It's a busy week over in Mary-land so let's get right to the review!
Oh wait, updates on Mr. HGL. He's the same. Not great, not terrible, and I'm worried this is as good as it's going to get with him since he's been on the new meds for two weeks now and he's still at about 65%.
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.
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WHAT I RECEIVED
All three items by Hayden Los Angeles, Express, and Mine arrived fresh from the dry cleaner and neatly packed inside a cardboard box.
About the Designer: With over 20 years' experience working in the Downtown LA Fashion textile industry and inspired by the birth of her first granddaughter Hayden, founder Hailee Lee realized that the style, detailing and quality of clothes she liked transcended age and size. She recognized the pain when clothes didn’t fit in the right places. Ultimately, she understood that the better your clothes fit and look, the better you feel in yourself. So she set about launching Hayden Los Angeles and Hayden Girls - two family-run inclusive apparel brands designed in LA for Women and Tween Girls, of all sizes, who enjoy fun, feminine, casual to boho style.
Why I rented it: Meh, didn't have many other options.
How I styled it: I was struggling to pull something together (I also didn't wear it out in public) and tried it on with the Etsy Obi Leather Belt, Tecova Cowboy boots, a shearling vest from eBay, and a vintage Louis Vuitton tote.
Size and fit: I got a medium and it fit like a potato sack or a nightgown. Crafted in polyester, this midi dress features a ruffle-trimmed jewel neckline with back button closure, long sleeves with smocked cuffs, and a ruffled hem.
Condition: Very good.
Honest review: Is this look more "Mary Had a Little Lamb" or "Little House on the Prairie"? Either way, it's so not me!
About the Designer: Express is a fashion-forward apparel brand and style community whose purpose is to create confidence and inspire self-expression. From wardrobe essentials to the latest trends, we outfit doers, makers, movers, and shakers with clothing designed for real-life versatility. At Express, we believe that everyone should dream big and dress accordingly.
Why I rented it: It was different from anything I rented before, and it looked cozy and sexy on the model.
How I styled it: I got a lot of wear out of this dress, and when it was warmer out, I paired it with flats, but once the weather got chillier, I added Sheertex Tights, vintage studded leather belt. Kat Maconie Ankle Boots, Hermes Clic-Clac Bracelet, Just Cavalli Mixed Media Leather Jacket, and a wool fedora.
Size and fit: This ribbed dress is crafted of a polyester blend, and it features an asymmetrical one-shoulder neckline, one long sleeve, and a straight midi-length hem. It fit like a glove, hugged me in all the right spots, and it was comfy too!
Honest review: OMG I wore this dress so many times...I loved it! I would've purchased it but the one sleeve and cutout kept shifting and it gave me a weird bulge under the arm.
About the Designer: I couldn't find anything online about the brand, so I guess they're a wholesale women's retail company.
Why I rented it: Didn't have many other options.
How I styled it: Since I didn't wear this dress either, I threw a look together at the last second, and now I wish I had worn it out! I paired the dress with a B-Low the Belt Belt, black Sheertex tights, Gucci Studded Leather Jacket, a pair of Charlotte Olympia Pumps, and the Chanel 19.
Size and fit: I got a medium and it was a bit small and short on me. This floral-printed polyester dress features a smocked mock neck, back button closure, long puffed sleeves with ruffled cuffs, gently pleated bodice, gathered waist, and a tiered mini skirt.
Condition: Very good.
Honest review: A bit young and short on me. I tried it on when I got it and never wore it, but once I dressed it up and saw the pics, I wished I had worn it out.
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 a ton of wear out of the Vince dress and didn't want to send it back!
- Did they meet or exceed expectations? Met expectations. I wish I had more of a say in what I received.
- 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.
I had about 35 articles of clothing on my rack, but once I paid to DART the pieces, I was only presented 3 different items. So, I'm wondering why someone should pay extra to reserve certain clothes if you can't choose from them in the first place?
Now, I know you're supposed to add as many as possible to the rack, but you've got to be really strategic about it.... you could be stuck with a white eyelet romper when there's a snowstorm outside. So, I tried to beat the system and purposely deleted the items I was presented, but that didn't help (I'm also older and very particular).
Don't get me wrong, it's fun to be pleasantly surprised, but I just think they need to be more transparent about what's available and what isn't from the beginning. If you pay extra to pick pieces and there's nothing to choose from, that's disappointing, and it'll cause people to cancel their membership. I know they're new and have lots of kinks to work out (remember all my initial complaints about Armoire?) but I'm just being honest over here.
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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