How much has completely changed thanks to sites like Amazon and Netflix. On demand? Amazing selection? Low prices? Free shipping? SURE, YEAH, COOL!
With Netflix as the ‘Coke’ of the monthly subscription fee in exchange for neat borrowed stuff model, I find myself comparing a lot of things to it (like the Oyster book app I mentioned here). So let’s talk about clothing…
Gwynnie Bee = Netflix for CLOTHES
I love cheese. And TexMex (con queso). And beer. And pasta (just like Sofia Loren, natch). And pizza. And potatoes. And cupcakes. All followed by a desert cheese course and an extra side of not going to the gym.
This has nothing to do with Gwynnie Bee, except that I spend so little time shopping (and then having those shiny new clothes altered) that I really don’t give myself the opportunity to properly dress my ‘this girl likes food and vodka’ / real woman body.
Yes, I realize there are other stores than Target, but the mall gives me the hives (unless I’m re-upping my Lush stash), a lot of shops / styles I seem drawn to just don’t fit my body well off the rack and, le sigh, I probably don’t need to own anymore Threadless t-shirts for a while.
Gwynnie Bee offers subscribers a “virtual closet” for ladies with curves / cheese addictions (and PROUD) so you have a constant rotation of new and interesting clothing that you choose to wear without the commitment to buy.
So I’m not a commitment phobe, but I do hate buying a dress or outfit that’s only good for a few occasions and have forked over big bucks on pieces only to watch them turn lame after Wear #2. You know what I’m talking about, ladies.
Case in point: I adored the cobalt and black lace dress I wore to a party this year in the photo above, but can’t imagine when else I’d want it. But how great that I had a date night dress I felt amaze-balls in without having to dry clean the next day (slip it into the envelope and drop in the mail and that’s it!).
And I also love that once you’ve borrowed a piece and can’t bear to live without it, you can buy it for a (usually) nicely discounted price. Or just re-borrow it down the road. Or scribble the SKU / designer name and start shopping around.
If you’re ever feeling in a closet rut or wish you knew the brands and styles that feel good and look great on your particular body type, this is a great way to go. I’ve been a bit more bold in some of my dress choices (hello leopard wiggle dress that I almost made out with) and am finding life outside of black gaucho pants and cardigans. Slowly but surely.
A related clothing subscription topic for another day – StitchFix and the feeling of awesome in having your own personal stylist pulling clothing for you. You can see a smattering of my ‘fixes’ on Flickr here.
Stuff I wish there was a Netflix for
I’m out of control with this super affordable borrowing idea, I wish wish wish wish for Netflix for ____:
- Board games (and Munchkin decks)
- Cookbooks (that include other lenders’ margin notes and rankings)
- Jewelry (like, the kind of stuff that your weird neighbor that goes to Burning Man every year would wear)
- Kiddo educational materials / flash cards that teach awesome ‘real people’ and geeky things
- Instruments (don’t get me started on my mandolin and upright bass obsessions)
- Random hobbies (like juggling, skateboarding, dressage)
- Kitchen appliances (I’d LOVE to rent an Excalibur dehydrator or nice pressure canning system instead of investing in and storing one all year long)
- Camera lenses
- Miniature horses (a girl can dream)
- High end ingredients that show up in shockingly small quantities in interesting recipes that you hate yourself for splurging on as they sit in your pantry for two years
Please contact me immediately if you would like to go into business together on any of the above. 🙂