Working from home has it’s advantages, like not having to get dressed to go to work in the morning. It’s kind of a nice perk. I’ll be the first to admit that I gladly stay in my PJs until noon, then I can shower in the afternoon after the hot water tank has recovered from everyone else getting ready to head out the door and I don’t have to worry about anyone knocking on the door because they forgot their deoderant or they want the hair gel…
But even then my wardrobe consists mostly of jeans, khakis, t-shirts and sweatshirts. I’m not fancy, I don’t usually do frills, but I do own a skirt or two and there are a few pairs of pantyhose buried in my sock drawer somewhere. When I go shopping for clothes I usually end up buying the kids new stuff, not me. If I find something I like, I’ll check the tag and see the words “dry clean only” and put it back on the rack, or I’ll stand there and think to myself, “I’ll only wear this a few times a year.” Total mom-brain thinking, but truthfully what happens when I’m out shopping.
Until recently. I picked up a Gwynnie Bee subscription in December with their 30 day free trial. Some friends were talking about it on Facebook and I was curious, so I took a peek. It’s a “virtual closet” service. You get a handful of items sent to you, you wear it a few times, you send it back and something else from your list magically appears in your mailbox a few days later. They handle all the dry cleaning and laundry stuff (even if you spill wine on it or the dog jumps on you with muddy paws) and you just have to look fabulous and enjoy the clothes.
I confess, when I took the free 30 day trial, I expected that I would cancel it and go back to my normal wardrobe routine. Then I got in there and discovered the fluffy sweaters and cozy tunics for winter and I was officially hooked! ~ I love comfy sweaters and warm cardigans, but I rarely buy new ones because washing them can be such a pain and they’re only wearable for a few months out of the year here in Virginia. I added a bunch of them to my virtual closet and I’ve had a seemingly endless supply of warm fuzzies to wear for weeks now. Loving that!
I even picked a few dresses and skirts, when one of those comes up in my closet rotation I feel a little fancy. I’ve gotten more compliments from my kids lately too, “Mom, you look really nice today,” and my husband is paying more attention, “That’s a really good color. When did you get that?”
So here’s the deal. Try Gwynnie Bee free for 30 days, if you don’t love it you can easily cancel from your web account. Clothing sizes available range from size 10 to size 32 in shirts, sweaters, skirts, dresses, blazers, and cardigans. There’s a variety of styles including casual, professional, and even fancy partywear. You can choose one, two, or three items at a time for the free trial. I started with the two items at a time and that works out nicely for me.
Once your account is set up, browse around and add the things you like to your virtual closet. They’ll start showing up at your door in a few days. Wear it once or wear it a lot, when you’re done you just send it back in the prepaid package and another item will arrive soon. If you get an item that you absolutely love and can’t part with, you can purchase it at a discounted price and keep it.
That’s it, easy peasy stuff, less laundry to wash, and a fun way to get out of that pajamas all the time wardrobe rut that we tend to fall into.