New York & Company has launched a clothing rental subscription box - NY&C Closet!
NY&C Closet is an online monthly subscription rental service that gives you access to hundreds of New York & Company looks for one flat fee. This service allows you to give into your every fashion craving. It’s like having a New York & Company store in your own closet. Subscriptions include unlimited shipping and exchanges for a flat monthly fee.
NY&C Closet caters to subscribers throughout the USA. We offer women sizes 0—20 (XS-XXL).
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: NY&C Closet
The Cost: $49.95 a month
- NY&C Closet is an online monthly subscription rental service that gives you access to hundreds of New York & Company looks for one flat fee.
- For $49.95/month, members get three items in each box
- You receive and exchange garments in a set of 3 each time.
- NY&C Closet offers women’s sizes 0—20 (XS-XXL)
Ships to: US Only
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Each shipment comes with one return mailer. You can return all items at once, or just one or two, etc.
OK, here are the first dress selections I made:
Floral-Embroidered Sheath Dress in Black - Size 6
This dress has a sheer embroidery layer over the basic black sheath.
(For reference, I'm 5'7" and an ESHAKTI size 6, Forever 21 size Medium.)
I was impressed with the quality of the embroidery, and even though the dress was a tad loose in some places, the belt cinched it! So far, so good!
This was my favorite dress in the first shipment. The95% Polyester, 5% Spandex material was comfortable, the cut was flattering, and the ruched detailing was forgiving!
Next up, a dress that didn't work for me. (Here's a trick for knowing what dresses I like and which ones I don't: If I'm wearing a jacket, it's probably not a good thing.)
Halter Maxi Dress in Black & White - Size Small
First, I didn't plan for the bra situation needed for this neckline and halter style. (You can see it better on the model, here.)
And second, I would have gotten the right bra for this if I liked how it looked on me, but I didn't. The smocked waist that looks so flattering on the model created an unnecessary extra poof extending from the waist. No thank you!
And here is my second shipment this month:
In general, I found it took about a week to ship back items and get new items in return. Slightly longer than Gwynnie Bee.
Here, I am modeling a dress that is totally out of my comfort zone (NY&Co has limited inventory, and a review of only maxi dresses might not be as interesting):
Faux-Leather Chevron Sheath Dress - Size Medium
On a different timeline, is this what Business Liz would look like? Maybe.
(Also, I went with a Medium on this dress instead of a Small since this looked pretty form fitting. It's snug in some places and a little loose in others, so I think I made the right call. In general, it seems like NY&C sizing runs a little large.)
7th Avenue Cold-Shoulder Wrap Maxi Dress in Black - Size Small
Ah, back to my maxi dress comfort zone! Seemed like the only way to try out the cold shoulder trend. I'm liking it!
Open-Stitch Fit & Flare Dress in Paper White - Size Small
White isn't a color I normally wear, but I love the mesh overlay and silhouette of this dress - I'm glad I picked it!
Verdict: I can't help but compare this to Gwynnie Bee, (check out my review of Gwynnie Bee), so I thought I'd do a bit of a breakdown in the verdict.
NY&C Closet vs Gwynnie Bee:
Shipping times: Shipping takes maybe a day or two longer than Gwynnie Bee, but it seems like they are improving that.
Price: NY&C has Gwynnie Bee beat on price. 3 pieces a month is $49.95 vs $95 (Gwynnie Bee). That said, Gwynnie Bee does offer the first month free, and NY&C has no kind of first-month discount promotion.
Inventory: This is my biggest issue with this subscription. So many of the items I wanted weren't even available to add to my closet!
Also, Gwynnie Bee offers a variety of brands, and NY&C is only sending NY&C items.
One thing to note - if you are familiar with the Gwynnie Bee rental user experience, you will right at home with NY&C Closet - they are running on Gwynnie Bee's software!
Cleanliness: I'm a proud germaphobe, and after close inspection, I felt fine wearing these clothes. They seem to have their dry cleaning + sanitation set up working! (Same goes for Gwynnie Bee.)
Final call, would I recommend it?
If you like the NY&C brand and would be happy with most of their inventory, I think that should help you avoid some of the inventory issues I'm having. (I just want to put the pretty Eva Mendes dresses in my closet!) The price is right, and they seem to be getting better, so I say give it a shot!
What do you think of NY&C Closet?
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