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)

4 comments:

  1. For anyone else who did not know -

    Lenders are keeping Coldwater Creek Inc. CWTR -22.50% on a short leash, as the women's clothing and accessory retailer prepares for a fast bankruptcy liquidation.

    Coldwater filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday, having failed to refinance its debt or find a buyer willing to keep the company going. At its debut court hearing Monday, the retailer cleared the first hurdles on the way to going-out-of-business sales in May, including financing designed to make sure top lenders get paid first and fast.

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  2. I am not sure I have ever been on that store. Everything a
    Ways looked a little boxy in the window displays. Christopher Banks used to work well for me, if I shopped carefully, a few key pieces that I still wear and wear. But I think they changed their buyer because everything looks short and boxy to me now, nothing long and lean.

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  3. That was
    Always
    Autocorrect is very humorous sometimes.

    Loved all the dresses you picked to try. Looking forward to your pics.

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  4. I always thought their clothes were frumpy, but a lot of my favorite GB dresses were Coldwater Creek.

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