It’s here! This box is the third installment of the experiment to compare Stitch Fix, Trendsend, and Wantable. As a scientist, I know that the only way to truly compare something all of the variables need to be constant. In order to achieve this, I filled out all of the style surveys with consistent responses, linked all three to the same Pinterest board, and included the following note:
I’m looking for versatile summer basics, especially a chambray dress. I’m looking for pieces that will work well with each other and with clothing I already have.
Before the review let’s talk about Wantable Style Edits. Wantable has two kinds of services: Edits and Collections, and they work differently from each other. The Collections are for accessories (read my reviews here and here), make-up, and intimates. The Edits are Style and Fitness. Your stylist will send you five items according to your answers on the style survey. A style fee of $20 applies, and while it is non-refundable it will be deducted from the price of any items you keep. If you keep all five items you get a 20% discount off the retail price. You have five days to decide what you want to keep, and mail back all unwanted items in a prepaid envelope.
My stylist’s name is Magnolia, which is a super cool name. When I opened the box I was pretty excited about what I saw… and then I saw the price tag. To keep the whole box would be $245.60 (and that’s after applying the discount and deducting the style fee). At this price point I’m going to have to pick just one item. It’s going to be challenging to pick out one piece to keep. Let’s see what Magnolia included in my Style Edit!
Floral Peplum Top
Initial Impressions: The floral print of this is gorgeous! And I love the navy background color. I could see immediately that this would be a very versatile item because of the color and print. I’ve always wanted to try a peplum top too; I like how they are a little flirty but not as flowy as a swing top. The top also has an open back, which you can see below.
- Brand: KLD Signature
- Cost: $78
- Color: Navy
- Size: Medium
- Material: 100% rayon
- Washing Instructions: Hand wash/Line dry
For the first two looks I wanted to play off of the coral color in the print. First I paired the top with jeans from Loft, a necklace from Wantable (this review) and my poppy Tieks. For the second look I chose some coral shorts from Trunk Club (this review), a white statement necklace and some sandals. Lastly I wanted to show some versatility, and tucked the top into a skirt. The striped skirt is from Golden Tote, the jacket is from Loft, and the shoes are from Trunk Club.
The Verdict: I love the color and print of this top. I think every outfit I created is great and something I would totally wear… But everything else about it doesn’t work for me. For starters the top is simply too big. The arm holes are huge and it hangs off of me like a tent. You can’t really tell in the pictures because I made sure to choose the most flattering angles (ah the power of editing!) but trust me, it’s true. Also I’m not a huge fan of high necklines on me because of the size of my chest. In the photo below you can see the open back, and yes, that is my bra showing. I do have a bralette that I could wear that has a pretty and lacy razorback, and that would help a little with the tenting issue, but the top is still too big. Finally, the top is 100% rayon, which has a tendency to shrink… but if it shrinks then it won’t be too big right? Maybe… but I don’t really want to take the chance that it will shrink in all the right ways and none of the wrong ways (shorter). I don’t really want to gamble $78 on it, so sadly, this will be going back.
Supreme Jersey Surplus Dress
Initial Impressions: I can see where my stylist was going with this one, because the color is similar to chambray. I like how it’s a basic dress that has a little fun ruching and a unique hemline. I’m concerned about the color, and how many things in my closet will work with it. What I like about chambray is that it’s a neutral, and this blue (since it’s not denim) wouldn’t really act as a neutral for me.
- Brand: Bobi
- Cost: $70
- Color: Saltwater
- Size: Medium
- Material: 100% cotton
- Washing Instructions: Machine wash/Tumble dry low
For the first look I paired this dress with a white, braided belt, a statement necklace kept from Stitch Fix, and my TOMS. The second look is with my Loft denim jacket, sandals, and the pendant necklace from earlier. For the final look I chose a cardigan from Golden Tote, a white statement necklace, and my Tieks.
The Verdict: Holy cow this dress is tight.I like my clothing to be fitted – but not this much. It shows all of my lumps and bumps, and as someone who is not-so-athletically-inclined with a little bit of a mommy tummy, this dress is so not for me (not to mention the VPL). It’s too bad, because if it were a little looser I think it would be really flattering. I know I wouldn’t be comfortable wearing this dress, so it’s going back.
Fit and Flare Dress
Initial Impressions: I love everything about this dress. So much so that I already have two dresses that are very similar to it: one is the exact same but pale pink with smaller white polka dots, and the other is a different fabric and cut but navy with small polka dots, both are by Gilli. It’s like this dress is the lovechild of my dresses. So I was very unsure about keeping another Gilli polkadot dress.
- Brand: Gilli
- Cost: $49
- Color: Navy Polka Dot
- Size: Medium
- Material: 95% viscose, 5% spandex
- Washing Instructions: Hand wash/Line Dry
I started off by styling the dress for a night out with a pendant necklace and simple black heels. For the second look I wanted to mix it up a little bit by layering a chambray button-up underneath the dress and adding a statement necklace from Stitch Fix. I thought about doing a white button-up, but there are two problems with that: first off, the polka dots are not white, they’re more of an ivory color. Second, and more importantly, I don’t actually own a white button-up (it’s on my need list… I’m waiting to get it from Elizabeth&Clark). I’m also wearing my matte black Tieks. For the third outfit I wanted to change it up even more to show how versatile this dress is, and added a coral blouse from Loft on top. To create this illusion I knotted the blouse and added a wide belt to hide the hem. This makes it look like the dress is actually a skirt, and changes up the look of the dress quite a bit.
The Verdict: I waffled on this dress quite a bit. Every two minutes I had convinced myself that either I didn’t need it because I had similar dresses, or that I wanted it because it was SO DARN CUTE! Ultimately I decided to keep it because I thought it was more flattering and more versatile than the dress I currently own. I’m not sure what I’ll do with my other dress… either keep it (because they are pretty different) or maybe I’ll try to sell it… time will tell.
Initial Impressions: These shorts look… well… short. In the past couple of boxes I’ve gotten shorts that are longer, so I was excited to see some shorter ones, but I’m not sure I’ll be comfortable with ones that are this short. I’m also not sure about the color. I don’t wear a lot of black and I’m not sure when I would wear these.
- Brand: DEX
- Cost: $45
- Color: Black
- Size: 29
- Material: 98% cotton, 2% spandex
- Washing Instructions: Machine wash/hang dry
For the first look I put on a chambray button-up and half-tucked it for a casual look. I’m wearing my TOMS for a little height. The nude heels combined with short shorts make my legs look longer. For the second look I knotted my “born to do this” tank from Trendsend (this review) and added my black Tieks. For the third look I wore a Golden Tote tee by Gilli, a scarf from Stitch Fix, and sandals. I was curious if these shorts would work into the Fall, so I added leggings, booties, a sweater and a Stitch Fix scarf. This is a great way to stretch the usefulness of shorts, just like you do with skirts in the fall and winter.
The Verdict: I decided not to keep these shorts because they were a little too big on me, and I prefer higher waisted bottoms (especially when they’re this short). I was surprised how much I liked them, and how versatile they could be, so instead I took advantage of Loft’s sale and bought these shorts 50% off. I love how the scallop hemline adds some interest but they’re still neutral.
Wink 3/4 Sleeve Scoop Tee
Initial Impressions: Wow this is an expensive shirt. It would be a great basic and I love the cute scoop in the back.
- Brand: Cupcakes and Cashmere
- Cost: $90
- Color: Washed Denim
- Size: Medium
- Material: 100% rayon
- Washing Instructions: Hand wash/Lay flat
For the first look I paired it with jeans, sandals, and a pretty scarf I bought from Loft last season. For the second look I chose crochet shorts, also from Loft, and my Tieks. The last look was my favorite. I tucked the tee into a skirt I bought of the Golden Tote boards and added a belt to ground the outfit. I finished it with my white necklace and TOMS.
The Verdict: This top is awesome. It fits great, and would be a very versatile addition to my closet. The scoop in the back adds interest and is bra-friendly. However, it’s $90 and is 100% rayon, which has a nasty habit of shrinking. For these reasons I’m sending the top back. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for a similar top though.
I’m pretty pleased with what my stylist sent me. I’m once again disappointed that I didn’t receive a chambray dress, but I think my stylist did a good job sending me items I would like. There was nothing in the box that wasn’t my style, which was pretty good for my first go with this stylist. I will definitely try Wantable Style Edit again.
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