My Honest Fabletics Review

My Honest Fabletics Review
If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, you may have noticed that I’ve recently partnered with Fabletics on several campaigns. Let me clear be completely clear and transparent: I was a huge fan of Fabletics before they contacted me! I was thirst trapping them for at least two years to no avail. I told anyone who would listen that they needed to buy some Fabletics leggings. One day, the clouds parted, they reached out to me, and I was in hog heaven!

My Last Review of Fabletics

I once wrote a review of Fabletics, long before they had brick-and-mortar stores. (That might even be how you ended up on this page!) Fun fact: I still own and wear the items from those early orders. That’s how great these items are! I still wear the black shirt for volleyball, and I am so sad that they don’t make it anymore. It’s a great lightweight material, and the cut is great for me as a setter. I like to wear sleeves when I play, but I’m very particular about where the sleeves are cut. It’s why I only have three different styles of volleyball tops, but I own them in a bunch of different colors.

Posing After a Workout Event in the Fabletics Store in The Mall in Columbia

Cost and Accessibility

Fabletics is a much more affordable brand than many of the other leading activewear brands. You can buy an outfit from Fabletics for less than the cost of a pair of leggings from other popular brands, and I can’t say you’re getting a higher-quality item just because you’re spending double with another brand. My Fabletics items really last! They’re not as cheap as the fast fashion brands, but they won’t break the bank if you’re smart! Fabletics often has some great sales, in addition to their already-lower prices.

I love that they have a wide range of sizes! Their sizes run from an XXS (0-2) to a 4X (22-24). They even have a tab at the top for their Plus Size Shop!

They allow customers to submit photos of themselves wearing the clothing, and they don’t just pick the photos of thin women with a million social media followers! They have women of diverse backgrounds represented throughout their website, and I have to admit that’s refreshing. It allows me to see how a certain material might look on someone who is shaped like me, or how an item is actually cut on someone who is maybe a little more on the busty side (I don’t often see busty women represented in images of sports bras for most popular activewear brands.)

Fabletics even has a men’s line! I bought John some of the men's items a few years ago, and he loves them and still wears them to workout! They don’t have as much variety these days with the men’s brand, but they still have them! I can’t speak much to the current state of the men’s line. I might have to pick something up for John for our anniversary and tell you guys about it. Hopefully, he’s not reading this. 😜

But What About the Negative Reviews?

Whenever I read reviews that people think they were swindled into paying for extra months or that customer service is bad, I am extremely skeptical. I have found their customer service to be stellar, and on the few occasions where I didn’t skip a month (seriously, for several years), it’s been all user error. They send you reminders when the new month starts, and they remind you when you’re running out of time to skip. Either you’re not checking your email (user error), or you’re like me, putting stuff in your cart but forgetting to skip. (This is what I get for putting everything in my cart all the time.)

And, in case you're wondering, no, they don’t just send you whatever outfit is in your cart! They charge you a $49.99 credit that you can use at a later date. With all of this modern technology, if you know that you’re not going to check your email, why not just set a calendar reminder every month to remind you to shop or skip? I mean, let’s take some personal responsibility here people.

This is not to say that everyone who has a complaint is lazy or forgetful. I’m sure some people have had negative experiences. The same is true for pretty much any company out there. Do I believe that all of the negative reviews are totally transparent and in recognition of some personal responsibility? Heck no. But that’s also not uncommon in this day and age. Go on Amazon and you can see all kinds of crazy stuff in the reviews. How often are people compelled to write a positive review? Aren’t they more motivated by negativity and criticism when it comes to reviews? Which brings me to my next point...

Posing in Fabletics Seamless Leggings and Sports Bra

Earn Reward Points Through Reviews

I think this is one of the coolest features they have. They encourage you to review all of the items you purchase, even if that purchase resulted in a return. They ask all kinds of questions about fit, quality, whether the item lived up to your expectations, etc. You earn points for these reviews, and they’re all verified by your purchase; therefore, you can’t review an item you never bought! In addition to earning points for completing a quick review survey (you can provide additional commentary on the item, but it’s not mandatory), you also earn points for your purchases. I love a good rewards system, so I always make sure to review items after I’ve tried them on and worn them! If I end up having to exchange or return an item, I still review that one and share the reason for that return/exchange.

Celebrity Collaborations

They have some great celeb collabs! A few years back, they had some collaborations with Demi Lovato that had fun, brightly-colored tops. Now, they’ve partnered with Kelly Rowland, Massy Arias, and Maddie Ziegler. (To be honest, I always forget who Maddie is and when I remember, I’m always like, “that kid from that Sia video.”) The Kelly Rowland Collections have been my favorite collaboration. So many jewel tones, flattering cuts for curvy women, and of course Kelly Rowland is absolutely gorgeous, so that definitely helps sell you on it!

Must-Have Items

My absolute, hands-down favorite item from Fabletics is the High-Waisted PowerHold leggings. They come in all sorts of colors and prints, and I just love them! They’re extremely flattering, with the perfect amount of compression and spot-on seam placement. I can wear them for indoor cycling, yoga, running, and even volleyball! The true test of how functional something is to me is whether I can wear it for yoga and another activity. It’s super rare that I can wear an item for both yoga and volleyball!

Other must-have items:
  • Their moisture-wicking underwear. It feels like you don’t have anything on! They’re super comfortable and you don’t have to deal with saggy drawers, which really comes in handy when you’re sitting on a stationary bike for upwards of two consecutive hours! 
  • Jackets and vests. They have really cute jackets for throwing on after your workout
  • Crop tops sports bras. I know that sounds weird, but it's legit. 😝 They have really cute medium-support sports bras that double as crop tops, so you can wear it for those super hot indoor cycling classes, hot yoga, etc. where you want a little more coverage but don't want to wear a full-on top.
  • Seamless leggings. These are great for athleisure, and if you get the right fit, they're really good for low- and medium-impact activities. Note that some are cut a little smaller, so make sure you check out the reviews!

Referrals and Discounts

Interested in checking out Fabletics for yourself? Check out my referral link! You can currently get two pairs of leggings for $24 (I’d get two pairs of the high-waisted PowerHold leggings in different colors).

Woman Lifting Heavy Weights in a Fabletics Outfit and Sneakers

Body Confidence

When I set a fitness or weight loss goal or myself, I like to reward myself when I’ve accomplished a goal. Often, I end up buying myself outfits from Fabletics. Buying myself activewear as a treat has caused me to step out of my comfort zone and try crop tops, laser-cut leggings, and colors I thought I could never pull off. It’s made me feel more confident walking into a studio for the first time or into the cycling studio to teach a class.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a brand that makes great quality activewear that is functional, fashionable, and budget-friendly, and is proud to showcase women of all shapes, sizes, and colors, Fabletics is a great bet! They have fun colors, patterns, and styles, and if you don’t need all of that in an activewear brand, you will get basic items with little details with the female athlete in mind. I cannot recommend them any more highly than I already have over the last few years, people.

What are you waiting for? Give them a try! Already a fan? Tell me why you’re a return Fabletics shopper! Had a bad experience? Share that too!

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