Best Lululemon Dupes From Eco-Friendly Brand, Girlfriend Collective

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Cute and sustainable... what more could you want?

For many fitness fanatics, Lululemon is a reliable one-stop-shop for all kinds of athleisure gear. Lululemon boasts many cute, functional and high-quality designs, so it's easy to see why. However, these designs do come with a high price tag to match, as well as very little body-positivity and even less attempts at being eco-friendly!

Recently, Lululemon realized that it was missing out on a huge chunk of the market by not selling inclusive sizes, despite many theorizing that shunning plus-size shoppers was originally part of their marketing strategy. So the Canadian company expanded some bestselling items to go up to size 20 instead of just size 12. That's great. But it's 2021 and we have more athleisure options than ever!

Why keep shopping at an expensive company like Lululemon, when a company like Girlfriend Collective exists? Founded by Quang and Ellie Dinh, Girlfriend Collective strives to create sustainable fashion that is high-quality (they insist it's not simply a matter of money, but a matter of time) and pay their employees a livable wage. Their products are recyclable, as is their packaging. It doesn't stop there, they also use water bottles to make their clothes, effectively cutting down on plastic waste in landfills. Beyond that, Girlfriend Collective is just incredibly inclusive: They make all of their items in sizes XXS to 6XL and show a diverse variety of models on their website. Did we mention that all of Girlfriend Collective's prices are lower than Lululemon's too?

Ready to make the switch yet?

If you aren't... it's understandable. Making the shift away from favorite brands like Lululemon can be very difficult. If you currently have Lululemon favorites, here are some similar items at Girlfriend Collective, to make the shift easier. Scroll down for some happy shopping and swapping!

1. Switch out the Lululemon Energy Bra High Neck Long Line with the Girlfriend Topanga Bra

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This Girlfriend Collective Topanga Bra is a great dupe for the Lululemon Energy Bra High Neck Long Line

The good news is that Girlfriend Collective is incredibly size inclusive! Their Topanga bra comes in a range of colors, as well as a range of sizes: XXS to 6XL!

On top of that, you can feel good while you look good because this bra is made from recycled materials and is recyclable. On their site, Girlfriend Collective includes a sustainability report where they break down how many water bottles each of their products diverted from landfills, how many pounds of CO2 were prevented and how many gallons of water were saved

This bra:

  • diverted 11 water bottles
  • prevented 8.02 pounds of CO2
  • saved 1.37 gallons of water

No longer do you need to choose between a sports bra and a crop top. Made from recycled water bottles, Topanga has a high-neck, a low back, and adjustable criss-cross straps that keep everything in place. Finally an x that won’t let you down. This bra is from 79% recycled plastic bottles (RPET) and 21% spandex

And did we mention the best part? The Price!

The Topanga bra retails at $38 while the Energy High Neck bra retails at $68

Here's the Girlfriend Collective Topanga Bra

And here's the Lululemon Energy Bra High Neck Long Line

2. Swap the Lululemon Align™ Tank for the Girlfriend Collective FLOAT Cleo Bra

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This Girlfriend Collective FLOAT Cleo Bra is actually a great dupe for the Lululemon Align Tank Top, in our opinion.

As always, the FLOAT Cleo Bra comes in a variety of colors, and sizes XXX to 6XL. This U-neck bra with a racerback, thin straps and a soft-to-the-touch feel is perfect for low-impact activities like hiking, biking or hand-washing all of your reusable water bottles. This bra is made from 90% recycled plastic bottles (RPET) and 10% spandex.

This bra:

  • diverted 10 water bottles
  • prevented 13.6 pounds of CO2
  • saved 2.43 KWH of energy saved

And did we mention the best part? The Price!

The FLOAT Cleo Bra retails at $38 while the Align Tank retails at $58

Here's the Girlfriend Collective FLOAT Cleo Bra

And here's the Lululemon Align Tank Top

3. Buy the Girlfriend Collective Plum Compressive High-Rise Legging Instead of the Cassis Lululemon Align™ Pant 25"

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This Girlfriend Collective Plum Compressive High-Rise Legging is actually a great dupe for the Lululemon Align 25" Leggings, in our opinion.

Lululemon actually is pretty inclusive on the sizing of these particular leggings, but they aren't that way on all of their products. The Align 25" leggings are available in sizes 0-20, while the Girlfriend Collective Leggings are available in sizes XXS to 6XL and are available in 3 different inseams, as well as 10 colors. These leggings are great for all of your biking, running, climbing, and hot yoga needs and are made contain 79% RPET and 21% spandex.

These leggings:

  • diverted 25 water bottles
  • prevented 18.61 pounds of CO2
  • saved 3.11 gallons of water

And did we mention the best part? The Price!

The Compressive High-Rise Legging retails at $68 while the Align™ Pant 25" retails at $98

Here's the Girlfriend Collective Plum Compressive High-Rise Legging

And here's the Lululemon Align 25" Leggings

4. Forget the Lululemon In Alignment Straight Strap Bra and try out the Girlfriend Collective Lou Bra!

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This Girlfriend Collective Lou Bra is actually a great dupe for the In Alignment Straight Strap Bra, in our opinion.

This is a supportive, full coverage sports bra with recycled, removable cups and clean, minimal straps for a barely-there feel. It's available in 9 colors and sizes XXS to 6XL. Made from 79% recycled plastic bottles (RPET) and 21% spandex

This bra:

  • diverted 12 water bottles
  • prevented 8.83 pounds of CO2
  • saved 1.48 gallons of water

And did we mention the best part? The Price!

The Lou Bra retails at $42 while the In Alignment Straight Strap Bra retails at $68

Here's the Girlfriend Collective Lou Bra

And here's the In Alignment Straight Strap Bra

5. Trade the Lululemon Align™ Short 8" for the Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike Short

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This Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike Short is actually a great dupe for the Lululemon Align™ Short 8", in our opinion.

Girlfriend Collective says it best themselves: "You don’t have to bike to wear bike shorts, but biking cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions, reduces road congestion, and is a pollution-free mode of transport... just saying. Made from recycled water bottles for working out and looking cute."

Made from recycled water bottles, our Compressive fabric contains 79% RPET and 21% spandex. To take care of it, machine wash cold with like colors and line dry flat. It's available in 10 colors and sizes XXS to 6XL.

This bra:

  • diverted 17 water bottles
  • prevented 12.61 pounds of CO2
  • saved 2.11 gallons of water

And did we mention the best part? The Price!

The High-Rise Bike Short retails at $48 while the Align™ Short 8" retails at $58

Here's the Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike Short

And here's the Lululemon Align™ Short 8"

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