Random Stuff: Wantable Style Edit #2

Wantable BoxAfter my first Wantable Style Edit was a disappointment, I went online and gave lots of feedback on why I returned every item.  Then, with much anticipation, I waited for box #2.  And waited.  Finally I received an email on August 12th that explained the delay:


I’m writing in regards to your August Style Edit. It’s been about 2 weeks since you placed the order so I just wanted to give you a little update 🙂 We don’t have enough items that match your preferences at this time so we’re simply waiting to add some great new items to our inventory. By taking a little more time to put together a quality edit, we are confident that you’ll love what you receive! Sometimes opening up some of your preferences (especially color choices, price ranges, body parts exposed) will allow us to match you with many more options! You’ll get an email when your order is shipped out with tracking information. We thank you for your patience & are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have by reaching out to hello@wantable.com

Best wishes,



Not enough items to match my preferences?  I immediately went online to see what I could change to help the situation.  Here’s what I found:

  • On my profile, here are the things I said I didn’t want:  Tight fitting tops and bottoms, pants that are extra long, clothing that exposes my cleavage, legs, or midriff.
  • I didn’t select “dislike” for any particular clothing items – I either chose “like” or “love” for every one listed.
  • Likewise, I didn’t choose “dislike” for a single clothing style listed (classic, rock, boho, casual chic, glam).  I didn’t select “very little” for any of the occasions listed (business casual/work, cocktail/special occasion, laidback/casual, date night/night out).
  • I did opt out for the $150 and up price point in every category.
  • I liked every color except gold and beige, I liked every pattern choice given, and I declined only wool and fur in the fabric section (impractical where I live).

Overall, the body exposure portion of the survey was the one in which I selected the most restrictions.  Probably, that was the issue.  Which won’t change.Wantable-Stylist-Note

The next email I received was to tell me my August box had shipped.  I was excited when it was delivered Saturday (the 22nd).  Megan and I were spending the day together, so she was with me for the unboxing and gave me her honest feedback.

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In the box:  a dress, a skirt, two shirts, and a jacket.  The two tops were both by Lumiere, The jacket and skirt were both by BB Dakota, and the dress was from Kut From the Kloth.  I found it strange that labels were doubled up like that – not a lot of vendor variety.  I’ll go into all the details now, but spoiler alert!  I didn’t care for a single item, returned everything, and cancelled my subscription.  Two boxes tried, $40 gone, and nothing to show for it.  I’ll continue on with Stitch Fix which has a broader appeal and seems more friendly to customers of all ages, styles and figure types.  (Note:  All the pictures look odd because I captured them from video.  In the end, the video was sad, my disappointment too obvious, and I decided not to post it to YouTube.  By the time I decided to just write this post, I couldn’t take any clothing pictures because I’d sent everything back already.)

First item out of the box was a floral high-low maxi dress by Kut from the Kloth ($65).  Wantable-Unboxing-DressThe fabric was lovely – soft and delicate – and the style was very romantic.  I could not imagine going out in public in this dress or where I would wear it.  For someone else (read:  younger), this dress would be lovely.  On me, it looked silly and unflattering.  The straps were wide enough to cover a bra, but the front was too low-cut for me.  RM-Wantable-Floral-DressNext up, a red and cream, geo-printed long-sleeved blouse by Lumiere ($59).  Wantable-Unboxing-BlouseGenerally unflattering and ill-fitting, this top had no place in my wardrobe.  The sleeves were super long on me.  There was nothing exciting or interesting about this top.  It didn’t open all the way down (more Henley-style) and closed with small snaps.  It was very different from anything else I have in my closet.  For me to wear it to work, it would have to be tucked in – lots of fabric to tuck, which would add un-needed bulk.  To wear it casually…uhm…no.

The third item I unboxed was a thin, dressy white cross-front blouse, also by Lumiere ($59).  The front (ONLY the front) had a draw-string hem.  Wantable-Unboxing-White-Wrap-BlouseWhen I tried the top on, one of the strings pulled out from the hem completely – it was not sewn in at all, so I couldn’t see what it would look like tied.  The fit was very baggy with wide shoulders and very long sleeves.  The killer, though, was the top’s complete lack of any type of closure.  Call me crazy, but I want to be able to move around without flashing anyone. RM-Wantable-White-Wrap-Front-ShirtItem number four was a tomato-red gathered midi-skirt by BB Dakota ($54).Wantable-Unboxing-SkirtRM-Wantable-Red-SkirtHad this skirt been at all flattering on me, which as you can see, it wasn’t, it still would have posed a dilemma.  It was like the floral dress in that I couldn’t imagine when and where I would wear it.  On to the last item…

I’ve been looking for a vegan leather jacket and, upon first glance, this one, by BB Dakota ($95), showed promise.  The fabric was very thin and had a fragile feeling to it as if care would be needed not to accidentally tear it. Wantable-Unboxing-Jacket The outside was leather-like and the inside felt like suede.  The sleeves had elastic panels on the undersides that made them fit well, and the draped lapel was pretty and feminine on a black “leather” jacket.  I think it was doomed for me because I tried it on last and had been so disappointed by the first four items.  It didn’t feel like $95-worth of quality or versatility to me, so I folded it up with all the other clothes from the box and send them all back.   RM-Wantable-Vegan-Leather-JacketI still feel like a clothing subscription box has potential for me, but not this particular one.  I’ve searched the internet in general, and YouTube particularly, for recent Wantable Style Edit reviews to see if other folks are having more success, but not a lot of feedback is available out there.  If you subscribe to Wantable and have written (or vlogged) a review, please share a link in the comments.

On the bright side, I just received an email from Stitch Fix that my next box is on the way!


Random Stuff: Wantable Style Edit vs Stitch Fix

After my third Stitch Fix, I got to thinking – do I just like to shop too much?  Is this whole stranger-selecting-my-clothing thing just not doing it for me?  Is it Stitch Fix?  Is it ME?  Why am I not having more success with this than one or two items per box?  This is way too much drama for something that’s supposed to be convenient and fun!

Did I decide to quit?  No, I did not.  I decided to add another clothing subscription box to the mix and see what happened.  Crazy, right?  I thought I might get a better feel for the whole concept, if it could possibly work for me, and if I should keep going or throw in the towel.  Enter Wantable Style Edit.  Wantable has been around for a while in the subscription box business with a fitness wear box, an accessory box, and an intimates box – the Style Edit is new to their lineup.  Same deal as Stitch Fix – it’s a $20 gamble.  Keep something and the $20 goes toward the purchase price.  Return it all and lose the $20.  Five clothing items, selected just for me, delivered right to my door with that same very tempting 25% discount for keeping everything in the box.  There’s a different style survey to complete online and I added a note that my daughter was getting married soon and I was looking for some dresses to wear to showers, rehearsal dinner, and the like.  I also mentioned that my favorite store is Anthropologie.Wantable-Cover

There’s no denying that Christmas-morning feeling that accompanies the box’s arrival.  It’s SO exciting!  When I opened the box – WOW!  Three dresses and two shirts in a variety of colors and all suitable for, in my final assessment (except for one shirt), a much younger woman who’s WAY more comfortable (and secure) wearing super-short, spaghetti-strapped clothing.  Yikes.  I DID say my daughter was getting married, which should indicate that I’ve reached a certain age – without coming right out and saying, HEY! I’m FIFTY years old!  Even if I were statuesque, thin, and gravity had left me alone through the years, I would still not want to dress like my daughter.  The one who’s getting married.  Call me crazy, but I think she’d be embarrassed if I showed up for a bridal shower with most of me showing.  I know I’d be mortified.

Even though one of the dresses was only $24 and I could have kept it for an additional $4 above my already-paid styling fee, I returned every item in the box.  NOTE:  I was very careful taking pictures to NOT show my thigh dimples to you as they were peeking out from beneath the bottoms of those very short dresses.  Here are the details:

Twill Tape Belted Sleeveless Dress by Mystree ($65.00) – Had this dress been two inches longer, it was the item I liked the most.  It felt like something I’d find at Anthropologie, which was what the stylist, Madeline, said she was going for in her note.  The colors and pattern were beautiful.Wantable-print-dress

Amelia Dress by BB Dakota ($75) – The horizontal stripes and white/orange combination threw me off at first, but I ended up really liking this dress.  It was just, again, way too short and I’m anti-spaghetti strap (I hate strapless bras!).Wantable-Style-Edit-Striped-Dress

2-Tone Dress by Freeway ($24) – This dress had components I like – bra-friendly top, flattering shape, handkerchief hemline, well-lined in colors that look terrible on me.  The front middle was also super short.Wantable-Style-Edit-cream-and-purple-dress

Side Ruffle Tank by BCBGeneration (bonus priced at $34, regularly $68).  Again, I loved a few things about this item – the navy color, the dressy fabric, and the price.  The sides with the ruffles were split and the straps were too thin – I ended up feeling like this top would not be age appropriate for me.Wantable-navy-top-with-ruffles

BB Dakota Dasia Top ($68) – Described this way, “Beautiful Fall floral print and easy fit make this lightweight top the perfect choice for your transitional wardrobe!” For me, the print was too loud, the colors unflattering, and the shape, yes, I’m saying this after all of the above – too matronly.Wantable-gray-and-purple-blouse

(My Wantable Style Edit unboxing video can be seen here.)

Wantable Style Edit vs Stitch FixStitch-Fix-July-Cover

Enter my fourth Stitch Fix.  Once more, I tweaked my style profile and this time I asked for three specific things:  A white cardigan, dark-washed jeans, and the polka-dot pants from Fix #3, but in a different pattern.  Paige was my stylist (4th different one) and delivered on all three requests.  Also included was a fit-and-flair dress and a knit, A-line skirt.  Here’s how these turned out…

The knit skirt was my style – unfortunately it was too small and too short.  It was painful to see, so I’m saving you from the horror.  If the knit skirt had fit, I would have saved it for cooler weather and paired it with tights and booties.  Sigh.  Gilli Kelsey Skirt ($54)Stitch-Fix-Skirt

The Ezra Malley Scoop Neck Pleated Fit & Flare Dress ($64) was very bright!  The material had a nice texture, but was very thin and unlined.  Once on me, there was nothing likable about this frock.  Not. One. Thing.Stitch-Fix-Dress-Fit-and-Flare

The pants I requested – Margaret M Emer Printed Straight Leg Pant ($98) were in a very cool floral print on a black background.  Unfortunately the print was unfriendly to my curves – I love these pants for comfort and style, but couldn’t keep them.Stitch-Fix-Floral-Pants

Kut From The Kloth Maribel Straight Leg Jean (a.k.a. Stevie, $88) – I asked for jeans and while I was hoping for a more solid indigo or black, I can not deny that this style fit well, was the perfect length (I almost always wear heels of some type), and felt wonderful.  I hate shopping for jeans and find it every bit as painful and traumatic as buying swimwear.  These dreamy denim britches seemed made just for me.Stitch-Fix-Kut-Marabel-Stevie-Jeans Stitch-Fix-Kut-Stevie-Jeans

Mak Jaclynn 3/4 Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan ($38) – It’s a plain white cardigan.  Like a perfect white tee, you have to treasure a good one when you find it.  It’s more substantial than those tissue-thin cardis that are all the rage at JCrew and Banana Republic, and that’s exactly what I like about it.   I can wear it to work a million times and I will certainly get my money’s worth.Stitch-Fix-Cardigan

So…100% returned from the Wantable box and another 2-out-of-5 kept from Stitch Fix.  I love the excitement of getting the box and trying on clothes in my own home with the ability to shop my own closet for mixing and matching.  I dislike losing a $20 styling fee.  I’m looking at it this way – my favorite places to shop are about 100 miles from my house.  I’d spend money on gas and lunch and take up the better part of an entire day to visit those stores and still might come home empty handed.  So, my next Wantable Style Edit will arrive in August and my next Stitch Fix is scheduled for September.  I’m optimistic that these next two boxes will help me make up my mind once and for all about my future with clothing subscriptions.  I’ll be back.

(Stitch Fix #4 unboxing video can be seen here. and blog post here.)  If YOU are interested in trying Stitch Fix and you use my referral link, I will receive a credit.  My Wantable referral link is here (I’ll receive credit there, too, if you use the link to sign up).  If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.

If you’re getting a clothing subscription box and are having better luck than I am, I’d love any advice you’d care to offer, please.