Friday, April 18, 2014
My chat with a Gwynnie Bee stylist
This post contains some affiliate links but is otherwise uncompensated and unsolicited, and reflects my actual experiences.
My school has a black-tie optional fundraising event coming up next weekend. I had thought to wear my Lace Shutter Sheath Dress (pictured at left), but I wanted some other options. Gwynnie Bee allows members to talk with (or email) a stylist and have items placed on high priority for a special event. I actually have two dressy events in the same weekend -- the fundraiser and a trip to the opera with friends.
I felt like I got a lot of personal attention from the stylist. We emailed back and forth a few times and yesterday we talked on the phone about my event, my body type, my coloring, and my personal style. It was fun to have such a detailed conversation about what I liked and didn't like. In the end she made ten recommendations. I chose three of them to try and put on high-priority:
Coldwater Creek Lace Scroll dress (my favorite, I will miss Coldwater Creek)
Kiyonna Tiers of Joy Dress
Kiyonna Lace Cocktail Dress
A few of the other recommendations weren't right for me for various reasons, but it was great to have so many options. I also looked around for other options and found these to add to the list:
ABS Python Jacquard Dress
Jessica Howard Polka-Dot Dress with Buckle
I had also considered trying Rent the Runway, but I haven't used them before. Unless I chose one of the plus-sized options, I also couldn't picture the dresses on me. And actual plus sizes don't fit me well -- the proportions aren't right. The straight-sized models are so whip-thin that there's no sense of how the dresses would look on a more average body. I might use this service if I had a serious event to attend, though, because there are such gorgeous gowns available, and I wouldn't have to spend a lot of money and closet space on a gown I'd wear once.
You can check out my other Gwynnie Bee posts here, and find out more for yourself here (full disclosure: I will get a free extra garment for a month if you sign up through my link)
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