This Ellie clothing review was sponsored by Ellie (I received free clothing for review), all opinions are mine!
UPDATE: Ellie clothing is no longer in business around August 2015-ish (not sure exactly when – they didn’t give people a heads up!)
It’s clothing review time again! I have been doing a whole bunch of product reviews lately, so here is another review to take a look at!
Last year, I wrote a review for PV.body clothing back in November. The company has gone through some significant changes in recent months. Originally, the PV.body company sold fitness clothing subscription boxes comprised of name brand clothing items. Now, the PV.body company has transitioned their business to producing their own fitness clothing under the new brand name Ellie.
Several weeks ago I got a new Ellie outfit to try out and review. So, here is my take on the clothing, the program, and the company, with my final takeaway.
For my outfit, I ordered the Catch Me If You Can top in blue (retail $39.95), and the Kiss Me capris(retail $54.95). I really liked both pieces of clothing. I wasn’t sure about the sizing, so with these items I ordered a size larger than I normally wear. Which is a good thing: the clothing fit perfectly even though I ordered up.
The Catch Me If You Can top fits great and is a soft tech fabric with mesh paneling in the under arm areas for breathablity. It is very similar to the 15Love top in my first PV.body review, only this one has long sleeves and a slightly thicker fabric. The sleeves are good and long but fitted, so if you have large arms or “big guns” you may want to consider a larger size. The shirt also has thumbholes that are very comfortable and fold-over hand covers for chilly days. The seams and logos are in good shape, even after having washed this top several times. I machine wash this top and hang dry and it has held up quite well. The short-sleeved shirt from 15Love that I received last time and this shirt are now some of my favorite tops because they are flattering, they fit great, and the fabric is very comfortable.
I wasn’t so sure about the fit of the capris at first – they are a bit more snug than I am used to wearing. But I took these through a long day at the gym last Monday to test them out. I did some personal training, then I ran 1 mile, lifted weights (including squats and lunges), taught my 1-hour Zumba class, and then did some foam rolling and stretching (which included some yoga moves).
The capris stayed on very well through everything and they didn’t slouch or threaten to fall down anytime during my workout, even during the squats and yoga. The waistband is shaped well – the wide waistband is good for my short waist and longish hip-bones. The capris were quite flattering and made my bum and legs look great, which is a big deal since I am very picky about the exercise pants I wear (my husband can verify this – he hates clothes shopping with me).
The seams and logos on the capris are good, and they held up great in the wash (again, I machine washed and line dried). The waistband seam didn’t want to lay flat after washing, but I don’t foresee this being an issue. The material is thick enough so you aren’t seeing anything through the fabric, but light enough to be comfortable when you get hot during your workout. There was a long tag in the back of the capris, but I cut it off to make sure that it wouldn’t accidentally stick out. My only suggestion on the capris would be more breathability in the, um, seat/crotch area. But I would have to say this applies to most workout capris.
One great thing about the Ellie clothing is that they are made in the US, right there in California, so you can feel good knowing that the clothing is fair and more than likely sweat-shop free.
The new Ellie program is going to be similar to the old program in that you can opt in to the Fit Fashionista program to get a monthly subscription box of Ellie fitness clothing for $49.95 and free shipping. This price includes 2 pieces of your choice, whether you choose 2 tops, 2 bottoms, or 1 of each. In the Fit Fashionista club, you can fill out a style quiz, but you can still pick the pieces you want so there will be greater power of choice here.
Ellie’s Fit Fashionista Club
If you want to skip the monthly box program, you can just buy the clothing directly off the Ellie site for the cost of each piece of clothing plus shipping. Each month Ellie will release new styles, so there will always be something new to check out. Some of Ellie’s styles are similar in style to some luxury brands, so you can get similar styles for less of an investment.
Now, let’s take a look at the company. If you have spent any amount of time reading fitness blogs, you will have undoubtedly seen some negative reviews about the company. There have been some people who have not received packages, affiliates who have not been paid, etc.
There are some people who have had negative experiences and some people who have had good experience with the company. Everyone’s experience has been a little bit different. As far as my own personal experience goes, I have had a good working relationship with the company so far, barring the exception of a late paycheck.
I do not believe that this company is a scam, as some have claimed. I do, however, believe that there are some business improvements that could be made. The company has been working to make some changes, such as improving their customer service department, so hopefully these issues will be resolved.
The Bottom Line
As with everything, I am going to be up front about the product, the company, and my experience. My experience with the company has been good from the beginning, but ultimately the consumer must make the final decision. I will not write a negative review if my personal experience has been positive. I will provide my honest opinion so that people can make the most educated and practical decision for themselves. Yes, that means going with your gut regardless of what I say or anyone else says.
Ultimately, as a consumer, I encourage my readers to be responsible, do the research, and form your own opinion.
UPDATE (6/2013): Over the last couple months, Ellie has undergone considerable management overhaul and is moving forward. Considering the positive changes that have been made in the last several months, I have decided to return to work with Ellie as an affiliate and ambassador again.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the product mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.