I've gotten a lot of requests for a Gwynnie Bee review on my tumblr site and after three months of using the service, I'm finally writing a review.
For those of you who don't know what Gwynnie Bee is, here's a little info:
I like to refer to Gwynnie Bee as Netflix for fashionable, plus size clothes. You go online, pick from HUNDREDS of fabulous dresses, skirts, tops and jackets, and they send them to you in the mail. You wear the clothes for as long as you want, and when you are done, you send them back and they send you more items from your list.
I used this service heavily for 3 months and here are my top 3 items that I rented:
I have never been a big online shopper because I know I'm too lazy to try to get a refund if something doesn't fit or the style isn't right, but this gave me the confidence to really order anything that looked good. I've been exposed to great new brands that I didn't even know existed!
Here are the pros and cons that I experienced from using the service:
- FIRST MONTH IS FREE. This is the biggest pro of them all. In fact, you probably don't have to read anything else I write below because you can try it free for a month and figure out for yourself if you like it (but please keep reading because I love you).
- You get to try anything that catches your eye without commitment. Want to flounce around the house all day in a sequined bodycon dress? Have at it!
- No laundry! Anybody who knows me knows that the bottom of my laundry pile is where things go to die. There are clothes there that I haven't seen for MONTHS - no lie. Gwynnie Bee does all the washing for you! Just stick it in the bag they provide and mail it in they will do all the work.
- No postage. Does anybody even remember what stamps look like anymore?
- Great selection. For real, hundreds and hundreds of items ALL TO FIT MY LOVELY FAT BUTT.
- Save money on clothes you won't wear longer than a season. I can spend a mint on clothes that aren't staples and that I tire of very quickly. This is a great way to wear a bunch of seasonal clothes at a fraction of the cost that it would take to purchase them.
- Price. It can seem a bit pricey. I was at the 3 items at a time level for about $90 a month with taxes. It would have been greater value if I had gotten my ass to the post office sooner so I could get new clothes more quickly, but I was averaging about 6 items a month, which means I was paying about $15 per item. Which brings me to the next item...
- Shipping. While they cover the packaging and the postage, you have to send the clothes back in those blue USPS boxes you see around town. Now I'm an inherently lazy and yet busy person and the closest blue box to my house was at the post office across town and I just really couldn't find the time or will to get there in a timely manner, which slows down your next shipment of clothes.
- Preference: You can pick dozens of clothes to put in your "closet" and Gwynnie Bee will ship them to you pretty quickly, but you don't seem to have any say as to which of those items they send. Say you have a special event coming up and you want to wear that sparkly deal in your Gwynnie Bee closet - well, you have like a 1 in 12 chance that they will send that one out. The entire time I used Gwynnie Bee I desperately wanted to wear the ASOS floral bodycon dress that was in my closet, but it was never the one picked. They have a helpline that may have been able to help with this but did I mention how lazy I am?
So, there is my review of Gwynnie Bee and I can honestly say that it has been a very fun experience. I seriously have felt like the most fashionable lady on the planet lately. I highly recommend anybody even remotely interested give it a try - ONE MONTH FREE Y'ALL.
Note: This review was in no way sponsored by Gwynnie Bee. I purchased the service with my own money and all opinions stated here are mine.