Friday, April 3, 2015

Wantable Fitness Edit Review

I few weeks ago, I was rummaging through my drawer of fitness clothes when I felt the urge to get something new. Let me be honest: This happens every day because I'm obsessed. And I wear fitness clothing to work. But here's the thing, I wanted something different. A new brand, perhaps. Something that not every person in my small town already has. I love me some Target and Kohl's...LOVE ME SOME...but it's nice to get goods from somewhere else on occasion. So I reached out to the people behind Wantable.

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I've been seeing a few fitness edit reviews on some of my favorite fitness blogs, and I wanted to know if the service was all that and a bag of socks. Service? Yeah, it's one of those monthly box deals. I've had good luck and back luck with these things, mostly because I'm protective of my money. (As we all are, right?) So grateful they were willing to send me a box free of charge.

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In a nutshell, here's how it works:
1) You fill out a questionnaire.
2) You pay $20.
3) They send you five items.
4) You pick what you want.
5) You send back what you don't.
6) They charge you for what you keep.

I should clarify really quickly, they subtract the styling fee from the sum of what you keep. If you don't keep anything, you're out $20. I don't really like this aspect of the service, but I understand that they're a business and the act of picking out a box just for me is a service that should be paid for. This, of course, is one of the reasons I wanted to try a Wanted fitness edit—because I would get a box of hand-picked fitness gear tailored to my individual likes and dislikes and sizes. And even price preferences.

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When you wear fitness clothing as much as I do, and when you have two kids that make it really hard to shop sometimes, and when you live in a town with two stores where everyone shops—unique gear that you don't have to shop for yourself seems really flippin' appealing.

So, my thoughts?

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I was a little disappointed when I first opened the box. They "did not have any prints in my preferences," which I was really looking forward to. And the pants they sent me where in colors that I already had in my drawer. So, my attempt at getting some variety in my fitness clothing collection was already off to a bad start. But I dove in anyway with an open mind because #fitnessfashion.

Here's what they sent me, in no particular order.

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(Aren't you supposed to look for a penny on the ground when you take fashion pictures? #model)

I really liked the idea of this top, but hated the way it fit me. Realistically, I think a bigger size would have fit me better. It was too short in front, and ultimately too fitted for a shirt that needed to be loose. Can you see the draping in the back? So cute. Price: $38 / Verdict: Sent back.

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Good color scheme, bad stripes (and I love me some stripes). The material was so soft, and I loved the slouchy fit...but again, too short. Price: $49 / Verdict: Sent back.

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I'm desperately channeling Spring bright now, and the colors in this tank make that even more possible. It's incredibly comfortable, and matches a pair of grey leggings that I already have. My only problem is the price tag. It's a bit steep for me, but certainly not the most expensive top I've ever wanted. Price: $39 / Verdict: In my drawer.

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The colors in these leggings rock my socks off, but like I said, I already have a ton of pink and blue. Also, they're incredibly long which had me wondering if they were also over-the-heel leggings. You couldn't see through them, either. Which is always a major winner in my book. Price: $49 / Verdict: Sent back.

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These are the same brand as the longer leggings. They fit extremely well, and the color is on point. But the same as another pair that I already have in my drawer. Price: $40 / Verdict: Sent back.

So, there you have it. I kept one thing. If I had kept three or four items, I would have gotten a 20% discount. If I had kept everything, I would have gotten a 30% discount.

When the box arrives at your house, you have five days to try everything on. If you don't send your stuff back on time (using the prepaid label), they obviously charge you under the assumption that you're keeping everything. But when you do send back what you don't want, you get the opportunity to provide feedback that ultimately helps your stylist nail you next shipment. If you don't want another shipment, it's easy to stop the service.

Here's why I liked my Wantable fitness edit:
1) I got to shop without leaving my house.
2) I got to try some new-to-me brands.
3) They did their best to stick to my requests.
4) I got the opportunity to provide feedback.
5) They apply my styling fee to my order.

Ultimately, I decided not to renew the service. It's not about the money. The price of each item was decent, although more expensive than anything I'd normally find at Target, Kohl's or even TJ Maxx (which are my favorite spots to shop). I'm willing to spend more on a good piece of fitness clothing because I know I'll get my money's worth. But here's the thing: I want to be my own personal shopper. I know what I have, I know what I need, and I know what I want. And when it boils down to it, I frickin' love shopping.

Would I recommend a Wantable fitness edit?

If you're stuck in a fitness clothing rut and want something new, then do it. It was fun to get the box, despite my initial disappointment. If you live far from any decent shopping and need a ton of fitness clothing, then do it. If you're obsessed with fitness clothing, then do it.

But if you're picky or living on a tight budget, this service might not be for you. Because even though you can pick your price points, you always run the risk of not liking anything and losing out on that $20 styling fee.

Also, it should be noted that I am neither fashion blogger nor professional photographer, so laugh at all my pictures because I totally am. #saycheese

Question: How do you feel about subscription clothing services? Do you subscribe to any? If so, which ones and why?

1 comment:

Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. said...

I gotta say, I LOVE stitch fix!

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