Cheers to the weekend, y'all! The past two weeks have been busy as I spent some time with my parents, and I've been monitoring Mr. HGL a bit more closely because his breathing problems returned, but not as bad as before.
As promised, we've added Haverdash to our WIWTW rotation, and I've gotten to revisit the 90s with some of these designers. Haverdash is part of the CaaStle (Clothing as a Service) platform, and they offer hundreds of new clothing options I haven't tried before. So, Haverdash is like shopping with your trendy little sister and going for a margarita afterwards, while ModLux.Rent is more like spending the afternoon at Saks Fifth Avenue with your bestie and making sure to hit their new champagne bar.
WHAT I'M WEARING THIS WEEK: Haverdash
Welcome back to What I'm Wearing This Week — Haverdash where you can rent and wear designer items by names you know and love, and up-and-coming designers too!
For the newbies to WIWTW, every Friday I’ll take you on a trip through my life, where I’m going, what’s missing in my closet, my current obsessions, what I’m excited to try, and maybe even buy. Well, that's if the price is right!
For sizing reference, I am 5'11", weigh 140 pounds, and have a 33" inseam.
Haverdash is a clothing rental service that gives members unlimited style options for one flat fee. Powered by CaaStle, the leading B2B rental technology and logistics company in the U.S.
This is a review of their plan that lets you rent 3 pieces at a time for $59 a month. For an extra $5 per box, if you use the Dart feature, you can choose the items and speed up shipping too.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)
WHAT I RECEIVED
All three items by Lush, En Saison and Stella arrived fresh from the dry cleaner and neatly packed inside a cardboard box.
About the designer: At Lush, we believe in creative self-expression. With our vast collection of seasonal styles that take you from casual to dressy, you're prepared to express your personal style at a moment's notice! Discover women's clothing that adds color, texture, patterns and amazing silhouettes to your wardrobe.
I just learned Lush is a women's retail wholesale company who's connected to CaaStle.
Why I rented it: It's different from any other skirts I've rented, and I wanted to try a different color palette rather than my usual black.
How I styled it: Renting this skirt made me realize I need to step out of my comfort zone and buy into the browns and neutrals a bit more. So, I went straight to The RealReal afterwards to search for a pair of beige or brown ankle boots (or pumps). I could also use a white button-down top! I paired this skirt with a Christian Soriano Blouse from like 2012, Jimmy Choo Patent Leather Wedges, Louis Vuitton Graffiti Bag and a Helmut Lang Mixed Media Colorblock Leather Jacket.
Size and fit: I got a medium and it's a great fit, but the skirt itself fit a little odd in the waist area. This midi skirt is knit in a soft polyester blend and features a wide ribbed and elasticized waistband, and a gently pleated skirt with a beige and brown checkboard print. While it's on the heavier side, it is unlined and wasn't super forgiving on my stomach.
Condition: Very good. A little worn.
Honest review: I feel like I'm going to teach an elementary school class and Mr. HGL is teacher's pet.
About the designer: En Saison is loved for its easy, everyday styles. Balancing trend with classic design, the label’s airy fabrics and relaxed silhouettes have a playful, of-the-moment feel. From flowy dresses to puff-sleeve tops, En Saison’s latest styles are an easy addition to your closet.
Why I rented it: I'm in this sexy slip dress phase right now.
How I styled it: Since the weather is changing, I wore the dress with Nichlas Kirkwood Block-Heeled Sandals and then threw on a Cleobella Fringe Sweater from ModLux.Rent (review next week), a pair of Coach Over-the-Knee Boots from 2008 and carried the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Tote.
Size and fit: Crafted in lightweight viscose with a sheen, this medium-sized maxi dress features adjustable shoulder straps, a draped v-neckline, concealed side-zip closure, ruched bodice, and a side-slit hem. The dress is unlined, and the fit was practically perfect!
Honest review: It's a pretty dress with an artful face print that reminds me of something Carrie Bradshaw would've worn in the late 90s It's lightweight and feminine, and the strategic ruching is quite flattering.
About the designer: Stellah launched its first collection in the Spring of 2018. Stellah is devoted to the lifestyle of today’s urban woman, anchored in modernity but also a dreamer connected to the vintage styles. The goal is to blend lifestyle cuts with couture details, infusing the bohemian folk spirit with whimsical prints. This timeless style with sophisticated details and singular colors brings more soul to the world of tomorrow.
Why I rented it: I love the smocking and the ruffled tiers. Plus, the color goes with everything.
How I styled it: The transition between summer and fall has begun, which means the days (in my area) are still pretty toasty and a little humid, but the nights are chilly. And since I'm always cold, I'm constantly looking for ways to layer looks so I can stay warm, and that's why I created a few looks with this skirt.
In the first picture, I paired the skirt with an Express top from Haverdash that I'll review next time. Then I switched to a button-down of my own by House of Holland and wore my Tecova Ostrich Cowboy Boots. And for the final look, I wore the boots, Sheertex Tights (they may not last all winter), a black tube top, and a cozy, cute cardigan by Derek Lam 10 Crosby that'll be reviewed in the very near future.
Size and Fit: I got a large because it looked like it was small, and the fit was odd. It's a little oversized in the waist and the smocking shows every lump and bump, but the skirt portion is a little small and definitely quite short. To make it fit better in the waist and hips, I had to pull it up, but then it was too short on me.
Crafted in faux leather, this pull-on skirt features a smocked waist and hips, and a tiered skirt with eyelet trim.
Honest review: While it is a versatile design, the skirt is a bit stretched out and the smocking doesn't sit properly on the waist or hips. It kept riding up on me in the back.
DID THEY DELIVER?
- What items were most helpful and versatile to own this week to ensure I got the most out of my rental and completed the look I craved? I got the most wear out of the En Saison dress because it fit the best! The two skirts weren't the right fit for me.
- Did they meet or exceed expectations? Exceed.
- What’s the return process like? Simple! Just place your items in the pre-paid garment bag and drop it off at one of your nearest USPS.
So, how does Haverdash work? Just like other rental companies, you can filter, sort and choose pieces from hundreds (if not thousands) of styles by dozens of designers you know and love. On the picture of each item, you'll see a small hanger icon on the top right, and you need to tap on the hanger to choose your size and add it to your closet. Once you've added items to your rack, slide over the Prioritize button to identify your favorites for the next box.
If you Dart pieces for an extra $5, you'll be presented a list of available items, and you can choose the 3 pieces for your next shipment. But be aware that the Dart option is only available for 24 hours, and after that your shipment will be stocked by Haverdash. pulling from items you previously selected for your own closet. I thought I was being clever and decided to play a game with Haverdash where I deleted and added new items to see if I could get whole new set of options for my box, but eventually I ran out of time. Sigh!
If you decide against Darting, your shipment will arrive a little slower, and you run the risk of being sent a white eyelet dress during a winter snowstorm, so I definitely think it's worth the $5. After all, it's only $59 a month, right? Once your pieces arrive, show everything to your bunny rabbit for approval and then try it on! With Haverdash, you can get up to 9 pieces a month as long as you Return Notify within a few days of receiving your first box each month, but once you've got 6 pieces, you need to send back one shipment to receive the 3rd shipment of the month.
You can throw away the shipment box because they include a pre-paid garment bag, so you just need to place the unwanted items in the bag and send it back via USPS. Haverdash offers a 30-day free trial.
Sadly, Mr. HGL has gone backwards in his recovery. I know he doesn't feel well because he comes up to me as I'm working and stands at my feet and whines.
VALUE BREAKDOWN: You can up to get 9 items a month for $59/month. I don't know the total value because they don't show the retail price versus the resale price.
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