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: 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: 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: 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: 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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