Stephanie Hallett
February 14, 2017 12:46 pm

These days, there’s a subscription box for almost everything. You’ve got Birchbox for beauty, BarkBox for your dog, and Mindfulness Box for your spiritual well-being. And then there’s SweatStyle, a subscription box that delivers high-end athleisure wear to your doorstep, no trip to Lululemon required.

Founded by Helena Cawley, CEO of Uplift Studios, a boutique fitness studio in New York — clearly a woman who knows her way around activewear — SweatStyle offers subscribers ready access to the latest seasonal athleisure trends with zero effort.

The premise is similar to StitchFix: You fill out an extensive profile, detailing your height, weight, body type, lifestyle, and style preferences, and then choose to have your box delivered every month, every other month, or every three months. After signing up, your first box will arrive as soon as two weeks later (shipping is free both ways).

Once you’ve received the box — containing a mix of five items, including tops, pants, sports bras, outwear, and accessories — you have five days to try everything and decide which items, if any, you want to keep. Then, you send back the items you don’t want in a prepaid shipping envelope. You’re charged a $20 “sweat fee” for each box, but that money is applied to any purchases you make. If you spend $250 or more, you get 20% off your entire purchase.

I got to try out a gratis sample box for this review — just as the company is beginning to roll out its spring/summer merch — and as a dancer and dance instructor, I was excited. I spend most of my life in activewear, so having new options that reflect current trends is a nice change of pace from wearing the same black leggings every day.

First I filled out the SweatStyle profile, answering questions such as, “What kinds of workouts do you do and how often are you doing them?” and “Are there any colors, prints or cuts we should avoid for you?” Next, I was contacted by a stylist to let me know my box was on its way, and reminding me of the company’s policies.

When the box arrived, the packaging was neat, tidy, and very cute.


Inside, I found two pairs of leggings, a sports bra, and two tank tops. They were from a mix of brands I know and love — like Free People and Alala — and others that were new to me, including Glyder and Brazil Wear. The total cost for everything in the box was $336.

The stylist really seemed to understand my tastes; everything in the box was something I would have picked out for myself. The only minor issue I had with my box is that I usually opt for ankle-length pants over capris, but that seems like a concern I could mention to the company once and never have to worry about again (I obviously forgot to make note of that when filling out my profile!).

I wore my SweatStyle gear for a dance shoot, so I really got to test drive my items.


As a dancer with a substantial bust, it’s rare to find a sports bra that actually works. This one, from Alala, fit me perfectly (as did ever other item in the box) and held me in place all day.

Cost: $45. Would I keep it? Yes.

I had been crushing on these Free People “Turnout” leggings for months, so I was very pleasantly surprised to find them in my box.


I loved the lace-up calf detail and v-shaped waistline; both were flattering and comfortable.

Cost: $88. Would I keep them? Yes. They’re a bit on the pricey side, but I could see myself wearing them outside of the dance studio, too, so I know they’d be a useful addition to my wardrobe.

I’m not sure how my stylist, Kari, guessed that I have an affinity for pineapple prints, but I was all smiles when I saw this tank from Terez.


The fit was great, as was the fabric (a cotton/poly/rayon blend) and the top worked well with these leggings.

Cost: $60. Would I keep it? No. Even though I loved this top, I couldn’t justify spending that much on a simple tank. If it had wicking or cooling technology built in, I might have reconsidered.

I was surprised by how much I liked these leggings, from Brazil Wear.


The snakeskin print was on point, as were the calf cutouts, and the fabric was thick yet flexible — ideal for holding together my body while in motion. And even though I’m not a capri person — I have extra-long legs and they usually don’t sit right on me — these pants were flattering.

Cost: $99. Would I keep them? No. Sadly, these were outside of my price range, and the cropped length — while cute in this case — doesn’t fit my overall style.

Finally, I uncovered this slashed up tank top from Glyder.


This top, probably more than anything else in the box, fit my aesthetic. Loose but snug in the right places, a little longer around the hips, and cut low under the armpit with extra-special detailing on the back — I loved it. Plus, it’s a poly/rayon/spandex blend, so it has a bit of stretch and it’s soft AF.

Cost: $44. Would I keep it? YesLike the Free People leggings, I could see myself wearing this tank inside and outside of the studio, so it seemed worth the investment.

Overall, I had a good experience with SweatStyle. I think the service would be useful for gym junkies and ladies-who-brunch alike, though I’m sure a delivery every three months would be more than enough clothing for me. It is on the pricier side, so if you’re not working with a big budget, I’d suggest keeping your eyes on the activewear racks at Ross Dress for Less (I know I do!). But if you want high quality, on-trend athleisure gear, SweatStyle might be the subscription box for you.