Wantable: Designer Accessories at Discount Prices

by Amy Lu on 23 June 2014 0 comments

Who says you need to pay a premium for designer goods? There are ways to get around the sticker price on the latest in fashion and beauty, if you know where to look. Here's a look at Wantable.

About Wantable

Wantable is a company that aims to match you up with accessories, makeup, or intimates you're sure to love. For $40 a box, or $36 for a monthly subscription, their in-house and guest stylists will select a number of designer and boutique products based on your answers to their easy-peasy style quiz. If you don't like what you get, simply return the whole box for a full refund.

The Goodies

Despite a couple misses, the Wantable accessories boxes have been good to me so far. And it seems like the Wantable team really cares about sending you the right kind of products — they are constantly refining the style quiz to make it more comprehensive while keeping it easy to use. Since my first box, they've added questions about hair length and bracelet size, and modified existing questions to get a better sense of what you love, like, and dislike. Speaking of which, here are mine:

  • Love: Classic, Mix 'n Match, Earrings, Necklaces, Hair Accessories
  • Like: Rock 'n Roll, Boho, Bracelets, Gold Tone, Silver Tone
  • Dislike: Rings, Watches, Sunglasses, Glam

How did the stylists do this time?

Titian Earrings

Do these earrings come in other colors? I ask because I want them all. This combination of yellow, olive, tan, and dark gray stones set in gold makes for a neutral accessory piece that works well with most wardrobe colors, but what I really love is the asymmetrical cut of the stones. It adds some fun to a fairly ordinary diamond layout — and who doesn't like fun? This is the kind of detail that wins me over on so many of Wantable's offerings.

Retail value: $20

Alexia Bracelet

Here's another neutral piece in black, dark red, and nude. The enamel and gold outline adds a nice shine to this geometric bracelet, which I appreciate. I also appreciate the elastic bands running through the bracelet that make it super easy to slip on and off. This is not your flimsy kids' jewelry kit elastic, either — it's sturdy stuff! I can absolutely see this bracelet becoming one of my go-to pieces.

Retail value: $17

Lilith Necklace

I wasn't entirely sold on this necklace when I first took it out of the velvet Wantable pouch. There is a lot going on for a necklace, what with the faceted stones, pastel beads, and row of gold-tone flowers. The chain is quite a bit chunkier than what I usually wear. But then I tried it on, and suddenly, somehow, everything works. I guess I shouldn't always get too caught up in the details; this time, I had to step back to appreciate the full effect of the statement necklace.

Retail value: $34

Is It Worth It?

The retail value of this box came out to $71 — that's $31 savings by purchasing the accessories through Wantable. I might not have picked these pieces on my own (and especially not at those retail prices), but they definitely suit my style... once I gave them a chance (lookin' at you, Lilith!). That's part of the appeal of a service like Wantable, though. They send you products that will work with your style and lifestyle, but you can still count on the goodies to be different enough to surprise. They take you outside your comfort zone, right inside your home!

Now, is the element of surprise (and a number of really cool products) worth $40 a box or a $36 monthly subscription? It depends on how much you usually spend on similar accessories, makeup, or intimates. Of course, $40 for 3-4 accessory items can seem like an extravagance to some, but if you regularly spend $20 apiece on jewelry, a Wantable box may be just your thing.

Disclaimer: I received a free box for an honest review.

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