The Post Where I Broke Down and Ordered Fabletics

I’ve been a member of Fabletics for about two years.

If you’re not familiar, it’s a subscription site for athletic gear, ostensibly designed (curated?) by actress Kate Hudson.

Kate Hudson, via some random site

I signed up for Fabletics due to a great deal where you could get a complete workout outfit for half price – $25 – for the first month. This was over two years ago, and the outfit I received was only meh. I think there were some knee length pants made of t-shirt fabric but cut like sweatpants along with a tank top that had ridiculously oversized arm holes. I wore the pants sometimes at home but the tank top was so gross that it got tossed.

Since then, I’ve been diligent to check out their new styles every month but I usually skip buying something. If you skip the month (pretty easy to do with a few clicks on their site) within three calendar days, you’re golden. If not, they charge you $49.95, which you can store as a credit and use in a future month to buy their gear, which now includes workout clothes, coats, bags, etc.

The few times I’ve bitten and ordered new items, I’ve been only moderately impressed. Out of the 24+ months I could have selected new outfits, I probably only ordered four times. I can recall a pair of navy joggers (Sidenote: where are they, anyway? I would wear these if I knew where they were. Sigh) that were of ok quality, although straight up Fruit of the Loom t-shirt cotton fabric. There were also two recent (meaning last year) pairs of workout pants, both of which were low-ish quality (limited stretch, thick enough to not be see-through but faded quickly when washed) that paired with un-usable tops (that oversized armhole problem again).

Suffice it to say I haven’t been impressed with Fabletics but I’m still Me, meaning that I can’t resist a deal, especially when there is a Gift with Purchase.

When the December Fabletics outfits were released, I was *thisclose* to clicking “Skip This Month,” but I lingered.

And saw this:

This outfit is called the “Rory” and has a long sleeved tee with a pair of black tights with a cute detail at the ankle.

Can you see that above? It’s striated. The top also has metallic accents at the neckline and on the side.

With membership, the Rory is $59.95, not bad for a two piece outfit.

And then: I saw the offer for a free bag with an $89 order.

Free bag. As in Any Of Their Bags.

And this one looked so cute:

So I looked some more, and the “Tara” outfit caught my eye.

The Tara ($89) consists of an oversized funnel neck sweatshirt with leggings. It comes in three of the most popular colors of the season: millennial pink, off white and gray. Oh, boy, I was hooked. The stock was very limited, so I had to size up but I was able to order the pink top with non-special-but-functional black leggings.

And the (above) bag was mine – for free!

I’m still waiting for these to arrive, but it’s with anticipation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Boots

Take a moment to appreciate these beauties:

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I saw a woman wearing these on an elevator last night, and I was so taken by their sheer awesomeness that I asked if I could take a picture. She obliged.

For context, I’m currently in San Antonio and many, many people were out celebrating Dia de los Muertos last night, but still. Swoon. I would wear these the other 364 days of the year, too. 

 

J. Crew Fall 2017

I fell a bit out of love with J. Crew after the exit of Jenna Lyons, but I still keep coming back to the well.

With their sales becoming as frequent as Banana Republic’s, it’s also almost impossible to pay full price for anything at J. Crew.

I bit at a recent 30% off sale and picked up this open front sweater blazer, which is a pretty perfect fall camel hue:

I *just* noticed that it also comes in a cool looking olive color, which sets off all kinds of justifying in my mind why I need two extremely similar sweaters.

I decided to pair the sweater with a striped turtleneck that was only $11.99 on sale, a price I could not resist. The vision was to wear the turtleneck, jeans and sweater blazer together for fall, maybe with leopard print sneakers.

The side slits on this sweater – also a turtleneck– intrigued me, and many of my black turtleneck sweaters are looking a bit sad, so I put this in my basket. A fresh (read: not faded or pilled) black turtleneck sweater is a wardrobe must, and it should be replenished the same way that a good white tee needs to be frequently updated. 

I *also just* noticed that this sweater, too, comes in a cool olive color. And now I am self-justifying the purchase of nearly-identical sweater #2.

The last thing that I bought for fall 2017 was this pair of earrings:

Statement earrings aren’t my thing the way that statement necklaces are, but I saw a segment on the Today Show recently where both the interviewer and the interviewee were wearing oversized crystal danglers like these, and I liked the look enough to try it for myself. I was happy that they were bold but not too heavy. It’s hard to tell from the picture but they also have a slight yellow-diamond type tint, which makes them look great with the camel sweater above.

While none of these pieces from J. Crew is a huge style risk, I think they’ll fall into the safe space of being new and versatile enough to feel like I updated my wardrobe more than I did.

What do you like at J. Crew this fall?