Fabletics VIP Membership Subscription Review – September 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.
LIMITED TIME DEAL: new VIP members can use this link to get your two pairs of leggings for $24!
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!
Here’s my invoice for this month. It’s great to know that if something doesn’t fit (or just doesn’t fit the bill), I can always return it.
Roxanna Outfit – VIP Price $49.95 (Retail Price $114.90)
Here’s the outfit I picked this month. September was a very good month for awesome Anna options on Fabletics—lots of pretty rose pinks, really cool mesh details, and metallic gold everywhere. But ugh, once again, the majority of the looks I fell in love with also happened to be the more expensive looks. By more expensive, I mean $59.95, $69.95… even $89.95. I’ve been really happy with the quality of Fabletics so far, and I’m sure the extra cost is worth it. But when I’m already putting aside $49.95 each month for workout clothes, I feel kinda meh about having to put down even more money to get something fun. Of course, there are a few $49.95 looks in the mix, but they’re usually a bit more basic. Basic is practical and still super cute, but sometimes it’s hard to settle for a $49.95 look when there are so many (literally) shiny objects on the table.
Okay, I’m done venting! Let’s talk about this top first. I love the color olive, especially in the fall. I think it picks up on something in my skin tone—it’s almost always a flattering shade. This one had a cool, stone-gray note to it, which I really liked.
The fabric content is 96% Tencel/4% Elastane, which results in a soft, stretchy fabric that’s opaque and sturdy but still effortlessly comfortable to wear. It’s the kind of thing I can wear to a workout class (I’ve got a new boot camp class I’ve been going to in the park on Sunday mornings) or throw on with jeans for an afternoon coffee date.
These leggings are called the Powerform Dhyana Legging. The site lists the content as “81% Nylon/19% Elastane / 82% Polyester/18% Elastane” which seems a little odd… I guess they vary the “ingredients” from run to run?
Anyway, these mid-rise, full-length leggings have a thinner, bathing-suit-fabric feel to them. They’re smooth and tight with a very slight sheen. They’re nice leggings, but I’ve been so spoiled by some of the leggings I’ve gotten from Fabletics in the past that I’m sort of underwhelmed by these guys. They remind me of last month’s pair, which was similarly on the thin side. The Salar leggings, which are one of the styles Fabletics is known for, I think, are made of heavier fabric that feels sturdy, but not stuffy. They also have a thick waistband that stays in place through all my vinyasa’s twists and turns. These leggings are thinner, and while they share the wide waistband, it doesn’t feel as stable. I think that they’re cut so that the very top edge of the waistband is slightly narrower, so they still grip my waist, but they don’t feel as awesome (at least on my bigger hips) than other legging styles I’ve tried.
Verdict: I love Fabletics, though I do wish there were some flashier options available at the $49.95 “entry level” price. $49.95 is a good deal for two pieces high-quality workout gear, but it’s still a significant chunk of money. I want to make sure I’m spending it on truly unique pieces I can’t find elsewhere. That said, the pieces I’ve gotten so far are all comfy and fit surprisingly well. They also hold up beautifully workout after workout (and wash after wash). I definitely have my favorite pieces, and I’m learning what style names to look for when I shop each month. This month’s leggings weren’t amazing, but they’re still great, and I’m sure I’ll get loads of use out of them. And every time I wear a Fabletics outfit to the yoga studio or a class, I always feel like I’m part of the cool, fashionable fitness crew, y’know?
Have you tried Fabletics? Do you have favorite styles you always return to?