wearing them. In fact, I’m wearing the pink one pictured below right now as I type, and I brushed my teeth in it this morning and even hand washed some things at the sink after lunch! Huzzah!

L: lululemon jumper (sz US 6 – AU linkUS linkCA link), lululemon tights* (sz US 6 – US link / AU link), lululemon sneakers* (US link / AU link); R: lululemon jumper (sz US 6 – AU linkUS linkCA link), lululemon tights (sz US 4 – AU linkUS linkCA link), New Balance sneakers (also here), Patagonia bag (also herehere and here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#3 – Scuba Oversized Half-Zip

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For the sweatshirt purists out there, this scuba half zip is a huge upgrade. It’s soft on the outside, but warm and fuzzy on the inside. The pouch pockets on this style have internal compartments, so all of your valuable knick-knacks that tend to roll around when you’re out and about (like your airpods and keys), stay secure in their own spot – considered design that I appreciate. The scuba collection is offered in a number of styles, a full zip version, and even a longer and more oversized version, I like how this cropped style works proportionately on my petite frame.

L: lululemon half-zip jumper* (sz US 6 – US link / AU link); lululemon shorts* (sz US 6 – sold out); R: lululemon half-zip jumper* (sz US 6 – US link / AU link), lululemon top* (sz US 6 – AU link), lululemon tights* (sz US 6 – US link / AU link)

#4 – Define Jacket

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To cap it all off, this is the most technical outerwear piece out of all of the pieces I’ve shared. The Define Jacket skims the body with its slim design, and provides the necessary coverage when I’m heading out for my walks on cooler days. There are even thumb holes at the cuffs so you can keep your sleeves down and your hands warm. It’s so comfortable to wear, thanks to the buttery soft fabric. This style comes in a heap of colours and is also available in a cropped version. I wanted my jacket to sit below the waistband for more coverage, hence opting for the original version.

L: lululemon jacket* (size US 4 – AU linkUS link), lululemon top* (sz US 6 – AU link), lululemon tights* (size US 6 – AU linkUS link), lululemon sneakers* (US link / AU link), lululemon bag* (AU linkUS linkCA link), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: lululemon jacket* (size US 4 – AU linkUS link), lululemon tights* (size US 6 – AU linkUS link), lululemon sneakers* (US link / AU link)

I hope my mini reviews of the lululemon jackets and sweaters featured were helpful to any of you mulling over these styles.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. 3 pairs of athleisure pants that make you feel put together and check out my other activewear outfits here.

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