This honest review of Fabletics is unpaid and unsponsored, including the good, the bad (and one ugly!) of the workout clothes and the service.
After almost a year of being a paying Fabletics member, Fabletics reached out to me in early 2015 and offered to send me some free workout clothes. I accepted their freebies and still ordered outfits with my own money. The post below was written in July 2014 before they reached out to me.
2018 update: They sent me free gear, the quality and fit were poor. They no longer send me free workout clothes and I no longer order from them as the quality went down significantly since they first launched.
How does Fabletics work?
I am frequently asked what I think about Fabletics and I’ve feel like I’m in a place where I can write a fair review after being a (paying) member for a while now. If you’re not familiar with Fabletics, it’s a fitness apparel company owned by Kate Hudson that operates on a monthly membership structure. If you join as a VIP Member, your first outfit is only $25 and you also get discounted prices on a la carte items.
(And, if you’re ever gonna buy anything, I don’t know why you wouldn’t join as a VIP since you’re never forced to buy anything or pay a monthly fee.) But the main perk of joining is that you get outfits curated for you each month and can get a 2-3 piece outfit for $49-$59. And, if you don’t want anything, you can skip a month and you get charged $0 for that month.
When you join, you take a survey about what types of workouts you do and what styles of outfits you like (shorts, tanks, carpris, etc.). Then, at the beginning of each month, workout outfits are picked out for you. I’m not sure if the outfits really are that different based on your survey because there are a lot of outfits curated (50+).
So, what do I think? Let’s break it down into four areas: Quality, Style, Value, Customer Service and Ease of Use.
Good. For the price paid, the quality is much higher than I was expecting. The leggings rival the quality of the Lululemon Underwunders I own: They are thick (no see through issues here – I had one of my yoga instructors confirm that too); they have great compression (i.e. they make my legs and booty look good); they hold their shape and compression over time; and they don’t fade.
The tops have been really soft and high quality too…although I think they do run a little small. One top that I ordered had design faux-paux too… this tank is darling, right? Until you get it and realize that it doesn’t have a built-in shelf bra. And layering a bra under it kind of ruins the cut-out back design.
Very impressed. There is a wide variety of styles from very simple tanks and bottoms with solid colors, but there are also really fun items with cut-outs, sheer fabrics and bold patterns. I definitely think anyone could find a style they like. This is the outfit I picked out this month. I love the cutout in the back and the mesh material of the top and I love the unexpected design of the capris with the sheer panels.
You can see the sheer panels better in this picture. (BTW, that’s an Ellie tank I’m wearing, not Fabletics. And for the record, I do NOT recommend Ellie. The few items I got from them have been horrible quality–the stitching on this came undone after one wash and the leggings lost their shape pretty quickly.)
Solid. Considering what you get for around $50, I think it’s a great deal. The leggings – which truly rival more expensive brands – would run closer to $80+ with brands like Lululemon, Beyond Yoga, Splits 59, etc. The tanks would probably run $40-$50. The sports bras, which are all low-impact from what I’ve seen, are the only thing that aren’t that much of a deal since I think you could get something comparable at Target for $15, but, they sell their sports bras a la carte for around $15 anyway. So, you add up what you would pay elsewhere for similar quality and $50 is really a great deal. Depending on whether you get 2 or 3 items and the specific items, you may pay $49-$69. Still a good deal.
Ease of Use:
Not great. The website is easy to navigate and looks nice. And it’s easy to place your order. But when I factor in things like item availability, sizing and shipment times, ease of use suffers. If I don’t order right away when the new outfits are released, popular colors and sizes sell out.
Their sizing seems to be all over the board…mostly running too small from my experience; I’ve had to return or exchange a number of items that were too small. (They do have Fit Surveys that others submit about how items fit so be sure to read that!) And it takes a long time to get your order with standard shipping.
Pretty, pretty bad. I’ve had to work with Customer Service a number of times on exchanges since things have run small and because I was missing a tank from one order. They always get my issue resolved, but they are difficult to deal with. Also, when I try to exchange things, they’re often sold out of the item I want by the time I get my order and realized I need to exchange it.
So, bottom line, would I recommend Fabletics
Actually, yes… IF you have patience and aren’t in a hurry to get any specific item. I feel like it’s a really good deal for the style and quality. And, I have been really happy with my items once I got what I wanted in the right size. I also like that you can skip months and pay nothing.
I don’t really want to/need to spend $50 each month on workout clothes, but I have been trying to get outfits that match and replacing my gross workout clothes more frequently.
Being able to skip months means I can buy something only it really catches my eye. I haven’t bought anything a la carte–I’ve only done the full outfits–but I may eventually once I start doing yoga again. I need more fitted tanks, and the a la carte prices are around $20 for a tank.
FYI, this is NOT a sponsored post.
Do you use Fabletics? What has been your experience?