The Gwynnie Bee Review: A Psychological Experiment â€” Month #2
Gwynnie Bee Review for Month #2:
TotalÂ items: Â 22 — 20Â dresses, 2 tops (including 4 special event dresses)
Total worn: Â 13; Â 3 returned unworn due to poor sizing, 5 not flattering to my frame so not worn, 1 special event dress saved for Christmas event after the month; 1 worn twice
Total bought:Â 0
Plan: Â 3 items
Upgrades: 1 item increase for 1 month as a loyalty bonus for renewing; 1 item increase for 2 weeks from previous month as consideration for defective dress.
Grade: Â B+
The Good, the Bad, and the Unflattering:
This experiment with the Gwynnie Bee subscription service for clothesÂ Â continues to surprise and delight me in ways I wouldn’t have dreamed. Â I’ve had a few glitches but overall, the experience has been extremely positive, particularly in how I have begun to changeÂ some long-held negative viewpoints.
In the course of the second month, GB shipped a total of 22 items to me from my “virtual closet.” Â Of the 5 I didn’t wear because I thought they were unflattering, they were actually very pretty and stylish dresses but just didn’t suit my frame once I put them on. Â I have never had a defined waist–ever–even at 22 and 105 pounds. Â That means that I may end up wearing a much larger size to make sure the cut of the garment fits my waist. Â It also means, as I discovered only through this experiment, that I sometimes must wear a dress size that is 1-2 times larger than the size dress a much heavier woman with a different body type might wear. It always, until now, struck me as odd that a friend who has 50 pounds on me wears my dress size. Â It’s all about the cut. Â Hmmmm.
This discovery has gotten me away from even thinking in terms of dress size and now looking instead at a measurement chart to make sure a garment is loose enough in the waist, tight enough in the hips, not too loose in the shoulders. Â I dress myself by the chart now, not the tag. Â Folks, that has been remarkably freeing. Â I’m no longer hard on myself or lacking confidence because of a number on a tag.
I’ve also learned to read reviews from other Gwynnie Bee subscribers on the site. Â They’re quite helpful in determining if the item–in spite of the size chart–runs small or large or even in how to style the item for maximum impact. Â Where I’ve gone astray and had to return 3 dresses that were 1. too big by 2 sizes, 2. too small by 2 sizes, and 3. too big in the bust but perfect elsewhere was that these were new offerings without any reviews yet. Â I’m surprised that, with over 200 items in my virtual closet, about half of the items I’m sent are newly announced additions. Â That means I’m getting dresses that have never been worn and are the newest trends from Gwynnie Bee, but sometimes they don’t have the reviews I need to choose a better fit.
The absolute best part of the Gwynnie Bee subscription service that makes it worthwhile is that I can rent special occasion dresses. Â With the holiday season upon me, I was able to select probably two dozen fancier dresses, including some of the pricier dresses that would be 3 to 5 times my monthly subscription if I were buying one dress for one mandatory party for work or for a date’s work party. Â I’ll have photos in next month’s review of some of these. Â I still have party dresses of this type in my physical closet from the last 5 years, and most of them were worn just once because I needed variety for the different holiday events with the same audience and by the next year, the dress was out of style. Â I was very pleased with the selections I received from Gwynnie Bee and kept a couple of these dresses out for several weeks just to wear to a specific event.
My only complaint about Gwynnie Bee this month was that shipping was a little slower than in the first month. Â I don’t mean the time it took in transit to me but the time it took for Gwynnie Bee to put the next selections in the mail to me. Â All was well until the weekend before Thanksgiving but the next week, they seemed to be on top of it again. Â The same happened as I neared Christmas but I’ll cover that in next month’s report.
Surprises in Month #2:
Besides the previously mentioned surprise related to sizes and no longer beating myself up over “just numbers,” I had several more surprises. Â As my body is reconstituting on this ketogenic diet I’m on, I’m finding the some brands will soon no longer work for me, and I’m hoping that as I shrink out of Gwynnie Bee sizes, they’llÂ expandÂ their service to include the smaller sizes.
I’m surprised at how much I enjoy wearing looser clothing. Â Not LOOSE butâ€¦well, interesting insights here into how I think. Â Before, I would have hated to buy anything in a larger size. Â I’ve even stated emphatically that certain sizes would never again be allowed in my closet. Â That means that I’ve been forcing myself to wear clothes that don’t have the extra room to move that I like just so I’m not in the next size up. Â Sure, it’s looser and more comfortable but it’s a size up!Â Now I don’t think about it and I really don’t care about the number–just how it looks, how it feels, and how I feel in it. Â Weird, huh? Â I’m wearing the biggest sizes I ever have and yet I feel the most confident and the sexiest ever in some of those dresses. Yes, I’m having FUN.
I’m getting more compliments than ever before, too. Â I’ve dressed professionally all this time, but I’m more likely to try styles I wouldn’t have if it’s just another dress on the Gwynnie Bee subscription plan and not one I’ll buy retail and then fear to wear because it’s edgy. Â If it’s edgy and too memorable to wear a second time, so what? Â Back in the bag it goes.
I’m getting a lot more attention when I wear these dresses. Â I have a particular group of colleagues who greet me every morning now to see what I’m wearing. Â They know they’ll see it only once!
The funniest surprise came during the weekend after Thanksgiving. Â I was complaining about not having enough time to do chores. Â My workout clothes were in the washing machine when I went to my dry cleaning bin to launder the clothes I’d worn to work and to Thanksgiving events–and there were none! Â No dry cleaning to do. Â No dry cleaning packets to buy at the store. Â Little to no monthly expense, either from the store, the dry cleaners, or the electricity of running the dryer at home. Â Gwynnie Bee was helping me with my laundry! Â A couple of work friends have caught me walking to the post office at lunch with a blue bag. Â The joke is, I had to go to the post office to drop off my laundry.
The best thing of all about this experiment is that I’m loving the different dresses and I really am feeling sexier than I ever have in my life. Â I’m having a blast with the different clothes, styling them, the compliments, the lunch dates, the dinner dates. Â Nice, folks. Â Very, very nice.