(*Okay, topic for today is mostly just a little general “musing” on an interesting (to me) topic. I don’t want to accidentally offend anyone, though, so just know that I don’t actually have a super strong opinion on this either way- I’m mostly just mulling it over.)
So. Last week I was at the gym with Asher (the day we ate pretzels in the gym restaurant). While waiting for our hot pretzels and cheese to come out, we were just sitting there talking and “people watching”.
I noticed a couple of young girls that I recognized- one used to go to school with Asher. (So she’s entering 7th grade this fall.)
They were wearing gym clothes, of course, but it just happened to catch my eye that the one girl had on Lululemon shorts. (She also had on a crop top, so I could see the little Lulu logo on the back waistband of her shorts.)
I didn’t really think too much of it initially, besides noticing it, I guess. It did cross my mind though- “Jeez, this 12 year old has Lulu workout shorts, and I do not even own any Lulu workout shorts.” In fact, I own precisely one item from Lululemon (my black Align leggings, which were a Christmas gift from Ivan. And I adore them and basically live in them.)
In part, this is because I don’t have a Lululemon store super close to me, I suppose, and I don’t know, I just never got into ordering all my stuff from there. A majority of my workout clothes are from Dick’s Sporting Goods or the Nike/ Adidas outlets. (In fairness, most of my workout clothes are getting really old, and I probably need to do an overhaul soon- so maybe I slowly will start upgrading some items.)
But I know for a fact that the Lululemon leggings Ivan bought me for Christmas were $99. Now, maybe I’m just not a “high enough class” lady, but I still find $99 to be a rather hefty sum for a clothing item. I wouldn’t say it’s an over-the-top amount, either, but it’s still in that price range that feels a little bit “splurgey”, if that makes sense?
In my case, this also doesn’t exactly feel outrageous, given that a) I am fully grown and b) it’s an item I wear a ton, so it’s worth having a quality piece. I also work a fulltime job, am almost 40 years old and therefore feel pretty justified in spending that, if I want to.
However, I couldn’t help but think – “Does a 12 year old really need $99 leggings?? A still growing child, especially?? (insert thinking face emoji 🤔)”
I guess I don’t have girls, so maybe it’s a different world for tween/teen girls? My boys are relatively simple when it comes to clothes. They essentially live in athletic clothes, and I suppose they are also rather “brand loyal”- but they are happy with Nike, Adidas, etc. (which can be found in many different stores/online and often on sale or at outlets!). Some boys their age seem to be obsessed with Under Armour, but for some reason, my boys do NOT like Under Armour and never ever have. Like, if I try to buy them Under Armour, they will literally reject it and say they don’t want it. I sense it’s a situation where they think “everyone wants Under Armour”, and therefore, they find that annoying and don’t want it? I don’t actually know.
Anyway, I don’t think this girl I saw at the gym was an outlier, either. I’ve noticed Lululemon clothing on many other young girls lately. Yesterday at the dentist, I was chatting with the hygienist, who has 12 and 14 year old girls. Somehow the topic of shopping/ clothes came up. She was commenting that her soon to be 9th grader has suddenly gotten really into “fashion”. As we talked, she was complaining that her daughter basically only wants clothes from Lululemon or Athleta. (The mom) said she bought her daughter a pair of regular, black athletic shorts from Target recently, and her daughter basically won’t wear them! Still has the tags on in the closet. 😳
Hmmmm. Not sure what I think about this! I don’t know that I really have a “problem” with kids wearing nice or more expensive clothes, I guess. Obviously people can spend their money on whatever they want.
But it seems like maybe a bad precedent to set? I’m not sure I like the idea of very young kids thinking that $99 leggings are “normal” or somehow “necessary”. Won’t they ever be poor college students, buying their own clothes?? (Or I guess maybe mom and dad will just send their Lulu shipments to their dorm room?) It seems these kids might grow up with a bit of a skewed view of life if this is all they ever know. Let’s hope they have good jobs or marry well! lol.
Again, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with owning some of these items, maybe if they were a gift or whatever, or a couple special pieces….but is it normal that a tween girl needs her entire closet outfitted from those pricey stores- and refuses to wear workout shorts from Target??? Again, hmmmm.
Maybe I’m totally out of the loop. Admittedly, Ivan buys like 90%+ of the boys clothes, and, I don’t have girls. But if this is the norm, I wonder what happens then to the girls whose families can’t afford that stuff…..Do they feel “bad”? Would they get laughed at for wearing shorts from Target instead of Lululemon? I have no idea. I sure hope not!
Anyway! Those are my thoughts for the day. 🙂 Anyone have any insight into this topic? I’m mostly just curious. (I honestly haven’t even checked the website- maybe the youth Lulu prices aren’t even that bad and all of this is totally irrelevant?)
Completely unrelated photo- we finally went to see Top Gun: Maverick last night!! SOOOOOO GOOD!!!! We loved it.
I am grateful for my morning facial sunscreen! Finally found some I think I really like- nice and light and feels good.