Finding the right athletic gear can take almost as much effort as your workout routine. If you need a spotter, look no further. We’re here to help you shop the popular athletic apparel retailer Lululemon without breaking a sweat.
Lululemon Athletica, known more simply as Lululemon, sells trendy activewear for women and men. Its specialty is yoga gear and accessories, such as pants, leggings, mats and bags. Don’t let the simple, casual styles fool you — the merchandise can get pricey.
There aren’t many occasions when the brand brings out the sale banners. In fact, its inventory is sold almost exclusively at full retail price. But we have some insight into how you can make the most of your shopping experience.
- Black Friday: You probably won’t find major savings at Lululemon the day after Thanksgiving, but you might get a first-come-first-served opportunity. Over the past couple of years, the retailer has celebrated the shopping holiday by releasing a limited-edition clothing collection.
- Warehouse sales: Lululemon occasionally hosts pop-up sales, known as warehouse sales, at convention centers or other large venues in select cities. Customers come out in droves to take advantage of steep markdowns that typically last throughout a weekend. There have been a couple online versions of the sale, too. Follow Lululemon on Facebook for announcements.
- Clearance: You can find overstock items at a discount on the website’s We Made Too Much page, which is updated regularly. However, you can’t return or exchange these items.
- Classes: The athletic apparel retailer offers free yoga classes and other workout sessions at select locations. When you’re ready to put your fitness gear to use, visit the site’s community page to view upcoming events in your area.
We recommend you sign up for Lululemon’s weekly email newsletter to stay in the loop.
Shipping and returns
If you’re looking for deals at Lululemon, it can be hard to catch a break. On the plus side, Lululemon offers free standard shipping with no minimum purchase, so you’ll at least save on delivery costs.
Returns and exchanges are free, both in store and by mail, but the window of opportunity is brief. They must be made within 14 days of the in-store purchase date or the date you received your order. Another caveat: You must have the receipt, and items should be unworn and unwashed with the tags attached.
Select items are nonrefundable, so be sure to check the fine print before you buy. You can find more information about the store’s policy here.
NerdWallet takes you shopping
While Lululemon is an “athleisure” favorite, its strict approach to business can be discouraging. Before you buy, get familiar with its policies and browse the clearance section, which is where you’ll see the majority of its discounts. Subscribe to the brand’s social media pages and emails for news and updates.