Nadine West Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 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.
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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This is my first package from this subscription service, so I was excited to see what they came up with. I ended up with five pieces (two pieces of clothing and three pieces of jewelry), which is more than the two to four pieces they advertise, so I felt pretty special opening up the package.
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!
Filigree Earrings – Cost to Keep $13.99
As I mentioned, there was a bunch of jewelry in this box, all of which is packaged in little pink organza bags. The first piece is this set of medallion-shaped earrings with a detailed filigree pattern.
They’re not really a shape or a design that I’d pick up for myself (they’re just a bit too country-boho-chic for me), but I did appreciate how lightweight, comfy, and best of all, shiny gold they were!
Precious Glass Choker – Cost to Keep $24.99
Next up is a choker with little marble and metallic beads.
I love the combination of gold, white crystals, and marble. It looks super modern and effortless at the same time.
Here are the beads up close. I’m getting really into delicate jewelry like this necklace. What a great pick!
Marblesque Bracelet – Cost to Keep $13.99
Continuing with the marble theme is this bracelet, which is sort of a thin metal cuff.
It’s got the same gold and marble details as the necklace, but with some sparkles thrown in for good measure. I really love this look, as well as the geometric shape of the two marble accents.
Here’s what the earrings and necklace look like on. The necklace felt a little on the small side, but I think that’s because I’m used to wearing full-length necklaces, rather than chokers. It’s light enough, though, that it doesn’t feel clumsy or like it was poking me in any way. And the earrings are cute on (I like the size of them a lot), though they’re not as “me” as the other, more minimalist pieces are.
The bracelet is cute, too. It’s a bit bendable, so it’s easy to slide my wrist in and out of it. I like that the crystals make it feel special, but not so special that I couldn’t wear this to perk up an everyday outfit.
Flirty Dress – Cost to Keep $29.99
This dress looked like it had a lot of potential out of the bag, but I got a little worried when I noticed that it’s made with this stretch, ribbed fabric. It’s super comfortable, and the casual navy and gray stripes are definitely me, but the cut (with the rounded, scalloped bottom) and the form-fitting-ness of this style just doesn’t flatter me. If the bottom half had been more free, rather than body-hugging, I could’ve definitely made this work. And don’t get me wrong, I love to highlight my hips and my figure in general—I love wearing cool wiggle dresses and form-fitting sheaths. But something about the quality of the fabric and the rounded cut makes this look feel a bit odd and ill-fitting on me, rather than va-va-voom.
Free Spirit Romper – Cost to Keep $24.99
I love a romper. I know people are skittish about them looking schlubby or strange, but I’ve always found them to be 1) wildly comfortable and 2) surprisingly flattering, especially when they have a gathered waist and flowy silhouette like this one. I really like how I look in this romper, with its gathered waistline, flowy bottoms, and relaxed top, but the lacy off-the-shoulder ruffle just isn’t my style. Again, it’s a bit more bohemian than I’d normally wear, so I feel a little awkward in it. I also found the lace to be super delicate (it’s some kind of stretchy poly-blend), so I’d worry about it snagging. My other gripe is that it’s really sheer. I lucked out with the lighting in this photo, but if I’m back-lit at all, you can definitely see what’s going on beneath. Skin-tone undies are a must for this one!
Verdict: I really enjoyed the jewelry picks from Nadine West this month, but the clothing picks were each, in their own way, about one or two degrees away from a home run. I figure this is a sign of it being my first delivery from them, so there’s still lots to hone in. The invoice does mention that they welcome feedback and suggest adjusting the preferences I gave in my style quiz if necessary. So maybe I’ll hop in and do that before my next outfit arrives. Actually, on that note, I was really happy to end up with TWO outfits and five products overall, which was more than the one outfit and two to four products I expected. What a nice way to start things off! The total value of the items in the box was about $108.00, which feels fair for the quality of the items. Everything felt equivalent to the kind of things I might pick up at Forever 21 or H&M for a similar price. But again, I don’t get charged for anything I don’t keep, so that’s awesome! If you’re looking to explore your style and don’t have a lot of options around your neck of the woods, or if you just don’t have time to shop, this subscription seems like a fun way to see, touch, and try on clothes from the convenience of your home!
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