I’ve been intrigued by the Fabletics brand since it launched in the UK in 2014, but always a little hesitant to place an order. Founded by Kate Hudson, activewear brand Fabletics operates a membership system whereby you are able to chose a new workout outfit every month for a discounted price of £44. The business has come under fire recently with customers unaware that they are automatically charged the fee, unless they opt out before the 5th of each month. It is actually possible to “skip a month” and you won’t be charged, then you can decide to buy something later or skip as many months as you like.
The website is packed with interesting styles and unusual prints plus reviews of the product itself are generally positive. Whilst I am tempted with the idea of receiving a new outfit every month, I could never justify the expense and wanted to avoid the hassle of cancelling after my initial order. Fabletics recently contacted me to offer some items for review, so I was keen to see whether the kit does live up to the hype and whether the monthly fee is really worth it.
My workout wardrobe is full of printed leggings and capris but I can never resist adding another pair! The Reef Print Salar Capri really caught my eye and were quickly added to my basket when I was browsing the Fabletics site. I was unsure about the sizing, so I went ahead with a Large and they turned out to be a perfect fit. I was instantly impressed by the quality of these capris- the fabric is thick and the print is just as vibrant as it appears on screen. The flat, wide waistband is flattering and stays put while I’m running. The only criticism of these capris is that they do not have a zipped pocket, so there is no where to securely hold keys- I’d suggest that this style is more suited to yoga or gym work rather than running.
I’m always on the lookout for plain workout tops which can be worn with printed leggings. I’m not keen on tight tops, so the Odette Tee looked perfect as it’s a relaxed, slouchy fit. The mesh panels are a nice detail and add ventilation during a sweaty workout. It would look great with a brightly coloured sports bra underneath (unfortunately all mine are black). I opted for a Medium, as the reviews say that this style is quite oversized and I’m happy with how this fits. I’ve got lots of wear out of this top as it goes with everything.
I also picked up the 3-Pack Socks in yellow, white and mint. Again these are great quality and comfortable for running. They add a little flash of colour above my running shoes and match the rest of my kit.
The three pieces I received really surpassed my expectations. The quality, fit and comfort rivals some of the bigger activewear brand names.
Would I sign up for a Fabletics subscription? As much as I am impressed with the items I received, I couldn’t really justify a new outfit every month. I would be interested to see if Fabletics will expand their range to include more performance apparel. Whilst the current range is suitable for running, yoga and gym classes, there is nothing for cycling or other sports. I noticed that Fabletics have added a swimwear range to their collection, but unfortunately it’s more suited to relaxing by the pool rather than training.
Fabletics items were sent for review but all opinions are my own.
Have you tried any Fabletics kit? What did you think?