For the longest time, athleisure seemed to be focused on a certain look: slim fitting, bell-bottomed and tight compression. While some of these trends are coming back in style, we're also seeing a lot more variety in terms of fit and fabrics.
Lululemon is one retailer embracing a more relaxed look for some of their workout bestsellers. Their Swiftly Tech shirts have been longtime favourites for runners, yogis and athleisure enthusiasts. Loved for its slim fit, chafe-free fabric and seamless construction, this shirt style comes in various lengths and sleeve types — including tank tops.
But if a body-skimming fit isn't for you, Lululemon has now released a relaxed version for those seeking PJs comfort while working out. The new Swiftly Relaxed-Fit Long Sleeve Shirt has the same seamless construction in a less form-fitting style.
While this new style is still suitable for running and training, the shirt features a more relaxed fit in the same lightweight, seamless design. The branded mesh construction enhances breathability while you're working up a sweat. Plus, much like the original, this relaxed style has added elastane to improve stretch and shape retention.
Giving you a little extra room to move and hitting right at the waist, the wide hem prevents your shirt from riding up during even your most intense workout. The Swiftly Relaxed-Fit Long Sleeve Shirt contains Lululemon's Silverescent technology to prevent the growth of odour-producing bacteria — no matter how sweaty you get.
The best part besides the relaxed fit? This shirt is easy to care for: simply wash with similar colours on cold and tumble dry.
If you're looking for a short sleeve workout shirt, you're in luck. Lululemon has also released a Swiftly Relaxed-Fit Short Sleeve T-Shirt that has become a fast favourite among athleisure enthusiasts.
'This shirt is perfection'
With a 4.4 star rating on Lululemon's website, this shirt is applauded for its polished look despite the relaxed fit — with some claiming it transitions nicely from gym wear to casual wear.
"I love these shirts. They are so much more forgiving in the midsection than the original Swiftly but without looking sloppy. I ordered the bright pink one for a week long canoeing/camping trip in northern Minnesota. I literally wore it every single day for six days straight. It held up very well, was excellent at wicking sweat and dried quickly whenever I got wet," raves one shopper.
"I already had a standard fit Swiftly Long Sleeve Shirt and while I love it, I wanted to try a more relaxed fit as well. Both versions are comfortable but I can see myself wearing the relaxed fit casually as well. Other people have commented saying they miss the thumb hole in the sleeve, but I actually prefer it without," adds another.
'Comfy long sleeves'
For those who like to switch up their wardrobe with the seasons, this shirt is receiving a lot of love for its comfortable sleeves.
"Light and comfortable! It’s loose fitting but not baggy. I particularly liked the sleeves. They are roomy and don’t stick to your skin. They are not too long like other Lululemon shirts, either. Also like that there are no thumb holes," says one reviewer.
"Love the relaxed fit. It’s easy to push the sleeves up if you get too hot. Also the fabric is soft and comfortable. I have lots of the original Swiftly shirts. I prefer this looser fit and will get more colours," shares another.
If you're in the market for a new workout shirt that can transition to casual outings, the Swiftly Relaxed-Fit Long Sleeve Shirt is a shopper-approved buy you'll want to check out.
While the majority of the reviews on Lululemon's website were in favour of the new addition to the Swiftly collection, some reviewers did mention the lack of thumb holes in the sleeves. Most fans seemed to enjoy the sleeves as they are, however, if you rely on the additional coverage of the thumb holes then this shirt may not be for you.
Otherwise this workout shirt ticks all the essential boxes: lightweight, relaxed fit and easy to clean with your other clothes.