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Nadine West Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2017

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See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

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.

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription! See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

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).

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

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.

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See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

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.

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

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!

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription! See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription! See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

Bermuda Triangle Earrings – Cost to Keep $9.99

These earrings have sort of a Celtic-inspired knot design running the length of their front sides. The pattern brings a little organic, flowy detail to otherwise very modern, metal shapes. I feel like they’d look great with a top or dress with paisley print or some kind of macrame accents.

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

They’re relatively sizable and just slightly heftier than most earrings I’ve gotten in this subscription. I like that they’re sturdy without being painfully heavy.

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription! See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription! See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

Open Triangle Necklace – Cost to Keep $24.99

I like the idea of this necklace, but I wish it was just slightly simpler than it is. Obviously, the knot-design triangles are meant to match the earrings, and I like that aspect. I would’ve preferred that the other triangles were just smooth metal, rather than hammered or otherwise textured. It feels a little dated to me having so much going on at once. But I tend to lean towards more minimalist designs in general—I could see this being perfect for someone with a more artsy or bohemian sense of style.

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

I do love the size of the necklace. It’s just right for making a statement but not overwhelming a look. I’m wearing it on the smallest setting—there are about 2 inches or so of extra link to play around with, if you’d like to wear it lower or want a bit more room.

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription! See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription! See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

Celtic Clover Bracelet – Cost to Keep $11.99

This bracelet continues the Celtic-inspired vibe and adds a little twinkle, thanks to the textured beads that catch the light. The charm acts as the bracelet’s clasp as well as its focal point—it has a loop on one side that fits over a hook on the end of the cuff.

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

This bracelet fits more securely and looked a lot better on than I thought it might. Again, this isn’t totally my style, but I appreciate the unique shape. I don’t think I’ve seen a Celtic-inspired design in any jewelry subscriptions I’ve received as of yet.

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription! See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription! See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription! See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

Aviator Sunglasses – Cost to Keep $14.99

I love sunglasses, so I was happy to see these in the box. They came in a leopard-print bag, which I probably won’t use again (my sunnies all end up in a catch-all canvas bucket in my foyer), but I appreciate it keeping them safe and scratch free during transit. Otherwise, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary about these gray-tinted silver shades. They are flat across the front, rather than curved in a more face-fitting style. I like the retro look of flatter shades, so that’s A-OK by me, though they aren’t quite as functional at keeping the sun out of the sides.

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

They don’t strike me as very expensive sunglasses, and even the $14.99 price tag feels a bit high. But I’ll most assuredly wear them—I don’t have a pair of aviators, so into my collection these go!

Okay, now let’s talk about the dress I got this month. FYI, I tried this on while wearing a bra with straps, so I just tucked the straps in to give an idea of how this dress might look if I went strapless. If you’re like “something looks a little wonky!” you’re right, and it’s my MacGuyver-style strapless bra, haha! Also, the shoes are the ones I just happened to be wearing, but I would probably pair this look with sandals or something as breezy as it is (especially with all the fancy jewelry).

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

Gray Pride Dress – Cost to Keep $29.99

Okay, first of all, I think the name of this dress is a pun on “gay pride.” That seems, at the very least,  a little random for a very simple gray dress that frankly, doesn’t feel super… prideful. I support gay pride 100%, but this pun and, more importantly, this dress? Eh. Not so much. It’s not a bad little dress in concept, but there are a few things about it that just don’t work for my body. First of all, the straps don’t allow for a regular bra. Strapless bras aren’t my fave, as they usually dig into my body in ways that aren’t so hot, or they fall down through the day. Not comfy.

See the cute clothes and accessories I got in this month's Nadine West subscription!

The fabric is thin enough that I’d feel pretty uncomfortable going bra-less, too. That thin fabric doesn’t hide much either, in terms of the curves of your body or things you’re wearing underneath it. Texture or lace on your bra? That’s likely to show. Ruffly trim on your undies? Dress VPL seems like a real possibility with this design. It can totally work with the right seamless, strapless underthings, but for what wants to come across as an easy, breezy summer dress, it’s proving not to be as effortless as I’d like. That could be because it’s best on someone with a very straight, narrow silhouette. But on me, it just doesn’t feel flattering.

Verdict: This month’s Nadine West wasn’t my favorite. There were some interesting pieces, like the earrings, but nothing that felt like it was quite my style. The dress wasn’t a bad pick—I like how basic and understated the design is—but functionally, it just didn’t work for me. My main qualm with this subscription is that the quality of the pieces isn’t the greatest, especially given that the prices for each item were at least a few dollars more than what I’d expect to see items on par with them listed for at a department store. But the convenience of getting unique pieces sent to your home for just about $10.00 (rather than having to go out to the store, especially if unique stores aren’t very common where you live), is pretty great. And that initial fee goes towards anything you end up buying!

What do you think of Nadine West?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

11 Comments

  1. Excellent review – love your honesty! I would let my bra straps show in a pretty color, but the dress is unflattering period. All the prices seem high – a trip to H&M or F21 would yield the same stuff for half the price. I like subscription boxes with a little more effort. Like the effort you put into writing your review!

  2. Awesome! I love it all! If only I could afford this one!

  3. I think that the dress would work with a smooth bra in a cute color, and just let the straps show. Or wear a swimsuit under it and use it for one of those cookout parties where people may or may not be swimming. I like how the dress fits. I do agree, however, with all the posters who say this subscription looks like really cheap quality. I think it was last month, when you had a print shirt or dress and the prints didn’t line up on the seam. That’s a mark of cheapness.

  4. That’s just the kind of dress perfect for these sweltering hot days. I think it looks great on you!
    Ive seen bra straps a lot with tanks in mags & on other people that look really cute, so I like the idea of coordinating one with the dress. Too bad they didn’t include one!

    • Aw, thank you, Wendy! I’m still not sold on how it hangs on me, but it certainly is flowy and breezy. Thanks so much for reading!!!

  5. grey pride, gay pride, what? I think I need more sleep. Nice review as always!

  6. I like that dress, it looks super comfy. I’d just wear a racerback bra with it. Wouldn’t pay $30 for it though, maybe $15.

  7. I used them for a while, but I agree that their stuff is SUPER SUPER cheap. Like, lower quality than F21, IMO. I had some items I kept and liked, but they all fell apart super quick. And I take good care of my stuff. Then I started getting a bunch of stuff I didn’t even like on top of it being cheap. I rather spend a little more for stuff that won’t fall apart.

    • I had the exact same experience with cheap quality clothing falling apart after one or two wears. I was only subbed for 3 months to review the company but in that time I felt confident saying that you could do much better for yourself in terms of quality at Forever 21, H&M and Charming Charlie’s/Claires. It seems that assessment is still valid. It would be one thing if they upped the product quality to match the inflated pricing but as it stands you’re paying a premium for very low quality clothing and accessories that give new meaning to the words “fast fashion”

      • I think that’s pretty fair. The clothes are cute, but the knits, especially, always feel like Forever 21 pieces, if not the low-end basics they have at Marshalls or TJ Maxx stores.

        I feel like this subscription is really all about the convenience, rather than the quality – if you’re someone who doesn’t have time to shop, or hates having to pick clothes for themselves, or just doesn’t live close enough to a mall or fun clothing store, I could see Nadine West being a much-appreciated, fun surprise to get in the mail each month. As someone who has a bit more access to fun clothing stores at all different price points, I’m not sure if Nadine West is 100% the subscription for me.

        Thanks so much for everyone who’s been commenting about their experiences! I think it’s so helpful for people curious about the sub to see your perspectives 🙂

  8. I like the necklace and the dress. I signed up for nadine about 1 year ago and I swear the clothes they sent me were the cheapest looking things I’ve ever seen. I think you did pretty well compared to what I received.

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