I'm all about trying different services and doing a compare/contrast. I've been using Gwynnie Bee for probably a year now - it's a clothing rental mail order service. With GB - you "closet" items on their site and then you get 1-5 items at a time. You can wear them as long as you want, as many times as you want and then send them back (they do the laundry & pay the shipping return fee). You pay a monthly fee and you can also purchase the items if you would like.
As a contrast - Dia & Co is a personal stylist. You pay $20 for the stylist to choose 5 things for you. Once they are sent, you try them on and keep or send them back. If you keep anything from the box you can apply the $20 styling fee to your total. Return shipping is free also.
After you get your box and have your decisions made - there's a big bag that you put your returns in and pop them in a mail box. Then you go on Dia.com and fill out a survey letting them know what you're keeping/returning and any notes on the fit, style, color, etc.
My stylist recommended I try this with the black & white cardigan ($42). The open cardigan is nice & long and has pockets. It's super light weight and comfy.
The stylist recommended pairing this with the tank & cardigan - but you can tell by my face what I thought of it. :-)
I also got this mint hoodie ($52) - it's super soft - like SUPER SOFT! The hood and the sleeves have that gray/white stripe pattern on them. It's just such a soft and cozy fabric - I loved it the second I pulled it out of the box. It's a little pricey - but I do get that $20 stylist fee off - hmmm.
I was pretty much decided that I would be picking between the b/w cardigan and the mint hoodie. The mint hoodie is $10 more - but it's super cute. I put the decision to the people - and the people resoundingly chose the mint hoodie - so the decision was made for me. I kept the mint! I actually have it on as I write this and it's super cozy!
Dia & Co vs. Gwynnie Bee:
Dia & Co:
- $20 styling fee (credit towards purchase)
- monthly box
- purchase only
- free returns
- personalized stylist
- items are expensive
- stylists improve over time
- clothing more unique
- pushes your comfort zone
- $35/month for 1 item (can go up to 5)
- unlimited exchanges
- rental of clothing, purchase available
- free returns
- you're your own stylist
- items are more affordable
- lots of options to try
- items do seem a bit similar after a while - lots of similar options in variety of colors
- Melissa McCarthy brand!
I have definitely purchased more from Gwynnie Bee and probably will continue that way. But - I do like Dia & Co because the stylists pick things more different than I would choose and they appear to be getting better.
(There are affiliate links in this post but I paid for all services myself at full price.)