FYTSO Subscription Box Review – December 2015
FYTSO is a new fitness fashion retailer for women. Every month you work with a stylist to personalize your shopping experience and receive up to 5 items of brand name athletic wear.
Here’s how it works:
1. You start by setting up your style profile (which I found to be really detailed and thorough!), and your stylist uses this to pick out your items for the month.
2. You will then receive an email from your stylist with a preview of what she has chosen for you. (You don’t need to enter any kind of payment information to receive a preview! You can see what they would pick for you completely free.)
3. You can accept this selection or decline it. If you decline, you can email your stylist back to talk about why – you can request different sizes, colors, different items altogether, or ask for a fewer number of items.
(You can reject your selection twice, and after that you just skip for that month)
4. Once you approve your selection, you are sent an email with your invoice for the items and check out.
5. You receive your items and get to try them all on at home. They include a pre-paid return label for anything you may want to send back, and you get 10% off your next order if you keep all 5 items.
For the time being, item selections are limited to short- and long-sleeve tops, hoodies and jackets, sports bras, pants, tights/leggings, shorts, socks, and shoes. However, when I took their style quiz they had a section where you can specify the types of items you’d like to receive and which you’d prefer to not receive, and this list included items like yoga mats and exercise bands and such. I hope that means they plan to one day also offer those things!
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Box: FYTSO
The Cost: You only pay for what you keep (although you do pay for the items before they ship to you, and you return whatever you may not want). The average price per item is $50, and you can state your budget in your style profile for them to try to work with.
The Products: Up to 5 brand name athletic wear and athleisure items each month
Ships to: US
There was no information card included, but they did send these prints of simple stretches and workouts I can do with just my bodyweight (no equipment)!
This is the invoice I was sent for my approved selection of items to check out with.
On Track Hoodie Jacket by FILA – Cost: $55.95 (found on sale for $44.99)
This jacket is great! It’s a really nice quality light jacket, which I needed. I think in the future I’ll ask to size up for outerwear because this jacket only just fits, but it does fit and it’s comfortable and I’ll definitely wear it. Because it’s a lighter jacket, I don’t anticipate to be wearing too thick of or too many layers underneath so the fit shouldn’t be an issue for how I’ll wear it.
Stirrup Tights by Nike – Cost: $65.95
I really like these tights! They’re great for running and I can tell that that they breathe really well. I had tights in my first preview from my stylist, and when I declined it (to request for a different color scheme) I also clarified I need long tights, generally at least a 31” inseam. She swapped the tights out with these, which have stirrups that go around my foot and have a specific 31” inseam! FYI – When I search Google for these, I find some links that look like they used to be sold places like Nike (obviously), Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Macy’s but all of those pages no longer exist or the item is out of stock.
Tank by New Balance – Cost: $29.95
I’m happy with this tank. I like the design a lot! The fabric is definitely breathable. The length is great on me, and I think it’s quite flattering.
Gloves By BULA – Cost: $29.9 (found on sale for $14.99)
At first, I was a little unimpressed with these gloves – they seemed really thin and light for winter running, which is what I had asked my stylist about. However once I searched for them online, I found that they are actually glove liners, so you can add a layer to whatever gloves you want. I think that’s really handy (pun intended!) but I wish they would have been labeled as such by FYTSO. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have known what they were and just thought they were lightweight gloves and probably returned them.
Trainers by Nike – Cost: $89.95
(I’m not sure if these are the exact same shoes, but they are really close – the most similar I found!) Exercise is more fun with cute and colorful shoes, right? I think these are really nice. They’re light and comfortable, and the cushion feels great for my feet.
Here’s a look at more detail on the shoes.
The Verdict: Overall, I enjoyed my first month of FYTSO. I definitely like the selection, quality, and style of items they sent me. There are a few small things I hope to see tweaked in the future, though. When searching for links for these items, it seems like a lot of them were previous season’s releases or something – this definitely doesn’t bother me at all since I don’t personally care about staying on top of “this season’s” releases for clothing, really, but where the problem can arise is when this fact means that items are on sale or discounted at other retailers. Another thing is that I hope they label their items a little more specifically (and with the specific names they were originally sold under so we can find them more easily). The gloves they sent me were just labeled as gloves and not the glove liners they actually were. Like I said earlier, the difference between being gloves and glove liners changes whether or not I am satisfied with them as a product so it’s important to label them correctly.
The customer service experience, I have to say, was great. I definitely feel like my stylist paid attention to my profile and when I rejected my first preview asking for a different color scheme and to make sure the leggings were long enough, she responded surprisingly quickly! She got the fit of everything correct and I felt heard.
So far I’d say that FYTSO is more about quality items and the styling service than getting a bargain, but I enjoyed my experience and items enough that I’m looking forward to seeing how future months go.
What do you think so far about FYTSO?