Get Fashion Trends on the Cheap With Wantable
If you love trying out the latest in fashion and beauty — and getting them at a discount — then Wantable may be just your thing.
The Milwaukie-based company Wantable matches you with a number of boutique accessories, full-size makeup products, or designer intimates at $40 a box (or $36 a box for a monthly subscription). The contents of the box will be a surprise, but the stylists at Wantable will use a quiz to make sure you love the products you get.
The style quiz is fairly detailed and extremely easy to use. You're presented with a number of style options, and all you need to do is move a slider up to "Love" if you love it, "Dislike" if you don't, or just leave it at "Like" if you don't feel too strongly either way. Here's a quick summary of my selections for the accessories box:
- Love: Classic, Mix 'n Match, Earrings, Necklaces, Hair Accessories
- Like: Rock 'n Roll, Boho, Bracelets, Scarves, Gold Tone, Multi Tone
- Dislike: Glam, Rings, Watches, Sunglasses
Let's take a look at what I got!
I've always liked the idea of headbands. They're pretty much the only kind of hair accessory that has a fighting chance of staying in my hair, especially since I started wearing my hair short a few years ago. But even then, trying to find a one that works with my abnormally large head has been an exercise in frustration and discarded dreams (for a neat and low maintenance 'do). If a headband is tight enough to not slip at the slightest turn of my head, the pressure is likely to cause enough discomfort that I tear it off before the day is out.
The wired headband changed everything.
I've seen them around but was always too skeptical to carry through with a purchase. Well, joke's on me! They're actually quite wonderful. The one that Wantable sent me is in basic black-and-white stripes — super easy to match with anything in my closet. But beyond the aesthetics, I love the functionality. The wire molded to my head comfortably, despite its weird shape and size, and once I secured the headband with a twist (you can also knot or loop!), it stayed put no matter how much I flipped, swung, or bounced my head.
Plus, it's a really cute look!
Retail value: $11
You know what I have realized since doing these Wantable reviews? I am a sucker for gold tone and pastels, together. I've been getting a lot of this combination lately, and I LOVE it. I use these pieces to dress up a casual outfit or dress down a fancier ensemble, thereby making my wardrobe even more versatile than it was!
Speaking of versatile, check out the Sandy bracelet above. It's a simple gold chain intertwined with sections of pink, white, and green cord. You can wrap it around your wrist to wear as a bracelet, or unwind and drape it around your neck — on its own or as a layered piece. I'm certain this will become another one of my go-to accessories. My only complaint is that the ends of the colored cords jut out slightly, giving the otherwise beautiful bracelet an unfinished look upon close inspection — plus, it irritates my skin when it lands just so. Still, I count this piece as a win.
Retail value: $26
Besides gold-and-pastel jewelry, Wantable also likes sending me chunky statement necklaces made with many different materials. This time, they are beads, cords, and stones in shades of blue, plus another component that I haven't seen much of in my Wantable goods: gunmetal chain!
Here's another piece that can be dressed up or down, which I like. I also like the details: interwoven cord and chain, stone insets at unexpected angles, the twin clusters of rhinestones attached to the blue gems — like sparkling pom-poms. However, I did notice that one of the long blue beads was chipped at the center —not a deal-breaker, just unfortunate for a piece this pretty.
Retail value: $42
Is It Worth It?
I would be very hesitant to spend $79 on these three pieces. I might wish that I could, but with my budget? Ha! No. But if I could get them all at just a smidge over half-price? Yes. Oh yes.
The Sandy bracelet-necklace and the Aubrey necklace-necklace are gorgeous pieces (very minor flaws notwithstanding), but it is the Addy headband that underscores (for me, at least) the value of a service like Wantable. Sure, you can shop for accessories yourself and buy only the items you like, but with Wantable, you get to try products that are just outside your comfort zone — without being too out there. You can take the time to try something different, right in your home. If you regularly spend $40 on accessories anyway, a Wantable box may be just the thing to help you save money and experiment with your style.
Disclaimer: I received a free box for an honest review.