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Have you heard of Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy? It’s a new service from Amazon. Pick at least three fashion items (shoes, clothes, accessories) but no more than eight and Amazon will ship them to you for free. You have seven days to try everything, return what you don’t want, keep what you do, you will only be charged for the items you keep. I decided to try Amazon Prime Wardrobe and review it here on Wardrobe Oxygen.
Last year I went to Diner en Blanc and had a great time. I found out the date for the event this year and am on the hunt for a white outfit. I figured Prime Wardrobe would be a perfect tool to try several white items from different brands in the comfort of my home without racking up a lot of credit card debt and without having to make multiple returns to multiple retailers.
My Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy Review
Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy isn’t as simple as it seems. Within the menu for Try Before You Buy I chose Women’s clothing, then Dresses, then the color White. I’d click into a new tab any dresses that looked promising. Unfortunately, over 50% of the items I picked from the Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy collection actually weren’t available for Prime Wardrobe. The dress would be available… but only in one size, or a different color.
Amazon, in general, is very hard to shop for clothing. I have been contacted by them multiple times to feature their fashion and I just can’t with a good conscience because it’s so frustrating. I was looking for a midi or maxi dress or jumpsuit in the color white, size 12, 14, 12P, 14P, L, XL, or 0X. To do this, I had to perform. Multiple separate searches, often seeing the same pieces over and over. And even with these specifications, I was still getting items not appropriate or relevant to my search.
With Amazon in general, you can’t search a size range. You can search for Petite OR Regular, but not both. Amazon Fashion is best when you’re looking for a specific thing – Maggy London dresses, that specific style of shoe from Nine West, pink jumpsuits only in size 10. That being said, if you’re willing to do the search or have specific search terms, you can often find items currently available at department stores for less on Amazon. You can also find that items you missed last season on Amazon for a very nice price.
It’s also hard to shop because it’s so hard to see detail. Amazon Fashion offers a front view, back, view, and a video of the model moving in the dress. Even when zooming into the photos it was hard to tell if a dress had pearl or colored buttons, if there was a tie at the waist with tassels, if the fabric was sheer with an overlay or just lined. Descriptions are rarely as detailed as on other apparel shopping websites.
One perk to Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy is you can order multiple sizes without charging your card. I was able to order one jumpsuit in two different sizes without the price of two lingering on my credit card.
Once I found eight items I went to my Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy Cart. There I realized I had totaled over $1,000 worth of items so I was asked to remove at least one. This gave me a chance to see I had put in my cart two items over my max budget for such a piece so I removed both. I decided to use this space in my Prime Try Before You Buy box to shop for shoes. I’m still on the hunt for a nude-to-me sandal (I desire both a flat casual one as well as a heeled dressy one). Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a single shoe I liked in my size and that color that was available for Prime Wardrobe. I started looking at bags and there was a much better selection but I stopped because I don’t need a bag right now and do not need the temptation!
The email I received once my Prime Wardrobe box was delivered
My Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy Box: My Thoughts
I received an email upon placing my order on July 3rd that my Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy Box would arrive between July 11th and July 13th. The box arrived early on July 8th. As soon as the delivery person dropped the box off on my front step I received an email that my Prime Try Before You Buy 7-day trial began.
The box is a brown box, but it has a perforated strip on top for easy opening. Inside, the top of the box has a self-sealing strip. Inside I found all the garments folded/rolled into clear plastic bags, a UPS return label, and a folder explaining how Prime Try Before You Buy works. I gotta say it felt a bit like a letdown after experiencing Stitch Fix, Dia & Co, Trunk Club, and Gwynnie Bee. Even Gwynnie Bee, which is pretty minimal, at least nicely folds the clothes and wraps in tissue.
I had items balled up and taped into a piece of plastic, some in bags that stated, “READY TO SHIP” in green, and others in the crisp plastic sheathing I am familiar with from other online boutiques. This was as low-frills as any typical Amazon order, and like most Amazon orders the box was way too big for the contents. But unlike these other fashion programs, Prime Try Before You Buy doesn't have a fee. Guess you get what you pay for!
What I Had in my Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy Order
I ordered seven items, looking for something to wear to Diner en Blanc. I wanted either a dress below the knee to maxi length or a jumpsuit, and something with a bit of volume. With Diner en Blanc you have to walk from your meet-up spot to the undisclosed destination which can end up being several city blocks in the August heat. I wanted fabric that could handle the walking, heat, and humidity as well as a silhouette that would look great with flat comfortable shoes. What I ordered:
- Marina Women's One Shoulder Jumpsuit with Cascade Ruffle Detailing, color Ivory, size 14: This ran extremely small, I couldn't zip it up more than an inch. No worries, this thing looked like I got tangled in the drapes. A ton of fabric, it was heavy and if it could zip up, it would hide any shape I have. One plus – while it says it's ivory it's more like a pale winter white and would work fine for Diner en Blanc.
- Tribal Women's Versailles Garden Off-Shoulder Dress, color White, size L: This dress came so creased and wrinkled and balled up that it was hard to even see how it hung on me. The fabric is 95% Tencel Lyocell, 5% Linen but felt like cheap rayon. Maybe it's because I have a large bust but the elasticized waist was and empire waist on me. This dress is not worth the $109 pricetag.
- Show Me Your Mumu Women's Zsa Dress, color White Chiffon, size Large: This was cheap polyester, completely see-through, and so short it looked more like a shirt. When I ordered it, it was $158. This isn't even worth $58.
- Adrianna Papell Women's Petite One Shoulder Jumpsuit, Ivory in sizes 12P and 14: I really felt I would be a 16P or maybe 14P but those sizes weren't available for Prime Wardrobe. I ordered a 12P knowing it would be too small just to see if the petite would be a good choice and then I could order it elsewhere. I didn't even try on the 12P because the 14 fit perfectly. Waist in the right place, pants even the right length. It's just a bit gappy at the bust and part of my bra shows; I'm going to take it to my tailor to see if he can make it work. I've shopped Adrianna Papell before and this piece is the quality, material, and style I expect from the brand. Like the other jumpsuit, it is called ivory but it's more like a slightly warm white. And a plus, it's lined and a nice weight so no underwear show-through! If it does work out I'll be sure to share it here on the blog!
- ROBBIE BEE Women's Lace Halter Maxi Dress, color Ivory, size L: I didn't even try this on because it was too ivory colored for Diner en Blanc and I thought the fabric looked like it would catch on practically anything.
- Plenty by Tracy Reese Women's Flounced Cami Dress, color White, L: This was… fine. It's a cute dress, but it didn't stand out. And like the other dress with the elasticized waist, it was an empire waist on me which looked a bit goofy. Not bad, but not what I'm looking for.
Depending on what my tailor can do with the jumpsuit, I may have found a winner!
Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy: Would I Do It Again?
Hrm… maybe. Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy was great for the reason I had; I could order a bunch of looks and only pay for one I wanted to keep. I think this could be a smart choice when shopping for a wedding guest outfit, an event where you have a specific dress code or color to wear, even if looking for new jeans or a new coat. I don't think this is an alternative to virtual styling programs like Trunk Club or Stitch Fix. I was annoyed by the lack of selection that was available and because of that found the ordering process time-consuming. But I do appreciate not having a charge on my credit card unless I decided to keep something.
Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy: What to Know Before You Try
You Cannot Use a Debit Card with Prime Try Before You Buy
My debit Mastercard is my default payment with Amazon but I had to enter an actual credit card number to complete my Prime Try Before You Buy order. Prime Wardrobe does not accept debit cards for orders over $300 excluding taxes and discount.
If the Prime Try Before You Buy “Add to Cart” Doesn’t Show, It’s Not on Prime Try Before You Buy
Even though you found the item on Prime Try Before You Buy doesn’t mean it’s available for the program. It may be that only select sizes or colors qualify.
You Must Have a Minimum of Three and Maximum of Eight Items
Prime Try Before You Buy will not ship unless you have three to eight items chosen for your box. No need to keep track, the site will notify you when you’ve reached eight items in your Prime Try Before You Buy.
You Cannot Order More than $1,000 in a Prime Try Before You Buy Box
When you get to your Prime Try Before You Buy cart, it will notify you of your total. There you can remove items or save them for later. Once your total is under $1,000, the check-out button will activate.
You Can't Just Box Up and Send Back
You must check out at Amazon before sending back your items from Prime Try Before You Buy. Be sure to do this to prevent being charged.
You can Return After the Seven Days… But You Will Be Charged
There is one item from my Prime Try Before You Buy that I am thinking of wearing to Diner en Blanc, but I need to check with my tailor if it can be altered to fit perfectly. I am not sure if I will be able to visit him before the seven days are up. I checked and if you keep something past the seven days, you still have 30 days before it needs to be returned, but your credit card will be charged (and then refunded) for the item/s.
Prime Try Before You Buy Isn’t Just for Women
What’s cool about Prime Try Before You Buy is that it’s for women, men, children, and baby. You can also mix a Prime Try Before You Buy box – a dress for you, a shirt for him, a onesie for your little one.
Prime Try Before You Buy is only for Prime Members
You cannot use Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy unless you have a subscription to Amazon Prime. If you’d like to sign up for Amazon Prime, visit this link. Now is the time as Prime Day is July 16th through July 17th and there’s going to be some amazing deals just for Prime members.
I hope this Amazon Try Before You Buy review was helpful. Have you tried Amazon Prime Try Before You Buy? How was your experience? Share it in the comments below and help fellow readers!