So a few weeks ago I was surfing one of my favorite Fatshion blogs, Fat Girls Guide when I came across her post about a new shopping site, Gwynnie Bee. Brittany described it as Netflix for clothes and I was immediately intrigued and incredibly skeptical, especially because she mentioned you get your first month free. So I googled away and couldn’t find anything but glowing reviews for the service. So, I decided to give it a shot, gave them my credit card info and watched my bank account like a hawk, waiting for the inevitable fraudulent charge.
It never came. Instead I got my box of three beautiful, high quality dresses and my love affair began.
Let me first explain how Gwynnie Bee works. When you sign up (with credit card information— but no worries you are not charged until the free month is up) you choose the number of garments you want to receive at a time, from 1-10. The prices range from 35-110 so it remains pretty affordable. You are free to exchange for new pieces as often as you want. The Gwynnie Bee site is chock full of gorgeous and high quality tops, dresses, skirts, sweaters and jackets (No pants at the moment, but I don’t blame them. Pants are way too hard to fit). You’re easily able to navigate by size (10-26) within each category, which is nice. Once you find something you want to try you add it to your virtual “closet” and once you have the minimum items in your closet they ship your package. Shipping is reasonably fast and usually two days later you have your new clothes.
As with my normal shopping experiences most stuff I get doesn’t work for me, but it’s still fun to try new things and play dress up. If something doesn’t fit I throw it in the mail immediately and get my next package in a few days. Also, If you absolutely love, love, love something you can purchase it and keep the one you have. Gotta love that instant gratification!
I actually did just that with the Miss Curvista wrap cardigan I received a few weeks ago. It was so different from anything else I owned and was so comfy I had to have it.
So for 20% off the retail price I got to keep it and have another item from my closet shipped my way.
So far I’m loving my experience and am mourning the fact that my free trial ends on the 26th. I might drop down to a one garment plan (I’m currently at 3) which is $35 (vs. $75 for the 3) for the time being, but I’m definitely considering splurging on a bigger plan for the summer to accommodate my internship (the clothing is definitely workwear heavy, but not obnoxiously so), especially if it gets me out of buying an all new work wardrobe.
Here are the other pros and cons I didn’t have a chance to mention
- Customer Service- I feel like most companies take for granted how much good customer service can do for their business. Its pretty clear Gwynnie Bee does. Every issue I’ve had has be answered promptly, respectfully and I feel like they want to help you.
- The clothes- the clothing is exceptionally good quality and, accordingly, some of the things on the site are very expensive to purchase outside Gwynnie Bee. Further, they have amazing plus size brands such as Evans, Simply Be and ASOS Curve I’ve always wanted to try, but had never had the opportunity. So if you want to experiment with new brands or just get to wear more luxurious clothing, give it a go!
- The idea in general- I’m incredibly fickle about clothing. I feel like wearing the exact same outfit twice just means I’m not trying hard enough (I’m nuts) so this is right up my alley. It’s allowed me to try some trends I had been a little nervous about thus far. I’m definitely trying to embrace the opportunity.
- Exchange claims- One of my only issues with the service is that they claim to mail out your new packages before they have even received your returns. So far in my experience that has not been the case at all. It’s not necessarily a dealbreaker, I just wish they didn’t make the claim.
- Availabilityof certain items- I’ve had some items in my closet since the moment I opened my account, but have never received them. One of the Gwynnie Bee reps said it’s because I have the most popular items in the closet. That’s fine, I just wish that if they new these things were so popular, they’d have a mechanism to deal with that. Also, they did say that is why it’s taking them a little longer to ship my packages, so that might explain the above problem.
- More casual clothes!-As a law student I do dress up more often than I used to, but for the most part I dress down for class. I would love the site to have a bit more in the way of casual clothing, but it’s not a big deal.
So. Here’s my closet at the moment, so let’s see what comes next! (really hoping its one of the first two tops)