The following review of the subscription clothing service, Gwynnie Bee, was written by a good friend, Cori, from Louisiana. We met on a December 2010 baby forum through The Bump (a sister site of The Knot). We’ve shared our baby, toddler, and teaching stories ever since. When I signed up for Le Tote, Cori also signed up. She also, though, signed up for Gwynnie Bee, and has graciously reviewed the service as a guest post!
After being introduced to Le Tote from a friend I was intrigued by the idea of the “Netflix of Fashion” sites. I signed up for Le Tote and “Liked” them on Facebook. Of course Facebook, being a dirty lurker, suggests I might like the page Gwynnie Bee. Facebook knows that I’m nosey, so I checked it out.
Gwynnie Bee is a monthly subscription service for sizes 10-32. It’s very much like Le Tote and yet so very different.
Here’s how it works:
You sign up for the subscription package you want. They have a ton of options for every budget.
I would start the trial with 3 garments at a time. When you sign up you do have put in your credit card and they will “charge” but only as a pre-authorization. A pre-authorization is a temporary hold of a specific amount of the available balance on a credit / debit card. The pre-authorization is NOT a charge and you are not responsible for paying for it.
After you sign up, it’s time to start putting clothes in your closet! Unlike Le Tote, you can’t just put any outfit into your closet. Some only come in specific sizes. Since this service is geared more to the plus size woman they don’t have every dress on the site in every size from 10-32. You have to find the dress you like, and see if they have it in your size. Most outfits also have a size chart so you can see which size would best fit you. This is where Le Tote saves you a step. Your stylist figures this out for you. With Gwynnie Bee it’s on you. Be sure to read the reviews though. Other people that got the outfit can tell you if it’s best to size up or down and how it fit them. You don’t get that with Le Tote.
Unlike Le Tote, there is a certain number of garments that need to be in your closet to activate your box. This is because they don’t limit how long users keep a garment so if you only have 5 items in your closet they might not be available. Follow the chart below to make sure you meet your minimum. To be safe, try to keep at least 20 items in your closet.
Shipping is free both ways! Also, Gwynnie Bee gives you two prepaid bags so you can send an item back without having to wait to wear all your garments. This came in handy for me when a garment didn’t fit. I put it in the bag and sent it off. Then I went to my online closet to tell Gwynnie Bee that it was sent back. They went ahead and activated my next garment, so I don’t have to wait for them to receive the returned garment before being sent another one.
For a free 30 day trial, it’s worth it. I’m not sure if I’ll continue the service after the trial but I plan on milking it for all I can!
If you want to sign up for a free trial use this link! http://goo.gl/mkPyPJ
Full disclosure, I’m supposed to get an extra garment for each person that uses it, but I’m not sure how that works on the free trial!