Two and a half months after recalling the entirety of its see-through workout pants, Lululemon has returned the scandalous leggings in question to its shelves — and according to rigorous Atlantic Wire testing, they are see-through no more. Not all of the revamped "Luon" fabric line of pants has made its way from the factory to the athletic gear giant's retail stories — at least at our New York local outlet, the popular black version of the Wunder Under pants have yet to arrive. It's all white and purple options, as you can see in the photo at right. Our sales clerk estimated black options wouldn't come in until later this week, after they hit Lululemon's online site. (As of right now, only size 10 of the black and purple reversible Wunder Unders show up on the site.) But those skin-tight leggings aren't the only Lululemon pants made of the Luon fabric — the Astro pant and others have been on sale as of last Thursday or Friday, per our clerk. And lucky for us, the Astros were ripe for the testing.
The Wire didn't perform Lululemon-recommended "bend over" test because that would violate all sorts of OSHA rules. But we did our best to stretch the material as tight as we could over another limb to simulate the act of a butt bend. The results are pretty remarkable. In the photo below my arm model stretched the pant over her hair tie, proving that Lululemon's upgraded pants still allow for yoga-class creeps to see what would be "panty lines" — but at least nobody can see actual underwear anymore:
Even the white version stood up to our test, an almost impossible feat for skin-tight pants:
The purple pants make our model look like a more violet version of Sue Storm/Invisible Girl:
At least from our preliminary experiments, the "rigorous" testing Lululemon performed on the pants "to ensure that the fabric will fit the body without being stretched beyond its capability," well, it appears to have done the trick. Yoga pant wearing men and women can now spend $92 on a pair of stretch pants without having to worry that the world can see their saggy butts.
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