I love dressing up, and I love trying new things with clothes. That being said, I have a style I tend to stick to, and anything I buy outside of that tends to languish in my closet. I am very lucky that I have friends who put on a clothing swap twice a year, so my closet gets continually cleaned out (and then refilled).
But sometimes I want to try a new trend or brand, and I don’t want to drop the money just to try it, even if I can return it. I just want to see what I think about it, outside of a dressing room, without the hassle of tiny mall selection. Or I have a wedding to attend and I’m feeling finicky on clothes.
So Gywnnie Bee set out to fulfill a need I didn’t know I had. And they’re offering free 1-month trials to everyone. They offer clothing rental, and will send out anywhere from 1-10 pieces at a time. Their business model is very close to Netflix, but with clothes sizes 12-32. Pick a bunch of clothes, and they’ll send you some of those pieces as soon as they’re available. You then ship them back, dirty, in a prepaid bag, and they send you more. Convenient and fun.
I liked the clothes I received. They were all cute and well-made. Some fit better than others, but
Igigi Dress in action at a (dark!) wedding
that is no surprise when I used my trial to check out new brands and styles. They have an easy to use system. It is easy to track, receive, and send back. And their customer service is great- every time I’ve had even the slightest concern, they’ve credited me another week on my trial.
On the other hand, this is a total splurge, and they don’t seem to have their turnaround times down.
Their offerings above size 26 become pretty slim. And they don’t have size charts for every company, so you’re flying blind on sizing sometime.
This is not something I feel like I can afford when I’m only working part-time and I’ll be back in school in the spring. But it has been a lot of fun, and super convenient when I had two weddings to attend two weeks apart.
Rent the Runway also now rents beautiful clothes up to a size 22. These are one-time rentals of fancier clothes for events or fancy dates. I haven’t tried them out, but I have a friend who has used them for their straight-size stuff.
Have you ever used a clothing rental service? Are there ways other than shopping in store or online that you get clothes?