Fabletics Review: 4 Must-Knows about the Athleisure Subscription

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(Editor’s note: This post was updated on 12/1/16.) I’m an on-again, off-again fitness junkie and I’ve had my eye on Fabletics for a while. I’ve read a Fabletics review here and there, stalked the site and admired the designs. But I never took the VIP plunge until now.

FABLETICS REVIEW - MANNEQUIN WEARING FABLETICS ATTIRE

And just so you know, Fabletics reached out to me and comped my first outfit — which normally is $25 for new VIPs. (Update 10/24/16: The first outfit for VIPs right now is $15!). I’m now in the second month of the subscription, and I’m covering the $49.95 monthly charge.

Note: read to the end to help me pick my next Fabletics outfit!

First, My Perspective

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80s Workout Costume, $39.39, eBay

Before I get into the details of my Fabletics review, I need to share my starting perspective — because I’m opinionated about fitness attire. Specifically, I’m not a fan of excessively coordinated, “matchy-matchy” fitness outfits. It’s a tad judgy of me, yes, but I was a teen in the ‘80s — the decade of fitness-wear gone wrong.

So I prefer plain ole running shorts and tech tees. In the colder months, I add leggings, gloves and zip-up hoodies. My go-to sources for all of these pieces are TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. And this is why I haven’t tried Fabletics until now — I’ve gotten along just fine with my ultra-plain, but modestly priced gear from discount retailers.

The Fabletics Review: 4 Things to Know

Now that I’ve dabbled in Fabletics, my outlook has changed. Turns out, I enjoy being excited to put on cute workout clothes. Without getting too gushy, let’s get on to what you need to know about Fabletics.

1. The $49.95 a month is well spent if you exercise often.

Here’s how Fabletics works. By joining as a VIP, you are agreeing to a $49.95 monthly fee. You can spend that $49.95 on pieces each month, but you don’t have to. If you don’t select any clothes in a given month, you are still charged the monthly fee — and it turns into a credit that you can redeem at VIP pricing, whenever you want. Shipping is always free.

**Update as of 12/1/16: As one of our readers pointed out, you can “skip” the monthly charge by logging into your account in the first five days of the month and clicking the button that reads “Skip This Month.” I highly recommend you do this regularly, and here’s why.

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  • Carry

    I subscribed a few years ago. Most of what they sent me wasn’t flattering (I have a slim hourglass figure) and the quality was poor. The sports bras lost their elasticity and comfortable hold after only a few months. I’m a 32C, so I don’t need a ton of support, but still. To me, being a budget conscious shopper means having a few really quality pieces that maybe I’ve spent a little more on and that will last, instead of closet full of cheap, poorly made clothes that I can only wear a couple times before the fall apart.

    • Catherine Brock

      Carry,
      I agree with you on spending more on quality pieces that last. And thank you for the feedback on Fabletics. I haven’t had the same experience, although I’ve only had the pieces for a few weeks. I will happily revise my post in three months if I share your experience!

      For our other readers, feel free to share recommendations for alternative brands you like!
      ~Catherine

  • Jamie

    I absolutely love Fabletics! One thing to be aware of, though – you can skip a month and not pay the $49.95! You just need to make sure you go in and hit the skip button before the 5th of the month. I do that almost every month even though I place an order (or two….) most months.

    • Catherine Brock

      Jamie,
      Thanks for that tip!!
      ~Catherine