The Best Subscription Boxes for Workout Clothes (For Women)
Do you feel confident and beautiful when you get ready to exercise?
Studies show that confidence affects performance.
No matter how you look when the routine is over you need to start every workout feeling confident and beautiful.
Let me tell you how to do that…
Sometimes we all need a little nudge to convince us that a workout is more interesting than say…a nap… a marathon viewing of Orphan Black…or a chocolate brownie.
Instead of paying for a new wardrobe because you put on a few pounds, invest in one of these programs, get excited about exercise, and feel good that you’re spending your hard-earned money on something that helps keep you happy and healthy.
This is a review of the BEST subscription boxes for workout clothes today!
I have a membership to all of them.
*I’m not recommending that you sign up for all of them. That’s expensive. (It’s possible I have a problem but that’s for another post:-))
I’ll help you figure out which ONE workout clothes membership program will be a good fit for you so you can crush your next workout with confidence.
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My Favorite Workout Clothes Subscription Box Programs (Athletic Clothes Subscription Boxes)
*My favorite program is at the bottom of the list
How does Fabletics work?
- The Fabletics fitness apparel subscription is called the Fabletics VIP Membership.
- When you sign up for VIP membership you’ll be expected to make a purchase from Fabletics by the 5th of every month.
- The VIP membership provides you with a discount on all of their athletic clothing and accessories.
What is the COST of the VIP Membership to Fabletics?
- There is NOT a ‘style fee’ like some of the other programs.
- You spend the amount of money you want to spend (your only obligation is to purchase at least one item, of any value).
- The catch is that if you don’t purchase something by the 5th (or SKIP the month, I’m about to get to that) then you’ll be charged $49.95 (which becomes a credit towards your next purchase).
- The cost of the apparel is in line (and in many cases less expensive once you consider the VIP discount) than most high-end athletic clothing.
What do I LIKE about Fabletics?
- You can SKIP as many times as you want and avoid paying anything at all for the month.
- The site has nice images and is easy to navigate.
- Overall, the program is basically just shopping for athletic apparel on my own which isn’t bad but kind of defeats the purpose of what I thought I signed up for at the beginning. (When you do a Google search for fitness apparel subscription programs Fabletics is right up there at the top. That implies (to me, anyway) that someone is going to automatically send me clothes and I just sit back and wait for the goodies to arrive.)
What do I DISLIKE about Fabletics?
At first, I was really confused about the Fabletics VIP Membership.
Like I said, I thought I was signing up for a program that was going to send me clothing automatically. (Fabletics also kind of encourages you to think that’s what you’re signing up for when you fill out the Lifestyle Quiz, which for the life of me, I can’t tell does anything.)
Once I figured out you can SKIP as often as you want AND that you don’t have to spend $49.95 (you just have to buy at least one item at any price to meet your obligation) every month I was much happier.
I think those details should have been more obvious right from the start. (It’s completely possible I’m just a sucker for Kate Hudson…)
I don’t like the way Fabletics tries to get you to purchase an entire outfit every month. From my experience their email links send you to an entire outfit to buy. If you want individual pieces (of that same outfit) then you have to exit and go find them separately in the store. That’s not cool.
It’s not easy to skip the month. I’m willing to admit that it could be a glitch of some kind in my computer (or user error) but I have to navigate to my account from several different screens before I locate the ‘SKIP’ button. It just feels shady.
I felt kind of duped when I first signed up for the VIP Membership. I don’t anymore. (After all, I haven’t quit the program.) But I really feel like Fabletics intentionally makes the terms of the program confusing. Again, not cool.
I don’t love the fit of the Fabletics fitness apparel.
I’ve purchased a few sports bras and tights. The bras are stiff and have gaps when I move. The tights have beautiful prints but are a thick material and the crotch is kind of big/long for me (I’m 5’3” and always buy size small).
That being said, I’ve been happy with the athleisure clothing I’ve bought (joggers, knit shorts, cool shirts, and even a pack of headbands that my daughter loves).
Returning items isn’t easy and you have to pay the shipping.
And be ready for your email to blow up with all the advertising you’ll be getting.
Who would LOVE the Fabletics program?
- Anyone who studies every single detail of the program BEFORE they sign up
- Anyone not quite ready to commit to the monthly cost associated with the other workout clothes subscription box programs (that I talk about below)
This post, Fabletics—An Honest Review, goes into further detail about the VIP Membership.
How does Avenue A work?
- Avenue A is an athletic clothing subscription box from Adidas.
- Every 3 months Adidas will send you a box of athletic clothing that’s been ‘curated’ by someone famous (athlete, popstar, etc).
- Everyone in the program receives the same items, so there’s no style profile for this subscription.
- You receive 5 pieces. Items I’ve gotten in my order include everything from a pair of gym shoes, hoodie, or sweatshirt, to a sports bra, tights or gym bag.
What is the COST of Avenue A?
You’re charged $150 when the box of items is shipped to you.
What do I LIKE about Avenue A?
- Shoes! This is the only program where you’ll get shoes included in the shipment. (This is also a reason to dislike them, however. Since the shipment isn’t personalized to your taste you might not like the way the shoes look or fit.)
*UPDATE–Fabletics has shoes now!
- The items in the box are all from one fashion line/theme so everything matches.
- The box this stuff comes in is the fanciest shit I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Cadillac box.
- Adidas makes quality athletic clothing.
- It’s a pretty good bargain for the number (and variety) of items you receive.
What do I DISLIKE about Avenue A?
There’s no personalization. And the ‘curator’ of the picks for that month might not jive with your style so there’s a chance you could hate every item in that box…
This program is not made for returns.
Avenue A will let you exchange an item but it’s clearly stated that they don’t make any promises that they’ll have your size so you need to be prepared to keep/pay for some stuff you might not like or be able to use.
Who is Avenue A for?
- People who love Adidas athletic clothing
- People who like niche fitness apparel. (My son calls the outfits I got one month my ‘hip hop’ workout clothes. I don’t think he’s complimenting me, but I let it slide.)
- Anyone looking for a fun fitness membership apparel program who’s willing to take a little risk with their subscription/money
How does Sweatstyle work?
- Sweatstyle is a fitness apparel subscription program that delivers athletic clothing (7 pieces) to your door every month, every other month, or every 3 months.
- You have 5 days to decide what you want to keep. You send back the items you don’t want in the prepaid shipping envelope provided to you.
How much does Sweatstyle COST?
You pay a $25 ‘Sweat Fee’ for every shipment. The money will be deducted from your total (if you keep anything) or you’re out $25 (if you send everything back).
What do I LIKE about Sweatstyle?
- Sweatstyle (and the Wantable Fitness Edit) are hands down my favorite fitness apparel subscription programs.
- With Sweatstyle you get a taste of high-end athletic clothing. I love the fit, colors, and style of almost everything they ship.
- I feel like the items really are handpicked for me every month.
- The clothing arrives in a pretty box. (Sometimes it’s the details that really matter.)
- This company also includes images of every item on the packing slip. I really appreciate that feature. (It makes it easier to confirm which items you’re returning when you checkout.)
- Returns are easy peasy (with the prepaid envelope included in the shipment).
- They have a large range of sizes and the styles and prints are usually more unique than what I’m used to with the big name-brand athletic clothing companies (like Nike or Under Armour).
What do I DISLIKE about Sweatstyle?
Generally, Sweatstyle apparel is more expensive than the other 4 programs.
Who is Sweatstyle for?
- Anyone who’s looking for unique, high-quality fitness apparel and willing to budget a little more to have the best
- If you’re looking for a personalized experience with your athletic clothes subscription box
Read more about Sweatstyle in this article: Sweatstyle Will Put the Excitement Back in Your Workout
#1-My Favorite Athletic Clothing Subscription Box Program
How does Wantable work?
- The Wantable Fitness Edit is a monthly athleisure apparel subscription program. (Wantable also has monthly membership programs for men’s and women’s everyday clothing, called the Wantable Style Edit). Their program for workout apparel is called the Fitness Edit.)
- Based on your answers to the Wantable style profile, 5-7 items are handpicked for you and shipped to your door. You have 5 days to decide what you want to keep.
- You send back the items you don’t want in the prepaid shipping envelope included in the box.
How much does the Wantable Fitness Edit COST?
- Wantable charges you a $20/month styling fee that’s nonrefundable. The $20 is applied to the cost of your order. If you return all of the items then you’re out $20.
- Like Fabletics, you can skip the month’s shipment with Wantable.
What do I LIKE about the Wantable Fitness Edit?
- Since signing up for the Wantable Fitness Edit I’ve received 7 items with every shipment. (Yes, the more the merrier!)
- The apparel in the Wantable program is reasonably priced quality workout clothing with cool prints, cutouts, and true-to-size fit.
- The Wantable company has the best auto-email setup. (It’s just the right amount of communication to keep you informed of each shipment without becoming annoying.)
- Returns are a no-brainer. (Again, they provide you with the pre-paid return envelope. All you have to do is put the stuff you’re not keeping inside and drop it off at the post office.)
What do I DISLIKE about the Wantable Fitness Edit?
Not much, honestly. But if I had to pick something to complain about then I’d say there’s probably a little room for improvement in their website.
I LOVE the Dashboard screen for My Account but the rest of the dropdown menu has options (My Stream and My Closet) that are kind of confusing and there’s an option for My Requests, but I can’t really tell how to carry that out.
UPDATE-Wantable has updated their website. It has a sleeker design now. It’s also obvious now that My Stream is a way to request specific items in your shipment and your Closet has the things you’ve purchased. I love the images.
Who is the Wantable Fitness Edit program for?
- Anyone ready to sign up for a monthly fitness apparel subscription program (athletic clothes subscription box)
- If the level of communication is high on your list of priorities when it comes to anything you sign up for
Read more about the Wantable Fitness Edit in this article, Your Guide to the Wantable Fitness Edit
Customer Service, Cancellations, and Gift Certificates
I’ll finish by pointing out that I haven’t had any negative experience with customer service in any of the 5 programs. (I’ve seen some bad reviews online regarding the customer service at Fabletics but I haven’t personally had any issues.)
I’ve had to deal with a customer rep for various different reasons at least once or twice with each company and they’ve all been professional and courteous.
You can cancel any of these programs at any time.
You can purchase gift cards/certificates to Fabletics, Sweatstyle, and through Wantable. Next time someone asks what to buy you for a birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, or Just Because, tell them you want a gift card to one of these programs and see if you don’t love it!
Treat yourself to a monthly workout clothes subscription and see if it doesn’t change how you feel about your next workout.
And if you love the idea of getting the gift of stylish everyday clothing sent right to your door every month, then check out Stitch Fix (believe it or not, I belong to this program, too) or the Wantable Style Edit (Yep, I get this, too. It’s awesome.)
And one more option if you’re not ready to commit to an athletic apparel subscription box but still love to shop for fitness clothing then head over to my favorite site, Athleta, to find high-quality fitness/athleisure apparel for every occasion.
Thank you for reading. You’re awesome!
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