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Wantable Men’s Active Edit Review – Curated Fitness Apparel for Men

Ariel Sandler
ByAriel SandlerSep 7, 2021 | 0 comments

Wantable Men's Active Edit Review - Curated Fitness Apparel for Men

Wantable Men's Active Edit Review

Does this highly specific and curated activewear styling service for men perform?

Pros:

  • Detailed style quiz sets personal stylist up to make informed decisions
  • Wantable Stream allows customers to request or decline specific items
  • Designated assortment themes (i.e. Men’s Active Edit) presents a focused styling
  • Products are from high-quality name brands that are on-trend.
  • Customers need to only keep five of the seven items to receive a 20% discount and have zero commitment long-term

Cons:

  • Wantable offers limited apparel categories (i.e. workout gear), especially for men
  • Customers aren’t able to view style selections prior to receiving
  • Price points don’t include items under-$50 or over-$200 like other platforms (i.e. StitchFix)

Verdict

Unlike some other subscriptions, the Wantable Men’s Active Edit is a highly specific, curated apparel assortment for men. If you’re in the market for an activewear upgrade, I recommend giving Wantable a serious look.

COUPON: $35 off your first edit. No coupon needed - just use this link.

by Ariel Sandler, MSA Reviewer, Continued Insufferable Shopper
September 9, 2021| Leave a comment

I’m not going to lie… I like clothes. I enjoy following the latest trends, discovering emerging brands, and generally being in the know. It’s part of the reason I’ve spent the last decade working in marketing with national and local retail accounts, selling everything from everyday wear to high-fashion, high-ticket items. Having said all that, I’m no good at shopping. I don’t like picking through clothing racks, and I hate trying on apparel.

While I’ve dipped my toes into the personal styling service and other clothing subscription boxes, I have grown exhausted from all the choices. Does Wantable offer any newness to the category for me? Read on to find out.

My Subscription Addiction paid for the styling fee of this product. (Check out the review process post to learn more.

About Wantable

Wantable Brand Overview

  • Wantable is an online men and women’s membership delivering curated items on a subscription basis.
  • Packages are based on each customer’s personal style preferences.
  • Upon receiving items from Wantable’s personal stylists, customers have five days to review and keep/return items.

How It Works

  • Upon sign-up, customers complete a profile with their size, fit, color palette and pricing preferences.
  • Each package includes seven items hand-picked from a personal stylist based on the user’s profile.
  • Customers have five days to review their style edit and determine whether to keep or return each item.

Cost

  • Wantable charges a $20 styling fee per box that is credited toward the purchase of any kept items.
  • If five (or more) items are kept, customers receive a 20% discount on the entire purchase.
  • There is zero commitment beyond the first order and customers can choose their subscription frequency.

Subscription Frequency

  • Wantable offers a monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly subscription service.
  • Customers can also choose to keep this style edit as a one-time purchase.

Cancellation Policy

  • Wantable allows customers to cancel at any time.
  • Customers are not required to sign up for a recurring service.

Creating a Wantable Profile

Style Quiz

Wantable’s sign-up process is similar in depth and detail to others like StitchFix and Nordstrom Trunk Club. Customers navigate through a series of questions including must-haves like size or fit needs. Other questions are more subjective in nature such as color palette preferences or your interest in certain apparel styles. I liked how Wantable allows customers to rate their preferences on a scale – from “love” to “like” to “dislike.” As long as a customer at least shows a willingness to try an item they’re unsure of it could very well lead to a new favorite item, color scheme or brand. 

I made things a little harder for Wantable’s personal stylist since I didn’t provide any additional comments or context to my preferences (though I appreciate the offer!) and was excited to see how closely they came to fulfilling my needs.

Wantable Stream

At the conclusion of my profile edit I was taken to the Wantable Stream page – an offering I really appreciated at first glance. This is where Wantable provides a series of specific clothing items and allows you to specifically request items or decline each item (or leave blank). I was excited to have some choice in this matter and not leave everything up to chance. However, after positively (and, sometimes, negatively) rating certain items, I only received one choice in my box. To be fair, Wantable does say items are subject to in-stock availability. but I was disappointed that only one item (which I liked!) actually shipped in my box.

What Did I Get in My Wantable Box?

In addition to the product collection, my box included a welcome letter with logistical information, a breakdown of each product and their associated costs and a prepaid return label.

How Many Items Did I Receive?

My first box was said to contain seven items and, sure enough, that’s how many I received. There were items from brands I’d come to know and trust (ex. Rhone, Public Rec), and others I was unfamiliar with (ex. Threads 4 Thought, Glyder). I was really happy to receive a full assortment of items that could really upgrade my active/leisurewear wardrobe – from tops to bottoms. 

How did Wantable do?

If you’re purporting to provide active and leisurewear for men, you’d better come with a combination of cozy, comfortable and performance clothing. And Wantable did not disappoint. Every item I tried on either felt incredible to the touch, or featured the technology required for my most active runs – and sometimes both. I had a few issues with the fit but that, presumably, is some combination of user error or a correction that will be fixed over time, as the connection between customer and stylist strengthens. I did have concerns as it relates to my style and specific clothing preferences vs. what I received, especially given their Wantable Stream technology. It was disappointing only receiving a single item I’d selected – and not getting anything else I felt was similar in style. Having said that, the pieces I did receive have continued to grow on me over time. Because it’s hard to say no to extremely comfortable wear. 

I love a comfy tee. Who doesn’t love a comfy tee? This gray, slightly oversized tri-blend crew neck t-shirt from Threads 4 Thought didn’t change my thinking. It’s soft. Really soft. It’s the kind of shirt you can’t wait to put on Saturday morning to sit on the couch and drink a coffee. In related news, I can’t wait for next Saturday.

The past 18 or so months has changed my outlook in a lot of ways. One of which is my perception on pants. I’ve forever been a chinos or jeans guy. Then I wore sweatpants for 742 days (or so it seemed). Now that I’m required to interact with the real world, I’m not quite ready to go back to my old ways. That’s where these All Day Every Day pants from Public Rec come in. They look like any normal black pants from a few feet away. But get a little closer – or have the good fortune of wearing them – and you’ll realize they’re anything but. They have the comfort level of your coziest sweatpants or joggers with a standard fit. There are more than enough pockets for your every need. They lay well against your shoes. I could nitpick a bit given my preference for a slightly slimmer pant but these are really quite wonderful. 

Let’s stick with the cozy theme and hit our upper body. This Public Rec Politan Hooded Sweatshirt is another piece that feels incredible on-body. In fact, I’m wearing it right now as I type. It’s slim-fitting (which I like), moves comfortably with you thanks to the elasticity throughout, and even includes a hidden zipper pocket within the kangaroo pocket pouch. It’s very much not your standard cotton hoodie. Which, because I already own a dozen of those, is perfect. This could be worn to, from, or during a yoga session, or at your local coffee shop. Another keeper.

The Carrolton short by Tasc is a short I really wanted to like but it suffers from too many minor issues for me to call it a real keeper – especially at a $44 price tag. The waistband was too tight on me though that could be as simple as a sizing issue. My biggest concern is the weight of the material; it’s extremely light. It’s fine for an around-the-house short, but not something I really want to wear outside. And, at that price tag, I’d like something more versatile.

The “Active” section of this review starts with this Reign short sleeve tee from Rhone. It’s a fairly standard active running tee with all of the necessary performance tech, including amazing stretch, moisture-wicking fabric. I’ve tested on my most humid of runs, and it holds up. I also like the subtle style inclusions; just enough to separate it from everything else you see on the rack. Having said that, I’m not sure those subtle fashion choices warrant the price tag. At $68, it’s a rather expensive running tee.

Glyder’s Tahoe 1/4 Zip Shirt is another example of an extremely comfortable pullover full on performance… and price. I haven’t tested in an outdoor run just yet for obvious reasons but it features strong stretch elasticity and quick-drying technology. It will be a definite need come the colder weather months. But at $78 you had better make great use of it.

The Fulton Short from Greyson Clothiers possesses about every feature you could possibly want from a workout short. Antimicrobial? Check. Water Wicking? Check. 4-Way Stretch? Check. The 85% Nylon / 15% Elastane short comes with a plethora of pockets to securely hold all your needs and even features UVA protection. I just wish they weren’t so long. I like a short-length running short, and this 9.5″ inseam is wildly long and too constricting to get much use out of.

My Verdict

At this point, I’d consider myself a men’s apparel subscription expert. I’m sure I haven’t tried them all. But I’ve tried plenty.

Wantable excels in a couple key areas: comfort and quality. I have nothing bad to say about the products delivered to my home. In fact, I have many positives. Everything looked and felt great. For that alone, I recommend at least giving Wantable a try.

I did have concerns around the level of personalization. I’d like to believe that improves over time. But I was disappointed by their Wantable Stream platform as it didn’t deliver the products I hoped to receive.

I also don’t think there’s any getting around the costs associated with many of these items. They’re not cheap. I could no doubt find quality active and athleisure wear for lower prices. But the quality, again, is comparable to cost. Just be sure to select the price ranges you can handle.

Unlike some other subscriptions, the Wantable Men’s Active Edit is a highly specific, curated apparel assortment for men. If you’re in the market for an activewear upgrade, I recommend giving Wantable a serious look.

Give Wantable a Try!

Have you ordered Wantable? What did you think? Let us know below!

COUPON: $35 off your first edit. No coupon needed - just use this link.

Curious about other Wantable packages? Check out our Wantable Men’s Active and Women’s Style reviews.


 

"Wantable is a try-before-you-buy online retailer. Personal stylists create one-of-a-kind relationships with customers to fuel their confidence with looks geared to their unique tastes, needs and wants. Wantable offers four different Edits: Women's Style, Women's Active, Sleep & Body, and Men's... read more.
Ariel Sandler
Ariel Sandler
Ariel is adjusting to dad life after recently welcoming a daughter into the world. Before fatherhood (and, hopefully, still during), he enjoyed exercising, craft beer and coffee brands, and discovering new gadget and fashion trends. He's excited to join MSA because nothing is better than learning more about these passions than with a knock and a box at your door.

Ariel Sandler
Ariel Sandler
Ariel is adjusting to dad life after recently welcoming a daughter into the world. Before fatherhood (and, hopefully, still during), he enjoyed exercising, craft beer and coffee brands, and discovering new gadget and fashion trends. He's excited to join MSA because nothing is better than learning more about these passions than with a knock and a box at your door.
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