To the disappointment of men across the city, Lululemon is officially pulling its incredibly popular black yoga pants from store shelves after they realized that the material it used was too revealing.  As men everywhere begrudgingly accept what could have been the greatest fashion gaff in history, Lululemon put out a media alert warning that there might be a shortage of yoga pants at its stores following the quality control issues with its ‘Luon’ yoga pants.  Some countries experience food and water shortages– we experience crippling high end yoga pant shortages.

“The ingredients, weight and longevity qualities of the pants remain the same, but the coverage does not, resulting in a level of sheerness in some of our women’s black Luon bottoms that falls short of our very high standards,” Lululemon said Monday. “We want you to Down Dog and Crow with confidence and we felt these pants didn’t measure up.”

This is not the first Lululemon product to have issues with ‘over-sheerness’.   Another pair of their pants are sold with the disclaimer, “You may experience sheerness with some of our bright-colored bottoms because of the lightweight nature of the fabric. We recommend you do a couple of Down Dogs in your bright-colored bottoms to ensure you’re happy with the fit and coverage.”  The entire thing reminds me of that story “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

Eclat Textile Co Ltd, the Taiwanese company who manufactures the Luon is taking none of the blame, saying that they had followed Lululemon’s design specifications and that the company had simply misjudged customer preferences.

“We checked our orders this morning and indeed, we did follow their instruction to make the product,” Said Roger Lo, of Eclat Textile.  “Lululemon introduced the product to the market and their customers are not comfortable with its opacity.”

The recall only affected Luon pants bought after March 1st and anyone affected can return their purchase for a full refund or exchange at any Lululemon store.  We’ll see how Lululemon’s ‘over-sheerness’ debacle affects what has been the defacto after-work uniform for a large number of DC area yogis.