Monday, December 10, 2012

What's the Buzz on Gwynnie Bee?

Can I ask you a personal question? It's one most of you probably don't want to answer truthfully. I know I sure didn't!

How much money do you spend on clothes?

I really admire bloggers and real-life people who shop only at thrift stores or put themselves on shopping freezes. That takes serious determination. I have a little bit of a shopping issue (more on this very soon), so I spend way more than I should. Blogging, for me, just made a bad situation worse. The more I got into style and fashion, the more I discovered things I had to have. However, for 2013 I am vowing to cut WAY back on my clothing budget.

How am I going to do that? Two words for you. Gwynnie Bee. I have posted several times about this New York-based company that specializes in Clothing Without Commitment for women size 10- 26, and I am still enamored with it. Hands down this is the best way for a fashionista to save major money.

Quick review of Gwynnie Bee and how it works. You request an invitation. They send you your log-in information. You browse, shop, and fill your virtual closet with any of the hundreds of clothing items they offer- dresses, tops, skirts, sweaters, jackets, with new arrivals coming in every two weeks. They send the clothes. You wear the clothes and when you are ready for new clothes, you simply send the old ones back (pre-labeled returns included). If you are familiar with Netflix, then you already know exactly how GB works.

Let's do a little math. Say you spend $100 on clothes each month. How many items do you get? One high quality? Ten $10 pieces? How often do you wear those items? Most woman are familiar with the cost per wear concept. If you're not, here's the formula: 

cost of the item divided by the number of times you wear it 
= the cost per wear.

With Gwynnie Bee's subscription service you can spend $100 a month and get 5 high quality brand items delivered to your home. Wear them as long as you want or send them back the very day you wear it. With a revolving shipping system, as soon as you tell GB you are sending back an item they start packing up your next one. There's very little down time between shipments. This is invaluable to you because imagine how many pieces you can get in a month's time. Ten? 15? More?

Never again will a special occasion dress gather dust in your closet. Borrow one from Gwynnie Bee's closet and send it back for something else. There is a price point for literally everyone- from $35 up to $159 (15 items at a time!!!!). Maybe you are one of my readers not sure about trying it out? Maybe you are worried about a contract or using your credit card online? I want you to put your mind at ease and give it a chance.

I have a great opportunity for you. Now through the end of this month, all NEW subscribers are eligible to get a free, 30-day trial subscription (up to 3 items at a time)! No risk, no commitment at all. You just have to sign up for the trial prior to December 31st. Cancel on or before your 30 days are up and you won’t be charged (You will have to send the clothes back!). New Gwynnie Bee Guests, request an invite (the site is invite-only at this time), tell them that Hems for Her referred you, activate your account, browse around and give it a try. You will receive an email with the invite and the trial instruction. Existing Gwynnie Bee guests: you are also eligible to receive the 30 day free trial. You can use your current guest account to browse, then go to the “subscribe” part of the site to activate your trial. Remember to tell them Hems for Her referred you so you can get the trial! As a reminder, this works with plans up to three pieces at a time.

I really hope you will join me and save money in 2013 with Gwynnie Bee. I really believe this is something that one you try it, you too will love it and you will want to keep you subscription! If you have any questions at all, please ask in the comments below or contact me via email, Facebook, or Twitter. I would love to talk with you! I definitely don't want you to hesitate and miss out on something that you will LOVE and will save you money! 

Note: I do receive a commission on all who sign up for Gwynnie Bee and stay with them past the 30-day trial.  However, I write about them so much because I truly believe in this company and what they offer to plus size and cusp-sized women.  Anything I write I write from my heart with full honesty.


Feathers & Freckles said...

Ok, that dress is SO cute! Love the pattern. Recently, I've made it my personal goal to solely shop at thrift stores (which is basically how it was before with a few splurges on new items). It's been great so far, and I'm down to only spending between $20-$30 per month on new clothes. That's something I can be proud of!!

I think the idea behind borrowing clothes is great, and I can't tell you how many items I've bought for a special occasion that I only wore once. What a waste of money! I hope girls take advantage of this.

Sharon S said...

Love the geometric print on the dress! I've used Rent the Runway (a similar borrowing service) and it is great when you want something new but know you're only going to wear an item once.

I've drastically reduced my clothes shopping the last few months...just had to spend the money on more important things.

The Tiny Heart

Amanda Williams said...

For my family of seven, I easily spend $300/month. WAY too much. I need to stop the madness!

Leighleigh Uzumaki said...

I apply cost per wear towards hand bags and shoes. If I buy a super luxurious Michael Kors bag in orange leather and it's $300 But I use it for 30 days at a time that's $10 a day!
BUT that is also why I do mostly shop at vintage stores. I won't say everything I buy is from a used clothing store, but I can say about 75% of what I buy is. Gywnnie Bee would be a great solution, especially if you want what's hot and trendy right now. And hello? DESIGNER plus size items. I swear trying to find clothing that is fab, designer, and flattering is like looking for a unicorn sometimes.
Great Post!

Tashia @HipsandHangers said...

That item is in my Gwynnie bee closet! I am definitely hooked. I have already noticed that it has curbed my shopping a bit. I spend WAY too much money on clothes. Money that I should probably be using to pay down my student loans and saving. I'm going to try really, really hard to stick to a better budget in the future. Thanks for being honest about how hard it is!

Tara_St said...

I just signed up for Gwynnie Bee and just got my first shipment. So far I love everything I got. I'm just on the cusp of fitting into their clothes. I'm a size 10 or 12 on the bottom...but a small on top. So, the skirts are great and tunics fit perfect with a belt. I only got the free trial, but I think I will be trying it out paid a few months. And yes, I spend WAAAAYYY too much money on clothes.

Penniless Socialite

Catie said...

You look fabulous, as always! =) Gwynnie Bee is the coolest thing ever. I love the idea of paying a little bit for a dress I'll wear once, and having a revolving closet. Sadly money has been tight the past year, so I don't really spend anything a month on new clothes. If I do buy something it's either on clearance or from a thrift store.

Have a great week! It's almost Christmas break! : )

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Your hair just makes that dress all the more incredible. WORK IT, my friend. I budget $75/mo for clothes, but with birthday and Christmas gift money it fluctuates a little. And towards the end of this year it went down because I started using Go Chic or Go Home and just felt like I had so many dang options in my closet!

Hailey said...

Love this dress on you! I am happy to see they have more 26s than they did last time I looked. I will definitely have to sign up so I can at least try some different brands and see how things fit. I need to cut back on my spending too. I've been going bananas lately.

Miranda said...

I personally set a shopping budget of $200 a month. I've had people before tell me that that is really high. I had that budget way before I started blogging so at this point I'm just trying to keep my habits the same. I budget for everything, so I don't feel that bad because I can afford all the shopping by cutting back on other things that aren't as important to me (who needs cable?). Anyway, this sounds like a great clothing service but unfortunately I'm about a size 8 so I'm right beneath the cutoff. I do however use Rent the Runway to get dresses for special events, which saves me a ton of money and stops me from collecting special occasion dresses that I'll never wear again!

PS - that dress looks amazing on you!

Elena said...

Beautiful dress, you look amazing dear! I agree, sometimes we totally forget about our budget, I try to shop at stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx, so it helps to get really nice items but less expensive.


chantele cross-jones said...

I banned myself from shopping for a whole year in 2011. It was hard but it gave me a new understanding of my clothes. I still spend very little now and often buy only from Charity shops. I's say I usually spend less than £50 a month, unless I need something very specific like new boots or an evening dress

Daisy Dayz


Keesha said...

This dress rocks! I love the pattern and how it fits you perfectly :)
As far as my shopping habits are concerned Im a thrifter so Id say my monthly spending is perhaps $15-20 a month.

grownandcurvywoman said...

I spend WAAAAY too much on clothes per month. I absolutely have a problem with shopping & blogging has made me into a shopping monster. Due to your posts I did sign up with Gwynnie Bee to see how it goes. I look forward to seeing if this can be a solution to my shopping problem.

BTW the dress looks wonderful on you. I love the print!!!

Annie said...

I always love everything you wear from Gwynnie Bee! And that dress is SO pretty Katie :)


The Other Side of Gray

Always Maylee said...

You look so pretty in this dress! I confess that I probably spend more money on clothes than I should, or more than my husband thinks I should!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

kristian satterlee said...

What an interesting concept for a company.

Tori Clark said...

I am probably an oxymoron, because I shop only discount stores & thrift stores, yet I don't have an actual budget. I look at my bank account and think about how much I can justify spending and that's my budget. I'm awful. And yet, blogging has made it so much worse! I shop more because I need new and fun things to wear, or if there is a new trend I "must" try. I don't have credit card debit and we still manage to save money every month so I think I am pretty practical. Gwynnie Bee sounds like a great site, I can't wait to see what you style from there!

Nicole said...

What an amazing service! That is awesome! I'm doing the second-hand thing for 9 more months but just curious if Gwynnie Bee ships to Canada? Love your outfit!

Jupe_Cambria said...

Man alive, I wish this was an option for me, what a PHENOMENAL idea! I must admit though, I don't even spend $100 a month...and I'm always trying to find the cheapest possible version of any item I do buy. I think I save quite a bit by clever shopping instead of just dropping dollars for brand names, or without checking the competition's price first.

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Heather said...

Yikes I don't even want to know what I spend... I try to be thrifty (typically don't spend more than $50 on one piece) - but when you buy 7 pieces... it adds up :) Love that sassy dress on you!


Lisa Maloof Cobb said...

Not to be a party pooper BUT isn't it $85 a month for Gwennie Bee? My issue is that you pay all this money and own nothing.It just seems kind of wasteful.I could totally see renting a dress if you have a party or special function to attend and you don't want to go out and buy a fancy dress to wear once.I just recently started budgeting monthly money for clothes and so far that is working out really well for me so I think I'll stick with that :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

As I stated in the post- the price ranges from $35 to $150 depending on the number of pieces you get at a time. I think even at the 3 pieces per month (which is closest to this $85) it's a great supplement to a solid wardrobe. Of course, I don't expect everyone to have that kind of money to budget. However, for me it's a great way to wear something new nearly every week for a fraction of what I was spending before. I find it LESS wasteful than owning a closet full of clothes that only get worn once or twice.

Pam said...

Good info!! Thanks for your thoughts!

Katie Frost said...

I appreciate your review, but I feel I should warn readers that after being a customer of Gwynnie Bee's for sixth months, the quality of their clothing has declined as has their customer service. After paying for sixth months and regularly using the service, I cannot pretend it has been worth it. All these blogs rave about it after using the service for a brief while. I have been a PAYING customer and feel such online reviews do not reflect the whole picture of an average customer.

Katie Frost said...

How much do the dresses usually cost when you are ready to purchase them?

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