Unboxing the June 2022 Underclub

That’s right, the June subscriptions have started to arrive. Well, the first of the June subscriptions has arrived anyway. And there is no surprise that it is The Underclub. While the Underclub has several different subscription tiers, including one where you can add a matching bralette, I have the single pair for $15 per month tier.

And honestly, I have never regretted it. Every pair I have ever received from them has fit perfectly and has been high quality. And as I have had this subscription for well over a year at this point I can say that the underwear wears well over time. Most of the pairs I have received are still in rotation in my drawer.

The only ones I have had to release from service have been because I lost enough weight to go down a size. My earlier subscriptions were a size larger. While a few of them i can still get by with there were a few styles that just didn’t do well with a smaller me. I’m sure they too would have lasted longer, but they just no longer fit.

June’s selection

I went onto my member page and adjusted my sizing (it took two seconds) and now i am back to the right sized underwear. I know I say this each time this subscription comes in, but one of my favorite things about this subscription (besides getting a fabulous pair of undies each month) is it’s size inclusivity. They have XS and XL (I was a 3X and am now down to a 2X but they go all the way up to 4X) and in their bralettes, their XXL goes all the way up to a 40DD. As I am a 40D this really helps me out.

And, here is the best part. The XL (or XS) aren’t in separate sections. That’s right, you don’t have to go diving into a small section of the site and looking at the limited options that might be available in your size. Both their subscription and their store (where members get 20% off) have every item and style in every size.

I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it is kind of a big deal. Especially in underwear. There are many places that either don’t stock my size apparently in the belief that if you are over a certain size you should just go commando, or it feels like they make the decision about what styles you should like based on only offering you certain styles. which is not only annoying in general when I am trying to shop, but something I also find very condescending. After all the general public isn’t going to even see my underwear, why should they get a say in what type i should wear?

details

So the fact that The Underclub is so size inclusive means that this is a subscription (and store) I really enjoy. Plus I love pretty underwear. If I am wearing pretty underwear, I feel pretty. And I know some people use that as date underwear, but let me tell you pretty underwear has helped me feel better about even bad work meetings with overbearing bosses. Just knowing I am wearing it makes me feel good. And sometimes that little boost can really help.

And June’s pair is very pretty. I am really happy it is since it is my Birthday Month and i like thinking that my birth month is special. This month’s selection is a pale pink and is in the style called Lanya Lace Cheeky in Peach Whip. I suppose it could be called peach but I always think of peach as having a little more orange tone to it. This is a delicate pink.

While the color is pretty, I also love the scalloped edges to the lace. For me scalloped edging always makes the underwear feel a little sexier to me. I think partially because my work out undies are all Hanes cotton with the straight edging on the legs. The scalloped edge makes them feel that much different from the work out pears. The lace of these undies are soft and not at all scratchy. The waist band is satin covered elastic that feels quite durable so I am sure it will last just as well as the other pairs I have received.

As always, when i received the subscription, I checked over the pair for loose threads and stitches. I found none, then I sent them through the wash and checked again. Again, there were no problems. And yes I know it sounds like a little much, but I just can’t shake my grandmother’s voice from my head. She always did the same thing and I find that even though she is long gone, it is still habit and I am unable to resist checking them again for loose threads after the first wash. It was her quality check system. And it has become mine.

The Underclub passed. I’ve never had a pair from them that didn’t.

This month’s selection is perfect for me to celebrate my birthday month. They are pretty and I will feel pretty this month when I wear them. And in addition, I will feel pretty many more months to come as they continue through my rotation.

My first box from Drape Fit

I have a confession to make. I don’t like to shop. I do not like going into stores flipping through racks upon racks of clothing only to find nothing. Part of it is my size. While I am working towards a healthier me, I am still a size 22-24, depending on the garment. And most stores don’t stock a wide array of garments in my size. In addition, what they stock might not be to my taste. As a result, I purchase a lot of my clothing on line. So for me a clothing subscription seems like a great idea. It sends clothes that are in my size to me and are presumably to my taste.

The trick is finding a clothing subscription that is in my size. A while ago Drape Fit sent an e-mail to me telling me of their subscription. After seeing that they did have my size (and that in many categories I was not top of the range) I decided to have a go with it. They did send a discount code for anyone who sees this and decides that they want to give it a go themselves. It is just for you. It is DFIS10 and you can get $10 worth of credits from each purchase. And while discounts are nice, the purpose of this post is to go over my first box experience. After all a discount is only of value if the box is worth it. So let’s take a look.

(incidentally I managed to somehow delete the pics of me trying on the clothes. Which I didn’t realize until after the bag was on it’s way back, next time, I’ll make sure there is a try on portion.)

didn’t need denim but it fit perfectly so I was tempted

Drape Fit has boxes for Men, Women and Children. They have an array of sizes including Plus sized women and Big and tall men. I’m not sure how wide an array the men’s styles are but the women’s sizing was pretty broad. The styling fee is $20. They send a pre addressed postage paid bag to return what you don’t like and you have five days to try on and decide what you would like to keep.

the pants fit perfectly but I have three nearly identical pair in my closet

Because any stylist takes a while to learn about you, I never really expect much in my first box. For me the first box involves getting the sizing down and seeing how detailed the style quiz is at the beginning.

When I took the style/sizing quiz I was very impressed. While they did ask my general size they also went garment by garment. For me this is important because there are some shirts that I have to get larger depending on the style. (I am a 40 D). However if I get items sized for my bustline then often the pants are too large. With this quiz I was asked what size I took in jeans as well as slacks and then I was asked different shirt and dress styles so they had a better idea of how garment’s fit me as well as what it was I actually liked.

Just didn’t like anything but the belt. Oddly the pants fit really well but the belt was too small. I needed two more sets of holes

And here is the thing. They sent four shirts, three pairs of pants and a dress. All fit me. without a struggle or sagging. Every single item fitted me. Now I didn’t particularly like all of the items, but they fit me. And while I didn’t specifically like each item, they all fell well into the guidelines of what I said I wanted. That I sort of expected. I figured they’d send garments and then i would get to evaluate each item and then with each box it would get better as the categories narrowed slightly.

flared wide at the narrowest part of me making me look like a giant box, but it fit me comfortably

The box included colors I liked, did not include colors or patterns that I didn’t like and the only thing that they included that I didn’t ;like was a pair of jeans. (Technically I suppose they are jeggings but I asked for no denim and they sent denim. And to be fair they might have just thought of them as jeggings instead of denim.)Everything else was spot on.

loved this shirt and ended up keeping it

So did I keep anything? Yes. I kept the white shirt. The dress was fine but the slip underneath was too short and hit strangely when I sat down making the otherwise comfy dress not so comfy. The long sleeved gray shirt I liked except for the waist. I hate elastic on my wasted from shirts. I would rather tuck in a shirt or leave it out, but I just don’t care for the elastic. I also didn’t like the material. But the style was great. The yellow shirt I liked but it needed to either be a little shorter or a lot longer. The olive shirt was nice but the elastic hit right under my bust and the wide flare of the bottom half of the shirt made the narrowest part of me look wider and me a lot boxier.

needed to be either a little shorter or a lot longer but loved the color and it was super soft material I hated to send this back but it just didn’t look good on me.

With pants, the black pants were exactly like three other pairs I already poses making them fit with my wardrobe but unnecessary to add. I didn’t like the capri pants and the one think I really don’t need more of in my wardrobe right now are jeans or jeggings.

So one white shirt is added to my closet.

dress was great but the slip underneath was too short and tight which again was a shame as I liked the dress.

In the questionnaire you could pick a budget. I chose no garment over $50. My most expensive item was $32.75. (I also chose not to add any accessories like jewelry, shoes or handbags.) While I might bend on the jewelry at some point I need to whittle down my shoe and handbag collection before I look at adding to it. The lowest priced item was $25. over all I would say the pricing was spot on. With the white shirt my guess was $30-$35 and it was $27.50.

And the cost was easy to see as they sent a sheet breaking down each garment. In addition there was also a list from the stylist stating which items she saw paired together and explaining why she sent them

price break out

I was very impressed with the sizing and the quality of the garments as well as the pricing. If you choose to buy the entire selection sent to you then you get a 25% discount on the pricing. To be honest, while this box wasn’t exactly there, it wasn’t that far off. I could easily see a time when I would purchase the entire box.

return bag

And once I received the box and tried everything on, I went onto the website and reviewed each item and in addition to reviewing them I let them know what I was keeping and what I was returning. I then chose to go ahead and pay for the item I am keeping, which meant that I controlled when that charge went to my account. I wasn’t sending in the box and letting them process the return and then realize I kept something and then waiting until they charged my card.

I did that on the site before I even sent the box back. It took less than a day for the charge to appear. As I have had trouble with waiting for charges to go through before, I really liked that aspect of the box. Over all I was very impressed with my first box and can’t wait for my next. This box has the subscription option of once a month, once every other moth or once every three months. I chose every three months, because I think quarterly is about right for me. As I purge some of my older garments from the closet, that might change, but for now I am happy. And if I decide I need more I can always request a style box whenever i want one sent to be regardless of the schedule. It seems very flexible and I am interested to see how this subscription progresses. For now, I am sending most of the clothes back and keeping one very nice new shirt.

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Unboxing The Underclub for May 2022

The Underclub has been one of my favorite subscriptions. For $15 per month you receive one pair of luxury underwear. There are different tiers of course, different prices and one I think where you receive three pairs a month. There is even a new bralette subscription available. For me, the one new pair a month is absolutely perfect. It is a once a moth treat but I never feel like it is too much.

Many of you may realize that thee was not an unboxing posted for April. It isn’t because I took a month off, it is because my subscription was never sent. Apparently the package was never picked up. So I am trying to work that out with The Underclub. I know they are changing over their website at the moment and I think because of this communication is slow, but it is progressing. I will keep you posted on how that plays out.

One of the reasons that I adore The Underclub is that they are very size inclusive. They have the extra small sizes as well as the much larger ones and it is easy to adjust the sixing of your subscription. I went from a 3X down to a 2X and it was just a few clicks and the changes were made. I also like that everything comes in this wide size range. You can go on find something you like in the main store and not be shunted off to a small plus sized section with a limited amount of products. And they have some adorable things in their on-line shop in addition to their subscriptions (members get a discount of course.) Some of their sleepwear and cami sets are just fabulous.

This month’s pair of undies comes from their own line of underwear (The Underclub brand). They do have other brands as well. I really like the quality of the Under club pieces. As usual. I opened the subscription as soon as it came. The package is a simple plastic mailer that easily fits in the mailbox. After opening I inspected for loose threads and pulled stitches. I found none. Then it went in the wash and after coming out, I inspected it again, still no pulled threads or dropped stitches.

This set is a lovely deep purple with a really nice pattern to the lace. The material itself is whisper soft and the underwear fits perfectly. (the lace is also see through, which is why there are no try on pictures, I love you but there are limits to photos I am willing to post). The waistband is fitting but not too tight and it falls in just the right place to be comfortable wearing all day. There is a little cut out in the back as an added decorative element. I think it looks nice which is a good thing as I have seen this detail appear more and more lately. Over all I am very pleased with this set and am already looking forward to next month.

Of course hopefully April will get sorted and that will be here as well. I will definitely keep you updated on the customer service and missing subscription replacement policy. As they have been really good with everything else I am interested to see how that works out. For now, I am enjoying May’s subscription and happy to keep the Underclub subscription in general.

Unboxing The UnderClub March 2022

Ah the beginning of the month and the arrival of one of my favorite subscription boxes. Or bags I suppose as the Underclub subscription arrives in a discrete plastic mailer. I love this subscription for many reasons. One is that pretty underwear makes me feel more confident. I now it is silly but if I am wearing pretty underwear, even if i am the only one who knows it, I feel more confident. I always have.

The second reason I love The Underclub is it’s size inclusivity. All of their garments are offered in the full size range. There is no going to their on line story and being shunted off to a small corner of the website for the few items they have in your size. From XS to 3X they have you covered. Its a small thing, but being able to shop in the store instead of being relegated to a small corner of the website just makes me very happy.

I love the extra interior bag for the undies

I have also been impressed with the quality and this month is no exception. This month there is a pair of bikini briefs (mostly see through which is why I am not wearing them in the photos. I like that it is green for St. Patrick’s day but a more subdued green. It is not only a little more sophisticated a color but it is something I would wear all year round. as always I inspected the garment for loose stitches and found none. Then I sent it through the wash, inspected again and then tried them on. They fit beautifully and have great subtle details. The slight material overlap at the hip bone, the slight variation in the lines on the material. It is a simple bikini brief but someone clearly took the time to think about the details.

And they fit comfortably. For those who routinely read you may recall I lost enough weight that I had to adjust my sizing. It was a quick few clicks on my account page and it was done. No muss, no fuss. And I have always found their sizing to be spot on with measurements

details make the garment

. There is no running small or lager, The measurements are accurate. Which I personally love. I’ve had this subscription for over a year now and I can tell you, this is not a subscription that is going anywhere. I expect to keep it for a long time.

Unboxing the Sock Panda for March 2022

I love socks. I love wild and crazy socks. I love soft and fluffy socks. In general, I just love socks. I think because as my weight increased, it was one clothing item that didn’t change. I now that sounds a little strange but clothes change when you gain weight and so does your relationship with them.

I am a very tactile clothes shopper and in larger garment sizes sometimes the cloth doesn’t feel as nice. Plus there is this material I always think of as fat girl cloth. It has elastic woven in with the fibers so it can fit a wider variety of sizes and stretch with you. It also has a weirdly burnt rubber smell when it comes out of the dryer. I’ve never seen men’s garments made from it, no matter how large the size, hence the name. For a while at least half my closet was made from this material and one of the best things about losing weight has been eliminating some of those garments.

In addition, for me, as my weight increased there was the desire to not be seen. Not to draw attention to myself. So I chose darker colors with no patterns or eye catching anything as though it would help me blend into the wall.

With socks, I never had to worry. My feet are between a women’s 7 -7.5 and that hasn’t changed with the weight gain. So I can indulge in my fuzzy fabrics, soft textures and since I generally wear shoes when I leave the house, the socks are covered by shoes and trouser legs. So I can get as crazy as I like. As my weight slowly decreases, I am broadening my clothing selection , bot I still love my wild socks. Because very few people get to see them, they are kind of something special just for me.

A while ago I had a sock subscription but the subscription was discontinued. I decided it was time to go and find a new one to try out. So I poked around Cratejoy for a bit. I love finding subscriptions to try out when I am on there. Sometimes they are fabulous and I keep them, other times I try for a few months and let them go.

I have high hopes for this one. Sock Panda is a sock subscription as the name suggests. There are women’s subscriptions (which I have), men’s and even a tween’s so socks for everyone. It is $14 per month, although you can get discounts if you go for a longer term. At the moment I am trying them out and going month to month. If I decide I like it enough to keep long term (generally after about three months I’ll make that decision) also at the moment they have a 35% offer going on (use code BESTGIFT35). with the Sock Panda you get one pair of socks each month. In addition, with every order, Sock Panda gives one pair of socks to someone in need. According to the card that came with the socks this month they have donated over 143,000 pairs to shelters, hospitals, schools and communities.

I love that.

It makes me feel much better about adding the subscription to my list.

Plus I don’t always remember to change into my sweat socks when I work out so I have destroyed much of my sock collection through extra heavy use.

This is my first month with this subscription. The socks have a makeup of 85% Peruvian Cotton. 20%nylon, and 5% spandex. The design is cute. One sock has a man with his face replaced by a cell phone and the pother a woman with her face replaced by a cell phone. while I like the designs I would have preferred the image on the foot rather than on the ankle part of the sock, mostly because I tend to scrunch my socks down rather than wear them pulled all the way up. But that is personal preference. And I do like the pink foot part.

The socks feel like they are a good quality. They fit well with the heel being just a tiny bit high. But on me that is not unusual. The size range is from women’s 6-10 I believe and I am a 7-7.5. A little high on the heel is how most of my socks sit. So I am not surprised. But it does mean that these socks fit me as well as the socks I pick out for myself in the store. As a first pair, this was quite the success. I have a nice new pair of bright socks. It always makes me very happy to pull on a new pair of socks. It is one of life’s many little pleasures. And I am pleased that because of my purchase, someone else gets to feel that sensation as well. Because some days a fresh pair of socks makes the entire world feel just a little bit brighter. I think I will be keeping this Sock Panda subscription for a while.

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The Underclub arrives for January 2022

That’s right the first of the January subscriptions has arrived. And no surprise it is the Underclub. This month they actually mailed the subscription early to make up for postal delays. That’s right, I received an e-mail notification and tracking number December 28th. Oh yeah, they saw the swamped post offices and the upcoming New Year’s Holiday and mailed out their subscription a couple of days early to make up for it.

Is it any wonder they are one of my favorite subscriptions?

well that and their size inclusivity and great underwear. I will say that this month’s selection does not photograph well. Which is a shame. As always when I receive my selection, I look it over to check the quality. As always The Underclub passed with no loose strings and no missed stitches. I know, to some that sounds bizarre, but it is part of how my grandmother taught me to shop for clothing. Any garment, from undies to winter wear parkas, had to have the stitching studied before a purchase decision could be made.

I still find myself unable to stop myself from checking the stitching on ever garment that comes into my house. The Underclub passed and went off to the wash before it could be worn. Because again, as per grandmother’s edict, no clothing can be worn until it has first been washed. I once asked her why. Her eyebrows (plucked to thin little arches and mostly the product of an eyebrow pencil) shot up to her hairline and her eyes went wide.

“Things happen in factories.”

To this day I am uncertain what unspeakable evil she thinks goes on in the packaging department, but I wash my clothes before wearing them, just in case.

the band is slightly darker than the rest of the material.

Not that I suspect The Underclub of unspeakable evil. Quite the contrary. I think they are quite fabulous. This months selection (from the $15 per month category of their subscription service) looks very plain in the photograph. It is simple black material with a silkier black edging on the outer edges. Nothing very earth shattering. However once on, they fit perfectly and are perhaps the most comfortable set of undies I have put on in a long time.

Perfect fit, fantastic comfort.

I recently changed the size of my monthly selection as I lost enough weight to go down a size. (The changing of the sizes was super easy. Two clicks on the account page and I was done. Also their size guide has always been spot on for me.) And these fit me absolutely perfectly. They may not be the fanciest set in the drawer, but I am thrilled to have them. They look nice on, they have a classic appeal with no frills. I like the look of the black on black design actually. It is a subtle, understated difference that appeals to me. But it is the comfort that has this month’s Underclub selection doing a lap in the winner’s circle. This is a set I will truly enjoy wearing for a long time to come.


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Unboxing The December Underclub Subscription

Happy Monday morning my darlings. While I would much rather be lounging in bed for a few more hours to catch up on the sleep that eluded me in the night, I am very happy that one of my favorite subscriptions has arrived in my mailbox. It is The Underclub. While there are several tiers to suit your needs and desires. They have a subscription with one pair or three pairs sent monthly or they have two tiers based on the value of the undergarments that you want. You can even get a set with the bralette if you wanted.

I decided that one pair of new undies per month was suitable for me and that I was comfortable with the $15 price range. So that is the one I receive each month. I love that it is always a flat $15. There is no additional tax or shipping added to it. it is just $15. In addition all of the pieces I have received (whether as part of a subscription or as an item ordered from their store) have been of excellent quality.

While I love getting new underwear, mostly because I know that no matter what else is going on, I know I feel pretty when I have pretty underwear on, even if no one else sees them, pretty underwear is not always the easiest to find in my size. It is as though if you don’t fit a certain size profile then the clothing industry declares your undergarments must be boring and plain.

I am on the larger side, but The Underclub is size inclusive in both directions. They have sized up to 4X and down to XS. And if you have an issue with the size you are currently wearing it is simple to adjust your membership to the correct size. They provide a size guide to their garments and it is an accurate guide. Everything I have ordered has fit with their size guidelines. For me, as I am slowly chipping away at my weight, I had to recently change my sizing as I dropped a size. I went form a 3X to a 2X and adjusted my membership with two clicks. Now everything is back to fitting as it should. (even if I must retire a few of my earlier subscription items. They are still in good shape, they are just a little too large for me to wear anymore.

With the size change, the subscription is back to fitting me perfectly and this month is no exception.

This month is a lavender polka dotted set in the bikini style. The dots are solid, but the rest of the set is see through, hence no photos of me wearing them. As always I inspected them before and after washing (I always wash before I wear). There were no missed stitches or loose threads. The garment was of good quality. While rumpled from shipping, the rumples fell out in the wash. The fit was perfect and I really like the color.

For me, it was another win from The Underclub. At the moment they have delightful holiday styles (and sales) going on in their store. The new December styles look really good. There is a teal set I have my eye on actually. I’m going to make sure all of the final last minute holiday items are paid for before I go shopping though. Then I am going to look at a new set for New Years. I just need to order them soon. Although even though it is the holidays, The Underclub has been really good at getting things shipped out in a timely manner. Thus far, I have been impressed with them in the shipping department, as well as everywhere else. At the moment, they are the most reliable subscription I have. And one I definitely plan to keep well into the new year.

The Underclub Unboxing September 2021

It is time to unbox the first of the September subscription boxes and, I have to admit, one of my favorites. And that is The Underclub. For those that don’t know (or couldn’t guess), The Underclub is a luxury underwear subscription. They have a multitude of tier options. I go with the one pair of undies for $15 per month option. I find this gives me a nice treat but doesn’t become too overwhelming.

Personally I am a huge fan of pretty undergarments. It doesn’t matter what I am wearing otherwise, if I have on pretty underwear, I feel pretty. The underwear really is just something for me. While I work out in my cotton Hanes undies, once the work out is through I shower and change and as an everyday reward I put on a nice set of underwear as a special little treat just for me. It is kind of a, ‘hey you did a good thing, so here’s something pretty’ moment for myself.

The interior bag and lovely card that comes with it.

There are several reasons I like the Underclub. First, it brings a new pair of pretty pants to me each month to add to my collection. The second is that it is a very size inclusive subscription. I know I’ve said this before, but it still is something I love. They have Triple X sizes and they have Extra Small Sizes. There is no if you want to wear pretty things you have to look a certain way with this subscription.

Plus it isn’t just the subscription they have. There is also The Underclub store where they sell all sorts of matching sets of bralettes and panties. They have camisoles and sleepwear sets. And they tend to release new designs on a regular basis.

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And the best part about the shop? All of those items are in their size inclusive range. So I know that when I shop I am not shunted off to a small section of items in my size somewhere on the site. I also know that I won’t see something I love and then realize they don’t have it in my size. I absolutely adore that.

But, my darlings we are here to talk about the September selection. This month came from the brand Toast. I’ve had several items from them before as it is a brand regularly featured in the subscription. As always the pair came in the plain pink mailer and incased the underwear in a smaller bag inside.

I know it is probably a little strange, but I really like that second bag. I think it is the thought of having the underwear contained if something happens to the outer packaging that makes me like it. I’ve had way too many packages become mangled en route and it’s nice to know that should there be a little damage to the package along the way, the pants will remain safely in their own little bag.

This month’s pair is black with stripes. The stripes are black and semi solid looking. The cloth between the stripes is sheer. (hence the reason you get pictures of the pants without me in them. I love you my darlings, but I’d rather not have pictures of me in sheer panties floating around.) In the back there is a small keyhole detail which I really like the look of. It elevates the style just a little bit and makes it feel like a little extra thought when into them.

Stripes

The underwear was creased from the packaging, but as I always wash before wear, it isn’t a problem. as always I looked for loose threads or dropped stitches before washing. There were none. They are of good quality. So I popped them in the wash with everything else and when they came out, I inspected them again.

Once again no loose strings or problem spots. And so I tried them on. I have to say, something a little magical happened. They were a little loose. I know that sounds odd, but even though I keep working out, at the moment my weight loss has plateaued. I haven’t measured my self for a bit, but I have noticed my jeans getting looser and that I have been reaching for clothes that were a little tight before and finding them not so tight.

keyhole detail

So it isn’t that this underwear is off size. Actually every pair I’ve gotten from the Underclub has fit me perfectly. I think I might actually need to go down a size. I think I am going to go onto the website and adjust my membership so that I am down a size. I know it sounds very optimistic, but these pants are a little loose, and knowing that I have gone down a size for next month will help me keep from getting discouraged with my plateau. After all if I can go down an underwear size then what I am doing is working regardless of what the scale actually says.

And if next month is too tight, I can always change it again (although I really don’t want to). So the subscription not only provides me with a lovely post work out reward for myself, but it actually may help me stay on track. Now there is a side benefit I never expected. Yet another reason I am very much keeping this subscription around.

The June Nadine West Clothing subscription

Nadine West is a clothing subscription service. For $9.78 per month you can have items sent to you and if you like them you can purchase them simply by keeping them and letting your credit card be charged. Your styling fee of $9. 78 goes towards the purchase price. Each item you are charged for will have a tax added to it so you need to remember that when keeping items.

This is my third month and this month I realized two things.

The first thing I realized was that my babydoll is many things, a photographer he is not. When asked to take a photograph of me wearing the items from the bag he was amiable. He then took the pictures. I assumed that he could at least take pictures showing me wearing the garments and did not think to look at them. I did photograph each one separately as it was laid out on the bed. Which turned out to be a good thing. My babydoll had me stand in front of a brightly lit window so you basically see a dark silhouette of me. You can tell that I am not naked, but but other than knowing I am covered in cloth, there is no real detail. Only the image of the necklace I am wearing came out visible and I think that is because he came in close to take the picture.

The second thing I realized was about nadine West. This month they did manage to send me items that all actually fit me, which was nice. However almost all of the items were made from the same sort of soft, cotton jersey type cloth that I tend to associate with pajama pants. It is fine for a few summer dresses’, but an entire wardrobe of it seems a bit excessive. I don’t know if that is just my size that lets them believe all my clothes need to feel soft and pajama like, but I’m not really a fan.

But let’s look at the items that came this month and discuss. There were ten of them this month. The first item is the only item I am keeping. It is a cotton dress in teal and is good for wearing around the house and in the garden. The high waist comes in just under the bust and give is some form so that it isn’t a complete sack like dress.It is comfortable and I can wear it in the garden. It feels like a giant t-shirt when it is on. And to be fair, I probably wouldn’t purchase it if I didn’t have the subscription fee rolling towards it.

The second item is made from the same cloth and it is a one piece jumpsuit in olive green with tank top straps. Putting it on made me look like a beached whale.Or as my baby so thoughtfully put it, twice the size I am normally.

The third item up was a t-shirt made form the soft t-shirt material. It is a nude color that really doesn’t look good on me and while the knot in the end is cute, it falls at the wrong location. While I could get away with the placement standing up, it is very awkward when sitting down.

There were two sets of pants in this box and I am happy to say they both fit tolerably well. However they were bag waist pants. with long flat drawstrings tied into a bow at the waist.

While they fit, the design added several inches to my waist and were not flattering. They were at least slightly stiffer material and not the t-shirt material.

Included this month was a light weight cardigan made from, you guessed it, t-shirt material. This at least had a texture to it. While I do like light weight cardigans to pull over myself when the air conditioning is turned too high, I have several more appealing versions of this already in my closet. So while I appreciate the thought, it too is going back.

The next item in the bag was a face mask, which quite frankly I already have in abundance at this point and see no reason to pick up here.

From here we go into the three items of jewelry sent. I tried asking them not to send jewelry, but received the message that they were unable to send clothing subscriptions without jewelry at this time. The earrings have a very lovely tree on them and they are rather nice quality.

I just didn’t really like them enough to keep. The bracelet is a plain golden band that reads ‘I love you to the moon and back’ However the opening was so small that I would have had to bend it to get it on my wrist. It has a heavy feel to it so it is a substantial bracelet.

The final item was the necklace and to be honest I toyed with the thought of keeping it. It looks nice, feels like decent quality for the price and looked allright on me. However i don’t think i would get enough wear out of it to justify the purchase.

Like I said in the introduction, this was my third month with Nadine West. I chose them because they have my size as an option for their subscription. However I am not impressed by the items they send in my size.

I am thrilled that they finally sent items that fit me. But I simply will not wear that many items made out of t-shirt material. And quite frankly i just don’t find their items appealing.

I think that this may be my last subscription bag from them for a while. Perhaps I will go back when/if I reach a smaller size, but what they send to me makes me feel both fat and frumpy. Neither is a good feeling and neither is one I really feel like paying for.


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The Nadine West Clothing Subscription Service: May box

Recently I realized that a lot of my clothes, especially the summer outfits in my closet, were getting a bit worn looking.  I meant to do a big clear out and do a mass shopping last spring, but 2020 sort of had other plans.  I’ve also realized that as I have spent a lot more time working at home on my own, I have the tendency to wear the same outfits repeatedly.  I wear them, they go in the wash, I return them to the closet and then the following week I wear the same outfits again. 

How the items arrived

It has caused a lot of wear in the garments I favor and, quite frankly it is a little bit boring.  So I decided I needed some new things to wear. And we all know how much I love subscription services.  So clothing subscriptions seemed like a no brainer. 

The issue was finding one that carried clothing in my size.

And I found one that did and that was Nadine West.  It is also one of the least expensive clothing subscriptions around.  Each month you are charged $9.78 and they ship the items to you.  There is a return label and it all goes pretty smoothly. 

Or at least it has so far.  Last month was my first box so this is box number two.  While Nadine West does not have a person you can call to talk to, they do have a review form that you can fill out letting them know about what you liked and didn’t like about each item.  I suspect it will take a few months before they start to figure me out. 

For my first month, they sent 6 items.  I thought this was standard, but this month they sent fourteen. The bag was stuffed to almost bursting. when I mailed it back I used extra packing tape as reinforcement. I have to admit, I was pretty thrilled at the thought of so many options.  As I found one dress in the first box that I liked enough to keep in my first box, I thought for sure that I would find several items in this one, especially since there were so many options. 

The bracelet I kept

I’ll go ahead and spoil the results and tell you I only kept one item and it was a bracelet.  Not what I signed up to the subscription for, but I did like it.  So let’s look at the items.  I apologize for laying them out on the bed again, but most of them didn’t fit me. There could be no try on as most of the items were so ill fitting. The worst in the fit department were the pants. 

This month Nadine sent three pair of pants.  One was a set of jeggings which were very long in the leg and very, very tight in the waist. The second was a pair of dress slacks which looked nice but were small enough that they couldn’t be buttoned or zipped.  The leggings with the slashes up the front of the legs fit well but the legs were tight enough that my skin looked like it was going to pop through the slits.  Sort of like those tubes of biscuits.  It wasn’t a good look. 

By contrast the two dresses were huge.  They were also shapeless sacks of cloth. I have never put on garments that made me look so shapeless and dumpy before. 

There were no darts or attempts of any sort to add any kind of fit.  They were just large cloth sacks.  In theory I could have found a belt and belted them, however because there was no attempt at a shape, the front of the dresses were about three inches shorter than the back of the dresses, because apparently I have more breast then rump and it just made me feel lopsided. The material was soft and the dresses were the sort of material that I like to hang out in at home in the summer, but they needed a lot more work. Some darts or a single gather in the front would have done a world of goo where these dresses were concerned.

There were three shirts that I had high hopes for.  All three were soft material and something I could easily wear for working at my desk or running around town.  Two were the exact same style in a button down with cuffed three quarter sleeves.  The material was butter soft and I really liked that one was black and white while the other was a vibrant yellow.  Unfortunately the buttons gaped horribly in the bust and the shoulders were a little too tight.  Once size up and they would have been perfect. 

I had the same issue with the A symmetric black and white striped shirt as well.  It fit well through the chest, but the lower half, which looks as though it is designed to swing freely and hid the tummy, clung to my body, illuminating parts I do not wish to illuminate.  While an extra incentive to do sit ups and crunches, it is not a shirt I really want to wear in public.

They sent two jewelry items, the earrings and necklace I didn’t care for but the simple knot bracelet I ended up keeping.  The wool scarf was sent back as were the socks.  I actually liked the socks but at the moment, my sock drawer is well stocked.

While a lot of the clothing was in a style I would wear, at least for work, nothing seemed to fit.  And I realized why as I packed it back up and put it in the bag. 

With clothing in the upper size, they give you a range for the sizing. Most of the items were on the lower end of my set range and therefore didn’t fit comfortably.  The two dresses that were huge on me and fit like circus tents, were on the upper range of my size selection.  I think I am actually somewhat in the middle of the two ranges at the moment.  So for me fit might be an issue for the next few months. 

I am happy that someone seems to have read the comments from the first box and is taking things into consideration as I was much more pleased with the styling of this box than I was with the first. The colors patterns and items in general were much better than last month and my initial box. While I didn’t keep any of the items this month, that fact does give me a lot of hope that I am on a good track with Nadine West.  As a reminder, I chose this subscription, partially because they had my size available as an option, which many subscriptions didn’t and because I needed a combination of clothes I could wear working at my desk and for casual summer wear.

At the moment casual and comfortable are the aim as those are the pieces I have worn out and need to replace. The clothes I wear to go out didn’t see much in terms of wear this past year. Comfortable and Casual seems to be Nadine West’s strong suit. At least from what I have been sent. If the sizing were a little better I would be well on my way to fluffing out my summer wardrobe.  As it is I am filling out my feedback form with as much detail as possible and hoping that June is when the fates will align.  This month at least I ended up with a nice bracelet.  The bracelet was $14.99, however my styling fee went towards the cost. While I’m happy about the bracelet, I have my fingers crossed for a few new summertime themed outfits. Fingers crossed.


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