Vince Unfold Clothing Rental Review
Vince Unfold Clothing Rental Review
What Is Vince Unfold?
Vince Unfold is the new clothing rental subscription from the luxury clothing brand, Vince. I am a self-proclaimed superfan of Vince’s minimal basics, but since their clothing is pricey, I’m not able to own as many of their pieces as I’d like. With this new service, I can rent four pieces of Vince clothing on an unlimited basis, plus I have the option to buy pieces I love at a discount.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about how many items I could rent in one month, which items I picked vs which ones I actually got, and see whether Vince Unfold is right for you.
Pros & Cons
|Is It Worth It?||
|I’d Recommend Vince Unfold If You||
About This Luxury Clothing Rental Service
The Subscription: Vince Unfold
The Cost: $160/month + free shipping
What You Get: Four Vince clothing items at a time to wear as long as you like with the option to buy at a discount. Swap your four pieces for a new set of items
Ships to: Contiguous 48 US states. (No Hawaii, Puerto Rico, APO/FPO, or Alaska, unfortunately).
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
Signing up for Vince Unfold is really easy. All you have to do is create an account (which you can do without actually signing up first) and put in all of your billing and shipping info. They don’t have stylists or preferences like other rental services, so there aren’t any questionnaires to fill out. Plus, they only offer one type of subscription (four items at a time for $160/month), where other brands may offer a variety of programs and price points. I do like that their unlimited plan lets you swap your pieces for new items as often as you’d like (with free shipping both ways), so I won’t be stuck with the same items all month.
Vince Unfold offers a pretty massive selection of items to choose from. However, when I signed up in late spring, I noticed that my clothing options included an awful lot of sweaters and cold-weather items. Since then, they’ve added more seasonally appropriate items. (Some are still available on the Vince website and some are out of season and available on outlet sites like Nordstrom Rack or Saks Off Fifth.)
Your Virtual Edit
Once you’re signed up, you’ll want to browse items on the Vince Unfold site and add them to what they call your Edit. Your Edit helps you keep track of what you’re currently renting, pieces on your Wish List, and any pieces you have On Hold.
This part is important—you need a minimum of 10 items in your Wish List before your first delivery. If you take a long time to decide on things like I do, I’d suggest making your choices before you even subscribe so that your Wish List is ready as soon as they charge your credit card. (Having a well-stocked Wish List cuts down on wait time.) New items become available all the time, so I recommend checking back often to update your Wish List with new arrivals.
Each item in your Wish List has a little arrow next to its name that you can use to open a dropdown. In the dropdown, you’ll see the size you picked and the date when you added the item to your list. You can also choose to “prioritize” items, letting Vince Unfold know to send you those pieces first, as inventory allows. This little section also lets you delete the item from your Wish List, or sort it as an On Hold item.
The On Hold section is where you can save items that you may want to try someday, but not at the moment. This tool is handy for saving items that aren’t seasonally appropriate, or that might be good for a special occasion in the future. As I mentioned, it’s getting warmer where I live, so when I saw a puffy jacket and some sweaters that I liked, so I saved them in my On Hold section for later.
The At Home section of your Edit shows you the pieces you currently have rented out. Once a set of items ships, you can go to the At Home section to finally get to see the prices of the items. The site does not list retail nor discounted prices up front, so you won’t know the value of what you’re receiving until the order ships. Vince Unfold will let you know the discount you’re getting (the percentage), but not the actual retail cost. (I had to track those down online myself.) This section is also where you note which items you’re sending back and which pieces, if any, you want to buy. (I’ll talk more about that a little later!)
You’ll also find package tracking info on this page.
Soon after you’ve subscribed and stocked your Wish List with at least 10 items, Vince Unfold will send an email saying that your order is being prepared. I got this notification the same day I signed up (April 26th). My shipping confirmation that didn’t come until four days later on April 30th. That was kind of a bummer—since the service is unlimited, time is of the essence. Once it shipped, my order only took two days to get to me. (It arrived May 2nd.)
Unboxing My First Vince Unfold Delivery
My first four items didn’t fit in one box, so I received two. From the outside, my packages were completely plain, brown, unbranded boxes.
When I opened the boxes up, I did find some Vince Unfold branding on the underside of each lid.
Each item was wrapped in tissue paper separately and sealed with a branded sticker.
Vince Unfold includes a booklet that details how the service works, but I didn’t get an invoice or paper listing the items I received. (I’ll have to look to the At Home section of my Edit for that information.)
I also got a large plastic shipping bag for my returns.
My Vince Unfold Review
Here are the clothes I got in my first Vince Unfold order.
Vince Cropped Cotton Crew in Optic White – Retail Value $195.00, Vince Unfold Price $156.00
This white long-sleeved top is sort of like a sweater with a boxy fit. Once I put it on, I realized I could have sized down quite a bit. The fabric was really high-quality, and the construction was what I’d expect from an expensive brand. The top just felt like it was well-made and would last a long time. It was quite soft, but sadly, simply too big for me to see myself wearing it all that often.
Vince Short Sleeve Swing Tee in Blue Pumice – Retail Value $75.00, Vince Unfold Price $60.00
When I got my Vince Unfold order in early May, many of the items they offered were for colder spring weather. I found this more seasonal, simple tee to add to my Wish List, and luckily, it made the first order. It’s a basic blue tee, but like the other top, I felt the quality in the comfort and fit.
Of course, I wouldn’t normally pay $75.00 for a t-shirt. While the quality was great, this tee didn’t wow me. While it’s a fine top, it wasn’t a keeper, even with the $15.00 discount. I’m also lucky enough to live near a Saks Off Fifth which often stocks higher-end Vince brand basics at a better price.
Vince 3/4 Sleeve Pencil Dress in Black – Retail Value $365.00, Vince Unfold Price $273.50
I simply love this dress! It’s so sophisticated and simple, and I felt downright regal wearing it. The fabric is rather heavy, so it’s better saved for a cold weather day. I think it fit me really well and was crafted quite nicely. The weight of the fabric and the construction of the hems and zippers showed off why the price tag is so high. There was definitely no icky feeling while sliding into this one. I love where it hit me on the leg (although I’m sure it was designed for someone taller than 5’3″ in mind), and even though the sleeves were a bit long, they looked great bunched up. This one was a little tricky to get in and out of because of the back zipper, but I was able to make it work.
Vince Long Sleeve Mock Neck Pullover in Dark Copper -Retail Value $195.00 (sold out), Vince Unfold Price $117.00
Admittedly, it’s a bit harder to see the shape of this pullover in this photo, but the link above will give you a better idea, you’re interested. I don’t wear brown a lot, but I couldn’t help but be attracted to this comfy-looking drawstring sweatshirt. Once again, the fabric was gorgeous and miles better than a fast fashion piece from the mall, even if the silhouette isn’t breaking any new ground. I love, love, love a good sweatshirt on colder days, and this one was just so cozy.
Making Purchases, Returns, & Getting New Items
When you’re ready to return your shipment and/or decide what pieces to keep, head back into the At Home section of your Edit. Here, you’ll be able to use the “Buy Item” and “Return Item” buttons to let Vince Unfold know what to charge you for and what to expect in your return.
Although I loved getting to wear these luxury pieces, I didn’t get anything I couldn’t live without, and honestly, I didn’t think the discounted price was really all that alluring. I will say that none of these pieces seemed like they were worn AT ALL. I’m not sure if that’s thanks to the dry cleaning Vince Unfold does between rentals, or if this service is so new that I received some legitimately never-worn items.
I chose the “Return Item” option for each piece I was returning. (The screen responds with a “Return Notified” message, meaning Vince Unfold will soon start preparing your next shipment. Note that they won’t ship a new set of items out until your return begins tracking, so get that package to the post office ASAP!
My Second Vince Unfold Rental
Here’s my second delivery from Vince Unfold.
This tight, slightly sheer, ribbed top is awesome. It reminds me of a top I received from another rental service (Le Tote) this winter, but the quality here is unparalleled. This top fit me really well and was quite long, so it could easily be tucked into jeans, slacks, or a skirt.
I couldn’t find this exact top online, but I did I find a similar style in blush priced at $325.00.
Grey is my favorite color, and this is a really cool design for a sweater! I don’t think it ended up being the most flattering on me personally, but wow, does it look good on that Vince Unfold model! The sleeves and body are cut from the same piece of cloth, so there aren’t separate shoulder seams to give it a draping dolman sleeve. At the back, there is a bottom panel with a tie closure. The unique shapes and details make this ribbed sweater a lot more interesting than your average pullover. It’s 70% wool and 30% cashmere, too, so you can just imagine how it feels!
This is the first time I was able to put an all-Vince outfit together since I received a top and a bottom in the same box. I even paired the pieces with my “like new” Vince sandals that I bought second-hand on Poshmark.
Here we have a staple piece for warmer weather—a sleeveless top. This one has a split back that drapes down and exposes a keyhole opening. I opted to tuck this top in, but even so, it drapes nicely. I probably could have sized down with this top, but it still looks alright.
Vince Twist Drape Skirt in Dark Pebble – Retail Value $295.00, Vince Unfold Price $236.00
I paired the previous top with this navy blue skirt, which has a twist detail at the front that makes the hem fall a bit higher in the front and lower in the back. It has pockets (ooooh, ahhhhh) and is very comfortable to wear. That said, I have never been a big fan of skirts for various reasons, and I tend to prefer tighter fits.
Making My Second Return & An Important Tip
Once again, I wasn’t obsessed with the pieces I received, so back they all went!
I returned my second set of four items and was confident that I’d have time to receive a third order before my first month was up (and before my next $160.00 membership fee hit). But, here’s where I messed up…
As I mentioned earlier, you must have at least 10 items in your Wish List, or Vince Unfold will not send a next box. I took the 10-item wording as a suggestion, not as a rule. I returned my second package and was waiting for my third set for a week while I unknowingly only had nine items in my wishlist. Vince Unfold did send an email coaxing me to add more items, but since I was already receiving so many promotional emails from them, I ignored this one for longer than I should have.
Canceling Vince Unfold
My plan was to use my first month of Vince Unfold as a test run for the service. When I signed up, I set a calendar reminder for myself, so if I decided to cancel, I could do so before being charged again.
There is a cancel button in your account, but it simply prompts the above message. UGH. The dreaded phone-call-to-cancel! I especially didn’t appreciate that I only had a five-hour window each weekday to call—at the time, it was 10am on the Friday before a holiday weekend! Thankfully, I was able to talk to someone and cancel around 3pm that day. They did offer me a $50.00 credit to stay, but I declined.
So, Is Vince Unfold Worth It?
Vince Unfold is not for me. Personally, $160.00 is a lot of money for me to spend, even for four or more items, and I didn’t love that I couldn’t choose specifically what I got with each shipment. When putting together my Wish List, I had added some cheaper items (partly because Vince Unfold wasn’t showing me a lot of seasonally appropriate items), as well as more expensive items that I was really interested in trying. But I never got the big-ticket items (like leather pants), even though I’d marked them as priorities. Getting to try those standout pieces may have made this program more worth it for me.
I also didn’t find the discount (usually 20% off, but sometimes up to 40%) for the items all that enticing, especially because I found some of the pieces elsewhere online for less. I’d rather stalk an item I know I’ll love until it goes on sale or ends up at an outlet—it feels more worth it to me to buy one piece and have it forever than to pay roughly the same price to rent 8-12 so-so items. If Vince Unfold were about half the cost, or if I were able to choose the exact four pieces I got in each delivery, the service might be a bit more alluring for me.
That being said, there is something to renting high-end clothing as opposed to cheaper items that really elevates one’s style. I received two shipments (which I had for roughly a week each) with a total of eight items that retailed for a total of $1,920.00. If I had a different job where I thought I needed to constantly impress with a rotating closet that was extremely well constructed, this might be a better service. As I said, I am also lucky enough to live near stores that offer the Vince brand at very discounted prices where I can actually try them on before buying or return if I change my mind. Not everyone has that available to them, so this might be a great option for them as well.
Would you subscribe to Vince Unfold?