I tried Nuuly and got $938 worth of clothes from Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People for just $88 a month - here's why I'll be doing it again
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- As an avid shopper of URBN brands including Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People, I was excited to try the company's new clothing rental service.
- For just $88 per month, shoppers can rent like-new and vintage clothes hand-selected by the style masterminds at URBN.
- Nuuly members can choose up to six items per month from a large selection of apparel, from vintage leather jackets and glamorous evening wear to your new favorite pair of jeans.
- Here's what I got in my first Nuuly rental and my thoughts on whether the service is really worth it.
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The clothing offered on Nuuly is not limited to just Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. The site also carries a wide selection of items from over 100 third-party brands. Not only does Nuuly offer basics like jeans and simple blouses, but they also have stylish evening wear, fur coats, vintage T-shirts, leather jackets, and more. Browsing the website, I was excited to try something new or high-end, without the commitment of actually purchasing it.Read more: We used Rent the Runway Unlimited to rent $4,862 worth of designer clothes in a week - here's how the subscription plan works and why we're so willing to pay the $160 monthly fee
Gallagher said that's one of Nuuly's goals: giving shoppers the opportunity to test out different styles.That was definitely true in my experience - once I added all the items I wanted to my cart, I was taken aback to see they would have cost me $938 to buy. Instead, I was paying $88 to try them out for the month. That seemed like an amazing deal to me, especially as someone who loves to wear different things every day and try out new looks.Advertisement
Perhaps aimed at a Gen Z or Millennial consumer familiar with the URBN family of brands, many of the clothes on Nuuly are fun, out-of-the-box pieces that are completely on-trend. However, Gallagher said there's something for everyone.
"Nuuly is perfect for women who want newness in their wardrobes, but don't want to be wasteful," she said. "She may be someone who has an active social calendar or needs new looks for work each day, but regardless of whichever life stage she's in, she is a creative-minded customer."Here's what I thought of the whole experience, from signing up to trying on the clothes and sending the items back at the end of the month.Advertisement
Before I ordered my first box, I wanted to get better insight into how Nuuly works and what to expect from the renting experience.
First, I had to sign up. The process only took a few minutes. I filled out my profile and was quickly able to start shopping on Nuuly.Advertisement
Then, I started browsing and, right away, I was amazed at the selection. Customers can shop by category, occasion, or from Nuuly's list of curated "looks."
In the end, these were the items I went with.Advertisement
I followed the reviews and my typical sizes in URBN's brands to choose the right fit for me.
I signed up on a Tuesday. The next evening, my Nuuly had arrived. I was shocked by how quickly my items had shipped. It felt a little bit like Christmas morning — except at night.Advertisement
Right away, I was impressed with the sustainable, waterproof, and durable packaging it came in.
Inside, the clothes were beautifully folded and appeared brand new.Advertisement
My clothes also came with a handy on-the-go stain treatment kit.
The Pinch Provisions for Nuuly kit includes 5 "essentials" — a lint brush, double-sided tape, a wrinkle-removing spray, a deodorant-removing sponge, and static remover.Advertisement
The first item I tried on was the Vivaldi Textured Tie-Neck Tunic from Maeve by Anthropologie.
My only note was that it was too big — although I knew the fit was intended to be oversized.Advertisement
Up next was the Set To Stun Top from Free People.
The top fit more like a tunic and could even be worn as a dress if I was feeling brave.Advertisement
Next: the Alexandria Mini Dress from Steele.
I loved this dress! I sized up since I wanted it to fit loosely so I could cinch it in with the attached tie.Advertisement
Next up, I knew I had to order a pair of jeans from Nuuly.
If I could afford them, I'd order these jeans in a heartbeat — they're probably the best jeans I've ever worn.Advertisement
The Peasant Mini Dress by Current Air proved to be the perfect summer-to-fall dress.
This dress quickly became my favorite item from my Nuuly order — and my favorite thing in my closet.Advertisement
Finally, I tried on the Wide-Leg Utility Pants from [BLANKNYC].
These pants were perfect for work, brunch, and everything in between.Advertisement
After wearing the pieces for a month, it was time to send them back. Parting with them wasn't easy, but I knew my next Nuuly was right around the corner.
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