About Gwynnie Bee

Being a woman over size 8 used to be the kiss of death for any sense of style, but recent years have seen a shift toward attractive brands who cater to plus size shoppers looking to be on-point with trends, which is what Gwynnie Bee claims to offer.

In short, Gwynnie Bee is a monthly subscription service targeting women who wear sizes 10-32 by allowing members to rent articles of clothing for a flat fee. Users can make unlimited swaps, and shipping is free. Further, the number of items you can have out at any one time is determined by what subscription level you choose.

Gwynnie Bee’s clothing is gently used but kept in pristine condition and laundered before shipping out to the next member. There’s even a “buy it if you love it” option for those who can’t part with certain pieces. The folks at Gwynnie Bee claim it’s like having a whole department store as your closet. Users receive unlimited free shipping and clothing exchanges for a flat monthly fee.

How Gwynnie Bee Works

Would-be members of Gwynnie Bee can create a guest account to browse their clothing selection by entering their email address and creating a password. The browsing experience is intended to emulate online shopping, and users can search within article categories and then filter based on size, color, and brand.

User’s “Closet” specific items that they’d like to have in their personal rotation. Gwynnie Bee asks that you Closet a minimum of six items for every one item allotted in your subscription; that way if something becomes unavailable, there are enough choices to avoid an interruption in your service.

Additionally, users are invited to “Attic” items they would like to favorite for later Closeting, perhaps for a change of season or for special occasions.

Your first Gwynnie Bee box is shipped within 2-3 days of signing up, and you can keep items for as long as you’d like. There’s also no limit to how many times a month you swap items. Shipping is always free, and when you’re ready to return the clothing, you’ll find bags with prepaid bags included in each box of clothing. Also, laundering items before returning isn’t necessary.

An additional nice touch is that you can notify Gwynnie Bee when you’re popping items back in the mail, and they’ll prepare your next box in advance in an effort to limit turnaround time.

But is wearing shared items sanitary? Gwynnie Bee’s FAQ addresses this concern by promising that each item is meticulously inspected three times before sending.

Another concern is the possibility of damaging rented clothing. This is also addressed in the site’s FAQs with a relaxed attitude. “Such is life!” says Gwynnie Bee, and does not mention any charges for damaged articles. They do ask that you email or call their customer service to give them a heads up that the item will need repair or replacement.

All items in Gwynnie Bee’s stock are available for purchase at a discount. However, you aren’t allowed to buy pieces before trying them. The site also claims that items are retired once light wear and tear begins to show, and then donated to a local charity.

How Much Does Gwynnie Bee Cost?

Gwynnie Bee’s rates are based on the number of items you can have in rotation at any given time and are charged monthly to your credit card on file. These rates are as follows:

  • One item for $35
  • Two items for $59
  • Three items for $79
  • Five items for $99
  • Seven items for $129
  • Ten items for $159

Gwynnie Bee also has a referral program, through which you can earn a free garment for a month each time you refer a friend who also subscribes.

Subscriptions can be canceled at any time, but all items must be returned within seven days to avoid being charged the full price.

What People Think of Gwynnie Bee

Gwynnie Bee is a fairly new service, and while they provide several examples of customer praise on their site, there are few negative or critical reviews to be found in forums or blog posts elsewhere online.

However, there is an overwhelmingly positive response to Gwynnie Bee’s services, as plus-sized bloggers seem to be singing their praises left and right. It’s important to note that Gwynnie Bee offers an affiliate program for bloggers, but those fashion bloggers who have written about the company seem to be genuinely thrilled with the service, and most indicate if they’re a member of the affiliate program.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that many fashion blog commenters also remarked that they loved Gwynnie Bee’s service and appreciated what it had done for their fashion options.

Gwynnie Bee is also given props, as the general consensus from these bloggers is that online shopping for plus size clothing is really difficult, simply because sizing between brands is so inconsistent. To address this, Gwynnie Bee allows users to familiarize themselves with the sizes of different brands and find what works best for them before committing to an investment.

The only negative commentary we found during our research was that the majority of clothing available is for sizes 18-22 or 1X-2X. Two fashion bloggers wrote that they felt those outside of this size range would find Gwynnie Bee’s options too limited to justify the cost.

One blogger’s review also expressed criticism that the items released were rarely seasonally appropriate, and users were inundated with dark options in the spring and lighter options come fall. That same blogger commented that Gwynnie Bee’s shipping times were not stated on their site, and those items took up to a week to receive. These sentiments were also echoed by reader comments on that particular post.

Whether or not it’s actually a rotating closet, or simply the opportunity to try new brands, the worthiness of Gwynnie Bee’s cost is completely based on individual preference. It does seem that Gwynnie Bee delivers on their promise of variety, and there aren’t any hidden fees. So if you feel like trying before you buy, or just sticking to trying and swapping, Gwynnie Bee’s service seems to keep their customers satisfied.

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10 Customer Reviews for Gwynnie Bee

Average Customer Rating: 3.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 3 4 stars: 2 3 stars: 0 2 stars: 2 1 stars: 3
Bottom Line: 50% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Absolutely in love with Gwynnie Bee

    • Alabama,
    • Nov 6, 2016

    I've been a member for over a year and just love it. It's so much fun, wearing something new every day and just tossing it in a bag at the end of the day to send back. I have NEVER seen a problem with clothing being worn out or in bad condition, not even once.

    I have the largest plan and usually have to send a few things back because they aren't flattering on me, but that's no problem. I also have found things I would never have dreamed of wearing that I actually enjoy wearing a lot! So it's taken me out of my box and allowed me to expand my fashion horizons.

    Even with the 10+ plan, I am spending less per month on clothes than I did before, and don't end up having clothes in my closet that I'm sick of or that don't look right anymore.

    I look forward to every shipment and my fun try-on session in the comfort of my own home. Customer service is very responsive. I've never had so much fun with clothes.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Great Clothing Rental Service

    I have been a member of Gwynnie Bee for several months now, and overall I am enjoying the service and I think it is worth the money. I started with the free trial (one month with 3 items out at a time) and quickly upgraded to the 7-items-at-once plan. I may upgrade again to the maximum plan available (10 items). The selection of clothes is decent, but admittedly could be better. They seem to focus on dresses and tops, although they do have pants and skirts and jackets too. They add new fashions at least once a week, and sometimes a couple of times a week. Turnaround times on shipments have been very prompt.

    One great thing about this service is that it allows you to try new things without a purchase commitment, and members write reviews of items, with photos and size info (runs small, runs big, etc), which is so helpful in making selections. I've really enjoyed the variety it has added to my wardrobe. I feel like I am wearing new things all the time. I am the type who gets bored quickly with clothing items, so it's a big plus to be able to wear things once or twice and send them back. If you fall in love with an item, you can purchase it, which I have done several times. I do recommend giving it a try -- especially because you can do a one-month free trial.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    New Member - So Far it's been a great experience

    I am still in my first month but just received my first shipment and I was very pleased. I see other reviews about what plus size women should not be wearing but the truth is that any woman should wear what they want whether or not it has horizontal strips., who cares!

    I think they have a good selection. My only concern was how quick they get them to me and process the returns. I received my first shipment very quickly and I am ready to return starting tomorrow and even bought a great dress for $6.00.

    Great service for a working woman who doesn't have a lot of time to shop and try on clothes.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 18 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Very Poor Styles

    I am a 16/18 and while not terribly overweight I DO know what styles and patterns are unflattering for the overweight. It is simply common knowledge, (and common sense), that overweight women need to avoid horizontal stripes. They simply make the large look larger. Gwynnie Bee's selections are rife with these. The horizontal stripe patterns outnumber the vertical and diagonal by about 4-1. Ladies with very large upper arms are better served with mid upper arm length sleeves at the very least. Gwinnie Bee's selections for summer are almost overwhelmingly sleeveless.

    Overweight ladies' knees often tend to be trouble spots, but it is next to impossible to find a single dress or skirt at the service that is not short and above the knees. A few maxi dresses and skirts are the only other options. Big scoop necks also make the heavy look heavier. Again, Gwynnie Bee is rife with these, Next to impossible to find the slimming V-necks heavy women should wear. It seems to me that the designers at Gwynnie Bee are utterly CLUELESS about styling and fashion for the larger sizes. Or maybe they are catering to a number of heavier women who do not care what other people think, they want to wear what skinny girls wear, regardless of how unattractive or even outlandish they may look. If that is the case, FINE, stock those clothes for women who want to wear skinny girl styles. But for crying out loud, try stocking some clothing that actually is FLATTERING to the overweight.

    There ARE gorgeous, trendy, young, and flattering styles out there for heavier women. Until GB can get around to doing that I would not recommend this service and also would hold off until they quit using USPS and went to faster shipping methods.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Clothes are trash & customer service sucks.

    • Texas,
    • Mar 20, 2016

    In my one month trial I never got a single garment that I wanted. I had to add a lot of crap that I didn't want to my closet just to get them to sent me something. Everything I got was cheaply and poorly made. Half the time my stuff was delayed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 25 out 26 people found this review helpful

    Just Crap

    1. Clothes are crap - they are cheaply made and don't run true to any size.

    2. Good luck canceling, It isn't going to happen. Canceled this, returned the clothes and over 6 months later out of the blue I am charged $180? Tried to call customer service 5 times to talk with someone, and of course no answer (spent 45 minutes on hold today!). So I disputed the charge with my credit card company and they billed me again. RUN away from this. Zero ethics.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Worn Out Clothes, Over-Priced

    • Barnegat, NJ,
    • Jan 31, 2016

    I tried Gwynnie Bee for about six months. I had the three garment option. I found that the clothes were either poor quality or worn out. I would say the quality of the clothes is on par with what you would find at Target. I think it's cheaper to spend $80 on three garments from Target every month. It's nearly impossible to get clothes that fit the season. You add clothes in your virtual closet and they send you what is available out of that list. Clothes were usually faded or had extensive pilling. They do make exchanging clothes easy by sending you pre addressed packaging. You indicate in your account that clothes are on their way back, and they send you more items from your list. If you like something that they give you and would like to keep it, you can purchase it, but you are basically buying used clothes at a new clothes price. I did have a problem with them trying to charge me for a shirt I had returned when I canceled my subscription. It took about two months to straighten out, but finally, they got it right.

    Bottom line, it's a novel concept and is easy, but they really have to have better quality clothes, more quantity, and they need to stop re-circulating garments once they get too worn. Not worth the money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Unlimited Closet = Dream Come True!

    I signed up for Gwynnie Bee when I received a promotion at work, and needed to have a more professional wardrobe. I knew I couldn't afford to buy a bunch of new clothes, and I didn't want to be stuck wearing the same thing every week. Gwynnie Bee was the PERFECT solution!

    I have been a member for a little over four months, and I have gotten to wear something "new" to work at my new job every day! I get compliments every single day, and I love sharing that I am a Gwynnie Bee member!

    I receive four items at a time, and it's the perfect amount for the work week! It's a great way to supplement my wardrobe and to feel like a million bucks every day!

    The clothes are always clean, and arrive in great condition. I usually receive a great variety of colors and styles, (there was one shipment that had all blue items) and the clothes are usually seasonally appropriate!

    There are some people in the office that think I'm doing this because I can't afford to buy new clothes and keep telling me to go to Ross, or T.J. Maxx, but I'm a GB member because I truly get an unlimited wardrobe of amazing clothes! The best part about it is that I can wear something super-trendy, and not have to worry about it hanging in my real closet after it's no longer in style! (I have so many dresses that I bought for a special occasion that I've only worn once, and they just hang in my closet because I won't get rid of them after what I paid!)

    A lady at work inquired if I had a "super rich boyfriend" who buys me nice clothes all the time, since she's never seen me in the same thing twice! Nope I'm a Gwynnie Bee member and I love it!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Jul 30, 2016

      Rebecca Coomes

      You can always tell when a review is actually being made by a member/owner/ad firm of the item/service being reviewed. It sounds like an ad. And that is what THIS is. A flagrant ad by Gwynnie Bee. I guess to counter the bad reviews.

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Pleased with Gwynnie Bee

    • Knoxville, TN,
    • Sep 23, 2015

    This is my second month with the Gwynnie Bee one item subscription. So far, the boxes have all come on time and the quality has been good. I need dress tops for work, but my size keeps changing through dieting and I cannot afford to buy new cloths every month. The subscription has been my solution. The style selection is a little limiting, but the clothes have been in good quality.

    Getting clothing that is out of season hasn't been an issue. I took everything out of my closet that was for summer and replaced them with fall items. My third month begins in a few days. My experiences have been positive so far and haven't had to contact customer service for anything.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Scam and rip off.

    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Jun 11, 2015

    Does not matter how many times you call Lisa (she can't do anything - she is sweet but her hands are tied). The Wolf is Crystal. Watch out folks. This is one of the best rackets I have come across in years. They do not send the right sizes, they send winter clothes in summer and vice versa. If you cancel the service they still continue to bill you. Just when you think you have gotten rid of the Bee they come back and put a massive charge on your credit card.

    Okay so I disputed it with my bank and they removed it and issued me a new card. Somehow Gwynnie charged my account another $680.52 again.

    Now this is after I have canceled the service that they changed my card. And if that is not enough, they started with the monthly service again. This company should not be called Gwynnie Bee but Gwynnie Roach. You simply can not get rid of them.

    Do yourself and your bank account a favor and shop anywhere else. In my honest opinion, they are the worst retailer on Planet Earth.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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