This is a post I’ve been debating on writing for about a month. It’s not something I like to do, but I feel as if I should share my thoughts on the new concept, Ellie.
So, what is Ellie?
You go to Ellie.com and either shop the collections at the regular prices OR you sign up to be charged $49.95 every month and choose 2 pieces from the collections to be sent to you every month. Great idea! Great concept! Too good to be true, right?
If you remember, Ellie was originally PV. Body, and they were supposed to send name brand items to you at the low-cost of $49.95. That didn’t last long, and Sarah Fit explains it in this video. I had a lot of people ask me my opinions on the PV Body/Ellie concept and my firm belief was that you could not have top quality gear, a personal stylist and excellent fit for $49.95. I did not mention their brand when I said that to people but I did have someone from the company tell me that I was completely wrong and I would see it come to life soon. I thought it was slightly unprofessional to start a Twitter war, so I ignored their comment and waited for the brand to get it together.
So, in March, Ellie asked me to become an ambassador for their program. They would ship me a free outfit and I would gain rewards for referring people to the program. I was excited to prove myself wrong, and wanted to see what the new Ellie brand had in store. I chose two items that are very trendy right now from their Little Black Collection, the Back in Black Tank and the Black to the Future capris. They arrived about 2 weeks later and I wasn’t shocked when I found that I was right, but I was disappointed.
The mesh on the tank was extremely coarse, to the point where it could chafe you if you wore it on a long run. The top rode up while I was running and didn’t wick my sweat away like my other clothes do. The bra also lacked any kind of support, so I wore one of my other sports bras underneath. I would wear it to yoga, but it won’t stay down and isn’t a nice fabric.
The bottoms seemed great! The fit was very good, and they hid my love handles with their higher rise. It wasn’t until I saw people staring at the gym that I realized I had a problem, a sheer pant problem. The Ellie bottoms were showing people my lovely choice of underwear, and I was mortified. Every time I squatted, stretched or bent over for my water bottle, people stared and whispered. No one was kind enough to tell me about my problem, but I wrapped up my workout and got the hell out of the gym.
I am not going forward with my Ellie ambassadorship, as you know I do not promote brands that I do not believe in the quality of.
I did express my concerns about the level of sheerness of the pants with the ambassador contact and she said she would express the concerns to the design department and make sure they tested the quality. Did they do that? I hope so, but I do not know for sure.
I felt I had to write this post to allow everyone to give Ellie a chance but also allow those who are already members a chance to check their backside in the mirror at home.
I hope that future collections from Ellie are a step up in quality and styling, but as of right now, this is not a brand I can put the Yoga in Heels brand behind.