Friday, March 22, 2013

Side Splitting

It's no secret that I love Gwynnie Bee. In addition to the monthly subscription saving me over $100 a month on new clothes, I am constantly adding new (and awesomely stylish) clothes to my daily mix. Literally every time I wear something cute, co-workers ask, "Is that yours or Gwynnie Bee's?" and most times I have to admit that it came from GB's closet not mine!

This cool dress is no exception. It combines two spring trends- stripes and peplum, and I was super-excited to see it in the New Arrivals. I got so many compliments, until the end of the day when a teacher noticed that there was a hole in the dress. At first I thought that maybe my zipper had come down. Upon closer inspection I realized that there were actually two holes on that side and another hole on the right side.


Stripe Knit Peplum Eloquii Dress- c/o Gwynnie Bee

I was literally splitting at the seams. Immediately I thought I must have squeezed myself into a too small dress and destroyed it. Then I thought, "Oh, crap! How many kids saw my torso today?" Then I thought about what a terribly made dress it must be. I've worn and loved several pieces from this company, so I consider it a fluke, but still, it was aggravating.

You know, what I never thought about? Having to deal with customer service to get my money back. I also never thought about what Gwynnie Bee would say. One of the questions I get asked most frequently is about staining or messing up the clothes you've borrowed. And here's the thing- it's ok! The ladies at Gwynnie Bee know that sometimes accidents happen and you aren't charged or held responsible for things like that.



Or things like your dress falling apart while you wear it. This was a BRAND-NEW dress. Once GB gets new product in they inspect them before sending them out to be professionally laundered. Then it is inspected again after returning from the laundry and again before it is sent to the customer and after it is returned. Items are constantly being checked and rechecked. When I contacted GB to warn them about possible issues with the dress, they immediately offered to re-ship the dress. Now that is customer service. You never have to worry about feeling like you did something wrong, and they are committed to doing everything they can to make things right!

So do YOU have any embarrassing wardrobe blunders to make me feel better???



31 comments:

lesliescloset.ca said...

I love that dress on you, so I'm glad that GB is willing to send you a new one! Too bad about it splitting, but it sure doesn't look like it's tight or pulling in anyway....sometimes things are just poorly made.


We have a similar company to GB in Canada, but they specialize in dresses for formal occasions, and I will say that while the dresses are beautiful, the size selection is a bit limited (oh, and they'll use three different models to show you the dress, but they will be 5'9+ and sizes 2 and 4....not helpful for those of us who are not those sizes!). Rant aside, they are a great company - www.rentfrockrepeat.com. And I love the concept.


I think my worst wardrobe disaster happened when I was expecting my first - I took my shoes off at work, and then my feet swelled up so badly, I couldn't get them back on! Had to get my husband to come pick me up because there was no way I was taking the bus like that. :p

Nancy Wang said...

That is a cute dress!!

Kathy Haynes said...

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This is such a cute dress! I love the stripes and the colors! This dress is perfect for Easter!

Always Maylee said...

You look gorgeous in this dress. I love the stripes and the peplum. I've definitely had my fair share of wardrobe blunders, especially when buying online. I'm so glad that they have amazing customer service, it's what stands out nowadays! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Titanium Spork said...

I wore that exact dress from GB yesterday. I love the dress so much and am seriously considering buying it. I think I will wear it a few more times and look for defects first. Thanks for the heads up! Oh, and thanks for this blog, you have inspired me to re-embrace fashion.

Sharon S said...

I love the bright stripes! That is really nuts about the holes in the dress! I have accidentally worn shirts backwards before. This is what happens when you get dressed in the dark :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
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Crystal said...

This dress is on my Eloquii "to buy" list. There are also 3 others that I want badly. I love wearing dresses. You look great!

ashleigh said...

I'm going to make you feel better now with my wardrobe malfunction, okay?
I worked at Deb at the mall VERY part time for a LONG time. Deb is known for affordable on-trend clothes for women ages 15-25. They always have a HUGE selection of dresses. Prom dresses, clubbing dresses, casual dresses. Anyway, I was going to go out dancing with my girls and wanted to try on a new dress we'd just gotten off the truck. It was black with some fringe detailing and short. Perfect for dancing at the club. I wasn't the size I am now, I think I was like a size 7. Before I got a chance to try on the dress in my size some high-school girl snatched it up! The next size up was a 9 and FAR too big, so I thought I'd try a 5 and see how it fit. I headed to the dressing room with the dress when we had a lull in customers and proceeded to try it on. It was TIGHT! So, so very tight. It didn't zip or anything, you had to pull it over your head. I looked at the hanger and realized, I tried on a size 3! Oh no! I tried to get the dress off and it got stuck on my chest and around my head. I had a panic attack and yelled for the manager. She came over and helped me get it off, but we had to rip it on the side seams. I was SO embarrassed. I sewed the rips in the seams and we put it back on the rack for 10% off, but my manager always used that story to lecture the new girls about paying attention to sizes. What would have happened if I had done that to a customer?!
PS I love this dress on you. I'm glad you had this experience and were able to share with us. Now we know!
-Ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

Jillian said...

Oh yes, I've got a good one for ya...When I was younger, I was lucky enough to be able to go to Japan for a summer. I had this black skirt with a zipper that ran the length of the skirt in the back. As I got off the train to meet my host family, my zipper had unknowingly split and my granny panties were completely exposed, and were riding up on one side from the long train ride. I had on flesh colored nylons to complete the 'look.' Luckily, my host sister was a very kind girl and kneeled behind me to remedy the problem. Hey, it was a good way to break the ice at least! :)
Thank you for your wonderful blog, your inspiring honesty and basic fabulousness!!

Melissa said...

That dress is SO CUTE on you!

Sarah said...

You look lovely in this dress! I love the stripes and the fun neckline origami. My worst wardrobe malfunction occurred in the 4th grade and I will never, ever forget it. I was wearing cornflower blue hammer pants with a matching boat-neck top. The elastic waist of my hammer pants gave out during the class. I got a pass for the bathroom and used a New Kids on the Block pin that had been on my jean jacket to pin up the waist of my pants. But then I got called to the front of the class to read and I was super embarrassed and tried to refuse, but the teacher gave me a hard time. So another girl hissed, she peed her pants! She peed her pants! Yeah, so everyone thought I peed my pants, but I was just really worried that the NKOTB pin wouldn't hold out and my pants would fall down. Either way, pretty horrific, and a warning to every other woman: beware the hammer pants.

Brynn said...

What wonderful colors on you! (But let's be honest...you look good in pretty much all colors!) When I was young, my family was pretty poor. My mom used to make a fair amount of my clothes to save money. When I was about 8 or 9, she had made me this really cute little outfit in which the shirt snapped in the back with one big snap. I was playing dodgeball in physical education, and as I reached down to grab a ball, the snap came undone and my whole shirt fell to the ground. SO EMBARRASSING.

Tashia @HipsandHangers said...

Gwynnie Bee seriously has the best customer service! One of my shipments got lost in the mail and they sent me a new one, no questions asked! I love those colors on you.

grownandcurvywoman said...

The dress looks wonderful on you! Last year at work the skirt I was wearing tore in the back, exposing my butt! Luckily on that day I was wearing leggings so I able to pass it off. Had I been wearing tights I would had to go home!

sheri j said...

Cute dress. My latest blunder was going to work with my pants on inside out AND backward. Before that was the dress caught in my panty hose (no undies) at my husband grandmother's funeral. In both cases no one bothered to tell me so when I see someone else blunder I discreetly point it out.

Crystal said...

Embaressing or not, you look hot hot HOT in that dress! Like preppy hot. Love it!
Crystal - www.talesfromthefatside.org

Jupe_Cambria said...

This dress is splendid...I love teh way the cut and stripes work together!

<3 Cambria

jupefashion.blogspot.com

Cheri'z Angel said...

That is a gorgeous dress and it looks great on you too!

http://cherizangelandstyleluvin.blogspot.com

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

Great blunders! And you are right- once it happens to you, then you will kindly and discreetly tell other women!

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

So glad you are giving Gwynnie Bee a try! I can't wait to see how it goes. I'm going to check out your blog right now!

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

Thank goodness for leggings!

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

Agreed! That's what makes them stand out!

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

Sounds like a super cute top, but also super embarrassing! Oh, no! Recess was the absolute worst though!

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

Oh, Sarah, this was a GREAT story! It sounds like you were wearing a kick-butt outfit! And I love how your NKOTB pin almost saved the day!

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

That's a great first impression! You definitely become fast friends after something like that!

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

Oh, yeah, been there, done that! Such a panicky feeling to find yourself stuck in a dress!

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

I've got a similar list going on with Eloquii! So many great pieces!

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

Thank you so much for the kind comments, and I'd love to hear if you have similar issues!

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

Ah! That's terrible about the swollen feet. There have been times when I was wearing shoes that hurt so bad I wanted to take them off, but I knew if I did, I'd never get them back on!

Rebecca said...

This dress is gorgeous!

Dawn said...

Beautiful dress...looks awesome on you!! Just joined Gywnnie Bee and anxiously awaiting first shipment!!!

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