Note: For those who just want to read my review on my Fabletics outfit, push CTRL+F (or Command+F on Macs) and search for Fabletics, or scroll down to the “Continue Reading”. I tend to give a lot of background information (and maybe ramble a bit) in my blog posts. I also was not paid to write this blog post – and I paid for my outfits with my own money. Which is probably why my wallet’s looking a little thin…
When I started working in the fashion industry last year, I was pushing 200 lbs. (I know – my friends refuse to believe me, but it’s true. Wearing black didn’t help – I just ended up looking like a giant blob.) I wasn’t in shape, I didn’t really like exercising, and my job required me to work with super gorgeous, super skinny (and yet super kind) PR girls. Oh, and I had to run up and down stairs, carrying garment bags and shopping bags full of samples. (So I guess I did get some exercise.) After my first day on the job, I knew I had to slim down and get fit – but the last time I was a healthy weight and fit was in high school – five years ago. Thank goodness my friend had introduced me to yoga… (and thank you to my neighborhood studio, for offering an Amazon Local deal at the time).
I promise I’m pushing 200 in this picture. I just know how to dress to semi-hide it. Sometimes.
Fast forward to today – I have a year-long membership at my local yoga studio and I manage to make it to at least three classes a week, I weigh (on average) a healthy 150 lbs, and I’m thinking about trying other fitness classes. (Has anybody ever done barre and knows a good studio in NYC?) However, taking three classes a week means that my yoga clothes also get a pretty good workout. I don’t have too many exercise clothes - I used to just use old t-shirts and shorts that were lying around my room. The big tees got old after a while - it gets really annoying when my tees would flip over my head in downward dog, making it difficult for me to breathe. And my regular t-shirts just wouldn’t stretch the way I needed them to - which resulted in restrictive movement (not good for my practice) or ripped t-shirts (not good for my clothes).
Thus began my search for affordable but cute workout gear. (I wholeheartedly believe that you always need to look presentable, even when working out. You never know who you’ll meet!) Paragon’s Warehouse Sale was a great resource, but it’s still pretty expensive, and the sale can get as crazy as the Barneys’ Warehouse sale. Plus, everything was final sale – and you weren’t allowed to try on the tops, only the bottoms. And, it only comes around once a year. Lululemon, while cute, was way out of my price range. I really can’t justify spending $42 on short shorts, no matter how cute and great they are. (I only found out about lulu because of all the news coverage on their sheer leggings. Not the best sign.) Athleta also had super cute clothes – but they were still outside my budget. (I have bills to pay! PR assistants don’t exactly make a lot of money.) While I found some fantastic things on the clearance rack at Sports Authority, they were only super cheap because the branch by my office was closing. That week. Plus, I don’t exactly have time to trek to another Sports Authority and dig through the clearance racks for cute exercise clothing in my size.
I really thought that I’d have to wear the same yoga clothes and outfits over and over – and I did, for a year. I suffered through loose shirts that I had to keep tugging down, leggings that kept riding up, and clothes that became sheer because I kept washing them. I suffered through having the cute guy in class seeing me sweaty in my brother’s old clothes… the ones that didn’t flatter my body at all. But then I found out about Fabletics. (Cue to the angels singing ahhhhh.) Continue reading