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After weeks of debating, I finally tried Amazon Prime Wardrobe. I don’t know why I debated for so long. We have Prime. It costs nothing. There is zero risk. I mean, the risk is that you fall in love with something way more expensive than you actually want to pay for. But besides that, no risk.
If you don’t know what Amazon Prime Wardrobe is, it’s basically a try-on service. You choose up to 8 items from Amazon Prime Wardrobe (these items are marked specifically on Amazon, not just as Prime) and Amazon ships them to you without charging you. You have 7 days to try everything on and select which items you want to keep and which you are sending back. Shipping both ways is free.
I’ve tried Stitchfix, Trunk Club, and Le Tote Maternity. I’ve enjoyed all of them but haven’t consistently done any of them (I did Le Tote Maternity in my last two months of pregnancy).
Amazon Prime Wardrobe is very different than all three of these although it reminds me most of Le Tote in that you pick everything yourself. I guess my point here is, I’m not new to the “shipped to you to try on” fashion game.
What I Ordered
I loved these jeans! I don’t know that they made me look any slimmer (see “instaslim” in the name of the jeans) but they did fit really well and were a little less high of a high-rise.
At $135, these are pricier than I usually spend on jeans (ahem, have ever spent on jeans) but since it was free to try them on, I figured I’d see if the price of expensive jeans really felt worth it. I liked the Levi’s (below) more and they were 1/4 of the price. These were a close second though and if money was no object, I’d have kept them.
LOVED these. Shaping is the right word for these skinny jeans and if I needed another pair of black jeans (and they were a short instead of a regular), I totally would have kept them. They really did feel like they made me look several pounds thinner than other jeans.
They’re the perfect rise – right between a mid and high rise (probably about 9.5″, if I’m guessing). I’ll definitely be trying to find these in a medium blue wash in a short size. As you can see in the photo above, the 30″ inseam is too long for me and I actually had these rolled under.
I’m on the hunt for a camel colored wool coat. My wool coat is burgundy which I like but is not compatible with owning a golden retriever. Since I plan to always have a golden retriever, I figured I’d accept defeat and just buy a camel colored coat. Genius.
This one was nice but was definitely too big and I realized that the collar area would be impractical in winter since it kind of left the chest area open (brrrr).
Since writing this post (last night), I purchased this coat from J. Crew. Winter coats are something I won’t be stingy about because I know I’ll wear it every single day for several months of the year. Plus, it’ll cover most of my clothing every time I’m outside so it’s nice to really love your coat.
Daily Ritual Women’s Lightweight 100% Supima Cotton Short-Sleeve V-Neck T-Shirt, 2-Pack, M, White/Black-White Wide Stripe
Daily Ritual is Amazon’s brand of clothing. These (below, worn with the Levi’s Wedgie Jeans) were outrageously soft. Like, possibly the softest t-shirts I’ve ever felt.
I listened to the reviews and sized up and honestly, I think I’d even consider ordering a Large for a slouchier look. For reference, my favorite t-shirts are the Whisper Tee from Madewell and the Universal Thread Monterrey Tee from Target (2 for $14 and literally the best). I wear an XS in both so you know the sizing is off if I’d need a Large in these tees for a similar fit.
If they’d had the colors I really wanted in stock in my size (olive and black white stripe combo) AND a pocket, I might have kept them. I kept wondering as I tried them on if I should just keep them for pjs because they were that soft.
Oh man, was I tempted to keep these. I was worried that the Wedgie fit would be uncomfortble because HELLO wedgie. But that just wasn’t the case. They did do a classic Levi’s “make your butt look good” thing and were a true high rise (hit right above my belly button). If I hadn’t just bought this super similar pair from Macy’s, I might have kept them.
I don’t know what got into me that I wanted a new pair of booties. I have the BP Barris block heel bootie from Nordstrom and you guys, it’s the perfect bootie. I’m tempted to just buy it in black. But I thought I’d give another pair a try.
These looked nice enough but were actually not the most comfortable. Maybe once they were broken in? They also had kind of a cool biker chick look, which I am not and therefore felt like I could not pull them off.
I’m appalled that these would have been over $160. My Old Navy Rockstar mid-rise are better and are currently $17.50. These would require nude underwear and even then, I’d worry they’d be see through. I can’t even believe these are “premium” denim.
What I kept
Nothing! I kept nothing because really, I couldn’t justify anything because nothing was a total “need” item. I know, so silly. If something had blown me away (like those Levi’s shaping skinny jeans in my size in medium blue) I totally would have kept it.
Overall Experience with Amazon Prime Wardrobe
Let’s break it down, shall we?
Pick everything yourself! This could be a con for some people but I loved that I got to choose what was sent to me instead of having to try to get to know a stylist who then chose for me.
I ordered multiples of things that I knew I wouldn’t keep all of. For instance, I ordered 4 pairs of jeans. There was no way I was going to keep all of those but most subscription boxes send you outfits, not multiples of the same item (because they want you to buy the whole box). I basically used it as a dressing room that came to me.
There were some brands that I really love.
I took my time over a period of days perusing Amazon Prime Wardrobe and adding things to my cart. The cart for Prime Wardrobe is separate from your regular cart or your Fresh cart so you can leave stuff in there and not worry that you’ll accidentally order 4 pairs of jeans when you’re just trying to reorder diapers. Does Amazon run my life? Probably.
It’s great that you can basically choose your own price point, without having to tell a stylist that you’d never spend $200 on jeans.
Despite having the name “Prime” in the title, as soon as I placed the order I was given a confirmation page with an expected delivery date of nearly a week later. I guess I assumed Prime = 2-day shipping.
Some products would appear in the prime wardrobe search area but when I’d try to add my size and the color I liked, that specific size or color wouldn’t be available via Prime Wardrobe.
The sizing of some products (Levi’s, for instance) was very odd where there were often options from the drop-down menu to select 26, 26R, 26 (R), 26 Regular, or 26 X 30 (see below for one example). All of these sizes are the same but as you selected each, different colors became available. There was a lack of consistency about how they were entered and it made it challenging to figure out which colors were available in my size.
They definitely need to increase the number of brands and the offerings. I searched for a good cozy cardigan to add to my box and simply couldn’t find one I liked from a brand I’d even heard of.
It’s time-consuming to search through all of their offerings to determine what you actually want. That combined with the sizing and color ordering issue (mentioned above) means that I spent significantly more time on this than I ever did on Stitchfix, Trunk Club, or Le Tote.
I had trouble finding tops that I was really interested in. The sorting and filtering features still leave many options but often they’re from brands I’ve never heard of and I felt like I was digging through pages and pages of crap to find one decent looking top.
So would I do Amazon Prime Wardrobe again? Definitely! In fact, I’ve got 5 pairs of men’s dress shoes in my Prime Wardrobe cart waiting to be sent to N to try for an upcoming wedding.
I’m not sure that we’re using it the way that Amazon intended (because it seems like it must be expensive for them to pay for all that shipping) but I’m a fan. It definitely seems to be a great way to try on several similar items to find the one that you’re looking for. I could see me doing a whole box of jeans or a whole box of dresses for a wedding, etc.
So tell me, have you tried Amazon Prime Wardrobe? What did you think? If you haven’t, do you think you’ll try it?