Nadine West Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2017
Nadine West is a subscription styling service for women sizes small to 3X. Subscribers fill out a style quiz and are sent an outfit every month based on their style preferences. The best part is that there’s no styling fee—just a small shipping fee that is credited toward the cost of anything you keep.
This package was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Nadine West
The Cost: $9.78 is charged to your account when your package ships (to cover shipping) and that amount is put towards the cost of the items you keep. If you return everything, however, that amount is not refunded.
COUPON: Use referral code NADINE to waive shipping fees on your first box! That means you can get your first box totally risk-free, with no styling fee and no shipping fee (normally $9.78). You’ll pay only for items you decide to keep!
IMPORTANT NOTE: A couple of months ago, several readers expressed concern over the shipping charge of $9.78. Please note that this is a recent increase! However, existing subscribers keep their previous rate, which I think was $6.50.
The Products: Each pink package will include 2-4 items. Typical combos include a shirt or scarf and a couple pieces of jewelry and other accessories.
Ships to: U.S.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Nadine West sent along this invoice in the envelope, which lists the costs of each item. If I return an item, I won’t get charged for it. If I keep it past the return deadline, I will get charged for it.
The envelope also came with a free shipping label. Now, this is important—Nadine West lists a deadline on the right side of the invoice, which is the date by which the return label must be used. If it’s not used, it’s not active, and you might run the risk of being charged for the products inside. There is an “extend period” option that you can find in the “See Shipment History” tab of your online profile, which bumps out the date by which Nadine West will charge your card for the items you’ll be keeping. But note that it seems like customers get about five days between when the package arrives and when it must be dropped back in the mail, free of charge. I don’t think the time period is advertised on their site as clearly as it is with other styling subscription programs, so make sure to check your return date as soon as your package arrives!
Oh, and before we dive in, I’m usually a medium (6) on top and a large (10) on the bottom, so I set my preferences accordingly (they just take letter sizes rather than numbers). Hopefully, that helps you gauge how things fit!
First, we’ll check out the jewelry.
Sparkle Princess Bracelet – Cost to Keep $16.99
I like a good cuff bracelet, though this one didn’t quite do it for me. I think I would’ve preferred it to either have more rhinestones all the way around, or to have been a simple silver cuff without the embellishments on the edges. I probably wouldn’t hang on to this piece—I don’t totally dislike it, but I’m not entirely in love with it either.
Total Eclipse Necklace – Cost to Keep $29.99
This necklace is a little flimsy seeming, and I can see where there are some uneven edges on the eclipse design. I don’t know that I’d pay $30.00 for it, but I do like the concept of the design. It’s got the simplicity that I typically look for in jewelry, too—it’s sleek and minimal. I’d have to deliberate a bit before I decided to hang on to this piece or not. I haven’t seen a shape like this pendant before, but I also feel like the quality is on par with a basic mall accessory store—I might be able to put that money towards something I really adored.
Disc Dangles Earrings – Cost to Keep $12.99
These earrings also share that minimalist aesthetic I like. They have the slightest hammered effect to them, too. Again, is the quality all that great? Eh, not really. But they are cute (and really versatile). If I saw them at a store, I’d expect to pay around what they’re listed for.
Onto the full outfit! I’ll show some close-ups of the jewelry on in a moment.
Ole Top in Green – Cost to Keep $14.99
This top has a nice trapeze silhouette to it that floats nicely over my hips. It’s really comfortable—it’s made of a stretchy knit. The color scheme and pattern are both very me, as is the cut. Especially with my shorter hair (that is growing out… painfully slowly…), I like crew necklines. And the racerback shape highlights my shoulders in a really cute way.
When I tried this on, I didn’t have the right bra on hand, so you can see it making a cameo in a few photos… The front of the top is pretty narrow, so I think in the future, a strapless bra will be in order.
Work It Out Shorts in Ivory – Cost to Keep $16.99
I was just telling someone that I was in desperate need of shorts, and look what appeared! These khaki shorts have a linen-like texture to them. They’re made from really thin fabric, so be careful with what you wear underneath! The back “pockets” are just for show, but the front ones are legit. I think the cutest detail is the bow, so I experimented with wearing the accompanying top tucked into the shorts, too.
My only gripe about these shorts is that they feel really flimsy. There were already some seams coming apart before I put these on. The brand is that Zenana Outfitters label that I’ve only seen at deep discount stores for barely $10.00 a pop. So I’m a little suspicious about dropping even $16.99 on them. Will they last more than a few wears and washes? They do fit really nicely, but I’m wondering if they’d be worth it.
Just for kicks, here’s the jewelry on its own!
Verdict: I thought there were some very me picks in this installment of Nadine West this month, though I have my hesitations. The quality doesn’t seem too dissimilar to things I’d find at a super-inexpensive store at the mall (like Forever 21 or even a place like Gabriel Brothers—any other Gabe’s shoppers out there in the midwest?). The prices seem fair, given that quality, though, and I do really love the convenience factor. So far, this service has skewed towards the more traditional end of my style—if you’re looking for more consistently trendy or modern pieces, this might not be the subscription for you. But everything was comfortable, versatile, and pretty cute, too!
What do you think of Nadine West?