They don't call themselves that though. They are technically a "Plus Clothing Subscription Box" service and I say- call it whatever makes you happiest, man.

Gwynnie Bee (from here on out known also called GB) contacted me and asked if I was interested in reviewing their company for a potential sponsored post and it was a big fat PROBABLY YES. I've heard about them for a long time but never invested in subscribing.

Before doing so, I asked all of you about your experiences, and you came back at me with mostly positive reviews and so I said "lets fucking do this." My experience? Like most of yours was pretty damn great... but I had a learning curve.

Here's how it works: You sign up. You choose the plan you want (they start at $35 per month though you can try it free for 30 days) and you fill up your online "closet" with everything you ever wanted but never wanted to actually pay for. There are thousands of items (and 150+ brands) for you to choose from- mostly dresses from designers across the board.  Once you select the ones you like, they send you several pieces, you wear them, when you're done you send them back (free) and they send more. Seriously. Like Netflix DVDs. It works the same way.

I tried it several times, fucked it up once, and compiled are my tips (with pros and cons) right here, just for you!

  • #1: Gwynnie Bee is for you IF- you're like me, or a more modest version of me.

    Me = someone who lives in super cheap stretchy Target dresses and memorable novelty outfits from ModCloth. I desperately need something in between but I'm terrified to make a commitment to a piece of clothing that I'm not sure I'll wear 365 days out of the year. I also want to try some new colors (read: my whole closet is black) but branching out makes me nervous. Are you also like this? THEN GWYNNIE BEE IS FOR YOU.

    And by the more "modest version" of me, I mean: you like sleeves and knee length skirts. This was something that a reader shared with me: the clothing is definitely great for business and business casual wear as many of the hems and sleeve options lean towards the conservative side. I found this to be true. After realizing this though, I was able to scout for the shorter skirts, and believe me... they're there.

    Also, there is nothing wrong with biz wear. In fact, most people need it. Gwynnie Bee has infinite options for you if you're one of those people.

  • #2: Check the sizes for christs sake. 

    I had to send back the entire first box because I was like SURE I'M A 2X IN EVERY BRAND IN THE WORLD.

    I am not a size 2x in every brand in the world. Take the time to read the fitting descriptions; it's worth it. AND, as Marianne Kirby pointed out, this is a good time to figure out how you fit into various clothing lines in case you decide to buy from them  online in the future.

  • #3: Plan ahead.

    It's important for you to know that this is not an occasion based delivery service, meaning- they send whatever is available as quickly as possible. This guarantees that you get immediate clothing but you're not entirely sure what's in the box (make sure you only choose items you love!)

    HOWEVER, within the last week or so, GB added a priority option. This means that essentially you can say "I like this one more than the others!" and they'll send it to you as soon as they can. The priority option is really needed and exciting, just know it's not a solid guarantee that dress will be there tomorrow.

  • #4: You have to choose at least 8. Stop trying to cheat the system.

    Sometimes I think I'm smarter than websites, and I'm usually wrong. This was proven once again by the GB closet, when I tried to only select 3 options so they would send me those items AT ONCE PLZ. All that happened was my inbox filled with "We can't ship your box!" emails trying to remind me that they know what they're doing and Jes, if you would just follow the rules and choose at least 8 things you like, we can send you more cool clothes, okay?

    Learn from my mistake: keep 8 options in your closet so you can receive more clothing, faster.

  • #5: You're going to pretend like you don't want to keep something forever, but you're probably going to want to keep something forever.

    There is a "purchase it and make it yours" option that I never thought I'd need to use, because: infinite clothing means why do I need to own anything anymore? I was wrong. Again. The one that ruined it all:

Just look at that neckline, guys. Jesus christ. It's sitting here next to me and I'm stroking it's collar lovingly wondering if I need to just buy it already. I'm conflicted.

I was finally able to figure out how to find my style (stretchy, short, and sexy), have it shipped promptly, and how to send it all back with ease. It's worth a box or two to get this rhythm down and I can definitely see how Gwynnie Bee is a staple in many people's lives. I also genuinely like them. If you want more reviews, check out Her Honest Life and my gal Authentically Emmie.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried Gwynnie Bee before? What were your pros and cons? Any tips for the newbies? Share away!!!

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