Sunday, June 02, 2013

March Ellie Subscription Box Review + Discount!

I am so late on reviewing my last two shipments of subscription packages from Ellie! I'm been putting it off because I wanted to do a video and haven't had time, but since I have some time sensitive info to share, I thought I'd go ahead and talk about my March items, then come back in a few days with April's and include the video there!

If you haven't read my other Ellie posts, here's the basic info in a nutshell: It's a monthly subscription service where you get two active wear items each month for a flat fee. ($49.95 regularly, but 20% off if you use my link at the bottom of the post.) You can pick a top and a bottom, two tops, two bottoms... whatever floats your boat! If (for whatever reason) you don't like what you get, it's free to send it back for something else. You can end your subscription any time, and skip months when nothing catches your fancy or you want to use that money for awesome concert tickets instead.

March's theme was the Little Black Collection!

There are normally 24 items available to pick from each month but for March there were 7 tops and 5 bottoms (2 leggings, 2 capris, 1 pair of shorts.) I think that they were trying to catch up on orders, since they were still ironing out the kinks at that point, so doing a smaller collection helped.  As you may guess from the name of the collection, everything this month was black!

The two items I picked were both in their Top 5 for the month! (Fun fact- the Back in Black Tank shown above was the first item to sell out!) It took me a few days to really pick which ones I wanted - I pondered picking two tops this month (numbers 1 and 2 above), but in the end I couldn't pass up the shorts!

Moon Shadow Shorts

These are the first shorts that Ellie offered (there have been shorts in both collections since), so I was pretty excited to check them out! I have to admit I'm on the fence about them. The wide, low waistband is great, and I like the built-in brief so you don't feel like you're flashing people. However, on me these are REALLY short. Borderline scandalous. I blame the fact that I'm a bit over 5'10", so I have unusual proportions. They look short on the model, but not indecent. As much as I like the design of them, I haven't yet worn these out of the house.

Shorts, plus what feels like way too much of my skin for the ol' Internets. Yes, I really am that pale.

So far, I totally prefer the two pairs of capris I've ordered from Ellie so far, and will probably be sticking with capris/leggings for a while. The pairs I have are SO soft and comfy and literally turn heads if you have to stop and put gas in your car while wearing them. They're a huge ego boost!

Back in Black tank:

This was a case of "close, but not quite right" for me. The idea of the top is great- It's basically a black sports bra attached to a black mesh tank top. The sides are mostly open, so you get plenty of ventilation. I was worried about the whole built-in bra thing when I ordered, because in general those NEVER work for me. I asked on their Facebook page what cup size the bra would fit, and they said up to DD, so I decided to give it a try. Alas, not so much with the fit. While nothing is exactly popping out, the sports bra part of the top is much too small on me. I'd say more accurately that the size Large I got would best fit a C cup, maybe a smallish D, but definitely nothing bigger. If you're on the larger side, you'll probably want to pair it with another bra since there's not a ton of support. The band size would probably work best if you wear a 34 or 36. (I alternate between 36 and 38 depending on the brand, and it was just a little tight on me.) I may do a giveaway for this one, since it's just plain not going to work on me, but would be awesome on someone with a slightly different build. Anyone interested

The mesh part of the top is free-floating for the most part. Here it is pulled to the side to show the sports bra underneath.

Yeeeeeah, not so much with the fitting on top.

Okay, the handy info I wanted to share!

*Starting in June, Ellie will start offering size XL! I am super excited about this, because my boobs just don't fit in some of the more fitted shirts, and because it vastly expands the number of people who will be able to find something that fits!

*News I'm less excited about- They say that starting June 15, they will start charging for shipping. If you sign up before that date, you'll continue to get the free shipping, but new members that sign up after will be charged. (Return shipping will still be free.) I've seen several people comment on the Ellie Facebook page that they're not a fan of the change, so maybe they'll change their mind before then? Still, if you've been on the fence about when to sign up, I'd go for sooner rather than later! (You can always save 20% via my link below.)

*The excellent news is that I've been watching their Facebook page, and it seems like the customer service issues they were having have pretty much been ironed out. They've started waiting to release each month's collection until everything is in stock and ready to ship out the same day you order, so there are now almost zero complaints about shipping time.

I didn't order anything from the May collection, but I did a screenshot so you guys could have a peek!

There are two other tops and another pair of leggings that I couldn't fit in the shot, but at least you get an idea. I LOVE that they finally did a pair of flared leggings!

What's coming up for June?

Not sure about the details, but it looks like there may be some kind of tennis theme happening! The new collection is set to be released somewhere around the middle of June.

I'm really happy with the expanded variety of items offered! The first month was pretty much all tight fitting tank tops and basic leggings, so it's made me happy to see shorts, looser fitting tops, flared pants and now (next month) a running skirt added!

You can check out my February item review post here, or the video review post here! My review of the April items and a video of both March and April will be up sometime this week!

20 percent of Ellie

As an Ellie ambassador, I received this outfit at no charge to facilitate my review and may receive commission for actions taken via my links. All opinions are 100% honest, and I try to offer a thorough review that shows all of the pros and cons. 


Jen said...

Thanks for the review, the shorts look cute and sense I am only 5'5" they may not be so short, the top you got looks cool, I do like that it comes with the bra already in it. I always have to get a size larger when it comes to shirts with bras in them.

LisaLisa said...

I love Ellie clothing. You look very nice. I love their monthly box concept that is so cool!

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

Such a very informative review. I've never herd of this company--I might have to check it out

Jade Samson - Diva Fabulosa said...

Oh I love how it looks!! I wanna try it out!!

Jade of
Diva Fabulosa Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

Linda Kinsman said...

Great review! I didn't know Ellie offered a monthly subscription box.

I'll check it out, thanks!

Sofia said...

Ellie is a subscription box I wouldn't mind subscribing for!! Now...I just need to start working out :)

From PDX with Love

Angel said...

This sounds like a nice subscription! Unfortunately I try to stay away from clothes subscriptions because they never fit me.