I never thought I’d be one for a monthly styling subscription (being a “pear shape” isn’t easy!). But because I find myself shopping online these days pretty much 95% of the time (and often returning a good portion of what I’ve purchased), I decided to give the new Wantable Style Edit a try. I’d used them (and reviewed them) before, so when they released their first styling service for apparel recently (their intimates box has been one of my favorites for a few months now), I figured I’d give it a shot. Read ahead for all the details & pics.
What it is: Wantable, a monthly (or one-off, if you prefer) subscription box service that provides intimates, accessories, or beauty boxes curated based on your personal preferences is now offering an apparel styling service. Fill in your sizes, favorite pieces, and leave some comments on your style. Then receive a box with five handpicked items.
How it works: A non-refundable $20 styling fee gets you a box with five items and a price list. Once you receive the box, you have five days to try on the outfits. Then either return a few or keep them all. The more you buy, the more you save because discounts are offered based on the items you keep. If you keep the whole box, you’ll get a 25% discount. The $20 styling fee goes towards any purchase. There is no pressure to keep anything, but the styling fee is non-refundable.
Returns: A pre-paid return envelope is included with your box for any returns. Drop it at any USPS office or schedule a free pickup.
Feedback: The more feedback your stylist receives, the better. The more they get to know your style, the more able they’ll be to actually pick things you’ll like. You can choose to receive more dresses or pants, or dressy vs. casual, etc. Fill in a review online when you receive your box with comments about what you’re keeping or sending back, and why.
The Perks: Get to know new brands, try new things, and get out of your comfort zone. My box contained pieces I wouldn’t have normally picked for myself, but it was nice to try something different and see myself in a different style. Plus the discounts for purchasing are nice vs. buying straight off the rack. You can also determine your desired price range when filling out your profile so you can realistically expect things you can afford and change your range if you change your mind down the line.
The Downside: If you don’t like any of the pieces, you won’t get your $20 styling fee back. In this case, I chose to return all of my items, with only two of them being my favorites. I didn’t keep them because I felt like I had too many similar options in my closet already. But it’s only my first edit. The more feedback I give to my stylist, the more they’ll get to know me and my taste. So I’m going to give it another try and see how it progresses.