Wantable Style Edit: My Honest, Unsponsored Review
I decided to write this Wantable Review because I love sharing options that will make your life easier and save you time and stress.
As a stay-at-home mom, it's so difficult to get out to the stores and try on clothes. But yet, I still want to look nice. Dressing nicely helps me be more productive at home (plus I don't have to feel frumpy when I need to go out somewhere!)
A subscription box like the Wantable Style Edit solves the problem of finding clothes that fit well and look nice. I can create an attractive wardrobe with almost no effort and time.
I've been subscribed to Stitch Fix for a while, and have been super happy with the quality of the items I receive. They do seem to have almost a “signature style,” (which I love, by the way) but I thought it would be fun to see if a different subscription box would add some variety to my wardrobe.
I signed up and paid for the Wantable Style Edit myself; this is a completely unsponsored review. So with that said, I will share with you both the positives and the negatives.
Pros of subscribing to the Wantable Style Edit:
Like I already mentioned, it is very difficult to go clothes shopping when you have kids in tow. And when I have the opportunity to go out somewhere by myself, I prefer not to spend that time in the dressing room. Having clothes shipped to my door to try on gives me a fun chance to try new clothes without spending all my kid-free time in a dressing room somewhere.
-Try on clothes in the comfort of your own home
Am I the only one who has noticed that a lot of store dressing rooms have a very bad sales strategy? The mirrors are often distorted, and when you're cramped in there too close to the mirror, you can't tell for sure what the item actually looks like on you.
Receiving a Wantable box at my home and being able to try it on in front of my own mirror gives me a much better idea of whether I really like the item on me or not.
Plus I can walk around the house and feel whether something is too tight or too stretchy, etc. It's just so much easier all around to try things on at home.
-Free shipping and returns
I love that when I get a box, I can try everything on and then easily ship everything back that I don't want to keep. I buy clothing at other online shops sometimes, but it is sad and a waste of money when they don't fit like I'd hoped. When I try clothes from a Wantable box, I can just slip what doesn't work into the pre-paid return bag. I don't even have to go to the post office because I can schedule USPS or UPS to come pick it up from my house!
-Try new styles
It's fun to have a stylist choose the items to send because I get to try on new things I may not have chosen for myself. I've found new styles and colors that I ended up loving that I never would have thought to try.
-They have plus sizes
Unlike many other subscription services or even online clothing stores, Wantable has plus sizes. If you've been wanting to try a subscription service, but haven't been able to due to sizing issues, Wantable is your chance!
Cons of a subscribing to Wantable Style Edit:
-Can be pricey
If you're used to buying your clothes from bargain stores, you might have a hard time with the prices of the clothes in a Wantable subscription.
Keep in mind that the clothes you'll receive are from high-end, high-quality brands.
While it's definitely a splurge, you'll also be investing in higher quality pieces that will hold up well. Plus you're also gaining the convenience of not having to go the store and spend time and gas money.
With that said, I will again reiterate that it is pricey! If you don't have money in your budget to pay 40-50 dollars for an article of clothing, you'll want to skip this.
-Can take time for your stylist to get to know you
Just like a Stitch Fix subscription, it's very likely you'll find that your boxes will get better and better with time. (The reason I've listed this as a con is that sometimes your first box or two could be a little underwhelming while your stylist gets to know you.)
Once your stylist begins to learn your style, the items in your box should be better and better.
My personal experience with Wantable Style Edit:
I've only received one box so far, and these were my initial thoughts.
-The style quiz was put together really well
When you first set up your account, you'll take a style quiz so that they can get to know what you like and what types of things you want them to send.
There were a lot of multiple choice questions, so although it was a little long, it was easy to do. And because it was so thorough, I feel it gave a better chance for them to send things I like.
-My stylist did an amazing job for her first time styling me
I felt like my stylist really took into account all the answers on my style quiz and the notes I left for her when I requested my box. She followed my requests exactly. She also put together a nice collection of items that could be mixed and matched.
-I like having 7 items in my box as opposed to the 5 I get in a Stitch Fix box
Having more items to choose from means more chances to like what they send.
-The clothes fit great
I noticed that the clothes were not all the same size. They didn't just send everything in the exact size I had specified. If they knew something ran small, they sent the bigger size. My stylist hit the nail on the head with the fit of every item that was sent!
Important things to know about ordering a Wantable Style Edit:
-There is a $20 styling fee
Basically you're paying your stylist for her time to be your personal shopper. You'll pay this fee when you order your box. However, when you keep any item from your box, the $20 fee will be deducted from the price of the item you keep.
-There is a discount for keeping multiple items
If you keep 5 or more items from your box, you'll receive a 20% discount on everything.
-Some items can be exchanged
If you really like an item but find that it doesn't fit perfectly, you may be able to exchange it for a different size rather than returning it. It depends on whether they have the item in stock in the size you want.
-Order as many or as few boxes as you'd like
I didn't want to receive regular shipments from Wantable, so I canceled my account right after I received my first box. I wasn't sure what would happen when I cancelled, but I was happy to have the option to select “I'm just taking a break.” My account is still there, so it's more like pausing my subscription rather than cancelling.
If you do want to receive regular shipments of a Wantable Style Edit, you can select various frequencies.
How to have the most success with your Wantable Style Edit:
-Create a Pinterest board
Pin outfits you like to a Pinterest board so your stylist can get an eye for what kinds of items will appeal to you.
-Write a detailed note when you schedule a box
The more details you can write about what you want, the better! If you wear skirts below the knee, tell your stylist so they won't waste your time sending something shorter. If you have a little belly pooch that you want to hide, tell your stylist so they can send you clothes that will flatter your shape.
-Use the stream
Wantable has a style stream that you can browse. Click “request” on any items that you'd really like to try on. They may or may not be able to send that specific item, based on stock, but even if not, it will give them a better idea of the styles you like.
-Be patient and keep trying
Remember that your boxes will get better and better as time goes by and your stylist gets to know you better. If your first box is not the most amazing thing in the world, that doesn't mean every subsequent box will be bad. Keep trying and it will get better. Even though I've only received on Wantable box before, I can say pretty confidently that it will get better. I've been a subscriber to Stitch Fix for several years and by this point they know my style inside and out! I can only imagine Wantable's styling will work the same way.
-Leave feedback when checking out
One thing that will help each box get better is to be specific about your items when you check out. When you return things, leave a note about what you didn't like about the item or what would have made you like it better. The more of these details they learn, the better chances they will avoid sending things you don't like in the future.
-Use the referral program
When you refer friends to Wantable, you'll earn $25 in Wantable credit for each friend who signs up. Having some credit gives you a little more room to splurge when an item you really like is above what you would normally pay. (Of course, only refer your friends if you genuinely think they will like the service!)
Ready to give Wantable a try? You can sign up through my referral link here.