Outrageously priced workout clothes and what you pay

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Outrageously priced workout clothes and what you pay
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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 10:04am

My daughter goes to a studio where the girls are incredibly wealthy. Lululemon is the dancers choice and most girls have tons of outfits. I thought it was a lot to spend on clothes for that age but I indulge my daughter.  So, I found this site w/ super cute clothes.  But, I can't get over the prices!

http://michiny.com/

Would you ever spend that for clothes? I'm thinking those cost more than my ski clothes!






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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 10-23-2013 - 11:03am
Those clothes seem more about looking cute and not actually about work out clothes in my opinion. Heck I don't even pay that much for pieces of my professional wardrobe most of the time, let alone something I am going to sweat all over. I know one mom who spend sometimes $100-150 on bras for her daughter, but at a 34I, they don't have much choice when it comes to selection, quality, and durability.
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Registered: 06-16-1998

Like Arryl said, on that site you are paying for style. For leggings or a sports bra I would go to Target or TJMaxx or a sporting goods store if they were having a sale.

My dh gets his shorts at a running store; he likes a particular brand and cut and they're kind of expensive, but he wears them until they fall apart. 

I do spend a lot for cycling apparel. Its a niche market and they know they can charge a lot, and you never find it at Target or off-price stores. A pair of shorts is in the $100+ range, a jersey around $75. Its possible to find cheaper versions but I notice the difference---the fabric is stiffer or scratchy, the chamois is cut less generously or it chafes, it falls apart sooner, etc. While its a big outlay its worth it in terms of cost per wearing---a lot of my cycling clothes have been worn ~ 200 times. (some of them look like it too, sun faded or the spandex is stretching, but they are still functional and comfortable). When I'm going to be wearing something that much, and for long periods per wearing, I want it to be as comfortable as possible. 

We have a Pearl Izumi outlet store in the area. They carry everything in the product lines but at MSRP---they cannot undercut the other retailers. However they usually have some stock from past seasons at a good discount--and often the difference between this year and last is unnoticable to me--so its possible to get the items for a more reasonable price. And there are occasional sales at REI or sporting goods stores so I don't always pay full price.

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Registered: 06-16-1998

Jean, I thought you said that your dd had stopped dance...or did she just quit one part of it?

My dd was at a ballet studio (as opposed to competitive or all-dance) and they were pretty strict about what the dancers could wear. Only the highest level was allowed to wear things like skirts and parachute pants. Being teenagers they were always pushing the envelope so periodically the A.D. would have to crack down and ban the "junk clothes" but then it would start creeping back again....

We used to order from this place, their prices were pretty good:

http://www.discountdance.com/index.php

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Registered: 04-07-2008

Wow! I usually spend $10 on sports bras at Target or Walmart. 

 I spent  $65 on a pair of running tights (Under Armour) a few weeks ago and another $60 on a cute running jacking (Nike) and I thought that was a splurge for workout wear. I typically wear my cheap bra, cheap t-shirts, and not so cheap Nike capris to work out in. lol 

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Registered: 04-05-2002

A good sports bra is worth the price, especially at that size!  

The thing w/ dance is that it is an appearance oriented activity so they are more into the style than what's minimally needed. I don't mind paying for style but that site is outrageous.  OTOH, it also bothers me when they buy things just for the name.  






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Registered: 04-05-2002

She just quit the company but is still dancing. The ballet class is strict but the other classes aren't. She doesn't take hip hop but I've heard the new trend is wearing combat boots. That just doesn't seem good for their legs!

I have used discount dance for basic dance clothes for her and shoes but their return policy is crazy. They charge you $6 to return/exchange any item.  I ordered a pair of shoes once and they said to order 2-3 sizes smaller than your normal shoe size in that type of shoe.  I ordered one size smaller, it was too small and was charged for an exchange even though it was their fault. I'll order clothes that I know will fit but nothing else.






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Registered: 04-05-2002

Since it's my job and I'm in the corporate environment, I feel like I need to dress up some, but not like that!  I get good discounts at Athleta, Lucy, decent Lululemon so will buy their clothes but I wear them all the time.  Sadly, probably more than my regular day to day clothes.  It is worth the price when you repeatedly wash/wear them.  And, I've become really picky w/ silks because I don't want anything see through!  But, my clothes are a mix of nice and then whatever I pick up from Marshalls, Target, etc. I'm pickiest about the tights and jackets.  I need to get better sports bras but at my size (32DD which shocked me when I went in for a fitting because I thought I was a 34/36A), they're built like armor and hard to find. I love cute little bras.






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Registered: 03-15-2004

No way, Jose!  I live in my workout clothes and I buy 'em super cheap.  Most of my capri pants come from Walmart.  I've had some in there for three or four years and they cost about $12.  I buy the men's "wife beaters".  They're inexpensive and long so I don't have to worry so much about butt cleavage.  

What I do spend a lot on are shoes and bras.  Jean, a really good bra for generous boobies is Enell.  It is built like armour but I guarantee, those puppies will not move.  I wear a 38 DDD and have long joked that I need to hire vertically challenged men to hold them up for me.  This bra just about does that.  Cool

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Registered: 04-05-2002

The problem w/ those heavy duty bras is that they're heavy duty and I've always worn cute little bras because they peek out below my tops. Those heavy duty bras are ugly, like my orthotic comfortable shoes.  






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Registered: 09-25-2003

Ha!  That is my aunt's name.  lol.  No, I am too frugal to pay those prices...although my daughter tells me I need to buy something Prada...she also tells me I need to buy a not-at-TJ-Maxx-last season-Michael Kors purse.  :O  I LOVE TJ Maxx since I don't have to pay full price.  I also like NWT Ebay deals, atlhough you must know your exact sizes, as I have also wasted money on things that don't fit or fabrics that don't look the same in picture vs. in person.  My husband, otoh, pays full price for exactly what he wants.  :(  I call him a snob, and it took three purchases before he finally succumbed to my Consumer Reports recommendations.  Now, he admits that "I was right" and that high price does not always equate to quality.  :D

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