The Lululemon yoga pants that were recalled in March for being too sheer are now back in stores, called the “Second Chance Pant,” for $92. For Lululemon, that’s not much less than the $98 the pants initially sold for before they were pulled.
For the “Second Chance Pant,” the company has sewn an extra layer of fabric onto the back and added strips of see-through mesh along the legs.
The tag on the bottoms reads: “These pants were inspired by a need to find functional and beautiful design solutions for our sheer pants. This is what celebrating failure looks like!”
The company explains further, “We added mesh panels on the side and a luon fabric panel across the back to give you the coverage you need in Down Dog.”
The Vancouver company has confirmed to Business Insider that the Second Chance Pants are made from Lululemon’s recalled pants.
Lululemon has been the focus of a barrage of negative publicity of late. Its replacement Full-On Luon pant, which the company said was thicker, was panned by customers who complained that the pants were still too sheer, and now pilled as well.
Chip Wilson, the company’s founder, countered with the explanation that not all women’s bodies are a good fit for Lululemon clothing.
“It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time and how much they use them,” Wilson told Bloomberg TV.
Lululemon’s recall in March, which affected 17% of its inventory, is expected to cost the company as much as $67 million in revenue this year. The company rolled out new pants with a supposedly thicker fabric, called “Full-On Luon,” in July. However, some customers have been complaining that the new pants are still too sheer and that the material began pilling after only a couple of wears.
Wilson suggested last week that some women’s bodies are to blame for the ongoing problems with the pants. He later posted a video apology for his remarks and begged customers to give the company a second chance.
The revamped version hit stores in mid-October.