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
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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.
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 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
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.
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
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?