So you know how all those monthly boxes are all the rage these days? There are ones with healthy supplements, make-up and beauty products—even one for your dog! Well, now there’s one for fitness apparel. With Ellie, the company releases new looks every month, and for a monthly payment of $49.95 to be in their club, you get your pick of any two new pieces. The whole concept really intrigued me. First, $50 a month for a new workout outfit ain’t too shabby. And for those who are needing a total workout-apparel overhaul, it’s a nice way to ease into updating your look a little bit at a time and throughout the seasons. And I’d have to imagine that a new box from Ellie would also make a great reward for those working hard on goals—each month you get a new bit of fit-apparel motivation! And for those who don’t want to do the whole buy-an-outfit-a-month thang, you can buy individual pieces without a membership for more (tops $40 and up and bottoms $50 and up).
Ellie sent us a few pieces to try, and we put them to the sweaty test. Super cute and fun, everything we tried performed pretty well. They wicked sweat away and didn’t ride up or down. And I got tons of compliments on the bright blue and oh-so fun Electric Love Capris at the gym—my husband thought I looked like a “ski bunny” in them, which was a good thing, apparently. While the pieces aren’t super soft, they are pretty comfy to wear and super stretchy, which doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination—or give you the ability to hide much. So be aware that the tanks and capris are extremely body-hugging—if you want more wiggle room, opt for their more flowy tops or order a size or two up. Which brings us to our next point: size. All of apparel is only offered in sizes extra small to large. That’s it.
We only have one word to say about that: REALLY?
So, yeah, our final assessment is that it’s a good concept with fun pieces. We wish the quality was a bit higher for the price point (especially when looking at non-club prices), and that it was available to women of all sizes. That’s a no brainer—fit and active women come in all shapes and sizes!
But what do you think? Would you join a workout-apparel club? And what are your thoughts on companies that don’t offer larger sizes? —Jenn