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For all those times you’ve gone shopping and tried on the chicest outfit, only to have it look almost, almost perfect—Lululemon gets you.

Lululemon Lab, which opened in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood this past March, not only features limited-edition capsule collections with exclusive-to-the-store athleisure—think less Wunder Unders and more office-appropriate knits and dinner party-ready dresses—but also houses their entire design team. That means you can offer up feedback right then and there (yes, while still standing in the dressing room area). Bold? Yes. But fortunately, it hasn’t resulted in customers throwing hangers at the designers. It’s actually been, well, amazing.

“We’ve seen such a variety of people come through the store, and it really is so much fun for us,” head designer Marcus Le Blanc tells Well+Good. “It’s been so motivating to have these real people giving us feedback on fit and design—I’ve never experienced anything like it.” Clothes road-tested on real people, and not just models? No wonder more customers are finding things fitting better.

“There’s been a few different body types we were missing before, so that was huge,” notes Le Blanc. “Even smaller things, like hearing the height of a pocket should change or that a sports bra that looks great on is super hard to get on and off, have been huge for us when designing future collections.” (Enter the sound of every single woman who has struggled with a sports bra post-sweaty workout breathing a sigh of relief.)

The Lab’s latest collection for summer takes all of the constructive criticism into consideration—as well as inspiration from the designer’s biggest muse: New York City itself.

“While our previous seasons were so heavily focused on protecting New Yorkers from the weather, we wanted to celebrate the summer in this collection,” explains Le Blanc. “[NYC] is so fun in the summer. It’s a little more casual, but we still wanted that holistic, neutral, and versatile feeling to emit from the looks.”

Hence the monochromatic styles (including of-the-moment pastel pink), which range from $60 to $220 per item—although Le Blanc ensures that all pieces are perfect for mixing and matching. Which is basically your excuse for grabbing one of each.

Scroll down to see the perfectly neutral, NYC-inspired looks from Lululemon Lab’s summer collection—available in-store at the NoHo space only.

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Knit Hoodie, $150

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Bond Suit, $150

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Quest Vest, $110
The Shirt Dress, $140

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Cutt Top, $80
Awl Pant, $130

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Krisp Jacket, $140
Cutt Top, $80
Cutt Jegging, $120

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Slink Bra, $50
Volly Short, $120

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Drip Dress, $130
Long Sleeve Tee, $90

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Zipp Overalls, $200
Flipp Top, $80

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Slink Tank, $60
Volly Pant, $160

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Flipp Top, $80
Curve Pant, $220

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