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I always dreamed of having a personal shopper—someone who would pick out the trendiest clothes for me. That dream semi-imploded when I figured out how much personal shoppers cost. Beyond the eye-popping fee, the time spent coordinating with a stylist to pick out your wardrobe can be substantial. High cost and high energy? Pass.
Then, I learned about personalized clothing subscription boxes, like StitchFix or Trunk Club. With these services, new clothing is shipped directly to your door, without the hassle of picking something out online up or rifling through a clothing rack. However, these well-known boxes typically focus on casual, work, or formal attire—not activewear. That’s why when I heard about YogaClub, which bills itself as the premiere activewear subscription box, I jumped at the chance to try it
YogaClub offers high-quality activewear at a discounted price to its subscribers. Using artificial intelligence and real-life stylists, the company sends you a three-piece workout set comprised of pieces from up-and-coming activewear companies. Curated yoga clothes from new-to-me brands at a discounted price—what’s not to love?
What is my style, anyway?
The process of getting your box begins with a comprehensive style quiz. The company asked me a variety of questions, including how I described my style (definitely “minimalist”), how often I wear activewear (too often), and where I wear my activewear (basically everywhere). While the company is yoga-centric, the quiz asked what other activities I participate in. As a runner and spin class-enthusiast (I’m wary to use the word “cyclist”) in addition to yogi, I made sure to identify as such.
Another question I liked? One that allowed me to select a “blended size” when it came to sizing. Women’s sizing in the United States makes zero sense (like actually), and I typically find myself falling between two sizes. (Please don’t ask me what my typical shopping experience is like—it is not fun.) Being able to select a blended size made me more optimistic about the clothes actually fitting my body.
The quiz also asked me about my style preferences. In a format reminiscent of a social media platform, it prompted me to like, dislike, or love a particular style. It then went on to ask about my body shape and areas of preferred coverage. Did I mention it was comprehensive? This quiz went way beyond the Buzzfeed quizzes I spend too much time on. (Tree pose is the pose that best suits my personality, in case you were wondering.)
YogaClub also asks whether or not you like a variety of sample outfits. As someone who stays away from crazy patterns, I selected the solid color activewear sets that I liked, while noting my dislike of some of the other patterned pieces. (I’m sorry, but I’m a New York all-black girl, through and through.)
I must admit—I was a bit skeptical. Even with the artificial intelligence and comprehensive style quiz, was I really going to receive clothes that I liked and that actually fit me?
My personalized boxes
When I received both of my curated three-piece activewear sets, I was surprised to find how much they matched my personal style. The first outfit included the Tasha Bra in black from Sol & Mane, the Tara Legging in black from Whisper Active, and the Katie Muscle Tank in Moroccan blue from Vie Active. The second box was a bit more colorful and included the Alexandria Bra in blue from Sol & Mane, the Kriss Legging in royal blue from Whisper Active, and the Carolina Tank in ivory from Vie Active.
One of the surprising perks of the YogaClub box? Learning about new brands. I had never heard of any of these lines prior to receiving my boxes. As someone who is guilty of shopping at big-name activewear stores, I liked supporting a smaller clothing company. (Especially since I could be much more confident that someone wouldn’t be sporting the same outfit as me at my next yoga class.)
I loved the sports bras and leggings in each of the two boxes. I didn’t love the two tank tops—they were a bit too long for me. As a member of Gen-Z, I tend to gravitate toward all things cropped, so a longer tank top isn’t something I wear often. But I tend to only wear a sports bra and leggings to practice yoga, so I felt like I had received a “complete” activewear set anyway. And they were definitely an upgrade from my four-year-old sports bra and leggings.
To test the products’ ability to withstand a flow, I wore each of the outfits during a yoga practice. I opted not to wear the tank tops, but the sports bras and leggings both felt extremely comfortable. And the biggest plus? The leggings didn’t sneak down on me as I moved—something I typically do at least once during class.
Overall thoughts on YogaClub
I would definitely order another box—especially since I’m now a fan of Sol & Mane and Whisper Active. Neither of these brands have their own comprehensive online stores, so I would have to reorder them through YogaClub in order to receive their garments.
Based on the quality of the clothes and the access to new brands, the subscription box from YogaClub is definitely worth the cost. The clothe in each of my boxes retailed for $210 and $208, respectively. However, the typical YogaClub box costs around $79 to $89—a massive discount. I also like the flexibility of the subscription plans. You can opt to have a box sent monthly, bi-monthly, or seasonally, as well as purchasing a one-time box. YogaClub also emails you after receiving your box to ask for feedback—the more sets you receive and the more feedback you give, the more personalized your boxes become to your individual style.
So maybe I do have my own personal shopper now, after all.
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