If you love leggings, you know about Kate Hudson's workout line, Fabletics, which draws you in with a killer 2 for $24 leggings deal.
Fabletics is a digital subscription service that caters to the athleisure-obsessed among us with inexpensive, size-inclusive workout gear.
But is it really as great as the many TV commercials, magazine ads, and podcast spots make it out to be? Jess and I decided to order a bunch of Fabletics clothes and try it out.
The site offers a brief survey to curate your perfect picks. Jess and I both chose "gym" as our favorite way to get fit.
Then we had to select our body type. This concerned me, since not every body type can be easily categorized.
I opted for "I'm one of a kind," since I'm multiple categories, while Jess chose curvy. "But I probably shouldn't have, since I'm not an hourglass," Jess said, highlighting the lack of options.
"The options were limited. Extremely limited. We all have more than one body type. Some of us are shaped like apples or pears. Some of us look like figs!" Jess said jokingly.
For sizes, I chose medium (8-10) and Jess picked 2X (18-20). (This spring, Fabletics increased its size range to go up to a size 3X)
There are two ways to shop Fabletics: as a guest or VIP. The latter is the membership program that offers the best deals. Here's how it works:
The VIP program is Fabletics' subscription service. Unless you shop or choose to skip a month, VIPs are charged $49.95 on the sixth of the month.
If you don't buy anything or forget to choose the skip option, the $49.95 fee can be converted into a shopping credit.
"Also, for someone who isn't too comfortable showing her back, I would have liked more coverage."
The criss-cross feature makes the back of the bra even more...odd ($24.95 for VIP, Fabletics).
Jess was surprised that the leggings were slouchy, since they didn't look that way online, but the print was interesting in a Jackson-Pollock-does-activewear sort of way.
These joggers could be good for those who don't always want to wear tight leggings, but definitely aren't for the gym ($44.95 for VIP, Fabletics). "The pants were extremely confusing, because I thought they were workout pants and they weren't. These are more athleisure than actual athletic clothes," Jessica said.
This is a sports bra. A sports bra full of lies. I was counting the seconds until I could cut myself out of this medical bandage apparatus of my nightmares.
Jess' look was AMAZING. She was in love with it and we were both in disbelief that this could be worn to the gym.
Next, Jess and I tried on Fabletics' jackets. And they were AWESOME.
($54.95 for VIP, Fabletics)
This jacket was great, but I would have gone a size up since it was pretty tight. It had a lot of stretch in it, which was good.
I'm wearing a medium, and I should have ordered a large. I do love black, so I could see this being in my closet ($39.95 for VIP, Fabletics).
Finally, we tried these post-workout dresses.
I'm in a size medium and Jess is in a 2X ($59.95 for VIP, Fabletics).
FINAL THOUGHTS: Fabletics has some well-designed pieces that are only affordable if you're a VIP member. "If I needed to shop for workout clothes, this wouldn't be my first choice," Jess said.
We wished the prices were standard across the board, rather than requiring you to sign your life away to another subscription service.
"It was cool that they went high in sizing," Jess said. "But it was hard to know what was available in plus-size, since some straight-size models are wearing what's also available in larger sizes." Confusing!
From difficult site navigation to fixed body categories to subscriber-only savings, I think there are a lot of kinks to work out in the Fabletics world. The designs are cute, but the brand has room to improve.
After all, non-see-through leggings should be for everyone.