Comparing Women’s Athletic Wear Companies

As a mother of two young children, I do not have a lot of time to shop for clothes for myself. Let’s face it — how fun is it to drag two very active toddlers to a retail store? For me, not so much. This is why I do a lot of my athletic apparel shopping online. Sometimes I will pop into the store if I can to try things out if I am not sure, but usually I spend a lot of time scoping things out online ahead of time.

Here are some of my favorite places to shop, and how I shop with them is very much based on their store policies:

#1 – Athleta
I really love Athleta’s retail store as well as online store. They are easy to shop at. The store is kid-friendly as any I have ever seen and I really like the website as well. I shop at the GAP a lot and I like that I can shop for my family and my kids as well as for myself in one big transaction. Plus, if something doesn’t work out, I can return it any time. I once bought a really cute top that I only wore a couple of times and I had to begrudgingly return. As cute as that top was, I realized that after I wore it a few times the bra area is just a bit scratchy at the seam for me. A couple of people who reviewed the product on the site also commented on that but I thought maybe I would be one of those who were not as affected. I was wrong but they totally allowed me to exchange it for something else. Awesome customer service, so this makes them #1 in my book.

#2 – Under Armour
I didn’t shop at Under Armour until this year and they don’t really have retail stores so the shopping is online only for me, but they have an excellent online store with excellent return policy (see below). I also really like that they have PayPal as an option! As clothing goes, they also offer Men and Kids, which is really nice so I can outfit my little athletes as well as my husband when I shop at their website.

#3 – Lululemon
It is hard for me not to want to buy Lululemon’s stuff as many of them are really cute, but they are not my number one for a two reasons — price and return policy. When I shop with Lululemon I first look at it online and then I try to go to the store to try them on. They have a very short return window so it can be hard to make that transaction when you have a busy kid-dominated schedule.

#4 – Lucy.com
I first developed a relationship with Lucy.com when they were an online only operation. At the time, they specialize in yoga clothing (I was just getting into yoga and kid-free and husband free back then) but they have since cropped up a few retail locations and expanded into running apparels as well.

#5 – Title Nine
Title Nine is also a local company making fitness apparel for women founded by a woman. The name of the company is pretty obviously pro women in sports! The cool thing about Title Nine is their return policy, though it can be a bit more costly as they do attach fees to returns. What sets Title Nine apart is they have a special section of their website just for shopping for bras and they also have more variety in terms of different kinds of activities including yoga, climbing, running, swimming, hiking, and even “travel.”

#6 – See Jane Run
See Jane Run is a Bay Area company for women’s running founded by a woman. I became acquainted with through their races. Their policies are a bit more convoluted but fairly standard — you can return something if you have not worn or washed it and you can return if there is a manufacturer defect (within 60 days). See Jane Run specializes in running so they do have a good selection of cute running clothes and shoes from different brands. Here’s a rundown of the stores’ return policies:

Women’s Athletic Wear Company Store Return Policy
Lululemon Returns must be made within 14 days from the delivery date all merchandise must be unwashed and unworn all hangtags must be attached to the garment and proof of payment must accompany the return all garments are subject to inspection outgoing shipping charges are not refunded note: the shipping flat rate will be deducted from your refund. All sale items, water bottles, headwear, and underwear are final sale.
Athleta Any item, any time, no limitation on return. Free returns and exchanges
Lucy.com For purchases made in a lucy retail or lucy outlet store, a full refund will be made in the form of the original payment if items are returned within 30 days of the purchase date. Cash or check returns over $100 will receive a corporate check mailed within 14 days or be credited to a debit card. Gift card purchases are non-refundable.For purchases made on lucy.com, a full refund will be made in the form of original payment if items are returned within 60 days of the order date. For items returned more than 30 days after the in-store purchase date or more than 60 days for online purchases, we offer an exchange of product or a lucy gift card in the amount of the original purchase. When no receipt is available, lucy will gladly offer a merchandise exchange or issue a lucy gift card for the current selling price of the items returned.
Under Armour If you are not 100% satisfied with your gear, return it for a full refund. Anytime. Any Reason. Guaranteed.
Title Nine When you buy from us, we want you to love what you get. So, if for any reason or no reason, you are not happy with your T9 purchase, send it round-trip within a year for an exchange or full refund. No questions. No hassles. No kidding.
See Jane Run At See Jane Run we will give you a complete refund, store credit or exchange on anything you purchased from us that has not been washed or worn. No questions asked. ( shipping costs not included )We fully guarantee that our merchandise is free of manufacturing defects. But if your purchase is determined to be defective – hey it happens – we will give you a complete refund. Honest. Defective items must be returned within 60 days of purchase.Full Price Items: To receive a full refund you will need to send the merchandise back within 60 days of the mail order ship date. Refunds will be made in the form of the original payment. Return items received after 60 days qualify for an exchange or See Jane Run Gift Card. No returns after 90 days.

Sale Items: To receive a full refund you will need to send the merchandise back within 30 days of the mail order ship date. Refunds will be made in the form of the original payment. Return items received after 30 days qualify for an exchange or See Jane Run Gift Card. No returns after 60 days.

Electronics: All electronics must be in NEW condition with all packaging, paperwork and parts included and intact. Items must be returned in a separate box with the appropriate protection to avoid any damage. We recommend purchasing insurance for your return as See Jane Run is not responsible for any lost or damaged items.

Shoes: Shoes must NOT be worn outside and be free of any dirt and/or debris. All shoes must be returned in there original packaging. Please ship shoes back in a separate box. Original shoe boxes need to be unmarked and in good condition.

So what are your favorite places to shop for your fitness?

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