Fabletics (referral link) is an athletic wear company for females which was co-founded by Kate Hudson. It ships to Canada, United States as well as some areas in Europe.
One thing I most struggled with when I started working out was finding outfits. I’m on a budget and Lululemon, Nike, Under Armor just aren’t affordable for me. I didn’t like the idea of going to these stores and trying items on, and when I did, I found a lot of inconsistency in the sizing and styles. For this reason, I was thrilled when I discovered Fabletics. You can buy an entire outfit for only $50, and it’s great quality! The downside? They only shipped to the US. I contacted one of my favourite bloggers and asked if she would be willing to put in an order for me. She was more than willing to do so, and in fact, she put in many large orders for me. I instantly fell in love with the clothes. They fit me perfect, the styles were great and I loved the colours, I was instantly sold. I was very excited when Fabletics announced they would be shipping to Canada.
It’s very important to understand just how Fabletics works. This is not your typical athletic retailer, this is a subscription VIP service. When you first sign up you fill out a little survey about yourself. This allows Fabletics to suggest outfits that are best suited to you. This is the first thing I love about Fabletics. They put the outfits together for you. The outfit will consist of either 2 or 3 pieces. Most often it is bottoms, a top and a sports bra. Sometimes it may be a jacket or even an accessory like a scarf or hair tie. If you don’t like any of the pre-made outfits you have the option to also buy single pieces, though you do save money when you buy the outfit. They also sell other accessories like socks, water bottles, yoga mats.
When you make your first purchase you have the option to go through as a regular purchase, or to become a VIP. If you chose VIP you do get a discounted price. It’s so important to understand the VIP program if you chose to do that. On the 1st of every month, Fabletics will release new styles. You have five days to either purchase an outfit or choose to ‘skip’ the month. If you do neither then you will be charged for that month. The charge will be $49.99, That charge will then turn into a credit that you can use at any time. If you aren’t sure by the 5th if you are wanting to make a purchase, go ahead and skip, you are still able to make a purchase later in the month if you choose to. There is no limit to how much you can buy, or how many months in a row you can skip. Once styles sell out, they are typically gone for good in order to make room for more collections. On the rare occasion, they will bring back the most popular styles.
The reason I want to stress how the VIP program works is that a lot of people don’t understand it. If you look on their Facebook page there are so many complaints. There are threats to go to the Better Business Bureau, accusations of credit card fraud etc. The fact is, you signed up for this. If you skip before the 5th you will have no issues. If you are familiar with the shoe company JustFab (who I have also dealt with in the past) you will have noticed that it is the same format. I have never had an issue skipping a month in JustFab and I have never been unexpectedly charged. If you do forget, it’s your own fault, not Fabletics. Some people recommend setting a phone reminder each month if you think you may forget, or make a note in your day planner!
I am a huge fan of Fabletics. Their clothing is soft, comfortable, and definitely takes a beating. I really appreciate the fact that it is machine washable and dryable. This is a huge bonus for me because I really don’t want to hang dry all of my work-out clothes. I definitely recommend that if you are in the market for some new athletic wear that you give Fabletics a chance! I also find the consistency in sizing to be great. With Lululemon I find that I can fit a size 10-14, all depending on what the item is. I’m typically a 10 on top and a 12 on the bottom. I’ve been ordering large in everything, though I’ve been sizing up on the printed bottoms as they seem to run smaller/tighter. Fabletics offers sizes XXS (0-2) to XXL (18-20). They also have different inseams on some of their pants, which as a short girl, I greatly appreciate.
I’m updating this a bit a year and a half later and want to say that I’m still a huge supporter of this company. I have some of my original bottoms still and they are in great condition. They have no signs of wear and the colours are still vibrant. I also find that they haven’t lost any of their compression or shape with wear which is a huge bonus. Lately, they been evolving to include more lifestyle items like dresses, rompers, and most recently: swimsuits! I’m really excited by the growth I see in this company and still highly recommend them.
If you’re thinking about giving them a shot I’d love for you to use my referral code! Keep your eye out on the blog, there will be a number of posts over the next couple of months featuring some of their styles!