BBQ Style & Gwynnie Bee Review
Being home in New Hampshire in August means BBQ’s. Lots and Lots of BBQ’s. I guess there is just something about it being the last month of summer that drives my family (immediate and extended) to our back deck to eat steak tips, Italian chicken and the occasional hamburger. The humidity here in New England can be unreal, so I always want to show up to these events in my bathing suit and a ratty tee and my hair in a messy bun. And while that’s sometimes okay for the casual get together with my family, there are some fancier BBQ events that I need to step up my style game and make myself look presentable.
So, in order to keep as cool as possible, but still look put together, I usually opt for light and flowy shirts that allow air to move around my body. These loose tops also prevent me from having to eat with my arms glued to my side because of the inevitable armpit sweat stains that come with tighter shirts; because nobody has time for that! These tops look great with bermuda cut shorts (these ones I made myself after cutting up some skinny jeans that were too tight around my knee replacement)
Top: Gwynnie Bee
Shorts: Old Cello Jeans, cut up by me
Necklace: Target (new favorite piece of jewelry, a steal at $14.00)
This top came from Gwynnie Bee, which is a clothing service I have been trying out this month. Gwynnie Bee reminds me more of Rocksbox than your typical clothing subscription like Stitchfix. Essentially, you pay a flat monthly rate for 1-3 items of clothing sent to you on loan. You wear what you want, as many times as you want, and then send it back in a prepaid envelope and wait for another piece to be sent to you. Gwynnie Bee allows you to look through the clothes they have and fill your closet with pieces you like so that way you are for sure being sent pieces that you want to try. The thing that makes Gwynnie Bee most unique is that they only have clothes in sizes 10-32, so they specialize in plus clothing. I fall at the tail end of that spectrum (size 10 or 12) and because I flew home with a limited amount of clothes to New Hampshire, felt like this would be the perfect service to try out this month.
As much as I adore this shirt that I was sent, I’m not very impressed with the service overall. There are very very limited options for women at the end of the sizing spectrum like me, so much so that I feel like they shouldn’t even advertise sized 10-14 because there were only a handful of tops and skirts I could add to my closet and I only liked two of them. Not being able to have a full selection of clothes to try, it’s definitely not worth the 35 dollars a month to get one piece of clothing. I didn’t like a lot of the styles offered either, which makes sense because the clothes are meant to flatter women who have more curves than me.
The one pro to this service is that they offer a 30% off discount on all the clothes you are sent, so you can keep them if you want them. This top will cost me 19 dollars to keep (which is pretty reasonable in my opinion, considering that it’s pretty high quality) and I really did like this one, so I think I might buy it before I cancel my subscription. All in all, though, my official Gwynnie Bee Review is if you are in the same size of clothes as me, this is not a subscription service worth paying for.
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Have you tried any other clothing subscription boxes with better success? What do you wear to a BBQ or to keep cool in the summer heat?