Wantable Fitness Subscription Box Review – September 2017
The fee for this service is $20 a month, and that fee goes toward whichever items you choose to keep. If you keep 3 or 4 items you also get a 20% discount, and if you keep all 5 items you get a 30% discount.
The Subscription Box: Wantable Fitness
The Cost: You’ll pay a $20.oo non-refundable styling fee to start. You only pay for what pieces you decide to keep, and the $20 styling fee goes towards the cost of what you purchase!
The Products: 5 pieces of workout or athleisure clothing curated to match the preferences you set when you sign up. Keep 3 or more pieces to save 20%. Keep all 5, and save 30%!
Ships to: Ships free to the U.S. (Currently ships to the U.S. only.)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The box comes with a booklet that contains a list of the pieces inside as well as a note from my stylist. This month, my stylist is Lorelle. I think I’ve gotten a different stylist with each box, unlike other programs like Trunk Club where you work with just one person. The benefit of having one stylist is that they use your feedback to get better and better at picking the right items for you. But the good part about a different person styling you every time is that you’re never stuck with someone who’s just not getting it.
In the style quiz I took when signing up, I noted the types of things I like, love, and dislike wearing, as well as the price range I’d be most comfortable spending on different pieces (like tops, bottoms, and tertiary styles like jackets, etc.). To get a feeling for the prices and quality I should expect with this subscription, I picked the mid-range price bracket. It looks like the items I got in this box run from $49.00-$88.00.
They also include a pre-paid shipping envelope to use with whatever you decide to return. Note that the return window is limited, so you’ll want to try on your pieces and make your picks as soon as you can after getting your package. They’ll send you a couple emails reminding you to send your unwanted pieces back before the deadline, but I like to set a reminder on my own calendar as soon as I get my package, just in case.
The note in the info booklet mentions that these pieces are intended to be mixed and matched, so I did the “styling” of these outfits myself (rather than going by recommended matches). Just for reference, I usually wear a 10 in jeans, a medium (like a 6 or an 8) in tops and t-shirts, and I’m a 36B. I’m also just 5′ 3″, so I’m on the shorter side. I’m trying things on without shoes since my workouts are usually in the yoga studio. That said, I just started a strength training boot camp on Sunday mornings, so I’ll definitely talk about how these pieces might work in that context, too!
Glyder High Power Crop Leggings in Hibiscus, Size Large – Cost to Keep $64.00 (Retail Value $66.00)
I’ve been trying to open my closet to more bright colors lately. Red is a color I’ve traditionally found a little overwhelming against my pale skin, but this box has gotten me to try on and see the beauty in this bold hue. These leggings are made from a medium-weight, nylon/poly/spandex blend fabric. I like that they have a higher rise—they feel like they’d stay up and in place during a sweaty vinyasa. I’m still getting used to the red, and I definitely wish these were full-length leggings rather than cropped ones (they’re just not my style), but I do feel like this is a high-quality pair that feels secure, yet comfy to wear. The fit is nice, too. They’re not too tight, which is an issue I’ve run into with Wantable-curated leggings before.
Free People Movement Barely There Bra in Hibiscus, Size M/L – Cost to Keep $38.00
This bra is also “hibiscus” colored, but it’s a good deal more muted and vintage in tone. I think I like it a bit better for that reason—it’s not so in-your-face. I love the feeling of this effortless, super-stretchy bra. The made-in-the-USA nylon/spandex fabric lives up to its name in that it really feels like a second soft, ultra-comfortable skin. Take note though, that this lightweight fabric, while nice and opaque, doesn’t provide a lot of support. It’s also unlined, so no supportive cups like other sports bras. It should work great for low-impact workouts, but if I’m going out for a run or something, this isn’t the kind of thing I’d reach for.
Colosseum Crosstown Capri in Satellite Print, Size L – Cost to Keep $59.00
I wanted to like these leggings, despite their being cropped, but the cross-over waistband isn’t quite as stable as a typical high-waist. My tummy kept wanting to go “bloop!” out the front when I tried some twists. These leggings run a little smaller, too, so I don’t feel quite as secure in them. I love the pattern though! The lines look like a map of city streets. And the charcoal color is cool and versatile (and very me).
Wear It to Heart Strappy Vent Bra in Esperanza, Size M – Cost to Keep $49.00
These two pieces were the only two that definitely go together. I love how the pops of pinkish red wake up the blue and violet colors of this splotchy petal print. This bra was on the tighter side, but I like the fact that the band and the lower part of the front of the bra (beneath the cups) is made of printed mesh, rather than thick fabric. It’s a good balance of breathable and supportive.
Wear It to Heart Mesh Panel Curved Capri in Esperanza, Size L – Cost to Keep $75.00
The matching leggings follow a similar style. They’ve got a mesh accent on each hip—it’s a big triangular shape that’s barely distinguishable from the regular fabric, except that it’s a little bit paler. And of course, for the wearer, it’s a little breathable. These leggings were also cropped (okay, okay, I’ll stop complaining about cropped leggings), and a little on the tight size. They were, however, really secure around the waist, which is what’s most important to me—they feel secure, but slightly less comfortable than the red pair.
Alternative Apparel Scrimmage Reversible Pullover in Royal Blue, Size M – Cost to Keep $54.00
The info card says this is a “reversible” top, but really if you turn it inside out, it just looks like… the inside of a sweatshirt. It’s made from French terry, which means it’s lightweight and (this is going to sound weird, I know, but stay with me) washcloth-like on the inside, rather than fuzzy or super soft. I love the idea of having an oversized sweatshirt that I can throw over my sweaty workout clothes. And this sweatshirt seems perfect for creating an extra layer of warmth, without being too suffocatingly snuggly. My only issue with this sweatshirt is that, well, it’s just a sweatshirt. It’s more relaxed and just plain blue, so it’s not something I’d probably wear out and about in addition to class. Should I spend $54.00 on a super simple sweatshirt, or should I just pop by my favorite consignment shop and get a similar look with a little more worn-in, retro personality (for fewer dollars)? I’m kind of leaning towards the latter…
Colosseum Access Road Perf Hoodie in Heather Charcoal, Size M – Cost to Keep $79.00
The last item in the box is this hoodie. I keep wanting to say “sweatshirt”, but that’s kind of a misnomer. It’s a pullover with a hood, sure, but the fabric is a nylon/polyester/spandex blend that feels like the material a heavy pair of leggings is made of. Weirdly, it doesn’t feel like the kind of thing that’d be all that warm to throw on after a workout. I’d say it’s probably best used as a jacket if you’re on a cold-morning run or a fall game of football. It seems like it’d shield you from weather and the wind pretty well, but it doesn’t feel like the kind of thing I’d want to wrap myself at the end of a workout. It’s also super big for a medium! And the crossover hood doesn’t have any drawstrings to keep it secure on my head.
Verdict: I liked this month’s selections, but I felt like there was one thing about pretty much every item that made me side-eye it a bit—the bright color of the red leggings, the slight tightness of the Wear It to Heart outfit, the simplicity of the sweatshirt… I think my favorite piece is probably the Free People bra since it’s just so darn comfortable (and pretty, too). I’d need to nab at least 3 pieces to earn the 20% off Wantable discount, but the $20.00 styling fee I paid for the box would go towards what I want to buy.
What do you think of the Wantable Fitness styling subscription service?