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#1 2004member

Posted 16 February 2015 - 01:51 PM

I've never purchased any of her clothes but see others wearing them all the time. Is there something wonderful about them? Are they worth the investment?

#2 blueone

Posted 16 February 2015 - 01:53 PM

Nope! They are meant to be a slightly cheaper version of lululemon.
Both brands are pretty average quality and incredibly overpriced for gym gear....

#3 BeAwesome

Posted 16 February 2015 - 01:58 PM

I dislike them, probably unreasonably, based on one incident.

I was a few months post-baby, a frumpy sz 12, and they were handing out brochures to people, but very obviously not randomly.  They stepped around me to give one to the dressed up, made-up, skinnier girl next to me.

I hate their lame motivational messages as well.

I do like they use some colour in their clothes though.

Personally, I'd rather spend quarter of the price and shop at Cotton On Body, I've found their quality fantastic.

#4 Ellie bean

Posted 16 February 2015 - 02:03 PM

I remember going in to a store a few years ago (back when I was a pretty fit size 12 but dd boobs) and walking out again because it was clear none of the tops were going to support me, it seemed like nothing was made for women with curves. Does seem overpriced too, I'd rather buy proper sports stuff or shop at target etc. Admittedly though motivational messages just make me want to run the other way so I'm not their target audience.

I remember going in to a store a few years ago (back when I was a pretty fit size 12 but dd boobs) and walking out again because it was clear none of the tops were going to support me, it seemed like nothing was made for women with curves. Does seem overpriced too, I'd rather buy proper sports stuff or shop at target etc. Admittedly though motivational messages just make me want to run the other way so I'm not their target audience.

#5 Monket

Posted 16 February 2015 - 02:11 PM

I am too fat for their clothes bit a friends sister was let go from her position at Lorna Jane as she was taking too much time off while being treated for a rare form of lung cancer.  Poor form I think.

#6 71Cath

Posted 16 February 2015 - 02:16 PM

I am a larger person, my sister is fit and fabulous, and a keen runner, so I went into their store to buy her a running outfit for Christmas.

I was told by the rude young sales assistant that nothing would fit me.

Um...thanks, I'm not blind!

So they lost my sale....

#7 MsNorbury

Posted 16 February 2015 - 02:31 PM

They're OK quality. I find the tights sit a bit too low on me so prefer other brands. I agree with other posters that their size range is  not very large. I am a size 10-12 and at the large end of their sizing.

I hate how all their crop tops/bras have padding and their workout singlets  don't seem to hide bra straps for those that wear more than just a crop.

I have got good stuff from here

female for life http://www.femaleforlife.com.au/

I have also just discovered  skirt sports. I love their gear and philosophy http://skirtsports.com.au/

#8 PurpleWitch

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:00 PM

I'm an odd shape and too poor to buy them.

I buy Michelle Bridges bike pants but the tops for women? Seriously?? WHY DO THEY HAVE TO HAVE SUCH LOW UNDER ARMS. All my back skin hangs out. CMON!!

#9 SeaPrincess

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:13 PM

I'm a size 12 and generally wear a medium at Lorna Jane. I like the Flashdance pants, but only buy them on special. If I buy crops, I remove the padding. I have found that the sizing is a bit inconsistent (e.g. 3/4 Flashdance pants don't fit the same as full length).

The staff in our local store are lovely and very helpful.

#10 F.E.B.E

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:13 PM

Best workout gear I have found are by sportswear brands like Puma.

I bought some generic workout pants and tops from Kmart and the awful non-breathable fabric made me itchy and sweaty.

Sounds like I am too fat for LJ :(

#11 Chchgirl

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:16 PM

No, overpriced crap t be honest. My kmart stuff lasted longer and was more comfortable..

#12 ~TSC~

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:22 PM

I like their stuff but too tight to spend the money. I much prefer my target gear

#13 tropicalheat

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:28 PM

I love their 'core support' pants so much!!! They are like shape wear for the gym and so comfy. They make me feel confident to run and jump about without worrying about my tummy wobbling (and after 3 kids it does wobble a lot normally!)

#14 Jane01

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:35 PM

I like LJ.  I've found the quality to be good and my gym gear has lasted for years.  They are much more colourful than Lululemon, which I also like.  

I'm a size 12 and usually wear a LJ large, for length.  My local store never seems to have large in anything I like.  I seem to end up buying online.  

I rarely buy tops from LJ, although I'd like to.  I want something that covers up a bit more - a bit longer and no bra straps showing.  Just my personal preference.  

My one pet hate, is that the online store will only take returns within 2 weeks.  After 2 weeks they give a store credit.  If you live in WA, it takes a good 7-10 days to arrive and an equal amount of time to return something.  I think that is terrible customer service.  

I wonder what feedback/customer focus groups they do?  Surely someone has told them that most people want to cover bra straps?

#15 Jo-Anna

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:36 PM

I like the clothes, I find them quite supportive and really breathable. I'm a S/M in their clothes though so maybe that's why? I do wish the tops would hide bra straps though, after 3 kids I need the support of a proper bra.

It is really expensive so I shop at the outlet and only buy what's on sale.

Edited by Jo-Anna, 16 February 2015 - 03:37 PM.

#16 Let-it-go

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:38 PM

I have a pair of knee length black gym pants from there.  Quality is fine, fit good.  I have had them for 2 years and washed them a billion times and they are still going strong.

I don't mind them.  Their crop tops are a weird fit for me so I have a Lululemon one.  I have a long body and they don't leave enough length in the straps for me.

#17 Moet08

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:39 PM

I'd rather buy a new pair of shoes for the price of some of their tops!

#18 Let-it-go

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:40 PM

But if you have a funky coloured sports bra then they look nice showing.  My bra is a very supportive one that is black and a coral type colour and shows under the white tank I wear.  Looks nice.  I love all the cool bright coloured bras at the gym showing!

#19 Coffeegirl

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:47 PM

Not a huge fan of their tops.  The ones I've tried on have all had overly complicated strappy bits. Or been slathered with slogans on the front.

The pants don't fit me (size 14-16) at all.

Personally prefer the nike/Adidas/Running Bare tops and pants and buy them from Rebel on sale

#20 lurfest

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:49 PM

Lorna Jane is what you wear when you're dropping your teenaged son off at his private school in your Toyota or Audi 4WD.

#21 Phascogale

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:49 PM

I just bought my daughter her one and only pair of shorts that I will buy from there.  She's an XXS so they actually fit her pretty well.  They are very nice but so hideously overpriced.  I was lucky to get her shorts at 20% off but they were still expensive.

Apparently everyone at school wears them for PE and she just has to fit in.  There was other stuff she didn't get because she chose these shorts.  I'm not a bank.  When she gets a job she will find out how much everything costs and probably won't buy them!

#22 Handsfull

Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:55 PM

I just love how Lorna Jane caters for over size 14.  I walked in and asked the shop assistant that their largest size was.  I was informed it was an XL and it was a size 14 in reality.  

AND there was only 3 things in the entire shop that came in that size....

Felt like a Heffalump and walked away dejectedly....

#23 Paddlepop

Posted 16 February 2015 - 04:03 PM

Not a chance that I'd ever fit in LJ stuff because I'm a size 18.

I know a bit about how the company operates and they are jerks to their employees, and that's putting it mildly. Even if I fit in their stuff I wouldn't buy it based on that.

Move Nourish Believe my foot. Move the product, nourish the company's bank balance and believe that they will happily get rid of staff who don't make enough sales.

#24 Groucho

Posted 16 February 2015 - 04:06 PM

I have worn both Lorna Jane and lululemon but I find I've now outgrown Lorna Jane as I think it's more geared towards younger women. And I do tend to find the inspirational messages a little patronising!

I have found it's worth the money though as the clothing washes and wears really well. I'm still wearing tights and t's from both brands five years after purchase.

#25 ineedmorecoffee

Posted 16 February 2015 - 04:09 PM

 Monket, on 16 February 2015 - 02:11 PM, said:

I am too fat for their clothes bit a friends sister was let go from her position at Lorna Jane as she was taking too much time off while being treated for a rare form of lung cancer.  Poor form I think.

That is horrible, and surely illegal? That's enough of a reason to never step foot in a LJ store plus I can't stand those tacky motivational quotes.

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