I’ve stated many times that I’m a little bit, shall we say… fashionably challenged. Back in my college days, my entire wardrobe looked like a Banana Republic store. These days, I look like I’m getting ready to go to the gym (almost) 24-7. But, hey… I guess that’s what happens when you’re a fitness professional! While I don’t usually just grab anything off of the rack when I go to buy new workout clothes, I have to admit- I don’t put a whole lot of thought into it either. If it’s comfy and cheap, I’m in! I’ve been thinking though… just because I wear spandex and cotton-blend clothing most of the time, that doesn’t mean I have to throw fashion out the window. I’m making progress… slowly. And these gorgeous leggings from Ellie are as comfortable as they are cute- which makes it a no-brainer!
A while back, I posted a review about a company called PV.Body, which specialized in selling workout clothing. Over the last few months, PV.Body has completely changed their business and even has a brand new name: Ellie. The concept of Ellie is quite a bit different than PV.Body, and I’ll admit- I was definitely skeptical at first. I liked the idea of getting name-brand athletic wear at a discount price, and wasn’t too thrilled when heard that would no longer be an option. Instead, Ellie has it’s own brand of clothing, and that’s what you get if you sign up for a membership to their style club. You can still sign up for a monthly membership for $49.95, where you will get a new top and bottom each month. But, now you can choose which items you’ll be getting. They change the collection each month, so new pieces are constantly being added in. I’m also a big fan of the fact that the clothing is made in the U.S.A. I know that there were a few issues with Ellie when it first launched, but they seemed to be worked out now.
I wasn’t so sure that I liked all of these changes… until I saw exactly what Ellie had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised! Not only did I really like almost every single item offered, there is also a lot of variety! The tops include long-sleeve shirts, tank tops and sports bras. The bottoms have options as well, ranging from shorts to capris to leggings. Narrowing it down to exactly which top and bottom I wanted was the tough part. Ultimately, I ended up choosing the leggings and top shown here:
I was very excited when I saw this familiar pink package show up in my mailbox!
I pulled out the leggings first, and had a big laugh. They looked tiny and I thought there is no way these are going to fit. That thought was immediately squashed when I gave them a tug and discovered that they are SUPER stretchy. Whew!
I went right into my room and tried the outfit on. I may not look like the model above, but I was definitely happy with how they looked and felt, and I’d say that the top is pretty much true to size (although I can’t guarantee that that’s true for every top they offer).
Excuse my super dirty mirror.
I love the back of this top. I wore it while teaching two back to back classes on Tuesday morning and it stood through both just fine!
Excuse the limited full-length mirror options in my house.
It has a built-in bra, and was definitely supportive enough. My cup size is generally a C (or large B), and I definitely felt like everything stayed in place where it was supposed to (even through several rounds of burpees!)
I really love the pants, and they’re more than comfortable enough to lounge around in. I wore the pants while teaching Bodypump the other day, and will be wearing them many more times in the future. I definitely do not have six pack abs, and am very self-conscious of the loose skin around my tummy, so I’m a big fan of the thick band around the top of the pants that holds everything in place.
This took some guts- you will probably never see a tummy shot from me again!
The only negative thing that I’ve noticed so far about the clothing is that the logo on the pants seems to be cracking. I’ve also noticed that a few other people have said the same thing- so that’s one thing for Ellie to work on (maybe having a stitched logo instead of a decal?). The quality of the clothing doesn’t quite match up to Lululemon, but it’s definitely well worth the money that you spend for it (which is a lot cheaper than Lulu!). That’s not much of a complaint though- I am pleasantly surprised with Ellie so far!
If you’re interested in purchasing workout clothes from Ellie and/or joining their style club, here’s what you need to know:
Click here to get started. You can either choose to buy pieces individually or you can become a Fit Fashionista Style Member and choose any two pieces for $49.95/month with free shipping. If you need to send an item back for a different size or to exchange it for something else, shipping is also free for that. You can also cancel at any time.
Be sure to click on this link (or the others provided on this post) to get 20% off your order. (You won’t get it by just typing in the URL for Ellie’s website.)
Or click here!
If you end up purchasing any clothes on Ellie, let me know what you get! And if you’re on Instagram or Twitter, use the hashtag #loveellie to show off your hot self in your new hot clothes!
Have a great weekend!
*Ellie sent me a free outfit to review. Opinions are my own.