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Unless you have the build of a size 2 model, finding clothes can be a challenging task. Fortunately, Gwynnie Bee solves this problem for fashionistas between size 10 and 32. Gwynnie Bee is a fashion subscription box service that sends clothes you pick out online directly to your door. They cater specifically to plus-size women and allow them to try a variety of styles and pieces without the hassle of traditional shopping.
What Makes Gwynnie Bee Unique?
The most significant difference between Gwynnie Bee and other clothing subscription boxes is that they only provide clothing for women sizes 10 to 32. You get to choose the clothing that comes in your box, unlike other companies that use a stylist to curate a box tailored to your style preferences. Being able to pick your clothes makes it more likely that you will find pieces you love.
Gwynnie Bee does have stylists on hand that can provide a consultation to help you decide what fits your tastes and body. Another nice feature of the Gwynnie Bee box is that you can wear the clothes for as long or as often as you would like. If you decide you like them enough to keep them, you can purchase them at a discounted rate. Otherwise, you can send it back in the free shipping bag they provide.
Finally, Gwynnie Bee makes it simple to shop for separate occasions and needs. If you only need pants, then you can create a closet full of pants you would like to try, and that’s what you’ll get. If you need work clothes or special occasion outfits, you can browse those dedicated sections and find precisely what you need.
Pros and Cons
How the Signup Process Works
Signing up for Gwynnie Bee is simple. First, you answer a few questions about your style preference and sizes in various clothing. Then you create an account and can start to browse all the items Gwynnie Bee offers. At this point, you aren’t obligated to pay anything or buy a subscription.
If you would like to have a monthly box sent directly to your door you can sign-up for a subscription. They have plans that go from $49 to $199 per month based on how many items you choose. Once you decide how many things you would like delivered each month, then you can start adding items to your “Closet.”
Your Closet items will be what you receive at your house each month, so they suggest that you keep around 25 pieces in there in case something you want isn’t available. You can also store items in your “Attic” for a later date. This is a nice feature if you want to start shopping for fall pieces while it’s still summer.
Once you decide how many items you want each month, your subscription starts. Each month you will get your box of items, and you can keep them for as long as you want or send them back. All returns are free of charge and if you decide to keep something you pay a discounted price for the item.
The pricing for each box is simple and depends on how many pieces you want.
After you subscribe, you will get your first box within two to three days. Each month you get the number of pieces you chose and then charged the corresponding amount. Occasionally, Gwynnie Bee runs a special where you can try the service for free for 30 days before deciding to subscribe.
During the month you can wear the clothes as often as you want and send them back whenever you want, all free of charge. The only other cost you might pay is if you decide to keep an item in your monthly box. In that case, you just notify Gwynnie Bee, and they charge your card for the price of the piece.
Overall, it can be a little pricey if you only choose the one item subscription plan because some pieces might actually cost less than $49. The two to three item plans generally give you the best use of your money and the service. Again, it depends on the items you want and what they cost alone.
Looking at other reviews of Gwynnie Bee reveals that it can be a bit of a mixed bag. There were plenty of customers that loved their subscription box and were able to find pieces that worked for them. These customers also liked that they didn’t have to worry about paying for shipping or dry cleaning. Many people also liked the selection and variety of clothes offered.
Other customers had a harder time with Gwynnie Bee. For some sizes, clothes tend to go fast so they couldn’t get the pieces they wanted. Also, a few people mentioned there was a delay in deliveries between when they sent a piece back and got a new piece in its place. Representatives for Gwynnie Bee do suggest that you can eliminate this delay time by going to your account and hitting the return notification button. This gives them a heads up that your piece is on its way back and they can be prompt about sending you a new one.
How It Compares
Gwynnie Bee certainly isn’t the only fashion subscription box on the market. So how does it measure up to others out there?
Subscription services like Stitch Fix and Stylogic carry sizes for plus-size women, but they don’t cater specifically to those sizes. They carry a wide variety of sizes, but it can still be challenging to find clothes that you might like in your size. Other plus-size subscription boxes such as PLVSH and Dia & Co are dedicated to sizes 14 and up. Gwynnie Bee has a little more range of sizes 10 to 32.
Also, you have full control over the clothes sent to your house. With other subscriptions services, they send you pieces based on your style preferences. You may or may not like the clothes that come, and that can be frustrating if you keep getting boxes with no items that you want to wear or keep. You can still meet with a stylist through Gwynnie Bee to help find what you like, but in the end, you have the final say on what you get.
Pricewise, Gwynnie Bee is mostly in line with other services. There is such a wide variety of plans between services that you would have to shop around a bit for one that fits your budget. Gwynnie Bee is a straightforward service to sign up for, and there aren’t any hidden cleaning or shipping costs, which is nice.
What if I damage an item of clothing?
- Gwynnie Bee does not charge extra for any damage done to clothes. Just send an email from your account to let them know you’re sending back a damaged item.
Is there a way to prioritize the items in my closet?
- Yes. You can mark specific items as a priority, and those will be ship first if available.
Does Gwynnie Bee offer price matching?
- If you buy a piece from Gwynnie Bee and then find it directly from the brand for cheaper, Gwynnie Bee will match or even beat the price.
How often can I switch my items?
- You can switch the pieces you want as often as you would like. Simply notify Gwynnie Bee you are sending a piece back from your account, and they will get your next item ready.
If you still have questions about the Gwynnie Bee subscription service, make sure to leave your comments and questions below. We will do our best to get an answer back!
Is It Worth It For Me?
If you are someone that likes fashion but just don’t have the time to go out and try out new pieces, this subscription service is a great option. You get to choose your pieces online and then have them sent to your door. Don’t like it? Send it back for free. Love it? Keep it for much less than retail price.
Gwynnie Bee is also great for women who don’t often find stylish clothing in their size. While most plus-size services start at size 14, Gwynnie Bee begins at 10, so there is a little more variety. Also, because Gwynnie Bee has different clothing for various occasions, it could be a one-stop shopping experience which could save you a lot of time.
If you tried out Gwynnie Bee, let us know your experience in the comments. If you’re still on the fence, ask any questions you might have and read about other’s experiences to get a better feel for the service.