If you’re addicted to leggings (like me) you may have heard of Fabulegs leggings. I am a hoarder of leggings, so I decided to write a Fabulegs leggings review. Fabulegs is an an independent company that makes leggings in “one size”, “tall and curvy”, and childrens’ sizes. What sets this company apart from Lularoe is that the customer can pre-order leggings in their size rather than searching through multiple groups to find what they want. This post contains affiliate links. If you haven’t visited them yet, visit Fabulegs Leggings here!
EDITED to add that Fabulegs no longer has a rewards program, unfortunately it was discontinued. I wish I had known before they discontinued it so I could redeem the points I had earned 🙁
Fit and Sizing
The texture of these leggings has a cooler feel, more like peachskin, while Lularoe feels fuzzier. Fabulegs are generally opaque unless stretched tightly across the knee (see the picture below). I haven’t had any problems with see-through leggings from Fabulegs.
At this time I only own the “one size” Fabulegs leggings, so I can only compare that size to the one size Lularoe leggings. They are the basically the same width-wise but the rise is higher in the front and back of the Fabulegs leggings, meaning that Fabulegs leggings will sit higher on the waistline. The Fabulegs group has an album with more pictures comparing the sizing of Fabulegs leggings to Lularoe leggings HERE.
Recently, Melissa (the owner of Fabulegs leggings) announced that they will be adding a new size: “XOS” (or “tween”) to fit sizes 0-4. I was excited to hear the news; I fall into the Lularoe sizing gap. My Lularoe “one size” leggings are a little big and always end up sliding down while most of their “tween” sized leggings are a little tight. She also announced that the one sized leggings will be slightly widened.
How to Buy Fabulegs Leggings
One very important thing that differentiates Fabulegs from Lularoe is that Fabulegs sells directly to the customer. Fabulegs customers pre-order and buy retail leggings directly from the Fabulegs website–no consultants are involved. The Fabulegs cycle generally works like this:
- A photo folder is added to Melissa’s Facebook group with design ideas to vote for. Voting is not necessary for purchasing but it’s fun to vote for what you love.
- Melissa posts an album with designs previews for the month.
- Pre-orders start on her website (http://www.fabulegsmelissa.com). If you miss the pre-order you can get another chance to buy when she puts extra leggings up for retail sale on her website.
- The pre-order closes and the leggings are printed and shipped to Melissa
- Melissa ships out her pre-orders and adds retail stock to the website.
Fabulegs vs. Lularoe Leggings
My favorite part: there’s less pressure when buying from Fabulegs. Fabulegs doesn’t limit their production of a certain design like Lularoe does. The pricing is fair–currently it’s below Lularoe’s legging price-point.
Because of the design voting process, it’s a lot less likely that questionable patterns will be produced and languish in Melissa’s inventory for eternity (a la Lularoe’s cellphone leggings, their strange Dorito-style triangle pattern leggings, and their infamous “turdma”leggings).
Sometimes the pattern scale can be slightly off. For example, the pattern scale of the solar system leggings looks slightly small, while others appear a little large. Pattern scaling is difficult. If the pattern is too small you can’t see it; if it’s too big the likelihood of awkward pattern placement increases. Also, it’s difficult to tell how the pattern will look on the leggings with the small swatch shown on the Fabulegs product page. However, pattern scaling is usually subjective.
Pattern placement is always a struggle when you’re making any garment from pre-printed fabric (i.e. printing the fabric in rolls and then cutting pieces out to produce your garment). Production costs usually increase and fabric waste increases the pickier you are about pattern placement. One of the prints I received looks slightly pixelated (the peacock leggings). Other than that, the prints I’ve received are nice and crisp.
Top row, Fabulegs sloth in one size, Lularoe Dinosaurs in one size (made in Vietnam).
Bottom row, Fabulegs foxes in one size, Lularoe leggings one size (made in China)
Fabulegs has experienced exponential growth since starting up, and Melissa has kept up with the inevitable growing pains of her company well. She always keeps the Fabulegs group updated with what’s going on. I’m so excited to see all the new patterns for 2017!
Where to Buy Fabulegs Leggings
- FabulegsMelissa.com, retail (ready to ship) stock on her website here
- Stay updated on new patterns and pre-orders on her Facebook group here.
- Buy or Sell Fabulegs leggings in her Fabulegs Facebook Buy, Sell or trade group. This is the place to go to find older patterns.
- Sometimes Fabulegs leggings will be listed on Mercari.
- eBay sometimes, but be sure to check her buy / sell / trade Facebook group first!