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Lululemon's pants return with 'more fabric across the bum'

Some of the clothes at a Lululemon store in Pasadena, Calif., earlier this year.
Some of the clothes at a Lululemon store in Pasadena, Calif., earlier this year.
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See-through pants brought Lululemon (and some of its customers) unwanted attention back in March. They were pulled from shelves.

Now the yoga and running clothier says that thanks to "more fabric across the bum" and other design changes, the black pants are coming back to stores this month.

However, Lululemon cautions that customers need to "get real about sheerness. ... Luon is a knit fabric — if you stretch a knit fabric far enough, it will go sheer. That's why the right fit is key."

The company offered refunds back in March when some of its black luon pants weren't covering its customers in the right way due to "increased sheerness," according to NPR

Though the "formula" has not changed, the pants are now required to "go through 15 tests" before they're stocked in stores, Lululemon stated on its blog.

"We’ve also re-engineered our luon bottom patterns in each and every style to minimize the stretching of the fabric. ... so it's not stretched from the get-go," according to the company blog. 

After the see-through pants were taken off the shelves, the company "said the incident would reduce its expected first-quarter sales to $333 million to $343 million, down from the $350 million to $355 million it had previously expected," according to The Wall Street Journal.

The company's stock dropped more than 8 percent during that time, according to NPR. 

Shares have been up roughly 20 percent since, according to the Los Angeles Times.