Survival of the fittest

Photo from CNN of Yitty, Lizzo's new clothing line.

Nearly every actor, athlete, singer or reality star has come out with their own line of athleisure and/or athletic wear. It can be overwhelming trying to decipher which is the right choice to make when examining these brands.

To make the task of shopping slightly less daunting, here is a list of four of the most well known celebrity athletic clothing lines ranked on a highly sophisticated scale. The scale goes ranges from 1-5 and quantifies a clothing line based on three characteristics: affordability, appearance, and quality (based on reviews from customers).

Fabletics X Kate Hudson: 3.6/5

Affordability: 5/5

Fabletics is extremely affordable. You can grab two pairs of their leggings for $24! These prices are refreshing and inclusive. Shoppers can buy 6 pairs of leggings at Fabletics for the price of one at Lululemon. Also, the website offers many sales, which is another win for those trying to ball on a budget. 

Appearance: 2.5/5

Though there are tons of cute options on their website, nothing stands out as exceptionally cute or unique to this brand. There were a lot of designs, but many have already been done or feel like dupes of other trendy items. For example, the crossover leggings that made Aerie go viral are all over the Fabletics website. There are also some major flops that bring the veracity of the Fabletics style into question, like the puffer scarf: 

Photo from Fabletics website
Quality: 3.5/10

The website for this brand is an absolute flop. Pop-ups for “style quizzes” bombard the computer screen almost every time I went from one style of clothes to another, which got really frustrating. In fact, to continue shopping beyond the homepage, shoppers must make an account. The biggest complaint found across all reviews was that the clothes felt baggy, and sizes sell out quickly. However, almost every customer mentioned that their purchases were super soft and looked great. The leggings with pockets don’t drag or feel sticky when working out.

Adidas X Beyonce: Ivy Park : 4/5

Affordability: 3/5

With these prices, you pay for what you get. The biker shorts fall in the $45-$65 price range, and sports bras and tops all are upwards of $60. However, who’s to say it’s not for good reason? These prices are somewhat similar to brands like Outdoor Voices or Nike. While they’re not outrageous, one might think twice before loading up their cart. Overall, the prices aren’t impressively low or exclusively high.

Appearance: 5/5

Most of the pieces in this collection are not everyone’s style, but that’s kind of the point. The colors and designs are truly unique to the brand. With metallic fabric, bright colors and shoes with funky twists, Beyonce gets the “green light” from the VALLEY. 

Photo from Adidas website
Quality: 4/5

The quality of Ivy Park transcends Adidas’ typical quality. Beyonce drops new collections frequently enough to stay on top of trends, and her offerings transcend workout apparel. From the Reddit community claiming Ivy Park has excellent quality across the board, to Megan Thee Stallion having a whole “Crazy in Love” dance party, everyone is pretty impressed with the quality of this clothing. Buuuuut, everything is sold out all the time. Every single product has a little “coming soon” sign underneath it. While it may be a good thing that products are flying off their virtual shelves —it’s pretty annoying for someone to continuously check the website only to leave empty-handed time and time again. 

Fabletics X Lizzo: Yitty: 4.7/5

Lizzo just dropped a shapewear and athleisure line in collaboration with Kate Hudson’s brand Fabletics.

Affordability: 4/5

Yitty’s prices are extremely comparable to the general Fabletics brand. Even though this is a line associated with a high-profile celebrity like Lizzo, the prices didn’t raise beyond a reasonable asking price. Additionally, VIP offers from Fabletics provide incredible deals like 65% off of sports bras.

Appearance: 5/5

What makes Yitty stand out among other shapewear lines is the attention it pays to people who wear plus size clothing. Unfortunately, a lot of plus size women are told that to be sexy, they must conceal their curves and wear clothes that won’t make them stand out. Fortunately, Lizzo brings bold and beautiful designs to the table, encouraging women of every size to feel confident in their own bodies.

Quality: 3/5 

The clothes have a great smoothing effect. According to customer reviews, they compress really well and the packaging is sustainable. A common complaint found among Tik Tok reviews and other articles was that the body suit is too short and that the shapewear rides up. Most customers describe their experience as “happy-ish” which isn’t going to cut it for the pricing. 

Daywon X Candice Huffine : 2.8/5

Affordability: 3/5

The starting prices for a lot of pieces are undeniably high: $98 for black mesh leggings and $50 for a standard flowy tank. However, there are frequent sales which is a bonus.

Appearance: 1/5

Nothing on the website stands out as something that radiates confidence when working out. Even though the quality is high, the designs look cheap. Also, a lot of the patterns on the clothes are simply out of style. There’s a lot of animal print, mesh and tye-dye. Overall, Day Won doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of looks. 

Photo from Day/Won website


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