Nadine West Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 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.
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. There’s also a return shipping label all ready for me. 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. Be careful, dear reader—if you don’t drop your unwanted items in the mail (or let them know that you’ll need to extend your try-on period), you’ll be charged for those items!
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!
Halo Dress – Cost to Keep $24.99
I was surprised to find how much I liked this month’s dress! The fabric is still definitely some kind of synthetic blend (it’s relatively lightweight and has a bit of stretch to it, almost like knit leggings might), but it’s a bit thicker than the super-thin jersey material I’ve come to associate with Nadine West pieces. Is it worth $24.99? Eh… I want to say no. But I do like it.
I loved the gentle trapeze silhouette and the mock turtleneck had a retro, mod vibe that I’m very into. The color is olive green, by which I mean it’s very literally the pale green color of an olive—it’s not army green or mossy in any way. We’re having (extremely) unseasonably (scorching) hot weather in Pittsburgh right now, so I’m kind of happy to have a dress that’s easy to throw on but not so loosey goosey as a spaghetti-strapped sundress. But I’ve got fall on the brain, so for the photo, I popped it on with skinny jeans and booties.
Intertwined Bracelet – Cost to Keep $11.99
Now let’s talk jewelry. There was just one clothing item in this month’s package, which is unusual in my experience. (There’s usually a top and a bottom, though, so I understand why I only got one piece in this outfit.) The rest of the items were silvery accessories, including this cuff bracelet. It’s got more weight to it than I expected it to, but it’s still the type of thing that you’re expected to squeeze and bend to secure on your wrist. The pattern is a cute way to provide a little visual interest to an outfit, but I wish it was more artfully constructed. It has a Forever 21 vibe to it rather than a more expensive, department-store-quality item. Still fun, though.
Stamina Necklace – Cost to Keep $24.99
This necklace was an interesting pick to pair with this dress silhouette, but I ended up liking the way the mock turtleneck looked with a long, carefree necklace laid over it. I might’ve preferred gold for fall, just to warm the look up a bit, but I like how easy it is to toss this lightweight necklace on and go. It gives an easy bit of sparkle and shine to a look. All of that said, it’s a little traditional for my tastes—I would’ve loved if all of the charms were just the hollow clover designs rather than having filled-in filigree charms mixed in. I’m also side-eyeing the listed value a bit because of the quality. It’s not that it isn’t pretty—it just doesn’t feel like something that justifies a $24.99 price tag.
Pretty Pebbles Earrings – Cost to Keep $14.99
My only qualm with this pair of earrings is the color. I would’ve loved something a little bolder—maybe even a bright sunshine yellow or an olive hue to match the dress. This color is a little, uh, sickly. Not my fave. But the organic shape, the lightweight feel, and the size of each pendant? I’m into it.
Verdict: This month’s Nadine West was a hit in terms of the “outfit”, but the jewelry didn’t quite live up to how much it’d cost to keep it. That’s usually my gripe with this subscription—I feel like the prices they give often overshoot the quality of the items by at least $5.00-$10.00. But the cut of the dress was probably the most me (and the most flattering to my body) that I’ve received from this subscription service! Adding everything up, there’s supposedly $76.96 of value inside this package. I’m not so sure about that. But if you’re looking for a convenient way to stock your closet, or if you don’t have lots of shopping options nearby, then the extra cost might be worth it!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but just because what you get is curated to match your style.
Value Breakdown: The items are supposedly worth $76.96. To just try them on, it costs only $9.78 (which goes towards the cost of whatever you keep), and you can return whatever you don’t want.
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