The ULTIMATE Guide to Fabletics Leggings—Are They Right for You?


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ultimate guide to fabletics leggings review 2019

Oh, Fabletics, where would I be without you? Since subscribing to this fitness apparel subscription in 2017, I’ve amassed an amazing collection of leggings, sports bras, tops, and gym-ready accessories. They fit great, they look awesome, and best of all, they hold up. (As someone who regularly opts to wash cold and tumble dry hot no matter what the tag says, I’m thrilled with how shapely and smooth my Fabletics pieces continue to be!) Check out our Fabletics reviews to learn more.

If you’re ready to sign up, follow this link to learn how you can get 2 pairs of leggings for just $24!

But if you’re still on the fence about Fabletics, you’ve come to the right place. I’m sharing everything you need to know about the subscription, from how the subscription works to what kinds of leggings they offer. (“PowerHold”? “Cashel”? I’ll break down the differences between the most popular Fabletics leggings styles.)

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How does Fabletics work?

Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Here are some details you should know before getting started with Fabletics:

Is it a subscription?

Fabletics is what we like to call a “shopping subscription” similar to JustFab, Shoedazzle, or Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie brand.

As a Fabletics member, you’ll get the opportunity to shop an ever-expanding catalog of premium fitness and athleisure styles in women’s sizes XXS-3X at VIP prices. At the top of each month, you’ll have several days to shop for something new, skip the month, or wait.

  • Shop by making a purchase of any amount before the 5th of the month.
  • Skip by logging into your account and choosing the “skip” option by the 5th of the month. You won’t be charged anything for months you skip.
  • Wait by simply taking no action by the 5th of the month. Fabletics will charge you $49.95, which they’ll save as store credit on your account. You can spend that store credit as soon as the next month, or wait months before you use it!

So like with a monthly subscription, you will have the opportunity to get something on a regular basis. But if you’d rather save up for something big, you don’t have to spend on something every month.

How much does it cost?

If you choose to wait and not make a purchase at the top of the month, Fabletics will charge you $49.95 (which, remember, you can use as store credit whenever you’re ready to shop).

If you do shop, you can spend whatever’s comfortable for you. In other words, you don’t have to spend $49.95 if that’s not in your budget for the month. Fabletics leggings, for example, start around $39.95, tops and bras start around $24.95, and their accessories start around $4.95.

But wait! When you’re a Fabletics member, you also get access to deals on full outfits (think a bra and leggings, or a bra, leggings, and a third piece, such as a jacket or sweatshirt) for prices that start at $49.95—that’s two or more pieces for the price of one pair of leggings.

This is the option I usually go for, since 1) the price is pretty good for the performance pieces you get, and 2) it’s fun to get a coordinating look rather than one-off pieces. I will say that most of the outfits are over $49.95 (think $59.95 or $69.95), but that’s typically significantly less than the listed retail price. And as I’ve mentioned, I’m always impressed by the fit and quality.

Expert Tip:

Don’t forget to check out the sale section for some great looks available at even deeper discounts!

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What sizes do they offer?

Fabletics offers women’s clothing from XXS to 3X and bras for sizes 30A-48D+.

Based on my experience and what I’ve heard from fellow subscribers, Fabletics does a great job fitting a wide range of body types. For instance, I’m 5’3″, about 150lbs, wear a 10 in jeans and a 6 or 8 in dresses. I often have a tough time finding leggings that not only fit my curvier hips and booty, but actually stay put during a rigorous workout (which for me, ranges from vinyasa yoga to bi-weekly roller derby practices). Where other leggings tend to slide down my legs or scrunch down below my tummy as I move, most of my Fabletics leggings (the Salar PowerHold styles, in particular) comfortably hug my hips so I don’t have to constantly tug them back into place.

PowerHold, Seamless, UltraCool… Which style of Fabletics leggings is right for you?

Fabletics offers several different styles of leggings with different fabrics, compression levels, and specialties. I’ve personally tried almost every style, and I definitely have my favorites. Find out which line is best for your workout needs!

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PowerHold

PowerHold leggings are my go-to compression legging. Fabletics’ signature style holds everything in just so without feeling stuffy or stifling. The poly-spandex fabric offers all-way stretch, moisture wicking, and comfort, plus it has a soft, brushed-cotton feel. Because they’re a little thicker (and thus, a little warmer than other styles), I prefer them for outdoor activities like cool morning jogs, or generally less-sweaty exercise, like slow-flow yoga. I love the high-waisted cuts (they fit my curves best), and the PowerHold styles with edgy mesh details and pockets.

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Seamless

The Seamless nylon/elastane leggings I’ve tried from Fabletics legitimately make me feel like I’m wearing nothing. Seamless fabric is just thick enough to provide reliably opaque coverage and still feel lighter than air. You won’t get the same body-smoothing effect as you would with their PowerHold or other compression styles, but when you want easy, breezy freedom of movement, they’re the ones I reach for. For instance, I love wearing my Seamless leggings to spin classes. They’re not as stay-put as other styles (just because the all-way-stretch fabric is so forgiving), but that cool, unrestricted, second-skin feeling adds ease to even the toughest hills and sprints.

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SculptKnit

SculptKnit is a great pick if you’re looking for the freedom of a seamless style but want a little more compression. These leggings are made from nylon/elastane fabric that’s structured in a way that hugs your body in functional, flattering places. They’re smoothing and stay-put where you need them to be, but still have the ease of movement that comes with traditional Seamless styles. SculptKnit is my favorite style for roller derby practice, where freedom of movement is key—as is not worrying about slouchy leggings mid-game! Plus, the mesh details that often appear in SculptKnit styles make these smooth, sleek leggings make extra cool and breathable.

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PureLuxe

PureLuxe fabric is, as the name suggests, effortless, comfy, and sleek. This polyester/spandex fabric is not quite as compressive as other fabrics on this list, but it does gently smooth over your silhouette (unlike thinner, less forgiving fabrics). Because of its smooth finish, it has a very slight sheen, especially compared to the brushed-cotton texture of PowerHold pieces. Because of the texture, PureLuxe leggings can shift around a little bit (or more than the aptly named PowerHold styles do), but even in very active yoga classes, I’ve not experienced them sliding down.

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Cashel

Cashel is Fabletics’ breathable mesh fabric. And no, this mesh is nothing like the basketball shorts fabric or sheer-80s-crop-top material you might be thinking of. The texture of Cashel is almost like waffle-knit fabric, except luxuriously airy, stretchy, and smooth to the touch. Cashel makes an appearance as an accent fabric in Fabletics leggings—often you’ll see leggings made with PureLuxe down to the knee, then Cashel fabric from knee to ankle. The pair I have also has a cinching detail at the ankle. It’s flattering and pretty, plus they make me feel I’m a dancer wearing chic knee-high leg warmers (minus the warm part, of course). But note that the cinching part can be pesky if you’re resting on your calves. (Half pigeon, anyone?)

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UltraCool

UltraCool fabric only recently made its debut on Fabletics, but I’m already excited about it! It’s billed as “med-high compression”, so it’s close to PureLuxe, but in my opinion, seems a little bit thinner. The fabric doesn’t conceal in the way I expected it to, but the waistband does feel like it’s holding me in and not going anywhere. Most of the UltraCool styles have a smooth, sleek look about them with a slight sheen, plus eye-catching details like mesh panels and flattering stitching. The best part, of course, is how breathable and free UltraCool fabric feels, especially during a particularly sweaty workout. Plus, the all-way stretch of this polyester/elastane fabric makes it super easy to move in. Dance fitness class, you’ve met your match!

Awesome! What else should I know?

If you’re still unsure about Fabletics, know that they have a great returns policy. You can return or exchange your VIP purchases within 45 days of their shipment date using a free return shipping label. (Look in the Order Details section of your account to have one emailed to you.) Nab a new size, a new item/outfit, or get store credit or a refund. As long as your purchase wasn’t a final sale item, you’ll be good to go!

Expert Tip:

Don’t just try your new legging out in front of the mirror—move around in them! Jump, twist, squat, do a few forward folds. Get to know how the leggings respond to the movement you’re most likely to put them through. Just keep the tags on until you’re sure they’re the style for you. (That way you can return them without a hitch!)

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

19 Comments

  1. Fabletics leggings are the best! Powerhold capris and 7/8 leggings are staples in my workout wardrobe.

  2. I have been thinking of joining either fabletics or Ellie for a while now. I like how the leggings and outfits look, but I can’t get past the fabric being polyester or nylon. It seems to me that it would be uncomfortable to wear when you are sweating. I have always preferred cotton for its breathability. Doesn’t polyester and nylon also lead to increased risk of yeast and bladder infections? I guess I am asking, does this fabric actually allow air flow and absorb sweat or are you smothering in a tight layer of your own sweat?

    • I personally feel like the leggings are super thick. They are great at moisture wicking so I’m not just drowning in my own sweat, but I feel like I am dying from how hot I get when I workout in Fabletics leggings. I have several pairs that I bought on a great sale, but probably won’t buy anymore because I can’t comfortably workout in them since they’re not breathable.

    • I personally love the thicker powerhold fabric because it’s moisture wicking, and I do boot camp/ HIIT exercise. I do get a little warm with the leggings, so I generally stick to using powerhold crops, capris, and 7/8’s. I sweat a tremendous amount when I exercise (think just-out-of-the shower drenched), and I’ve never had any issues with yeast or bladder infections. I do change out of my sweaty clothes as soon as I get home though.

      If the powerhold material too thick for you, they have other styles that are thinner/lighter that provide better air flow. One style not mentioned in the review is the motion 365 (called Trinity on Fabletics website) that is still high compression but a thinner fabric. I love wearing these for my summer workouts.

      Plus, you can find different types of leggings with mesh for more breathability. My personal favorite is the Mila capri. It has mesh panels that run down the outer leg and comes with pockets.

  3. Thank you for this! Do you find that their leggings are too long on you? I am only 5’2” and I usually get petite lengths in other brands so I’m a little nervous that these will all be way too long :/ Fo you usually get the 7/8 length? Thanks! 🙂

    • Fabletics offers the leggings in short, regular, and tall inseams. They also carry 7/8, capri, and crop lengths in certain styles. I’m 5’3, and their short inseam leggings fit me well. I prefer the 7/8 and capri styles, though.

    • I ordered the PureLuxe Cashel leggings style in XL Short. It’s supposed to be comparable to a 14/16 but they tag says size 12/14. Still, they fit so no complaint. They are extremely long. The inseam is actually 31″ long on the Short length. That’s what they say the Tall length will be. They still work though they bunch up at my ankles. I’ll try a capri next.

  4. I hate compression but need something for powerlifting. Is the seamless version squat proof?

  5. I absolutely LOVE fabletics!! Their leggings are the best ones I own I have some really great sweatshirts from them too!! I usually skip the month and wait for the sales – they always have good sales around holidays and usually have some random deals throughout the month too. (However – if you buy things with a big discount on sale they’re usually not returnable so I wouldn’t recommend this if you’ve never bought from them before). I’ve been buying from them for 2 years now and I’ve only forgotten to skip a month once and I remembered the next day and asked them if they could cancel the charge since it hadn’t gone through yet – and they did! Love them.

  6. Thanks for this post!! All the information is so helpful. I’ve been looking at Fabletics for a while and just didn’t know where to start.

    • Yay! So glad we could help, Andrea!

  7. Powerhold with mesh and pockets are my go-to yardwork pants. We have about 5 acres, so I spend most of my summer out there mowing or planting or clearing debris. Those pants HOLD UP. I have yet to have any get tears or runs, even in the mesh part. I always just chuck them in a normal load of laundry and they’re fine.

    If Fabletics could just make sports bras in cup sizes, I’d pretty much wear nothing else. Their current sizes don’t fit me.

    • I’m days late reading this post but THANK YOU for this comment. I live on a small 15 acre horse farm and have been looking for good yet cute leggings for summer farm chores!

  8. So what would be the benefit of waiting, rather than skipping, a month?

    • There is none that I know of. Basically waiting to me means you forgot to skip.

    • If you’re someone who does a lot of shopping on Fabletics, then it can’t hurt, since you’ll likely be back soon to spend that store credit. But personally, I’m not inclined to part with $49.95 until I’m sure of what I’m spending it on! My advice? Schedule those calendar reminders! For the sake of doing reviews, I buy more often than I skip, but even I have reminders to make sure I don’t miss the window. Sure, I do think the clothes are worth it (especially the leggings), but I also believe in spending on things you really WANT – not because you HAVE to! Hope that helps <3

    • The benefit is solely for the company. (I still love Fabletics though)

  9. Thanks Anna for a the low down on Fabletics system! I’ve been with Ellie for about a year and am considering switching. This info will really help with my decision.

  10. I personally love the Salar Powerhold 🙂 They make me feel like I’m wearing something very expensive, if that makes sense 🙂

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