And Now For Something Completely Different…My First Wantable Box!

“And now for something completely different…” – John Cleese, Monty Python

This series of blog posts is for posts that don’t really match the rest of my blog (i.e. they aren’t related to writing, reading, steampunk, etc) but that I wanted to post anyway. In this edition, I’ll be reviewing my first Wantable Style Edit box.

Wantable Style Edit is a fashion subscription box, very similar to Stitch Fix. You can read my review of Stitch Fix here! In each box, which comes once a month, you get 7 articles of clothing or accessories (compared to Stitch Fix’s 5 items) that have been picked out just for you by a stylist. When you sign up, you fill out a style quiz that asks for things like your measurements, general style preferences, occasions you’ll be dressing for (casual, work, special event, etc), what types of items you want, etc. Your quiz can be updated any time your preferences might change. Unlike Stitch Fix, Wantable does not provide an option where you can link a Pinterest board or other social media.

For each shipment, you’re charged a $20 Styling Fee.  This fee will be applied toward the item(s) you decide to keep in that box (e.g. if you decide to keep a $40 shirt, you’ve effectively already paid for half of it, and only owe an additional $20). When you receive your box, you have 5 days (compared to Stitch Fix’s 3 days) to decide what you want to keep, and what you want to return. A pre-paid USPS bag is included with your shipment, which makes returns very easy. You only pay for what you decide to keep!

As I noted above, Wantable gives you 2 additional items per box compared to Stitch Fix, and 2 additional days to decide what you want to keep. Another big advantage of Wantable is your “Closet” and “Stream”. Your Closet shows you every item you’ve ever received from Wantable, which is very handy to have for your records. You can also request to receive items again, as long as they’re still in stock! Your Stream shows you items that other subscribers have received that match your style profile. You can get a good idea of how those items look and fit, and if you like an item, you can request it for your next box.

2017-06-24 17.34.48

Item number one is the V Neck Pleat Detail Cami in a mint green. This top was very light and flowy – perfect for summer! At $59 it was a little pricey, but I decided to keep it because I loved how it looked on.

2017-06-24 17.29.37

Next up was this sweater and necklace. I loved the sweater – it was a nice fabric and very cozy. The cost was a very reasonable $48. However, I can’t bring myself to buy a sweater in June! At $39, I wound up not keeping the necklace either.

2017-06-24 17.22.59

I fell in love with this blazer immediately. After regretting not keeping the blue blazer from my Stitch Fix box, I thought Yes, I’ll keep this one! Then I looked at the price: $118. It’s a nice blazer and I like, but I don’t like it THAT much!

2017-06-24 17.16.39

Next was this floral top. I like the pattern, and the fabric was comfortable and breathable – another perfect summer top! It cost $39, and I kept it.

2017-06-24 17.17.11

I also kept this pair of shorts, which cost $69. I thought they were a little pricey, but I literally owned 0 pairs of shorts before I received these. They fit well, and I like the length.

The last item I received was a really pretty black lace scalloped skirt, which was $58. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to zip up the skirt over my hips.

Overall, I really loved my Wantable Style Edit box. I think the fashion styles were better suited for me compared to Stitch Fix (a surprise to me, since Wantable doesn’t look at Pinterest boards). One disadvantage I have found with Wantable is that they don’t seem to have an option to swap an item for a different size, which Stitch Fix does allow you to do. The prices also ranged more widely. That means that while some things were too expensive (like the blazer), other items were cheaper than anything I got in Stitch Fix (like the floral top). So, for me, Wantable Style Edit wins out!

If you’d like to sign up for Wantable, I would really appreciate if you’d use my referral link: https://www.wantable.com/?invite_token=jwID1c3vuy4

And Now For Something Completely Different…My First Stitch Fix!

“And now for something completely different…” – John Cleese, Monty Python

This series of blog posts is for posts that don’t really match the rest of my blog (i.e. they aren’t related to writing, reading, steampunk, etc) but that I wanted to post anyway. In this edition, I’ll be reviewing my first Stitch Fix box.

Stitch Fix is a fashion subscription box. In each box (which can come every 2 weeks, monthly, or every-other-month, your choice) you get 5 articles of clothing or accessories that have been picked out just for you by a stylist. When you sign up, you fill out a style quiz that asks for things like your measurements, general style preferences, occasions you’ll be dressing for (casual, work, date night, special event, etc), what types of items you want, etc. Your quiz can be updated any time your preferences might change.

In addition to answer the style quiz, you can also give your stylist links to your social media pages. Pinterest is the most useful here, as you can make a style board which your stylist can refer to in order to better understand your tastes.

For each shipment, you’re charged a $20 Styling Fee.  This fee will be applied toward the item(s) you decide to keep in that Fix (e.g. if you decide to keep a $40 shirt, you’ve effectively already paid for half of it, and only owe an additional $20). When you receive your Fix, you have 3 days to decide what you want to keep, and what you want to return. A pre-paid USPS bag is included with your shipment, which makes returns very easy. You only pay for what you decide to keep!

I was excited to try Stitch Fix after my mom tried it and liked every item she received. My box arrived June 1st and I was pretty impressed.

As I post this, I’ve realized a glaring criticism I have of Stitch Fix: there is no way for me to see what items I received online. I received a card with the items, brands, and prices in my Stitch Fix box, but no digital version of that card exists. So, unfortunately (since I recycled that card with the box) I don’t have the prices for any of the items except the ones I kept (which I do have a receipt for).

2017-06-01 17.50.09

Item number 1 was a pair of dark skinny jeans, which unfortunately didn’t fit. They did feel like good quality jeans, though. They were also the priciest item in the box (I think $88)(On this note, you can choose price ranges as part of your Style Quiz). For those reasons, I decided not to keep the jeans. (Another note, you do have the option to exchange items if they aren’t the right size. I just chose not to for these jeans)

2017-06-01 17.50.04

Item number 2 was this really cute dark blue blazer. I went back and forth on this, because it is so cute! However, it didn’t make sense for me to buy a (somewhat pricey – $70-something if I remember) blazer when summer is about to kick off. If I received it in, say, September or October, I probably would have kept it. But it didn’t seem worth it to spend that money on something that would sit idly in the closet for months.

The next item is a bit hard to see in these photos. It’s a silver layered necklace. At $34, it was a bit more than I’d usually spend on jewelry. But, I’m pretty cheap when it comes to jewelry! I liked it a lot, so I did decide to keep it.

2017-06-01 17.49.10

Item number 4 was a lovely floral blouse. Now *this* felt appropriate for late spring! It fits nicely and is lined, so I don’t need to worry about wearing a cami underneath it (this is important for people like me, who fall behind on laundry!). I decided to keep this as well. It cost $58, which is about on-par with what I typically spend on nice blouses.

2017-06-01 17.42.43

The final piece was a bit of a disappointment. I love the idea of maxi dresses. They make you look glamorous with about 0 effort. Unfortunately, this was not the maxi dress for me. There was too much excess fabric on the top, which did funky things to my body shape. If it was more fitted on top, I would have loved it! Oh well. I believe this was also around $70ish.

Once you decide what you want to keep or return, you fill out a form on the Stitch Fix site where you indicate what you’re keeping or return, as well as what you liked or disliked about each item. That way, your stylist can more accurately curate your box next time!

Overall, I was satisfied with my Stitch Fix box, and look forward to my next one in July.

If you’re interested in using Stitch Fix, I would really appreciate it if you used my referral link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/12357829?sod=w&som=c&str=13803