I told you guys about Stitch Fix in my introduction blog. If you don’t remember you can read about it here. Anyways, I signed up for it, but it has about a month long waiting period before receiving your first box. So I have had nothing to do but think about it since ordering it…torture! So, in the meantime I have found it very interesting to read other people’s stitch fix blogs. These blogs usually show exactly what came in each box, most show how much each item cost, and why they did or did not decide to keep each item. It is very entertaining if you are into that sort of thing. While reading some of these blogs, I came across a different kind of blogger…the subscription box blogger. OMG these things look like so much fun. So much so that I am sure they are potentially dangerous to my bank account, but don’t worry, I’m keeping it under control (so far). Subscription boxes are monthly (usually) boxes that are sent to your house from various companies. In most cases the contents are a surprise and vary by the type of box received (beauty boxes, lifestyle boxes, food boxes, etc). There are probably several hundred if not more types of subscription boxes out there, and they all look like fun. I have also found that many of these boxes have starting coupons for your first box at a significantly reduced price or sometimes even free, so I have arranged to try a *few* of these boxes and see if they are worth the hype.
Fabletics was the first shipment to come in. This is a workout clothes company co-founded by Kate Hudson that, based on your style and exercise profile that you fill out, picks out several outfits for you to choose from every month. The cost is $49.95/outfit/month, but you can buy more than one outfit if you want, I had a coupon to get my first outfit 50% off, which they offer anyone (it pops up automatically when you visit their website). I wear A LOT of workout clothes, and I figured I would have a hard time getting a full workout outfit for $25.00 even at Target (my usual workout clothes store), so I figured it was a safe investment. I filled out my style profile, which asks what your primary type of exercise is, and what body parts you like to show off, then hand-selects some outfits the site thinks you will like. I was a little disappointed with this part. I am a runner, so obviously I selected running, and I selected running outside rather than in a gym. I also selected that I preferred to show off my legs (it’s Florida, people, no time for long pants while running!). 3 of the 4 outfits that were “hand-selected” for me included long yoga pants or capris! The other one had shorts but they were very tight and short, and it came with a cotton t-shirt, not great for marathon running (at least for me). Luckily, I could browse all of their available outfits, and after some work was able to select an outfit that I would wear, even if it still wasn’t the best running gear. I really feel like this site is more geared to people going to yoga classes who want to still look stylish, but I feel like they should branch out if they are going to have running as one of their style choices.
I ordered online on Sunday evening, and got an e-mail that it had shipped Monday afternoon, which I thought was very fast processing. My package finally arrived on Saturday afternoon, which I thought was a long time to ship, but whatever. It arrived in a soft envelope, pictured here:
I will admit I was a little disappointed in the packaging. One of the fun things that I have enjoyed seeing is how pretty a lot of the packaging and presentations are for these boxes. I know that this isn’t exactly the same as a subscription box, but I was still expecting something cute.
And here’s the outfit I got:
I thought all of the clothes were very well made with high quality materials. They also all fit well! I decided the capris were even light enough that I could probably use them to run in when the weather cools off a bit, and I have already tested out the sports bra and top on a run and they did great. The best part about the top (besides for the amazing print!) is that nearly the whole back is open, which makes it a little stylish/sexy and keeps you cool!
Here’s me wearing them (excuse the bathroom selfies)
Cute and good fit! And check out that back!
Overall Experience: Good. I enjoyed the clothes, they are high quality, and at approximately $25.00 they were less expensive that pretty much any of my other workout clothes. As far as a subscription box goes, it didn’t have that same surprise factor, since I picked out the clothes, which made it a little less exciting I think. I also don’t think I would want to spend $50.00/month on clothes (however cute) that I may not be able to run in.
With Fabletics, you have the option to look at your offered outfits at the beginning of the month and choose not to buy anything. If you do not “opt out” then you are automatically charged $50.00 and can pick out your outfit. I decided to cancel my account because it just wasn’t as much fun as I had hoped, however nice the clothes were. Cancelling was the one low point of the whole experience. You have to actually call their customer service vs cancelling online. Their customer service, while polite, had to put me through the whole “well, what if I gave you this, then would you stay?” or “we can send you reminder e-mails monthly so you don’t forget to skip”, which was mildly annoying because I had to just keep telling them that I just wanted to cancel. However, the entire process really only took like 5-10 minutes.
Along with learning about Fabletics, I also learned the difference a good and bad picture can make as far as overall appearance, and to maybe not let Mark take my pictures anymore (but more on that later). Until next time – See you all later!