Fabletics: How Well do they Hold Up?

I’ve written about my Fabletics obsession several times in the past.  Cute, affordable athletic wear?  Yes, please!  The only thing I was worried about was the long term quality.  Now that I’ve been a subscriber for nearly a year I can share my knowledge about Fabletics with everyone else who worries about whether or not it seems like a deal that’s too good to be true.

First of all, the Salar leggings and capris are amazing.  The fabric is thick, durable, and versatile – I use mine for yoga and cool weather running.  I have printed and plain patterns, and I will say the printed stuff does wear out a little bit quicker.  The knees on my favorite capris are worn from yoga, which I noticed after only three months.  The rest of my leggings and capris look almost new, and wear them nearly as much.  I haven’t purchased Salar crops, but I did try them on in the store, and they were a lot thinner, so be wary there.  The Catalina crop I have is really nice, however.

The high impact sports bras are far superior to the low impact ones in terms of quality and, obviously, support.  Medium impact is hit or miss, depending on the fabric.  I absolutely love the Joliet and Cope sports bras, but the rest have kind of been a bust.  I’ve already had to toss the ones I purchased early on in my Fabletics adventure.  In terms of usefulness as a sports bra, low impact ones are pretty worthless for me.  Medium support are great for around the house/quick grocery runs.  I use high impact for anything athletic I do (basically running and yoga).

“Performance” tops, made with athletic material, are pretty much the only ones worth buying.  I’ve had to throw out all the cute cotton tops I bought because they shrunk in the wash (and I didn’t even dry them).  Fabletics just came out with some new athletic tanks, which I haven’t tried yet, but I can definitely recommend their long sleeved athletic shirts.  Don’t bother with the Oula tank, it pills like nobody’s business.

In the same vein as their worthless cotton tops, I’ve been pretty unhappy with the cotton bottoms I’ve purchased.  I have a few pair of joggers that aren’t athletic material and they’re no longer, well, long.  Super comfortable?  Totally.  But they are shorter than I would prefer.  Fabletics cotton bottoms are superior to their cotton tops and don’t seem to shrink in the wash, but I never put them in the dryer anymore.  Air drying athleisure wear seems a little much, no?

All in all I would recommend the performance/athletic Fabletics pieces.  They hold up pretty well, and for the price you can’t really beat them.  Stay away from their cotton tops at all costs; they’re thin and don’t hold up.  Their athleisure sweats (tops and bottoms) are thicker and nicer, but I’m still not sure they’re worth the price tag.

TL;DR Stick to the athletic version of Fabletics clothing and you probably won’t regret it.  Anything else?  Purchase at your own risk.

Disclosure:  This post contains referral links.

August 2015 Fabletics Obsession… *ahem* Review

Fabletics had a lot of great outfits for August, and it was hard to choose which outfits to get.  Since I wasn’t able to purchase the limited edition Stash graffiti print I decided to go all out with this month’s wavy print!

The first outfit I chose, the Fairfax, is for running.  It includes the Wade Top and Adrian Short.

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Just hanging around
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Chair posin’ ain’t easy

The Wade Top is comfortable, stylish, and surprising modest considering the top quarter of the front and top third of the back are mesh.  It’s a nice weight and is more form fitting than the other tops I’ve purchased.  I’ve worn it for running and yoga so far, and I can already tell it’s going to get a lot of wear.

The Adrian Short is great for running in the heat, but it is very short!  It has a two inch inseam, so beware – I definitely won’t take these to my work gym!  Although they have the same inseam length, I like these better than the Suva Run II Short.  The sides of the Adrian Short aren’t sew together, so they give you more room to move in when you run.  This also means the fabric doesn’t flip at the bottom, something that happens with the Suva Run II Short, which is a pet peeve of mine.

I loved the Fairfax outfit and have already added both pieces to my rotation.

My second outfit purchase was the Gennessee, purchased with yoga in mind.

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Graceful like a dancer

The Gennessee outfit is comprised of the Kenyon Tank paired with the Salar Crop.  The Kenyon Tank is the perfect tank top for yoga; it has a lightly padded built in bra, fabric made for moving, and enough length in the front and back so that it doesn’t ride up.  Plus the back is has unique cutouts, but isn’t too sexy for the gym.  This is a great top, whether you go with the wavy print or solid black.

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Camel toe is an instant no go
Samantha or Sam Aug 2015 Fabletics Review - Fabletics Gennessee - Kenyon Tank and Salar Crop - Back
Good back, bad bum

The Salar Crop, unfortunately, didn’t wow me like the first half of the outfit did.  The crop is a great length and is made of nice thick fabric (the same as the Salar Legging and Salar Capri).  Unfortunately, there’s a major design flaw here.  The seam in the front gives the appearance of semi-permanent camel toe, which is something no girl wants.  I was also not a fan of how my bum looked in the Crop.  Too bad, because I love the Legging and Capri.

The Gennessee oufit was a tie.  The Kenyon Tank is another new favorite, but the Salar Crop had to go back.

I also purchased four additional pieces for myself: the Windhaven Pullover, the Salar Capri in wavy print, the Joliet High-Impact Sports Bra, and the Cope Sports Bra.

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Stylish and comfortable

The Windhaven Pullover is a great, if unusual, top.  It’s part sweatshirt material and part windbreaker material, which I wasn’t expecting.  Here I have it paired with the Salar Capri, but I can’t wait to rock it with some dark skinny jeans when the weather gets cooler.

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Growing my branches

I’ve read a lot of rave reviews about the Salar Capri, and I get it.  These pants are incredibly comfortable.  I practiced yoga in them today and didn’t want to take these bad boys off.  This month’s wavy print is killer, too.  These are going to be go-to workout and athleisure wear for me as the weather transitions into fall.

I picked up two sports bras this month as a(n extra) treat to myself.

Samantha or Sam Aug 2015 Fabletics Review - Joliet High-Impact Bra and Salar Capri - Front
Not my best technique, but you can see the front of the bra fairly well here

The Joliet High-Impact Bra is impressive.  I can actually run in it without worrying about the girls!  It’s a little confusing with the colored band inside the bra, but once you’ve figure it out you’re gold.  I’ve seen some mixed reviews with the Joliet Bra, but I liked it enough to buy a second one in a different color.

Samantha or Sam Aug 2015 Fabletics Review - Cope Bra and Adrian Short - Front
Getting my om on

The Cope Bra is a medium impact bra.  I was actually able to do a little jog in it while wearing the Wade Top, which I mentioned was more fitted.  I certainly wouldn’t run in it regularly, but ladies with smaller busts could probably get away with it.  The back of this bra is a cool and strappy and definitely steals the show.  I have no complaints about the Cope Bra.

Samantha or Sam Aug 2015 Fabletics Review - Cope Bra and Adrian Short - Back
Runner’s tan is a real problem

Sizing note:  I’m 5’5″ and 127 lbs.  My stats are 35-25.5-37, and I wear a 32DD bra.  I wear an XS top, S bra and S bottom in Fabletics clothing.  In normal athletic clothing I wear a S top, M bra, and S bottom.  I hope this can help others when figuring out Fabletics sizing, as the size chart isn’t 100% accurate.

I do not work for nor am I affiliated with Fabletics in any way.  However, this post does contain referral links that can fuel my Fabletics habit.  😉

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August 2015 Fabletics Review

*Update*  To read my review about the outfits I purchased from Fabletics in August, click here!

Hi everyone,

I had intended to have my review written for the pieces I purchased from the Fabletics August collection last week, but it’s going to be postponed a little longer.  Unfortunately, although I purchased the awesome Stash graffiti print salar crop the day the collection was released, they ran out of my size (and everyone else’s).  I didn’t find out until I emailed customer service yesterday asking for a status on my order.  Yes folks, it had been ten days and they never bothered to tell me my order couldn’t be fulfilled.  I had ordered a second outfit and a top and those were never sent either.  I had to cancel my order and reorder something else.

While I’m excited about the new wave print this month, I am extremely disappointed with the customer service of Fabletics.  I decided to write a separate post about this rather than let it color my review of the actual outfits I ended up ordering, which I am very excited about.  As much as I love the athleisure wear Fabletics has to offer, I am completely appalled by their lack of customer service.

A Fabletics brick and mortar store will be opening in the St. Louis Galleria in October, and I hope their customer service game has stepped up by then.  In a few months I’ll let you all know, and I hope it I’ll have good news to report.

I do not work for nor am I affiliated with Fabletics in any way.  However, this post does contain referral links that can fuel my Fabletics habit.  😉

Not sure what Fabletics is?  Click here to get the scoop.

July 2015 Fabletics Review: Corfu Capri, Dijon Tee, and Malindi Bra

Hello friends!

In my last post I told you about the Fabletics Flash Sale going on today!  There are some great deals, namely $15 yoga leggings and tops for under $10!  It is a serious steal.  I snagged up some great deals, because you can really never have too much workout gear, right?

I also promised a Fabletics review for you all!  And here it is!  This will be part of a monthly series, as I am a Fabletics addict.  Adorable, comfortable athletic wear at a price I can afford?  Yeah, pretty awesome.

In this post I’ll be reviewing three separate pieces:  The Corfu Capri, the Dijon Tee, and the Malindi Bra

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Dog Walking Never Looked so Stylish
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Corfu Capri in Action

The Fabletics Cofru Capri is one of my favorite pieces.  It takes your basic black capri length legging and adds some interest with a twist of liquid black fabric around each side.  I love to wear these for yoga and running.  The sweat wicking material is fantastic, even for an ultra sweaty runner like myself.  They have a place in the front to tuck a key in, and I can even fit my phone halfway into it in a jam!

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Corfu Capri
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Getting my OM on in the Dijon Tee

The Fabletics Dijon Tee is very comfortable.  The should area is mesh, while the rest is solid.  This top comes in black or white.  It definitely runs large, but it’s supposed to.  I ordered my usual size and definitely have plenty of room in it.  I love wearing this tee around the house or for a run.  Since it’s large it’s pretty breezy, and any sweat won’t stick the cloth to you.

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Dijon Tee
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Adorable Malindi Bra

The Fabletics Malindi Bra is adorable.  It has a cute cutout in the front and a twist on the back.  This is a medium intensity bra, so running is definitely a no go.  However, this works fine for yoga or any kind of stretching.  I found this bra to run large.  I ordered according to my size on the size chart, but had to exchange for a smaller size once I received it and realized I had zero support.

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Malindi Bra

I loved my picks for July, and am already getting excited about August, even with today’s Flash Sale to tide me over!

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I do not work for nor am I affiliated with Fabletics in any way.  However, this post does contain links that, if you click and decide to purchase an outfit, will fuel my Fabletics habit.  😉

Fabletics is a subscription based service where you can pick or skip a new workout outfit at the beginning of each month. Co-founded by Kate Hudson, their clothing consists of cute fitness outfits and athleisure wear for a reasonable price.  I’ve purchased items for running, hiking, yoga, and walking my dog in the park.

For all their outfit purchases, Fabletics offers free shipping and returns, which is pretty much a requirement for me when I order things online.  They have a perfect fit guarantee on their products, so if you end up with the wrong size it’s a simple exchange process.  Their quantities are limited, however, so you have to make up your mind fairly quickly to make sure you get the size you want.

I do not work for nor am I affiliated with Fabletics in any way.  However, this post does contain links that, if you click and decide to purchase an outfit, will fuel my Fabletics habit.  😉