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For those of you that don’t know how Gwynnie Bee works, stylists from Gwynnie Bee acquire different clothes that are then lent out to different members. Each member goes through the different selections and puts items in their closet. Gwynnie Bee then sends you items. You can keep the item as long as you want. You send it back and then they send you another item from your closet. If you love the item, you can even buy it. You don’t get to pick what you get next, that depends on what is available to be sent out.
When I tried Gwynnie Bee four years ago, it was a service dedicated to women sizes 10-32. Since then, they have started to offer clothes from sizes 0-32.
If you go to the site, you are able to see all of the items they have for you to add to your closet. You can filter out things like color, size, and brand.
My biggest problem with Gwynnie Bee and why I canceled my subscription was the lack of options. I know there are cute clothes to be found by the different brands that Gwynnie Bee carries, but for some reason, they aren’t buying them for their service.
I tested to see if the selection of clothes increased in quality for the smaller sizes, but that didn’t seem to be the case. Smaller sizes had more options than the larger but the pickings were not much better.
I don’t know if it is too expensive for Gwynnie Bee to buy new, full-priced items or if they have deals with these brands to push inventory they are having a hard time selling.
The good part about GB is the size range. No other clothing rental service offers from 0-32. That being said if you fit in the 0-14 range, you are likely to find more clothes that you like at Rent The Runway.
At this time, I can only recommend them with some reservations. If you like lots of bold colors and patterns, you will love the selection of dresses and shirts. Also, those that live in warmer climates would like the endless supply of dresses. Sweaters and outwear options are very limited making it less than ideal for those in colder climates.
I think I would go back to GB if they stayed in the niche of plus sizes or if they made major upgrades to their inventory. Suggestions would be to buy newer more popular items from brands like Modcloth, Asos, and Anthropologie. I’d also want to see more seasonally appropriate options like sweaters, jackets, or long sleeves.