Fabletics VIP Membership Subscription Review – June 2017
Fabletics is a monthly fitness apparel subscription co-founded by Kate Hudson. You can shop Fabletics in two ways—you can shop the regular store, or you can sign up for their VIP membership. VIP memberships work like this:
- Take the Fabletics quiz, which will let the company know your size, style, and fitness needs.
- Each month, Fabletics will curate looks that match your preferences. According to the website, outfits start at $19.00 for new members. (I’m not sure if “new members” refers to just your first order, though.)
- Shop those looks at 40-50% off what you’d get just paying retail, or skip the month. You have to make your decision by the 5th of the month. If do neither, the $49.95 monthly membership fee will be saved to your account as a credit, which you can put towards other outfits later.
- As you shop, you’ll also earn points that can be applied to accessories and other cool fitness essentials.
The key takeaway here is that this subscription won’t automatically send you monthly packages like other services do. You have to hop into your account and either decide to add items to your card or skip it. Subscriptions can be canceled at any time, though you do have to call into Fabletics customer service to do it.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Fabletics VIP Membership
The Cost: $49.95 a month. This price goes towards the cost of the outfits curated for you. The cost of outfits varies, but you’ll only be charged for what you choose to actually buy. If you want, you can choose to skip the month, and you won’t be charged. If you don’t spend your $49.95 nor choose to skip, Fabletics will charge you the $49.95 and just save it as store credit for you to use later.
The Products: High-quality, on-trend athletic clothing curated to fit your size, style, and needs. Think leggings, tops, shorts, and outerwear for yoga, running, and all kinds of other workouts. Fabletics is targeted towards women, primarily, but they do offer workout clothes for men, too!
Ships to: Free shipping to the contiguous United States when you spend $49.95 or more. $4.95 flat rate shipping if you spend less than that threshold. $9.00 to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and APO addresses. $5.95 VIP rate to Australia, or $9.95 otherwise.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This month, I hopped into my account later than the beginning-of-the-month ordering period, just to see what would happen. Honestly, it was an easy-peasy process—I was still billed for the $49.95 price of the VIP membership, but that amount was saved as a credit on my account. I just went ahead and picked my favorite outfit for the month, then checked out. Long story short, ordering later in the month, past the set ordering period, doesn’t have any monetary consequences. The only thing you risk is whether the items you want will still be in stock in the size you need.
One thing I noticed—individual items are sometimes under $20.00, but the full outfits (which is what the subscription is specifically for) always start at $49.95. Also, there are only a handful of outfits that go for $49.95. A lot of the standout outfits (including the ones marked as being recommended for me) come in at $59.95 or even $69.95. For the quality I’ve experienced thus far, I don’t necessarily think those prices are off the mark, but I will say it’s a bit of a bummer when I’m setting aside a monthly $49.95 and I’m confronted with paying even more.
Let’s check out the looks!
Lawson Top and Skirt – VIP Price $49.95 (Retail Price $84.90)
Here’s the outfit I picked this month. None of the workout clothes really spoke to me (at least, none of the ones that weren’t $69.95), so I decided to switch things up and pick an “athleisure” look to wear after a workout (or anytime) rather than something to wear during a workout.
I am wiiiiild about this skirt! Bottoms always make me nervous—they always look great on the website, featured on generally more slender models with straighter silhouettes, so I’m usually at least a little skeptical about whether the piece will look (and fit) just as nicely on a curvier, broader, shorter body. But Fabletics crushed it! This skirt is a size large (I usually wear a large or about a size 10 in jeans and pants), and fit me perfectly through the hips and just slightly loose through the waist. It’s so comfortable—the fabric feels like my cuddliest sweatshirt—and hallelujah, hallelujah, it has POCKETS! The zipper details are cute, too. Especially in the summer, my least favorite thing is to have to drag jeans or even shorts up over my sweaty, post-workout body. This skirt is perfect for that occasion, but it’s also cute enough to wear it literally anywhere. I can’t wait to show this skirt off!
The top that came in the outfit is pretty cool, too. It has more of a vanilla color to it—I thought it was more pure cloud white when I saw it online—but it’s really pretty and versatile nonetheless. The fabric is a bit stretchy and has some bounce to it, and it’s thicker fabric than I thought it’d be. It could totally pass for a nicer everyday blouse at a department store. I tucked it in, just to maintain that hourglass shape I prefer, but the top is actually pretty long. It extends down to just about where the bottoms of the pocket openings are, so I’d call it tunic length. The back is low, so there are some bra negotiations that need to be made. I tried it on with a really basic ivory bra, thinking the back strap wouldn’t show, but in the future, I’ll either pick a bra built for a low or backless look, or go the other direction and find a more statement-making piece (maybe a neutral sports bra with a cool patterned band).
Verdict: Fabletics continues to wow me. The process is easier than I expected, and the pieces look and more importantly fit like a dream. The quality is awesome—the pieces I got this month could easily pass in nicer everyday outfits as well as workout ensembles, and things I’ve got in past orders have washed really beautifully. I do wish there had been more looks on the monthly “menu” that fell at the $49.95 price point that you’re already paying for the subscription, but as for what I did end up with, I am absolutely smitten.
Have you tried Fabletics? What do you think?