LuLaRoe! You've been teasing me on FB for so long and now I can finally know for myself what women mean when they say: "Aaaah... the butter soft leggings! Must have more!" I like clothes. I like soft clothes. I even like direct marketing because I love supporting small business and buying directly from individuals. So, I was already inclined to like LuLaRoe. All that remained was for me to actually try the clothes for myself. That was easy enough through an online pop-up store and through Megan who gave me the opportunity to review pieces from her shop. And now I am thrilled to share my experience with you.
(Before I go on... I want to invite you to join her online FB pop-up tonight 11/15 at 8:00pm through tomorrow. Coupon code and details at the bottom of this post.)
So... My fashion perspective is heavily influenced by my preference for athletic apparel and pretty skirts. I am an odd mix and confess utter fashion ignorance outside what I find personally appealing. I like modest but flattering, pretty but functional, and the ability to layer. Having said that...
I'm now firmly a fan of LuLaRoe. It's comfortable (like pajama comfortable), functional, feminine, and suites a modest wardrobe. And although my budget is limited, I'm happy with a few pretty items to improve my usually drab daily "uniform." Let me walk you through a few items with comments...
The RANDY shirt and MAXI
Maxi skirts are my all time favorite article of clothing (followed closely by the hoodie) so I made a beeline straight for the LuLaRoe maxi selection. I was not disappointed and would be happy to have a closet full of these. The drape is beautiful. The fit is perfect (and flexible). Many of the patterns and colors are quite pretty and timeless.
Sizing is flexible (attention post-partum moms!!) because of the fabric and broad yoga waist band - perfect for women who tend to go up and down in girth. I could easily wear this maxi through pregnancy beyond. (I am currently 5 months postpartum and in between waistband sizes.) I am a true size small and this maxi is a small. I think my next purchase would be an XS so that I could wear it at a little higher at my true waist for more styling options. But I love it either way.
Maxi with the Randy for a casual feminine look...
The Randy shirt really appeals to the hoodie and t-shirt lover in me while still allowing me some hey-I'm-dressed-in-big-girl-clothes-today dignity. I am not a fancy gal and would live in sweats and sweatshirts if it wasn't a completely pathetic way to advertise vocational joy. Also, my husband prefers that I wear grown up clothes now and then so that's important.
So the Randy/Maxi pattern completely wins over the girly-girl-comfort-lover in me. Notice the Converse. If it feels like PJ's and running shoes, it's a win. LuLaRoe is a win.
I would call many of LuLaRoe's pieces "Feminine Casual" because they really dress up the girl without being fussy. But many of the pieces can also be quite dressy and I love that flexibility. I chose simpler colors and patterns but the options are endless. The pics below I will call:
1) "Tying my shoe to showcase the beautiful maxi drape"
2) "Chunky scarf for the win"
3) "LuLa dressed up." This was a post-Mass pic and yes, I know you can't see anything. But notice the back of the head of the very handsome seminarian I happen to know and love? He has nothing at all to do with LuLaRoe but I love him and consequently, this photo.
IRMA shirt and LEGGINGS
As far as LuLaRoe goes, this is a very boring picture. I am not a loud girl so all of the crazy and colorful prints are something I have to work my way into. My idea of adventurous leggings is the pink ones I'm wearing in the picture below. High adventure I tell you!
The Irma shirt is one of the most comfortable items I have ever worn, especially with the super soft leggings. The arms are more fitted with a soft, roomy body. The tail of the shirt is longer so it covers the behind.
I have a small frame so I need to wear an XXS Irma. They run BIG. The one above is a size Small and I really love the style and the comfort (so soft!) but I'm going to share this one with size medium daughter since it fits her perfectly.
So... yes... the leggings. Have you heard them described as "butter" soft? They are. They really are. I want to live in them. FYI... I do not wear leggings in a way that flashes my bum but many LuLaRoe shirt and dress styles cover nicely.
LLR leggings are known for their fun and sought after prints. If you love prints, you're bound to find something! If I ever take a leap out of my comfort zone with patterns, I'm sure that my Instagram friends will be the first to know. But for now... I'm sticking with boring solids.
I was not sure which one of the darling LuLaRoe dresses to choose for this review and ended up going with the Carly since it seemed to provide great Winter nursing access (with leggings). I first selected a small and ended up exchanging for an XS. My frame was swimming in the small and it was not redeemable even with strategic knots and belts. The design is roomy so even the XS is a bit big for my frame. But... I found some great video tutorials for styling and liked the rosette tie in back in which to gather some of the fabric. See pics below to see how I tied up the "tail" and bring the waist in a bit. If I don't tie it, the back scoops down to my mid calf. Cute on others, not so much on me.
Before I bought this dress, I scoured the internet for an idea of how it fit. It can truly look like a different dress on different people. Check out Bonnie's blog for her review and pics. This dress looks adorable on her and dressy enough to wear to a wedding. I really like the print which changes the whole look.
Again... notice that I picked gray. But my little pink pocket screams "adventure," no?
Since drafting this post, I've also had the opportunity to try the Cassie skirt and the Amelia dress, both of which I love (a shallow kind of love not an agape kind of love, you understand). I'm very happy with some of my wardrobe adjustments and am pondering the idea that a nice piece purchased occasionally through friends is not a bad way to stay updated.
Shop with me tonight!
I am a hosting a LuLaRoe Facebook Pop-Up with Megan tonight (11/15) starting at 8pm EST which will be open through tomorrow. Use the coupon code: blossomingjoy15 for 15% off!
If you've never shopped on Facebook, it's super simple. Simply join her shop page, be the first to comment "sold" on any item you want to buy, and fill out the linked purchase form. See you there!!